The calm before the storm.

Hi Everyone!

For all those that read and commented on my last post, thank you so very much.

This week has been a little quiet at Heartland Home (our house name), probably a blessing as the run up to Christmas is usually very hectic. What with present buying, card writing, baking, school plays, disco's, carol services, decorating the house, visiting friends and family, making sure we have everything we need to make Christmas go as smoothly as possible, it can be stressful trying to fit everything in.  I do love Christmas though, it is the one time of the year where I feel giddy just like I did as a child. I love spending time watching the excitement build on my children's faces, and sometimes the roll of their eyes when I am being silly dancing to Christmas songs that are playing or wearing a Santa hat to go Christmas shopping. Their disapproving look of sheer embarrassment only makes me do it more. As a mum I feel it is my duty to show my children that growing old gracefully does not mean we can not have fun.

Talking of fun, this week I got to try out my new bike. Well its not quite a bike as such. It is actually an adaptation that fits to the front of my wheelchair. Oh I may not have mentioned in my last post, I am a paraplegic (I know big medical words...seriously annoying!) it means that I am paralysed from the waist down so can not walk, stand or feel my legs. I wont bore you with the details. I fell out of a tree when I was 13 and broke my spine which crushed my spinal cord leaving me paralysed. It can make life really shit at times but after 20 years I am pretty much used to it and just go about my daily business like everyone else.

I have not been out on a bike ride since breaking my back and have never been able to take my children out on a bike ride. Despite the fact my arms are huge and muscly from pushing my chair its not enough to keep up with their legs when they are on their bikes. But with the new adaptation that fits to the front of my chair it turns my chair into a powered trike and I can now keep up with them, in fact I can leave them in my dust teenage son did not find this quite as amusing as I did. Going out for our first family bike ride was brilliant, we all enjoyed it. Well, apart from my husband whose chain snapped half way and he had to push his bike the rest of the way....obviously I was a considerate wife and did not laugh, giggle or tease him at all! We had a lovely day and I can't wait to be able to go out on more rides together.

Doing things together as a family is so important for us and this time of year really is the best time to concentrate on spending time together, Christmas and the run up to it for us is all about family.

What does Christmas mean to you?

This week I want you to tell me what the word Christmas means for you? Is it a special memory? does it conjure up a list of words? does it bring feelings of anxiety? is it a hard time of year? do you have traditions? It can have so many different meanings for everyone. If you want to share your answers please do comment below.

Thank you for reading, hope to see you back here soon.

Amy x


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