Our Little Life by the Sea

Word of the Week 1

family wotw

family wotw

My word of the week is Family.

I said goodbye today to my eldest daughter who has returned to Bristol Uni for her second term. We have had three wonderful weeks together, including a 5 day break at CenterParcs, which now seems like months ago.

I miss her so much. I love her so much. Why then do we fall out when we are together? We are so close, but so far apart at times too. I have been thinking a lot about our time together, we have shared some magical moments all together as a family, and I treasure our time together. I just wish we didn’t clash so much.

I know why it is. We are too alike! Both over-sensitive, both fiery, both reading too much into everything. I raised her to be strong, independent, to have a voice. Now that she does, I almost wish she hadn’t at times! Of course I don’t mean that, I am so very proud of her. Of who she is, of who she is becoming.

My beautiful girl. My first born. I don’t think she will ever read this post, but if she does, I want her to know that despite everything, I love her more than she will ever know. As do her sister and brothers. I am so very blessed with two daughters and two sons. I have become a mum four times over, and I give thanks for them every day.

Keep being strong, my precious girl. Keep questioning, and doubting, and quizzing and probing! Keep your voice. Let no-one quieten you. Ever.











  1. The Reading Residence

    A lovely word to start the year with. I’m glad you’ve all had a great break together, and those words to your daughter are beautiful. I can tell how proud you are and how much she is loved x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  2. Seychellesmama

    Awww this has me covered in goosebumps and welling up with tears!!! Such a lovely post. Xx

  3. Katie @mummydaddyme

    It’s such a hard age isn’t it? I am best friends with my Mum but we used to clash when I was younger and still do occasionally even though we are exceptional close. I think that’s teenage girls for you! Wishing you all a really happy 2015. x

  4. Sam @ Life of Mum

    Aww this is so lovely! I can’t imagine the day mine fly the nest. Sounds like nothing much changes when they do! x


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