Mother’s Day


I gave my mum her card last night.  I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to see her today, not even for five minutes, on my own.  So I took my home-made mother’s day card round last night, just before bed time. (She lives next door, so it wasn’t far to travel!).  I gave it to her full of the excitement you get when you have made something especially from your heart to another’s.  I was not disappointed.  She was close to tears as she looked at the card and read the words.  She particularly asked me to take a photo of the card and put it on my blog.  So here it is.  I like it because it is different from the ones I normally give (always homemade).  It is a photo I took myself, with the camera Gary gave me for Christmas.  I love dried roses and anytime I am given any stems I always dry them and pop them in the wooden vases T11 made for me.  So I took one of these roses, a beautiful dark red rose Gary had given to me in the past, and took a black and white photo of it on pale pink paper.  That is the photo above.  I printed it, in black and white, onto a dark red piece of card and added the words I wanted mum to hear:


My own Mother’s day was lovely.  Gary had to work in the early morning.  Unbeknown to me, he set his alarm and went in early for around 4am so he could come home early to be here for Mother’s day when I woke up.  The older children looked after the little ones from 6.30am onwards so I had a blessed lie in (Deep, happy sigh), I was woken by my rather gorgeous husband, who had bought me a Costa Coffee Latte on his way back from work (even deeper, happier sigh), the children came in preceded by B2, who squealed with an ecstatic ‘Mummeeeee!’ as if she hadn’t seen me all week, rather than all morning!  Each child had a bunch of daffodils for me, which T11 had snuck and bought from the local green grocers the day before (the deepest, happiest sigh ever!):

DSC_0609We had planned to go to the beach, but the temperature dropped considerably over the weekend so we went to my next favourite destination: the garden centre.  As a family, we LOVE going to the garden centre!  We had a lovely time with a snack in the restaurant:

DSC_0612A wander around the shopping area:




The little ones had a read in the book area:


And then decided to help the manager out by cleaning the shop floor:


Who’d have thought so much fun could be got from a simple garden centre?

That evening, I attended the yearly mother’s day service the children’s choir put on.  As part of the service the children had the opportunity to say what made their mother special.  T11 reached the microphone and said his mum was special because she is just perfect!  Ha, ha, I got a lot of ragging afterwards from friends, but seriously, who wouldn’t love their 11-year-old son to say that publicly, however untrue you knew it to be!!  Everything each child said to me publicly and privately was locked away into my heart to be treasured forever.  I cannot believe I am so blessed!


  1. Here is a portion of a verse for you (and your mom) from Proverbs 31:28 – “Her children arise and call her blessed.” This is just what you and your children have done to each respective mother.

  2. Wait… I ‘m confused… “Mothers Day”??
    Did I miss something?
    It truly is sweet about what your 11 year ld son said! Love it !

  3. What a lovely Mother’s Day! The card you made is beautiful. It’s no wonder your mother appreciates it. 🙂 It’s wonderful to have family living so close by.

  4. i have just found your blog and am amazed at all you do while homeschooling!! do you follow a curriculum for your history? i see you have pages that the kids have filled out for history – are those part of a curriculum? also i see that you have a lot of books for your history!! do you read all the books and then come up with ideas on your own on what activities to do? i am inspired by what you do, but would like to know where to start. thanks for the advice!

    1. Oh, wow! What a lovely comment, thank you so much for taking the time to make it!
      My short answer to your questions:
      I write my own curriculum for history, incorporating all the subjects apart from maths and science; although I write my own kitchen science curriculum called Incr-Edible Science, I also use Apologia.
      The note pages I get from various sources around the net, some I pay for, most are free.
      Books are the back bone to our school and yes we read them all!
      If you’d like a more in depth answer see this link:
      And if you have any more questions feel free to leave a message and I’ll try and answer them for you.
      Thanks for visiting and I hope that helps!

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