July 9, 2018

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nearly 17

He had some challenges a few years ago and made some big mistakes. We remained calm, guided him through his troubles, whilst allowing him to face up to the consequences. From this experience, he got the strong impression that we had his back, no matter what. Kipling said “keep your head when all about you are losing […]

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January 15, 2018

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snapshot – january twenty-eighteen

I am… Making: plans! for: gardens at the farm; making beeswax products from our bees; digging up all of the Black Cyprus Pine seedlings that self-seed on the farm and offering them as living native Christmas trees. Cooking: Summer = Salads, and salads are happy food. Drinking: Natures Cuppa organic English Breakfast tea. Real tea, with milk and sugar. And coffee […]

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December 22, 2017

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12,15,16

I didn’t know that it was possble to love your children MORE every day, especially in the teen years. Well, it is. This trio of boys never fails to surprise and delight. They are all so different. Despite their differences they are quietly tolerant of each other, and frequently kind. 12 My youngest boy is now […]

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December 22, 2017

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this old dog

Two days ago, we lost this old dog. He was 14 years and 7 months old. the wildlife menace the dog of small brain but big heart the tenacious and plucky the loyal, sit by the back door dog the dog with the ear piercing yip, the most cheerful disposition, and the waggiest tail the dog that was […]

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August 28, 2016

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15

  I am the official owner of a 15 year-old now. My eldest turned 15 last week. It’s not too bad. I was dreading the teen years because I enjoyed my young ones so much, and I do reflect on those days almost every day. However, this boy has restored my faith and hope in […]

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August 24, 2015

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and so it goes

Well, our middle boy who has Coeliac Disease has taken us on quite a journey. A few weeks into his new diet, I put out some syrup for the other boys to have with their pancakes. I wasn’t paying attention, and neither was my middle boy. I heard an “uh oh”. He had poured the syrup […]

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June 13, 2015

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it’s been a week

It’s been a week since we started the gluten-free diet for the middle boy. He’s doing very well coming to terms with being coeliac. He has been extremely tired and wrung-out. We figure he has to get used to the new diet, and give his body time to heal. Now we think the youngest boy […]

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June 7, 2015

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free the glutens

You could be forgiven for thinking that I have only two sons. I usually only write about the eldest or the youngest because they frequently challenge me. There is a middle boy. He is no fuss at all. He is sociable, funny, amiable, and smart. He does his school work on time and independently. I don’t […]

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May 2, 2015

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snapshot – may twenty-fifteen

I am… . cooking :  Cooking is not my forte. And I’m not in a cooking mood at the moment. By special request, I made a minestrone soup a few weeks ago. I do make a hearty and life sustaining minestrone, and the boys loved it. . drinking : Tantric Turtle‘s loose leaf chai tea […]

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May 2, 2015

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we keep learning

My youngest boy is now 9. He has spent the past 7 months going to occupational therapy (OT). The therapist has been focusing on his core strength, and he has been doing really well. The tantrums at home have ceased. He is still doing lots of sport and activity and that has complemented the OT. […]

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