Mar
31
2019
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31 March 2019

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday – a day of such mixed up emotions.

I obviously think a lot about my own Mum. I wonder how different my life would be if she were here. I think I might feel less stressed, better supported and more confident in my parenting. I would love to ask her what I was like as a small child and whether I was as difficult to parent as The Little Miss can be at times. I suspect I was just like her!

I like to think that Mum would be really proud of me; that she would be happy with the way the children are turning out. In fact, I think she would be proud of the way me and my sister have turned out. I fully believe that she considered that we were her greatest achievements and I remain abundantly grateful for all the time and energy and love she invested in us.

Instead of having my Mum for support I have a few wonderful women who are around. I totally believe that I am a better mother for having them in my lives, helping me make decisions and sharing the load of Mothering. I am grateful for my sister – her unending support both emotional and physical makes a huge difference to me. My lovely friend Emma is another person who makes mothering manageable and bearable. I appreciate her support and care for me and children and husband.

I believe that as we need to work hard to care for the mothers in our communities; to nurture, love and support each other. We need to build each other up and share the load of parenting, for when we parent together we are more effective and our children benefit from the extended ‘mothering’ they experience.

So today, I went to church. I cried a little and smiled more. I cooked a lovely roast dinner for my family and my Dad and then we went to the beach with Emma and her children. The kids went body-boarding (in March!!) and Emma and I drank pink fizz.

Thankyou to everyone who helps me be a better Mum. Your support, love and care has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.

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Mar
17
2019
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6 March 2019

Seniors swimming

I was hugely amused to find my little sister has entered a swimming competition – she is getting on a bit but now competes in the seniors. However, she had a meeting in the evening she was meant to do her time trials so she ended up doing it with the 9 year olds. She was quite embarrassed by the whole thing but it made me laugh. A lot.

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Nov
25
2018
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Day 326

Sisters

I love this wonderful woman and I am so lucky to have her in my life. She is going through a lot at the moment, being an incredibly supportive, loving and generous friend and I think she is fabulous.

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Sep
24
2018
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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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Aug
15
2018
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Day 217

Super Swimming Sister

Today my amazing, and slightly insane, sister Louise (on the left of this picture) took on her latest endurance challenge.

Along with 4 other people she swam to Herm at about 2.30am, had a few hours rest and then swam around Herm and then waited for the tides to change and swam back to Guernsey. She looked so incredibly strong and I was so proud of her for taking on such a ridiculous challenge.

The weather could not have been more perfect, warm and sunny with minimal wind for 2 out of 3 leg, it was perfect weather. We looked after my niece and nephew so they joined us on the trip over to see their Mum swimming.

A brilliant day out. Well done Louise. You make me proud.

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Jun
12
2018
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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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May
20
2018
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Day 135

Mum's birthday

Today would have been my Mum’s 68th birthday. Whilst we have both had really busy days and an awful lot going on my sister and I took time for a short walk together.

I miss Mum so much on days like this – the particular days when we remember her and mourn her loss, but the days I find hardest are those when someone innocent catches me unawares. When a particular song or smell, or a memory captures me unexpectedly. Those are the times when I feel her absence the most as I have not prepared for them.

I am grateful that we get to remember her with such happy thoughts, that Louise and I get to spend time together. Our lives are so blessed by all we have.

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Apr
20
2018
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Day 107

My sister is 40!

Today this funny face is 40!!!!

My little sister is 40 today and despite being jet-lagged, tired and busy we went out for a meal to a local restaurant. I even made her a Black Forest Gateau as that is what my Mum would have made us as a birthday cake!

I am hugely grateful that I have a sister. We haven’t always got on though, there was a period in my life when I was really struggling and I wasn’t very nice or kind to her. However, I don’t want to dwell on that. We got through it, made up and have been great friends since then.

Since Mum died she has been the most amazing support, especially with the kids and I am grateful that I have her to moan at, complain about the kids behaviours with, catch up on the gossip, drink wine with, share walks with her stupid dog.

So fishface I love you. Happy birthday xxxx

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Mar
30
2018
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Day 84

Afternoon tea treat

For Mothering Sunday one of my aunts bought my sister and I an afternoon tea, with gin, at a local hotel.

It was so nice to go and do something we wouldn’t have bought for ourselves, as well as have a bit of time to catch up with each other. Lovely afternoon. Excellent gin infused with berries which tasted like cough medicine. Yummy!

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Feb
24
2018
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Day 50

Holiday clubToday my two little munchkins are going to holiday club. They have been so excited that they get to go together and it made me smile to see them walking in holding hands.

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