Jun
12
2018
0

Day 154

Family

This afternoon we attended a party for my Auntie Josie and Uncle Howard’s golden wedding anniversary.

It was a lovely afternoon and as usual there was a suitable amount of cakes.

I love this photo of me, my sister, cousin and daughter. I love these girls.

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Apr
20
2018
0

Day 106

Auntie Jenny

Today was my lovely Auntie Jenny’s funeral. It was the most beautiful sunny day and they interment and service were so lovely.

The service was wonderful and it was absolutely packed. When we arrived half an hour before the start it was already standing room only. I was so very proud of my cousins who gave a lovely tribute to their Mum and my Auntie who gave her own memories of her twin sister. I was doing OK until she started ‘Jen and I came as a pair’. At that point I struggled to hold it together.

One of the things I appreciated the most about today was spending time with my family. We get together as often as we can, and whether it is for a happy or sad occasion I am always pleased to see my aunts and uncles and cousins. I picked the kids up at lunchtime from school and took them to the house for cake so that they could feel part of the whole experience. It was especially nice to see them haring about the garden and swinging on the swing seat.

I am constantly grateful for my family and the fact that we are able to share all the good and the bad things together. I appreciate having so many people I can go to for comfort and laughs and I know that together we are able to get through all things.

This photo is of my Mum, Auntie Josie and Auntie Jenny. It was taken in October 2010 when they came to visit us in Yorkshire and was taken on a day out to Howarth. I love it. So many wonderful memories of my Mum and aunts, and I am so happy that my life has been characterised by wonderful, strong, determined, brave, generous, kind and compassionate women. I am blessed.

Written by Anna Williams in: Family,Mum | Tags: , , ,
Apr
07
2018
0

Day 96

6 April 2018

Today my lovely Auntie Jenny (left of this picture) lost her battle with cancer and went to be with her Saviour.

Since my Mum died Auntie Jen, along with her twin sister, Auntie Josie, have been like my alternative Mums. They have always been there to offer me support and guidance, as well as inviting us for meals, baking us cakes, showing me how to make jam and generally being available when I need her most. Auntie Jenny has been so faithful and kind over the years, and I will miss her more than I can explain.

What was especially hard is that since my Mum died so suddenly, saying goodbye to Auntie Jen was like saying all the goodbyes I never got the chance to say to my Mum.

Having a big family is the most amazing thing. There is always someone around to offer some support and help when it is most needed, but is also means the potential of so many goodbyes.

As Winnie the Pooh said, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

I am so lucky, but I am going to miss her so very very much. I hope she and my Mum are drinking tea and eating cake right now in heaven.

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Mar
17
2018
0

Day 72

BlessingsI am lucky to have these three in my life.

Even though I am still not very well these three keep my going, look after me and make me smile.

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Mar
17
2018
0

Day 70

Mother's Day cards

Mothering Sunday and today I was treated to a lie in followed by breakfast in bed of coffee and hot-cross buns with butter. Perfect!

We have had a lovely day with church followed by a lovely roast lunch at Dad’s house.

The kids bought me some lovely handcream and bits and pieces but these gorgeous handmade cards were what really made my day.

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Mar
10
2018
0

Day 66

Blessings

I have had two days of being at home with a chest infection. I am generally feeling rubbish but these three make my life mean everything. I am fortunate and blessed and despite feeling unwell I have so much.

Written by Anna Williams in: Family |
Feb
24
2018
0

Day 53

Birthday girls

These two wonderful women are my Auntie Jenny and Auntie Josie and today they are the birthday girls. Since Mum died they have been like extra Mums to me and over the years I have appreciated they kindness, generosity, wisdom and humour.

The year hasn’t been easy for any of us, but Auntie Jenny’s husband passed away at the start of the year and she is really quite unwell but despite this I still see a smile on her lips.

So my lovely aunts. Happy birthday to you both. Thank you for all you do and I love you very much xxxx

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Feb
24
2018
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Day 49

Cousins

My cousin and his wife are over visiting with their gorgeous son Cassian.

The kids think he is really sweet and he is certainly fascinated with all their toys – mainly to eat!

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Jan
01
2018
0

A year in pictures – Day 1

New Year's Day

I uhmed and ahed whether to head straight into another year of photos but I know there are people out there who like to read my ramblings! This will be my fourth year of daily photos without a day missed so far so that feels like quite an achievement!

This afternoon we headed down to the beach with some foolish cousins who thought going for a New Year’s Day swim was an excellent idea. It was… shall we say… bracing!

The year has started. Who knows what it will bring. We have happy events planned but I am pretty sure there is likely to be some sadness on the way. All I know is that we will face all things together. Much love to all my wonderful family x

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Dec
31
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 365

Happy New Year

We have had a lovely day and our friends Emma and Martin came for lunch along with their daughter Ava and The Little Misters bestie Maxi!

We had a lovely lunch and then dragged ourselves out for a walk around Fort Houmet. It was unbelievably windy but we were very excited to see a seal real close to shore.

The sea was gorgeous; huge waves and really wild but there is something about it that I love. Today the tide was high so the waves were coming up right against the fort and I could taste the sea on my lips. It smelt and tasted like home and I am grateful to be here, and especially grateful for such wonderful family and friends.

Happy New Year Everyone x

Written by Anna Williams in: Family,Friends,Guernsey | Tags: , , ,

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