One Year On and We Are All Still Standing!

One year on...

One year on...I recently wrote about my journey from ill health to wellness and happiness and how so much has changed in our lives over the past year.  What a year it has been.  It is a year to the day since I informed my boss that I would like to take Parental Leave.  A year to the day since I shocked my staff, friends and family by announcing that I was going to take a break from my job of primary teacher and Deputy Principal. I’m sure, in fact I know that there were several raised eyebrows but it has been the best decision I have ever made.

I cannot believe how fast the year has whizzed by.  Nor can I believe that I will finish my Parental Leave on Friday and begin a Career Break for the next couple of years. Also, how can it be possible that my little boy has his first day at Primary School tomorrow – how did that happen? It has been an amazing year, a huge learning curve and like the typical life of any family, full of ups and downs, thankfully more ups than downs.

I wondered and worried would I be suited to being at home 24/7 with two little people but I have loved every second of it (well, almost every second of it!).  I have found where I am supposed to be.  I am doing what I need to do for now, for this moment in time.  Who knows what the future will bring but right now, all is perfect in Our Little House in the Country and for that, I am extremely grateful.


Ciara x

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  • Well done, you for having the courage and bravery to make the right decision. You children are so lucky to have you at home with them and I’m glad to see you are feeling so well. X


  • Love the photo! You are very brave to have done what you did but it seems like it has worked out really well for you and been a great thing all round. All your posts show what amazing days you spend with your children doing great activities which I am sure they will remember in some way or other and will have started them on a great path for the future. Lots of love.x


    • Ah thanks Lindsey. I hope they will remember their childhood fondly and I’m certainly enjoying being a mum a lot more now than I did a year ago, not that I didn’t love being a mummy, I was just finding it very difficult to keep all the balls in the air! For now, this is the perfect choice for our little family! Xxx


  • Enjoy your time. I have always felt so lucky to have been a stay at home mother, even when I was having a bad day.


  • Good on you, I’m so glad it worked out and you are happy with your decision! I’m looking forward to more great blogposts :)


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