Renewed, Refreshed and Reinvigorated

The treasure at the end of the rainbow?  Northern Ireland, of course!
The treasure at the end of the rainbow? Northern Ireland, of course!

Hello everyone!

You may (or may not) have noticed my blog has been a little quiet of late.  There is a reason for this.  I’ve been on a glorious, relaxing holiday staying with Gary’s parents in what might be the most beautiful country ever created (Northern Ireland).  I made myself take no books, work, school stuff or anything else vaguely related to work of any kind.  Gary’s mum and dad made a huge effort to make sure Gary and I had a holiday; the children blessed us by doing their normal chores.  This meant that I did nothing for two weeks.  Absolutely nothing.  I felt like a lady.  I didn’t cook, clean, school plan, school.  I did however socialize, relax, read (I’ve not read for pleasure for such a long time), lie on my bed thinking many, many thoughts all the way through to their conclusion without being interrupted 101 times.  It was glorious!  Thank you so much Tom and Heather, Gary and I were really blessed.

The children met up with cousins they haven’t seen for 2 1/2 years and enjoyed their extended family thoroughly!  We all enjoyed fellowship with family and close friends, everyone pulling out all stops to make our visit special.  Thank you all so much, it was so appreciated.

Loving our second home.
Loving our second home.

It takes two days travel to get there and two days back, but it is so very worth it.  We wearily returned to our home early last night, after a six-hour drive, slept like the dead and all seven of us were raring to go this morning.

I am so looking forward to this year learning along side my family.  I truly do feel renewed, refreshed and reinvigorated!

Thank you to everyone who left a message or emailed me, expressing concern.  All is very well indeed, but I so appreciate your concern!  I’ll return to normal postings on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Yay for fabulously refreshing holidays!! Looking forward to hearing where all those thoughts that were ‘thought all the way to their conclusion’, are going to take your homeschool and blog… Because I know that’s what you were thinking on that unrestrained train-of-thought…. Aaah – you have to admit… THAT was a pretty impressive sentence…;-) SO glad you are back!

    1. LOL! Very impressive sentence, Liezal!! You know, my thoughts were not geared towards homeschooling or blogging but my incy wincy laundry cupboard and how I could organise it into an ultra cool laundry space. Yes, there you have it, my brain just turns to mush on holiday!!

  2. Glad you’re back, I’ve missed reading your posts! But I’m even happier that you got away and spent some precious time with your family. Ireland is a place my husband and I dream of going one day…it seems like the perfect spot for a vacation!

  3. How exciting! I am so glad you were blessed by this wonderful time spent with your husband’s family. It is hard to imagine what Heaven must be when God’s creation on earth is so stunningly beautiful!

    1. Believe me, it seemed a long way from London, England when we were stuck in a traffic jam. Well worth a visit though if you ever have the opportunity. The people are some of the friendliest I’ve ever met, and so laid back they are almost horizontal. A great place to relax!!

  4. Sounds like a fabulous holiday, so glad you relaxed and enjoyed yourself. I’m really please to see you back posting though, I’ve missed them!

  5. Sounds like you enjoyed a well-deserved holiday. Isn’t is amazing what you can thing about and imagine when you are able to have a complete thought without interruption? Enjoy your weekend.

  6. Welcome home, Claire! Your photos look glorious! I’m very glad for you that you’ve had the holiday you so needed and deserved. It’s great to know that you’re well rested and energised, and that the children have enjoyed their time with the extended family. 🙂

  7. it was so lovely having the family all together again. sort of felt like it had only been a few months instead of a few years.g
    glad you all enjoyed it. x

    1. Hello!!
      Thank you so much for leaving a message, I was chuffed when I saw your name. What a treat to get a comment from someone I know and love!!
      I agree. It definitely didn’t feel like we’d been away for 4 1/2 years.
      The children were incredibly upset to leave, so we are going to try to come back more frequently.

  8. So glad you enjoyed your trip to our homeland. Just popped over from Sarah’s at delivering grace, nice to hear your perspectives on N Ireland 🙂

    1. We lived in Northern Ireland for four years and seriously no place has ever felt as much home as there. I miss it very much. God called us back here for the foreseeable future but I just know we will be back!

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