Where to begin .........

I really don't know where to begin.  I thought that this would be the beginning of our Easter holidays and that I would be running an Easter revision camp for my 4.  Charlotte doing her finals, Archie second year exams, Harvey year 10 exams and Abi year 8.  Charlotte is beavering away over her dissertation, she is unsure of the format her final exams will take as things keep changing, Archie's exams were cancelled, he had 2 essays to do but now one of those has been cancelled.  Harvey and Abi are not remotely interested in revising when they don't even know when they will go back to school.

The only plan made that has been kept has been the arrival of Dora.  What a bundle of joy, fun and mischief she is.  Such a tonic.


I received the most lovely email from a customer yesterday.  Forgive me for copy and pasting but I think you will enjoy what she has written......


"Dear Mum’s office

Many thanks for 20/21 academic diary, I love the coral colour, it is always an exciting occasion when the new one arrives.  As a nurse current events have somewhat overtaken me but finally at the weekend in clearing out the spare room I came across a pile of all my saved old diaries and spent an amazing couple of hours reminiscing. Incidentally the purple colour from 2016/17 is still my favourite!

Unknowingly they have become the diary I never planned to keep, 2010/11 was the year my daughter started school, she is now in year 9.  They provide an amazing record of 10 years of family and school events, the mundane, swimming and music lessons, to the more exciting parties and celebrations.  Birthday and Christmas gifts bought and received.  Meals repeated over the years and those that were never tried a 2nd time! Birthdays, weddings and sadly the year we lost far too many we loved.

Now as I head into the last few months of my 2019/2020 diary I found myself erasing far too many events ( I always write in pencil - a special pencil!), like so many we were heading into GCSE’s for our son, with the inevitable revision plans, exams dates and end of term sports events all scheduled in to be followed by an amazing holiday, a ‘carrot’ to get him (and us through) them.

Who knows where the next few weeks and months will take us but in its own way, the empty pages will be as much of a recollection of this extraordinary time as the full more exciting years.

Thank you and very best wishes"


Thank you Jodie for such a lovely email.  It really lifted my spirits to know that what we do is actually meaningful.

April 02, 2020 — Emma Fletcher

Comments

Caroline Benham

Caroline Benham said:

Such a lovely post, I too have four children. I’m a few years ahead of you in ages but totally relate to changes in the diary and school taking a different route for our youngest too (both year 12). Mum’s Diary was the first diary I actually used, and I have been using them since 2012. I have them all together on my bookshelf, they look so smart and pretty.
Your post brought tears to my eyes as I briefly reflected on the passing of the years and the little stories my diaries hold. Thank you for sharing both your own and Jodie’s stories.

carly hopkin

carly hopkin said:

So lucky to have been chosen as a winner of a recent completion to win a Family To Do List, Mums Weekly Planner and Mums Shopping List .

The layout of the Mums Shopping List having the added column for meal planning is so great . As a busy mum of 4 children and a wonderful husband that loves to cook this is just one thing less to worry about . Meal planning and shopping in one.

Family To Do List is amazing the magnet on the back is an added extra which means it can be moved around the kitchen and no excuse for the teenager to escape the chores.

Mums Weekly Planner is all mine !! With a busy household and working full time as well as running a Charity this gives me time and space to write what I need and when. The columns are large enough to write in and the shopping list is detachable which means I can grab as I leave the house .

Thank you so much xx

carly hopkin

carly hopkin said:

So lucky to have been chosen as a winner of a recent completion to win a Family To Do List, Mums Weekly Planner and Mums Shopping List .

The layout of the Mums Shopping List having the added column for meal planning is so great . As a busy mum of 4 children and a wonderful husband that loves to cook this is just one thing less to worry about . Meal planning and shopping in one.

Family To Do List is amazing the magnet on the back is an added extra which means it can be moved around the kitchen and no excuse for the teenager to escape the chores.

Mums Weekly Planner is all mine !! With a busy household and working full time as well as running a Charity this gives me time and space to write what I need and when. The columns are large enough to write in and the shopping list is detachable which means I can grab as I leave the house .

Thank you so much xx

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