Just When I Thought Family Couldn’t Hurt Me Anymore This Happens!

Well here is a story which would be difficult to make up. Just when I thought my original family couldn’t leave me bruised and hurt anymore than they already have, they just have again, and it’s left me thinking that you can’t pick your family, but you sure as hell can pick your friends. I have a biological brother that went to the other side of the world well over 40 years ago and it’s about 30 years or more since we have seen each other. We have had very sporadic contact over the years, and the last time any… [Read More]

Family And Love This Boxing Day In Our Home

I will never be super wealthy, but I don’t need to be, especially when I look around me and see who was in my home on Boxing Day. My five wonderful children, my beautiful wife and my mum. Let’s be honest all the money in world could never buy all that love and family. It’s what completes me as a dad, husband and son. In today’s money grabbing society, have we just lost the meaning of what’s really important in life? It’s family it’s togetherness and most importantly it’s love. Sibling love Many of us grew up in a loving… [Read More]

My Four Daughters Or Donkeys :My Sunday Photo

On one of those very rare moments all five of my children were in the same room. And I captured this particularly magical moment where young meets old playing a game of “Don’t Be A Donkey”, I’m not sure much playing of the game was actually happening, it was a more a case of let’s pretend we are donkeys and take a selfie. While they messing around trying to take a selfie, I snapped this moment. I love the relationship between my five children, especially with the age gap of nearly 16 years, because they still have so much fun,… [Read More]

Sisters: My Sunday Photo

On Wednesday just gone it was my birthday, and my 20 year old daughter came home from university for a few days. Which was wonderful as I got to see her on my birthday, many moments make your life worthwhile, and my Sunday Photo this week is without a doubt, one of them. Whenever my daughter E comes home from university, her sisters R and M are so excited to see her, they love having her around, and cuddles are the order of the day. They are always asking her when she is due back home so they can see… [Read More]

The Older I Get The More It Hurts: Siblings

Another year has passed and I’m another year older. The older I get, the more think of the estranged relationships I have with my brother and sister, and quite honestly it hurts a bit more every year. When I was born I had a mother, father, brother and sister. I have on many previous occasions written how this family nucleus became estranged and dysfunctional. However, cutting a long story short, I only have a relationship with my mum, and my father passed away a few years ago, not that it made any difference to our relationship because we simply didn’t… [Read More]

I Was Once Part Of A Happy Family Of Five 

In the near future I will be doing a blog post about a company that basically revitalises all your old black & white photos. So at this point I decided to raid my mum’s house for as many old black and white photos that I could find,  and wow! What a shock I was in for. Regular readers of my blog will on occasion come across posts that are about how dysfunctional and messed up my childhood was. So it came as a huge surprise when I came across about six or seven photos showing when I was part of… [Read More]

The Twins Turned Five and OMG! They Have Changed 

Just under two weeks ago our twin girls, R and M, turned five years old. Along with turning five I think they had character and personality changes as well. There was a time when they were four years old all of a fortnight ago that they were the best of friends. Well, I wouldn’t call them bad friends now, but they are learning the art of getting their sister into trouble with mum and dad on a scale that is incredibly irritating to mum and dad! Some examples of this new found ability of telling tales are: We are in… [Read More]

Half: Brothers and Sisters 

Regular readers of my blog will know that I have five children from two marriages. The oldest three are from my first marriage and my five year old twin girls are from my second marriage.  When my wife and I found out she was pregnant, which we found out was going to be twins, I had one overwhelming fear which was how accepting will my older children be at having two new half sisters? My worry and fear was that I didn’t want them to feel in any way that they were less loved or thought of or wanted by… [Read More]