School Report, The West Wing and Hope Cove #LittleLoves

It has been a busy week, where I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to sit down but one during which I feel like I have achieved absolutely nothing.


Like most of the country, our school sent out end of year reports this week. Cheeky Chap is the sort of child who could easily get forgotten about. He gets on with his work, meets targets and doesn’t particularly excel in any area. I read his report and shed a few tears. With words like “polite and helpful”, “calm and confident” and “eager to learn” how could I not be proud?

Following our separation, which we hope will be temporary, I have picked up “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman and Nan Silver. It is a book I bought and read when we first got married nearly ten years ago. I figured a bit of a refresher and perhaps actually doing some of the activities might help.

In her Little Loves post last week, Morgana linked to this post from Sarah Bessey. It made me cry. It articulates perfectly where I am at and how I feel. And how, through it all, the best I can do is to keep not quitting.


I know I am about 17 years behind the rest of the world but I have just started watching The West Wing. I’m a bit annoyed that I have only just started watching it though as NOW TV only have it until the end of July and I’m not sure I can watch it all before then. Wish me luck!


Aside from the radio, I’ve been mostly listening to Hillsong United’s latest album, Wonder. Every time they bring out a new album I am blown away by their talent and passion.


It has been a funny old week with clothes, I have spent just as much time in jeans and a top as I have in a dress.

and lastly…

In an effort to carve out some time together and work on rebuilding our family, the three of us went away to Hope Cove. We took Cheeky Chap out of school for two days and had some precious time in our happy place. It didn’t matter that it rained all day on Tuesday. Simply being there meant we all felt a million miles away from real life, although we were all too aware how different things are right now. Still, I think it helped.

17 thoughts on “School Report, The West Wing and Hope Cove #LittleLoves

  1. I just flicked through to that Sarah Bessey post and can totally relate to it too Rachel. I so admire how you’re working your way through your current circumstance – with dignity but hope and perseverance. I know I’m only watching from afar but that’s what I see as an onlooker. I can only imagine how hard it must be on you. So wonderful about the school report for Cheeky Chap! Isn’t it great to hear such lovely words, it’s not about the academics is it? And from what I saw the other day on Facebook, his writing is coming on a treat! Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

    1. Thank you Suzanne. I won’t lie, it has of course been difficult a lot of the time but somehow, after the initial upset, I have a sense of peace about the situation but also the feeling that he will be home soon. I am so proud of how much Cheeky Chap’s writing has come on, it’s really impressed me actually! x

  2. I have everything crossed for you and your marriage. It sounds like things will work out for you when you’re ready. Glad you had a good time at Hope Cove as a family. Well done to CC on his report! My eldest is the kind of kid who doesn’t get noticed too. X
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  3. I’m so pleased that the Sarah Bessey post I shared resonated and helped. I’ll admit that I too was in tears when I read it. It speaks a lot to me and my life over the course of this year. I’ve not braved blogging about my personal circumstances at all. I really do hope things work out for you and your family. Praying for you all, it’s not easy this marriage lark, is it? xx

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