Yesterday I blogged out some of the blessings in my life and today I want to share a few special memories, stories and photos that are important to me when I think back over the last 30 years.
This is me (very almost) 30 years ago, with my beloved Nan. This beautiful lady has been a huge inspiration in my life, since I was a little girl I imagined myself being like my nan when I was married with children or indeed grandchildren. She taught me to bake and I still use her recipe for every sponge cake and one day Little Miss will learn that recipe, I know my nan and Little Miss would have been great friends too. A china tea set, a cute vintage apron or a delicate little brooch will always bring a smile to my face and wonder if she would be proud of the woman I am today.
|Me and my baby brother|
My baby brother-my first best friend. We have always been close. We kept each others secrets and got up to much mischief together that we always swore to keep between us. Now we are grown we laugh a lot about all the tricks from our past. Our lovely mum is often amazed at the things we confess when we get together. A broken dining table 'fixed' with sellotape always makes us laugh - we got away with it too.
The photo above is one I love for many reasons, one being that its a scene that is so familiar in our family photos, an older relative lovingly playing "mummy" to a younger child.
This is me with one of my cousins pushing me her dolls pushchair.
And this is Little Miss in my old dolls pram, watched over by her big brother (and of course as with each of the photos mummy & co. supervising)
Growing up with a large extended family was wonderful, we were always visiting or having visits from aunts, uncles and cousins, our family were always our best friends and its lovely to remember the great times we had together.
This is me, around 2.5 years old
And this is little Mr coming up to 3
And little Miss at 2 years 3 months
We look alike don't we? I love to look at pictures of me as a child and see how there are little parts of me in my own children. Their blue eyes and button noses that I hope will be passed on to their own children.
Without my wonderful husband I'd never have had those two beautiful children. When we met there was something between us instantly, my husband tells me he told someone immediately "the girl I'm going to marry just walked in".
For 5 months I kept my distance, saw him half a dozen times and didn't even give him my number, then I decided it was time to take a chance and there our whirlwind romance began. We were engaged after 4 months, married a year later and the following year Little Mr came along.
I have no doubt there were people who thought we wouldn't last long, they didn't exactly hide their feelings, but we always knew we were meant to be.
Of course life hasn't all been a bed of roses but looking back the good far outweighs the bad and I look forward to what the rest of my life has in store.
To encourage myself to push my limits, relive the wonders of childhood and make memories for my family, today I start my Day Zero project which you can find here. I look forward to sharing each goal here.
Happy Birthday to Me!