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It’s Been An Emotional Week

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Well I just don’t know where to start but I feel I need to write this down as I feel emotionally drained. It’s been an emotional week. So much has happened and is happening and I guess I have felt a little overwhelmed.

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About a month ago a friend of mine passed away. It wasn’t expected. He was a young man who I had taught, only 19, a talented and beautiful young man who had been a big part of our lives over the past 7 years and had also taken the photos at our wedding.

I was shocked and obviously very sad to hear the news. I cannot imagine the heartache of his family at this time and if this shook me in the way it has, I cannot even comprehend how his father and brother’s are coping right now.

Every day I have thought of this young man. I was not well enough to attend the funeral but it hasn’t stopped me thinking about him and shedding a fair amount of tears. Harrison is not the only friend I have lost recently.

I have lost a few friends in New Zealand, 3 in fact, all young people around my own age and it just makes you feel sad and want to hold your family a little closer.

My Mum and Dad are returning to New Zealand on Monday. I am heartbroken. I have been so blessed to have spent many months with them on their extended holiday here in the UK and I will miss them like crazy.

My mum is my best friend. I love her so much and feel so sad right now. I will cherish the memories and the opportunity my daughter had to get to know her grandmother.

I would like to move home to New Zealand one day and be closer to my family and to my sister and her 6 children, however I can’t as the Adrenal Pump which I rely on to live and manage my health is not yet available in NZ.

Maybe that is something we can look at in 5 years when my medicine may be more readily available. It is really hard.

This week I found out my daughter is going to have another half sister! Yes, Sylvia has a half sister in New Zealand who is four years old. However I was contacted this week by a single mother telling me she is due to give birth to a little girl and although she is not in a relationship with Sylvia’s birth dad, he is the father and so Sylvia will have a second half sibling as of next month.

This was some news to find out. It will be nice to keep in contact and maybe one day Sylvia can meet her half siblings.

I have been extra unwell this month. It’s my vitamin levels and Iron again and it’s made me feel a lot more pain than usual. Sylvia has gone back to school and had some difficulties settling in as many of her friends are in a different class this year. I am doing my best to help her navigate through this tricky time.

My husband is doing well. His health is good at the minute and we are strong as a unit. We are supporting each other as I feel like I am on an emotional rollercoaster. So many lovely things have happened in terms of blogging, going on holiday and getting some great opportunities but I have also had some nasty trolls recently trying to break me.

(They won’t succeed) and I have had some blogging stress with a VA who has really let me down. I have 2 and one is awesome the other has just failed to do the agreed work every time and has just been very unreliable so sadly I am letting her go.

I feel comforted by my loyal dogs who are great companions in the day. I feel the love of my daughter and husband, my parents and friends, it’s just a difficult time and I feel like I am walking on emotional eggshells just trying to breath and process everything that is going on. I can do it and I will do it but it’s tough and a difficult journey.

The good news, something which made me happy is that I was approached about my Christmas gift guide and have three items that are going to be featured. I chose 3 items and will be sent samples, so I have 3 lovely gifts for John’s brother’s kids, our nephews for Christmas.

I am going to miss my mum like crazy and think my next huge family goal besides the never ending goal of sorting out funding and medication for my adrenal pump will be to visit my parents and sister and all my lovely family members in New Zealand.

I wonder how many years it will take to save for that? I bet we could do it if we really worked hard.

So it’s 1/4 to 3. My daughter will be home in 25 minutes and I need to take some deep breaths, build my strength to cook dinner and be the Mummy Sylvia needs me to be. My mum arrives at my house tonight for our last week together.

I will enjoy this as much as I can and make the most of every moment and be strong because at the moment there are a lot of things going on which I am just trying to deal with!

I can do this!



  1. I’m glad you wrote it all out Angela because sometimes that helps, and I hope it did for you today. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s tough when you can’t be with friends and family to grieve. Maybe try lighting a candle at home for Harrison and saying a few words yourself, that helped me when I couldn’t get to the US for a funeral. On a plus side that’s awesome about getting items for your Christmas gift guide already & Sylvia having a half sibling! x

    1. Yes it’s been a crazy month and your suggestions are fab! I am happy about the half sister thing as it will be nice for her when she is older.. I am excited about the Christmas gift guide thing too!

  2. Aww! Bless you! You can do this!
    What a time of you have had lately….So many ups and downs. I hope you feel better soon and Sylvia has a better time at school soon.
    Good luck with the saving! I hope you manage to visit New Zealand. x

  3. Oh gosh, what a week you had. You are so strong and I hope everything goes better for you and your daughter. New Zealand is amazing – I lived there – so I really hope you get to go

  4. It can be so therapeutic to write how we are feeling out. I am sorry you are having such a hard time. I hope you start to feel better soon.

  5. I really admire your strength and courage. It inspires me alot. So sorry about the loss of your friend that must have been very hard to bear.

  6. I’m sorry there are so many bumps in your road right now. This is one of my favorite quotes from CS Lewis that I like to remember when life gets rough: “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”

  7. My love ! Remember my virtual door is always open for you, I very much enjoyed our chat the other day and if you need to talk or just aw at your cute doggies I am here for you. Always 🙂 I know it is hard that your mum and dad are going back and really hope that your medication will become available in New Zealand, it must be hard to be away from your parents. But listen here, you are a fighter never forget. I have had a pretty rough time as well so I am sending you an endless supply of endless virtual hugs. Will check in soon. Stay strong xxx

  8. Hang in there Angela! I’m so sorry you have been experiencing so many difficult things. Wrap your arms around your loved ones. Life is so precious and things often change so quickly.

  9. I am so sorry that you experienced these. I can see a very strong woman in you. I also do the same thing. I write how I feel, my emotions, and my problems. It helps a lot.

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