Tomorrow

I’m nervous tomorrow is a big day for my charity Livvy’s Smile, we are holding a fun day at
SNAP’s for children with special needs and their families.

While I’m excited and love what I do I’m struck by conflicting emotions.

Obviously tomorrow Livvy will be mentioned and yes she should be as she is the inspiration behind the charity. Our memories are what keep us going hence the
gift we wish to give others.

Talking about Livvy hurts; though as much as I love sharing my beautiful courageous
daughter with the world I miss her so much. Each memory while sweet is tinged
with pain.

Though as the events before have proved the joy of seeing the smiles on the faces of the
children heal the pain in my heart. Talking to the other parents reminds me why
I what we do. They also bring me friendship and understanding.

So yes I’m nervous and filled with trepidation but I’m also filled with excitement and anticipation.

“Yesterday is but today’s memory, and tomorrow is today’s dream.

Khalil Gibran

Wish us luck!

Flashback Friday

I saw this over at Cafe Bebe and decided I fancied a trip down memory lane about my reasons for blogging. I was also shocked to realise that I had been a proud writer of a blog for over three years now.

Walking with Angels is my second blog. It evolved  from ‘The Heart of a Tribe’ when due to personal reasons I decided on a fresh start.  Along with the name change I guess my reasons for blogging had too.

I started my first blog simply to show that life as a parent of a child with a severe disability could be fun. Days could be cherished and laughter could be heard. Yes we had hard times but the good outweighed them by far. That being a parent of four amazing girls was a gift I was so thankful for.

Then my life got turned upside down we lost our darling daughter. The inspiration behind my words.

My Inspiration

Move forward a few months and welcome to Walking with Angels. A new blog with some new reasons to write. Survival being one of those reasons. Trying to find the joy in life again. It hasn’t been an easy road. I’ve struggled, stumbled, laughed and cried but life goes on.

Walking with Angels is my survival, my proof that life is still full of reasons to take each day and live it to the full.

Here at Walking with Angels I wear my heart on my sleeve. Sometimes I write what’s in my head and sometimes it may offend or upset someone. That is never my intention. I love the diversity of life. I embrace the differences with all have.  I never try to offer any other opinion than my own.

I am incredibly lucky in my life. I have a wonderful annoying husband. Four amazing girls and a job as a foster carer to children with special needs that I love. For all this I am forever grateful.

The journey of life is one of many challenges and struggles. It is also filled with joy, laughter and love.

That’s why I started blogging and why I carry on. I hope to have many more years of writing.

My Reasons for Joy

Business Mums Unite Conference and Exhibition

I’m so excited I have been given the opportunity to attend the Business Mums Unite Conference and Exhibition being held at The Albert Hall Conference centre in Nottingham on the 19th October.

This is going to be a great day, it’s the first of what they hope will become an annual event that brings together mums in business and those who hope to be. It will be a chance to network and learn from each other, I can’t wait.

Here at Walking with Angels I am still quite a novice in the world of blogging but I am enjoying the readership I have and am so grateful to see it increasing as it is. I also have some exciting plans for the future so this conference will be so informative for me. I’m really looking forward to the workshops and hearing the guest speakers.

Elaine Hanzak  is the keynote speaker

Elaine Hanzak-Gott is a teacher by profession but after suffering from an extreme illness after the birth of her son, she shared her story through her book ‘Eyes without Sparkle – a journey through postnatal illness’ (Radcliffe, 2005). Since then she has spoken at events
worldwide, including to the European Parliament and at the prestigious Marce Society conference in both the UK and Australia. She has appeared on national television such as BBC Breakfast and is regularly featured in the media. Elaine is trustee for the Joe (Joanne) Bingley Foundation set up in memory of a new mother who took her own life. As a now renowned ‘Expert by Experience’ she is one of the named Greatvine experts and as a Prima Mother and Baby Magazine consultant. She challenges the stereotypical view that depression is a weakness and offers suggestions to us all to promote positive mental health.

Along with Dragons den survivor Naomi Timperley

“Dragons’ Den survivor & successful Manchester businesswoman Naomi Timperley is the
UKDirector of Baby Loves Disco a national events company. Having used word of mouth, grassroots marketing and PR to spread the word about Baby Loves Disco she is an advocate of these mediums of marketing a small business. Having
turned down an offer from Deborah Meaden on Dragons’ Den she has enjoyed huge
success in her own right since appearing on the show & is now a speaker, mentor, Business advisor for SIFE at Salford University & a volunteer for Young Enterprise NW. Naomi is also a Social Media trainer with Social Media Boom launching in March 2011.”

With workshops from Laura Morris, Debbie O Conner, Amanda Farren, and Starfish
accounting.

The conference is set to be an amazing event and you have an opportunity to be part
of it.

Check it out on twitter at @Scandc

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hp#!/pages/Business-Mums-Unite-Conference-and-Exhibition/162350760496576

 Websitewww.businessmumsunite.co.uk

 Blogwww.businessmumsunite/blogspot.com

There is also opportunities for advertising £30, delegate places (with lunch and a free goodie bag) £65, trade strands including a delegate place and advertising package £150 and a range of sponsorships too.

All I can say is that I’m grateful for the chance to attend and hope to see you all there. Go book your place now.

An Evening I will Cherish

How do I describe Sunday night. Exhilarating, exciting, amazing, incredible are all good
words but they don’t seem to come close to how I felt when Kennedy and I got to meet Amy Grant.

Let’s first roll back a few years, when I lost Livvy I was send one of Amy’s songs by a dear
friend. It was supposed to just bring me some encouragement. It did far more than that, it helped me survive. it became the song that I played over and over, the lyrics reminding me that I wasn’t alone that God was there to share my pain, to let myself lean on him, to trust him.

So as you can see getting the chance to actually meet Amy Grant last night blew me away.
The emotions overwhelmed and I actually ended up crying on her shoulder. Poor Kennedy finished my story while Amy just hugged me. Have I mentioned what an amazing women she was.

The whole evening was a blessing for me and Kennedy. The tickets were brought by someone who I have the honour to call a friend. A gesture so out of the blue I still get a radiant glow just thinking about how blessed I am to have such incredible loving people in my life

This same dear friend tweeted me Sunday afternoon to ring her ASAP. My heart was in my
mouth, had the concert been cancelled, was there a problem? No problem just a beautiful announcement, my dear friend had arranged for Kennedy and I to actually meet Amy. That’s right we met Amy Grant woo hoo. It didn’t stop there either, my friend told me to wait for a call from Tim Jupp that’s right Tim from Delirious, Tim the incredible brains, energy behind the big church day out. I was speechless. Anybody looking at Kennedy and I at the M1 junction services yesterday may have wondered why we were just holding each other crying.
This is why, we were so blessed.

Move forward a few hours and following a stressful journey driving through the centre of
London (remind me I need a new Sat Nav).

We were there shaking hands with Tim receiving our special badges to go meet Amy Grant.
Tim then disappeared before we managed to get a photograph together but I just want to say thank you Tim for helping arrange this for us.

As Kennedy and I stood in that line waiting to see Amy I could feel my emotions bubbling
inside of me. How honoured did I feel that i was actually going to meet and thank this incredible artist for her music.

Amy did not disappoint us; she was so warm, caring and genuine. She hugged us both listened to my story and hugged me again. It was five minutes that will last a lifetime
for me.

Her concert was in incredible Amy’s voice is as pure live as it on her CDs; you can hear the emotional in her songs. We were treated to old songs and new songs, one that I’m waiting impatiently to be recorded as I loved it so much.

The show was opened by a gospel band IDMC, normally I confess opening bands frustrate me, I’m just too impatient waiting to see the artist I’ve come to watch, yet I loved this band, and their combined voices blew me away. We brought their CD and are sure it will be played often.

The whole evening was wonderful, it was an unplugged set, no fancy lights, costumes, effects just Amy her incredible band and their God gifted voices.

I didn’t want it to end.

I phoned my husband after the concert my words were, “it was a night that will live
in my heart forever”.

To some it was a mere concert, to me it was so much more.

Elizabeth thank you so for your gift, you blessed me more than you know.

Before I go I would like to tell you about the reason Amy was performing last night, she
was their supporting and promoting the incredible work done by Operation
Mobilisation
and Compassion International.

I have more to write on these charities but for now I want to leave you with this
song.  The song that was a gift that became my salvation. Carry You