I think it would be fair to say that this year has by far been one of the most challenging for us emotionally as a family and 5-6 months ago I found that my teenage daughter had decided to leave our family unit to live with her Dad … and it nearly broke me.
I totally understood her decision and respect the decision she made now, although did not and do not agree with the way it was handled as I strongly believe it has massively impacted on how hard things have been since.
However I am pleased she is now settled and where she feels she needs to be.
At the same time our family unit changed, we were living with the knowledge that change was afoot again and we were growing another Oliver so the last few months really have been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster for us all.
Last year also saw me undergo surgery in March and Ollie in August and I for one am hoping that next year the only surgery that we face as a family will be my upcoming caesarean section and here is hoping that we will be lucky enough to have good health for the rest of the year.
I do now realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel … and although its taken me a long time to realise this, it has finally hit over the last few weeks.
We are all now where we need and want to be and 2016 is set to bring some super happy memories with the new baby and some family time already planned into it ,with holidays and days out as the icing on the cake.
I am enjoying what we have as a family, and realising we are so very lucky in so many ways that with a clearer mind I can now appreciate what we do have instead of fixating on what we don’t have.
I have no doubt things will be sent to challenge us in 2016 … but I am ready for it and I am planning to spend more time counting our blessings.