Beaches and Sunsets Are Made For Each Other

Today, we spent the afternoon at Southerndown, perhaps one of our favourite places – the cliffs and the beach, the scenery and the rural walks – beautiful. We took a picnic but as it was rather cold to sit outside, the four of us had our lunch in the car at the top of the cliff. We decided after lunch that we would move the car to the bottom car park so it would be less walking for Emelia and pushing the pram. However, the car refused to start. Yikes! Some kind people gave Jon a hand and eventually it got going again. Afraid it wouldn’t start again, we agreed that one of us would stay in the car with Asa, and keep it running. Jon and I took it in turns to walk with Emelia on the beach. The sun was setting as we were walking. Beaches and sunsets are made for each other, a bit like jelly and ice cream, flowers and vases, icing and cake – like Jon and I, and our lovely children. We are made for each other. How I love our little family!

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Today has been a lovely day, spent marvelling at creation, eating, laughing and making memories. It’s a bit like the calm before the storm, as we know January is going to be very busy. Already we have 10 appointments for Asa lined up and one for me! Over the next few weeks, Asa will see the ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist about his stridor (noisy breathing), physio, the community paediatrician and blood tests, feeding clinic, portage (child development / psychology service), audiology MAP (Multi Agency Planning), and in two weeks time, we will start at the ‘Speak and Learn’ communication group for children with Down’s syndrome. Most of these appointments require child care for Emelia, so thank you to friends and family who have already offered.

So, as we embark on a new year, we are looking forward to seeing what God will bring in 2013. We are feeling positive about the future – we’ve definitely ‘turned the corner’ and life is a lot less scary (for now!). We’re counting our blessings (namely two that go by the names of Emelia and Asa), and praising God for his goodness and faithfulness to us now, and in the future. To our friends and family, happy New Year! xx

Happy New Year – 2013

Today we went to Southerndown for a picnic. As it was too cold and windy to eat outside, we ate in the car. It was a bit awkward, especially feeding Asa, but it was an adventure! After our picnic, we thought we would move the car nearer to the beach, but it wouldn’t start. Some kind people helped up push it and Jon got it going again. Afraid that it wouldn’t start again, we decided to keep the car running and one of us stay in the car with Asa (it was freezing!) while the other took Emelia on the beach. Jon went out first and then we swapped. The sun was setting as we were walking on the beach. Sunsets and beaches are made for each other, like jelly and ice cream, hands and gloves, salt and vinegar – like Jon and I, and our two children. We just all go together.

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Today has been a lovely day, just the four of us spending quality time together, eating and laughing together and making memories… A great way to start the year! The rest of January will be busy – Asa has ten appointments, some of which are the new ‘Speak and Learn’ communication / speech therapy group for children with Down’s syndrome starting in a couple of weeks. Other appointments include ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist) for Asa’s stridor, audiology review (MAP – multi-agency planning), Portage (psychology / child development service), Community Paediatrician, and physiotherapy to name a few!

We are looking forward to seeing what God will bring in 2013. We are feeling positive about the future – we’ve definitely ‘turned the corner’ and life is a lot less scary (for now!). We are counting our blessings and praising God for his goodness and faithfulness this far, and which we know will continue always.

Happy New Year, friends!