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Hello.
I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
If you have landed here - welcome and feel free to dip in to what was our life - once upon a time...
J xxx

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Nine






A boy was nine years old yesterday. So hard to believe, but it's true. The first of our big 'first time since...' occasions but we were ok. Lots of cards, a few gifts, FaceTime calls, his favourite meal and a chocolate banana cake helped a bit. So thankful to have him - he's a great boy. xxx

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  1. A beautiful blessing from God

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  2. The best of life's blessings to you both from now on in.

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  3. Happy birthday James - its a lovely photo and you look very like your Dad. Someone took a photo earlier this year of one of my daughters and she looked just like her Dad ..as did her identical twin, and we find that really comforting.
    Jacqui, I wrote that first birthday card to the girls signed just me earlier this year and it feels sad but as the "firsts" pass I feel a sense of relief that it is done and we are OK. I've just come back from a tricky work interview in Edinburgh, trying to get chartered as an Ecologist working in forestry and I missed not being able to talk it over with my level headed husband. Another first, hard, sad, painful but each time it helps build a bit more strength and I bounce back abit quicker. Just finished Grief with feathers by Max Porter which I picked up in Edinburgh, a really lovely bit of fiction published in Sept by Faber.
    And on another note, inspired by your stay in Kitehill yurts near Builth, I have booked one for me, the girls and my Mum for the wool show next year. Girls are desperate to stay in one and we often go to the wool show. We were particularly excited by the blue folk art in the yurt! Something to look forward to along with a long planned trip to Harris with friends for my 50th with the hope if getting to St Kilda next summer...exciting! Ali x

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    1. thank you, Ali - i am so pleased you are going to Kate's yurts. They are beautiful and very near Builth indeed. it's good to read your comments here xxx

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  4. Sending Birthday wishes to the BIrthday Boy!! He is quite handsome! I enjoy your pictures & writings. I live on a cattle farm in GA-USA. May your pleasant memories help heal the hurt & loss you feel. Thanks for sharing your life. Mary Ann

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  5. A very thoughtful and kindly face your young man has, he looks very wise beyond his years.
    Gods blessings to you both x

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  6. He is a handsome boy, dear Jacqui ! Sending him birthday wishes from Texas.

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  7. Happy birthday young man, wishing you both all the best on this first since x

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  8. Those 'first since' moments are so hard. Love and each other will see you through. xx

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  9. Echoing what others have said, the first times aren't easy . I'm approaching the second of my late husband's birthdays since he died, and I'm not sure what to think about it. I shall always mark it in my heart but I will have to talk to my daughters as to whether they want to do anything more than that - I'd raise a glass to him if I was a drinker, but he had some good Scottish pals who will do that for me, I think. He's alive in our memories, and that's important and significant. Our young people [yours, mine and Ali's] are all dealing with this new kind of life in a very mature kind of way, and I feel here that I am happy to let the girls lead a little in how we deal with these anniversaries. As mothers. we always want what is best for them, I know, so it seems right to do what they feel comfortable with, although it does need to be recognised that we have been bereaved as well, so our feelings do definitely count too. I think you will know what I mean. Sending much love to you both, and belated birthday wishes!

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    1. I do know, Morgan - we'll find our way, I'm sure xxx

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  10. Happy birthday dear James, I can not believe just how much you have grown over the last few years. I know this year was hard, I've been there, but I'm glad you and your beautiful mama had a nice celebration. I wish you many, many more years of great birthday's.
    And Jacqui, much love to you from me!

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  11. Birthday wishes for James. He's a handsome young man!

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  12. Happy birthday to both James and Jacqui. You are lucky to have each other.

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  13. A difficult but happy day. A belated Haopy Birthday to you both.

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  14. Happy Birthday from Kansas young man!

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  15. A very Happy Birthday to you, handsome James!

    xo

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  16. Happy birthday to him, and to you. xxx

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  17. happiest birthday blessings for your James....and much love to you both. the firsts suck. there's no way around it. holding you both tightly in my heart. xoxox

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  18. Do he and I share the same fabulous day (the 10th)??? If so, that makes him extra special!! :)

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  19. He is a great boy...it shows in his face...he shines! You are blessed.

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  20. Happy birthday, hope it was a great day. Thinking of you with the storms and wishing you a calm at home day.

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  21. happy birthday wishes to him xxx

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  22. Thank you, everyone one for your lovely thoughts and wishes - I really do appreciate you taking the times to brighten my world xx

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  23. happy birthday to you son, who I cannot believe he is nine!! We have watched him grow up on your blog and I thank you for sharing his beautiful life with us. May he have many many many birthdays filled with grace and peace and love.

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    1. I know - he is so changed since that curly blonde cherub, but still the same pragmatic funny boy xx

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  24. Belated Happy Birthday to James! James = Blessing. JJ

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  25. Aw he is precious! God bless you as you move forward in life and seek to celebrate with joy even when there is heartache.

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