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The Sacrifices of a Parent – The Gratitude Diaries Week 6


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The Sacrifices of a Parent

I am so grateful for the sacrifices my Mother made for me and my siblings. Mum once dreamed of becoming a nurse. She did not ever get to do this, clinic instead she married and had a child.

Mum chose to be a SAHM (stay at home Mother) full time. She raised my sister and did a brilliant job. My mum never went on an overseas trip or purchased beautiful jewellery, hospital Dad never bought anything fancy either. Everything my parents had was used to meet our basic needs, and to put a roof over our heads, to cloth us, to feed us and to educate us.

My youngest brother has severe special needs. He is now in his twenties but his mind is that of a 5 year old. My mother has always cared for James. She loves him and everything she does is planned around the needs of my brother. My Mother is a true example of a parent who sacrifices for her child.

I came from a low socio-economic town called Barnsley. Many were unemployed and ex Coal Miners. We came from nothing. My father struggled to find work. For many years this was the case, it still is today. Yet Dad has never sat back expecting money from the government. Instead he has worked whatever and whenever. My father sacrificed all these years working “not nice” jobs to meet the needs of his kids.

Both my Mother and father sacrificed everything to give me the life I now have. For this I am truly grateful. My sister is a Doctor, I graduated as a teacher and although I cannot physically work, I have skills and knowledge to teach my child and I write this blog. None of this would be possible without my parents sacrifice.

The quote above truly represents my Mother and my Father who loved me more than any worldly thing.

Thanks Mum and Dad!

Now it is my turn to do the same and to give my daughter the best I can in whatever circumstances I find myself in.

This week I am grateful for – My Parents.

I am grateful for my sister.

I am grateful for feeling well enough to help my daughter bake and have lots of fun together.

Angela xx

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  1. What a lovely gratitude post. Your parents sound like amazing people. My parents sacrificed a lot too. The 80s wasn’t a great time for many. Your parents must be very proud of their children šŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Laura. I’m pleased you enjoyed this post. Parents do sacrifice a lot, most of us anyway šŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting my post. Angela x

  2. Your parents sound like amazing people. What a lovely post I bet they are very proud when they read this. Glad you were feeling well enough to bake! #candidcuddles

    1. Thank you Catie. my parents are wonderful, the only sad thing is they live on the other side of the world but the silver lining is they are coming over to uk to visit next year in April and i cannot wait! Angela xx

  3. As a parent we all make sacrifices every day. But it’s so worth it. I’d sacrifice anything if it meant my kids would benefit and that’s the way it should be šŸ™‚ What a lovely post in honour of your parents. They obviously raised you to be very respectful and I’m sure they must be very proud that you have dedicated this post to them.

    1. Your right Janine. I do think sometimes people don’t realise just how much you give when you become a mother or father. it is hard work and the sacrifices are huge but it sure is worth it! – Angela

  4. Wow, Angela- this is a beautiful tribute to your parents. I hope they follow your blog so they can read the wonderful things you said about them! They sound like amazing people! Thanks so much for linking up with #candidcuddles!

  5. Parents give us a lot to have gratitude for, huh? Well, for most of us. My mom had to take both roles and she was awesome! Your parents sound wonderful, and I truly think it helps shape how well we raise our kids!

    1. I appreciate the work of a single Mother or Single father as i was a single mum for 5 years..and yes parents do and we do a lot of our kids and our actions do shape how well they are raised. I totally agree. Thanks Angela x

  6. This is a lovely post and a beautiful quote! My parents are also on the other side of the world from me, but are arriving here tomorrow for a three week visit. We have to make the most of the precious moments we get together (and take about a million photos!). #candidcuddles

  7. Sacrificing for your children is worth everything after all they are your beautiful masterpieces. I am blessed to have 4 children I love dearly.2 have flown the coop and are now creating masterpieces of their own. The other 2 we are still working with and helping them become what they want to be . A mothers job never ends there is always something you can do to help your family but it is the best job ever. I am glad my daughters feel the same.

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