Things I am grateful for this week.

I was really excited when I read that over at Single Mother Ahoy, Vicky was hosting a new weekly linky called “Weekly Gratitude”.

I try very hard to live a life in gratitude but sometimes I fail terribly. Its that human part of me always letting me down. Anyway this is a fantastic reminder for me. It fact it is a fantastic reminder for us all. Pop over to Vicky’s blog and join in.

Anyway my Weekly Gratitude 

This week has been chaotic I am so very exhausted both emotionally and physically. But yet while it has been hard it is has also been a week where I have a lot to be grateful.

Firstly my family and friends. My husband has really had to pick up the slack this week with the household chores, meals etc. I’ve been super busy with training courses and meetings. I’ve also had some health news which has worried me a little and my family and friends have been so supportive.

Secondly I am grateful for the NHS. No matter how many times we hear news of health cuts and waiting lists. I am so thankful for a health service that is free to all.

Thirdly I am grateful for my children, both birth children and foster ones. This week I have watched my daughter receive an award for all the extra curricular activities she takes part in. Recognition for her dedication to sports teams and music pursuits.  My foster son also received an award for all his hard work and all he has overcome. I am super proud of all my kids.

Lastly I am grateful for a new wheelchair that we are going to fetch today. This will make our lives so much easier and make getting out and about more fun.

So see even in a chaotic exhausting week I have so much to be thankful for.

Thank you Vicky for this linky xxx


My Christmas Hero.

I love blogging but never more so than when I get the opportunity to love on someone I respect and admire.

So when I was asked by Thorntons  to choose someone to be my Christmas Hero I seriously jumped at the chance. It was so simple to know who I was going to choose, as this lady is not only my hero but the hero of hundreds of children.

Let me introduce you to my dear friend Ros

I met Ros about three years ago at our annual camping trip with Special Kids in the UK. Straight away I knew we would be friends but I never expected the impact she would make on my life.

Ros is one of those ladies that tells it as it is but while this may seem straight forward to some her honesty is always full of love and compassion.

She is a mother,grandmother and a foster parent to children with special needs too. She is always busy either involved with family, church activities, special needs or with her charity work.

Yet while she has a super active life she has always been there for me over the last few years.

She is the person I turn to when I am feeling low.

She is the person I look to for strength.

She is my dear dear friend.

But the reason I have chosen Ros to be my Christmas Hero is because of the tireless work she does throughout the year filling shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child. Each year Ros tries to send as many as she can to children across the world in need. From the moment the van leaves with this years boxes she starts on those for the following year. Last year Ros and her family and friends made a 1000 boxes for the Samaritan’s Purse. A thousand boxes how incredible is that. When I asked Ros while she does this her answer was simply “Every box is a child’s smile”. A pretty amazing reason from an amazing lady.

So its easy to see why I choose Ros as my Thornton’s Christmas Hero.

To be honest Ros is my year round hero. I think she is  simply wonderful and I am blessed to call her my friend.

Enjoy your chocolates Ros.