Oct
07
2018
0

Day 268

Memory meal

Five years ago today my Mum died suddenly on a beach on Greece. The day itself is imprinted in my memory – the phone call from Dad, the conversations about what we were going to do. The shock. The horror. The panic. The grief. It felt like it would never end.

Then suddenly you realise that whilst your grief is there – it remains the same size as the day the bereavement happened – life has grown around it. Our lives have moved on and developed and we have lots of good things. There is so much of our lives, particularly with regard to the children that Mum was never present for. That’s painful but at the same time our things go on and we have to make an effort to be fully present every day.

This evening Dad, my sister Louise and I went out for dinner. Twice a year we try and go out just the three of us – Mum’s birthday and, erm, Mum’s death day. I love that this has become our routine.

We had a lovely meal with good cocktails and wine. We talked about Mum, we talked about life and plans and good things. I love Dad and Lou and I love that we can enjoy remembering and we can grieve together.

Despite sadness our lives are good. They are rich and fruitful and I am grateful for all we have.

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Sep
24
2018
0

Day 264

Family

This is another photo that was taken yesterday.

I love my Dad and my sister. They have been my rocks over the last few years. We are very lucky to have each other.

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Sep
20
2018
0

Day 261

My Dad

I love this photo of my Dad and the seven children he sponsors through Compassion UK.

Despite all he has been through over the last few years he has continued to sponsor these children; carried on changing their lives and offering them hope.

We will never know what a legacy he may have left these children. How their lives have been changed by simple sponsorship on a monthly basis. A couple of hundred quid a month to him but a fortune to them and but lives enriched more than we could know.

My Dad is a great man. A kind generous man who loves much and continues to do. I am lucky to be his daughter.

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Jul
20
2018
0

Day 190

Poorly GrandpaUnfortunately Dad has been feeling really poorly for the last couple of dayys as he has had viral labyrinthitis. It is making him feel really sick every time he moves his head.

I popped down to make him supper and Eliza came with me, in her nightie as she was all ready for bed!

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May
30
2018
0

Day 148

Dad's garden centreWe have quite a big garden and it is a constant battle to keep it looking ok. In contrast my Dad has the most immaculate garden. He spends a lot of money and hundreds of hours weeding and tidying. He also is growing a lot of plants ready to pot up, so I went to visit to see what I could scrounge for my tubs and pots!

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Jan
06
2018
0

Day 5

Dad's 70thToday my amazing Dad hit the ripe old age of 70 – I still think he is looking pretty young!

We had a little party for him. These days it feels like we should seize every opportunity to spend time together and celebrate the good things.

We had a fantastic night out at a local restaurant who could not have helped us more. Completely amazing…. and this fabulous cake topped off the evening.

So Dad, Happy birthday. You are truly an inspiration and we all love you very much… now onto Uganda for a trip with him and my sister to check out some This is Epic Charity projects. Amazing!

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Nov
10
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 310

Car thief

Our morning started a little unexpectedly when the car didn’t start.

Fortunately Dad is still on holiday in Australia so we popped to his place and stole his car for a few days.

It’s a snazzy little Fiat 500 and I love driving it! The kids call it Grandpa’s Magic Car because the roof opens.

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Oct
21
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 290

On holiday - again!My Dad is on holiday in Australia with my aunt and uncle.

They seem to be having a fab time but I am missing the old man.

We managed to catch up on FaceTime for a short time but the connection was a bit ropey.

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Mar
12
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 71

Dad

We have had a lovely day today. Church, lunch with the family and then a quick walk along the beach.

It’s not very often that a get a selfie with this lovely man but I think my Dad is awesome!

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Jan
08
2017
0

A year in pictures – Day 5

Birthday boyToday is my lovely Dad’s birthday.

He came for tea and we sang him Happy Birthday. The cake was quite bijou and not big enough for all 69 candles so we managed with just 5!

Happy birthday Dad. Thanks for all you do and who you are x

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