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Thank Goodness for Sisters- The Gratitude Diaries

Thank Goodness for Sisters- The Gratitude Diaries 


I have one sister, she is called Deborah. Debs is the best sister in the world. Ironically my sister lives on the other side of the world and I do miss her dearly. Deborah and I are only 12 months apart in age but we were very close growing up.

As young girls we did everything together. We played together, we argued, we fought and we defended one another. We love each other very much but we now only communicate via email and Skype.

I am now settled in the UK, in a beautiful Lancashire village, a place I’m happy to stay for the rest of my life. My sister lives in Dunedin, in the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand. Her husband is a full time student!

Deborah and I have both graduated from University with more than one qualification. I studied Education, English, A Bachelor of Arts followed by teaching. My sister studied Medicine and graduated as a doctor, not before finishing her masters in Peadiatrics- Infant and child health and nutrition. At my highest level I specialised in teaching Reading and Writing Skills to Children with Learning difficulties.


Despite all that is different about us, including our careers, there is one thing we have in common and that is our love for children. When I was younger I wanted to have many children. I planned to have my own and adopt and have one huge family. Due to my poor health and life’s experiences I had to settle at least for now with one beautiful daughter, my Sylvia.

Deborah has had six children, Joshua, Joseph, Anna Maria, Ella Rose, Lilly and Eve who is a few months old. My sister is on maternity leave and currently home school’s her older children.

A few weeks ago, I had a lightbulb moment! As you may or may not know, I have a serious illness and it can make blogging really hard at times. I write about parenting, lifestyle and health and I suddenly thought, what if?………..

……What if my sister contributed to my blog? I have the teaching tips and poor health experience, my sister has the health tips and parenting experience. I could not believe I had not thought of this earlier.

So, I quickly emailed my sister and she has agreed to share content from time to time. How exciting. I miss my sister but am excited to share her knowledge and experience here on the blog.

Angela x




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  1. Aww that is awesome that your sister is going to join you! I bet you are just over the moon excited about what to come. I adore your quote! I have two sisters, one older and one younger. I would not be the woman I am today without them!

    1. Thanks Kristen… it will be a nice addition to the blog. Debs wont be writing as many posts as me but her content will be good quality and add value which i will appreciate!

      Angela xx

      1. Thanks Kristen. It is nice to be collaborating with Angela and it makes the miles of separation seem less.

  2. What a great idea! It’s nice how you can complement each other with your different sets of knowledge and experience. I have two younger sisters practically on the other side of the world, too, and I’m so glad we can stay in touch and see each other regularly through Skype and FaceTime. #CandidCuddles

    1. What a blessing to live in a time where separation over the miles can be remedied via skype and other technology.

  3. Welcome to the blogging world, Deborah! I’m looking forward to reading your posts. I’m sure you have TONS to share, as you have six kids to draw experiences, advice, and stories from. You’re a pro mommy! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #candidcuddles!

    1. Yes… having six kids will mean my sister has 6x as many stories as me lol! Welcome debs to daysinbed xxx I’m excited to read your posts too! Ang xx

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you like the quote. Debs did everything a year before me. She experienced it all before me and I had someone to look up to and follow especially in regards to education and parenting etc. She is a great sister and i’m grateful to have her.

      Angela xx

  4. Welcome Deborah! This is so exciting Ang! Congrats to both of you on all of your academic achievements. It’s really lovely that you were so close growing up. I’m looking forward to hearing from Deborah! Thanks so much for linking up with #candidcuddles x

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