Hospital drama! Before and after my son was born

Hospital drama! Before and after my son was born

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Please See the letter we sent to the hospital below that explains what a horrendous experience we endured.

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To whom this may concern,

Please accept this statement as a formal complaint relating to how I was treated during my labour and delivery on 14th February 2018.

Firstly I was told my entire pregnancy that I was high risk because I was having my ninth child and that because I had a history of preterm labour and postpartum haemorrhage that they would be keeping a close eye on me.

I strongly believe that hospital failed their duty of care towards me during this time whilst I was in labour.

I was also told that as soon as my first contraction started that I was to head straight to hospital where there could keep a close eye on me. I rang the hospital and told them I was in labour…

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My first blog post of 2019!

My first blog post of 2019!

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Happy 2019!

Hey everyone,

How are you all?

I hope you all had a beautiful Christmas and new years! We enjoyed ours with family and friends. I can’t believe it’s mid-January already! I have a feeling that 2019 is going to fly by! Lot’s of big things are happening this year!

We have been busy cleaning, de-cluttering the house. It feels so good when everything is clean and organized. We have also been organizing our school room/books for the busy year ahead. We are making good progress and are almost ready to go!

We have had lots of fun over the holidays. We have been to see Mary Poppins returns, we also went to a science museum called questacon. We have been swimming, shopping, catching up with friends, and preparing for our year ahead. It’s been so lovely. I’m still in holiday mode a little bit! But I am also motivated and ready to get the ball rolling. This year I am going to stay positive and be organized! Life is less stressful if you’re organized! Let’s see how I go!

Our 7 oldest girls were asked to be mascots for the Canberra United match yesterday in Queanbeyan. They ran out in the first half with the players, and then we headed home due to a big storm coming that way! Although it was short it was a great experience for them. They really enjoyed themselves! Once we got home we heard that the match was abandoned aft due to the extreme weather. I did try to get a video of them running out with the players, but my video camera stuffed up and didn’t record it! I am hoping to find a video online soon, and when I do, I will share it with you all! I am sure the kids will treasure this memory forever!

This Saturday I am heading to Sydney for the day, to the blogger’s BBQ event hosted by kids business communications. This is my first event ever as a blogger! I am super excited to meet everyone and learn lots of new and interesting things. I have a big day of travelling back and forth, but it’s totally worth it! I am so excited to see where it might take me next on my blogging journey. I will take lots of pictures and videos! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

What are all of your plans for 2019? I would love to hear them.

Thanks for reading

love Claire

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hey everyone,

Happy Christmas eve!

I wanted to start by saying; Thank you to all your ongoing support with my blogging journey since it began in June of this year! Your support means the world to my family and I. I have really enjoyed writing my weekly blog posts.

I can see how much my writing has improved over the last few months. I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed writing until I actually started doing it! I love sharing my family life with you all and I am looking forward to sharing more with you all in the new year.

I have had a busy year this year, with giving birth of my first son after 8 daughters, and then the weight loss journey using keto, starting the blog and doing a bit of media along the way. There have been some highs, and there have been some lows, I, however, can’t complain because I have enjoyed every moment of this journey so far! It has been such a positive and supportive journey. Thank you for all your lovely messages and comments they really do brighten my day.

Moving forward, I am excited for the year ahead with lots of new and exciting opportunities that are in the works! I am looking forward to sharing so much more with you all. I feel so blessed to have created such a beautiful and supportive little community. cheers to 2019 everyone!

We wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and a blessed new year, Wherever you are in the world.

Lots of love and prayers

Claire, Mark and Family

xxxx

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Planning Christmas| How do you plan yours?

Planning Christmas| How do you plan yours?

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Hey everyone,

With only 6 weeks till Christmas, I thought I would give you all a little insight on how we plan for Christmas in our busy household.

Let me start by saying that our family believes in the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas day, and this is what we have always taught our children. Christmas is a beautiful time for all, and it is also so lovely to celebrate this wonderful day with family and friends.

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I  usually store all my Christmas wrap, labels sticky tape in a box and store it in the shed, however this year I  hear Kmart have an awesome Christmas storage bag which I am hoping to get my hands on, they actually look so much easier to store everything. My goal for 2019 is to get everything organized in my house!

Planning it all

Christmas planning can be very stressful for everyone, but this year we decided to open up a Christmas club account with our bank, and I’m telling you it’s the best thing that I have ever done. I was able to save up a good amount, which will pay all the families presents, including those we send overseas, and our Christmas food shop. I feel less stressed about it all this year. My Christmas shopping is well underway. I will definitely be restarting my Christmas club account at the end of January 2019. I have already started my Christmas shopping online but will need to venture out to the shops too. I  do love Christmas shopping, but sometimes I leave it till last minute and have a mad rush to get it all on Christmas Eve.

Christmas tree & decorations

I used to be one of those people who always put their Christmas tree &  decorations up on December 1st! However, in recent years, we have been putting our tree up a couple of days before Christmas and then decorating it all as a family on Christmas Eve whilst listening to Christmas carols. The worst part about putting a Christmas tree up is the branches, they take so long to sort out. I’m very blessed to have lots of little hands to help me out with that, but it still usually takes a whole day until I’m happy it looks right!

 

Presents

We never go over the top with presents. Our children get 3 presents each, and a stocking each, and then one huge joint present for them all. We then head over to my mother inlaws house where we celebrate Christmas day with family where of course the children get more presents.

Hosting boxing day

Every year I usually host boxing day at my house, and the family and some friends come over and share the day with us. I love boxing day because there is always leftovers from the day before that the family always bring with them, and I also enjoy glazing and cooking my ham. Stay tuned to the end of my blog post for the glazed ham recipe that I use from http://www.taste.com.au. It is absolutely delicious!

I always wrap all Christmas presents up on Christmas eve, and believe me when I tell you, I am usually up till midnight doing it all. I think this year I will try and wrap up as I go and just do what’s left over on Christmas Eve.

Christmas day morning

On Christmas day morning everyone is always up super early and our family tradition every year is to get up, pray some prayers together as a family, and after that, I hand out yummy Christmas biscuits to everyone! Then we all open up our presents which takes a good hour or so, and then after that, we skype family overseas and wish them a Merry Christmas. Once all of that is done we then rush to get ready in our gorgeous Christmas outfits and take a few photos, and then rush out the door to make it in time for Christmas mass which by the way is an hours drive from us. We usually need to leave by about 9 am the latest. Then after mass is when we go to my mother in laws to celebrate the rest of the day.

I absolutely love this time of year, but first, we have 2 birthdays to get through first

My daughters birthday is on November 21st, and my birthday is December 21st

These next few weeks are going to be super busy,  but it is also going to be great too

How do you all celebrate Christmas?

I would love to hear from you all

As promised here is the recipe and I have used many times >>>Honey, mustard glazed ham- TASTE.COM.AU

Claire xxx

How do I cope with stress?

How do I cope with stress?

 

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Hello everyone,

Welcome back to my blog!

I have been asked a few times how do I cope with stress/ bad days?

I  have always told people when they have asked me this question; ‘by the grace of God is how I Cope’

We all have bad days sometimes right? We all have those days when no one wants to listen! We all have those days when everyone wants the same pen or toy! We all have those days where the kids are fighting with one another! We all have those days where the kids stole something from the fridge! We all have those days when the kids want to see who can shout the loudest! I  mean the list is endless of all the things that could go pear-shaped!

As you know we are a very busy household, there is 11 of us in our house, and I  admit that sometimes it can get a little crazy!  Although the children are very well behaved, we do however have those bad days just like anyone else. We also have to remember that our children see, and hear everything, and how you react in that moment of stress is very important! It’s no use shouting ! which I am sure we have all done right? But I try to first find out what the problem is? and why it happened? and once we are clear on that we come up with a suitable solution. Sounds easier said than done right? But it’s true!

 

 

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Although we are only human and have our bad days, I find that something simple like smiling shows the children that my mum is strong and she has got this! and she can do anything! Even if you don’t want to smile it’s still important to do it.

For me personally, the power of prayer is incredibly important. Faith is a very important part my life,  and with Gods guidance, gets me through my days.

Also When I Feel stressed I   like to make a coffee, or a cup of tea and head out in the garden for a few minutes for some fresh air, and sometimes I  like to walk up and down the garden too. I  just say to the kids ” mummy is just going outside for a minute” When I’m outside I take a few deep breaths, pray a prayer, and tell my self  ‘you can do this’ It is also amazing what fresh air can do! Once I have done this I am ready to come back it and start afresh.

 

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When my husband is home on the weekends I sometimes like to take myself out shopping for a few hours. It is very important  to have that time to yourself

Remember to always allow yourself a little break every now and then. Remember to always smile and hug your kids, and lastly remember that you are an awesome mum!

God Bless you all,

Claire

xox

 

Why did I start my blog?

Why did I start my blog?

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Hey everyone,

Where it started?

Writing these blog posts for you all over the last few months have been absolutely amazing. Id love to tell you why I started it all in the first place, and what my goals are for the future with it all.

I have always wanted to start a blog but I have always doubted myself and thought I couldn’t do it. I am a busy homeschooling mum, but I really wanted to start a blog and had pondered on the idea for so long. In June of this year, I finally took the plunge and created my website “thistribeofmine.com”  I honestly feel it’s one of the best things I have done, and my writing has improved immensely. I feel I have grown so much already. I never realized how much  I enjoyed writing either but it’s been absolutely amazing talking about our journey as a family of 11. I have actually had my facebook blog and Instagram since 2015 but didn’t update it very often, but now having it all linked together has helped me so much with it all. The more social platforms you have, then the more places you can advertise and promote your blogs to others. It’s all a working progress and I absolutely love it.

Do it because you are passionate about it

I started this blog because I wanted to do something for me, I love my life with my husband and children, and  I feel absolutely blessed,  but being a stay at home mum of  9 children living in a rural town,  I wanted to make one of my hobbies become a reality. I  started my blog because I honestly love writing and sharing our family journey. I have received so many lovely comments and messages from people which have been so lovely and it makes more driven and passionate about what I do.

Don’t start it with high expectations, or for the wrong reasons

I feel sometimes people start blogs/ Instagram and expect to do collaborations and be paid for writing blog posts almost straight away.  I believe you should start a blog first and make sure to enjoy what you do. Choose a free blog platform first and see if it is for you? Then later look at the premium options. If you are not passionate about writing then don’t do it. Start your blog for the right reasons only. It takes a long time to do collaborations and be paid to write blog posts for others etc.. I have personally done a few collaborations so far,  but through my Instagram only, and I am currently am not paid to write these blog posts for you.  I have ads on my blog but have not made any money from them as of yet. I take this time out of my busy schedule once a week to write something for you all because I just love to sharing my journey with you. I am passionate about writing and I hope that shows? Obviously, it would be a bonus to be paid a small income from it all but it really isn’t about the money for me. When I have spoken to some very big bloggers they told me it actually took them 1-2 years to establish themselves and to be able to work from home as a mum blogger. Its okay to set yourself goals, I of course have set myself goals but I am in no rush. I am just going with the flow and enjoying every minute of it!

Future goals

My goals for the future is to continue to reach out to as many people as possible and continue to share my journey with you. I want to help change peoples opinions on large families and talk about how you can balance it all, and that it is possible to budget well. I want to share how you can still have a timeout with your loved ones. I have so much I want to share with you all and I’m honestly so excited to continue this journey with you all! I have so much more I want to share with you and I have so many blog ideas.

Thank you for all your love and continued support on everything that I do!

Claire xxxxxx

 

 

 

A year ago today – Dear Grandad

A year ago today – Dear Grandad

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Hey everyone,

I wanted to let you all know that a year ago today my dear grandad passed away. I cannot believe that a whole year has passed already? But not a day went by where I wasn’t thinking of him. I miss him dearly

It is never easy losing a loved one. My family live overseas and I was not able to travel to England while he was sick, or when he passed away because I was heavily pregnant at that time.  I do wish I could have been there one last time to hold his hand and tell him how much I loved him.

My grandad had been unwell since the beginning of last year, but an actual diagnosis did not come until the end of September of last year where they confirmed it to be liver cancer, and sadly two weeks after his diagnoses my dear grandad passed away.

The same weekend my grandfather passed away I had been away with my husband and children for a short weekend break to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The whole time I was away I had that constant sinking feeling but still tried to remain positive.

On the afternoon of the 7th of October, we were sitting on the verandah at the holiday house when a beautiful kookaburra flew down to us and perched himself on the edge of the verandah. He looked at us curiously. We were able to get really close to him and feed him and even stroke him. He stayed with us for ages. I had that sinking feeling again. Could this have been a goodbye from my grandad? You see, my grandad was a lover of birds and an avid bird watcher, he knew so much about birds and growing up he used to teach me a lot about them. The bird eventually flew away but I had been so amazed by what had just occurred. Never have I seen a bird of that kind be so tame. I have spoken to people who had similar experiences after a loved one passes away.

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This picture here is the actual kookaburra that came to visit us ^

My grandad had sadly passed away on the 7th October 2017, but I did not find out until my husbands birthday on the 8th October due to travelling back from the coast,  and the time difference, but also my family decided they didn’t want to tell me until I had got back home from holiday, I of course totally understand that but I felt like I already knew and I had been preparing myself to hear those dreaded words; I’m so sorry Claire, but unfortunately grandad passed away’ I mean no one is ever ready for those words, but he was getting weaker and weaker and I just knew it would be sooner rather than later.

When I got home on the 8th I had a tearful conversation with my mum and my heart sank. I have never really lost a loved one that is so close to me before. I just felt numb when she told me.  I just wanted to be there and hug everyone and I felt sad that I couldn’t. I cried so much that night and husband hugged me tightly. It has taken me a very long time to be at peace with it all and on this sad anniversary I can’t help but feel so sad again, I do however try to think of all the happy memories I had with him growing up. We really had so many happy times as a family and I will never forget them.

Before my grandad died I had written him a personal letter with some family photos which I know read to him before he passed away. We also made sure to tell him that we found out we were having a boy after 8 girls. He was thrilled for us. I am so glad he was able to read my letter, but I still wish I could have been there to tell him how much I loved him in person. One thing that still breaks my heart every day is that my grandad in the last week of his life was so desperate to video call me on skype, but sadly he never got the chance to do that.

I am in regular contact with my grandma. I always phone her as much as I can to see if she is okay. I think my grandmother is an amazing woman with how she has coped with it all. I am in awe of her courage and strength. I feel the same about my mother too she is also very much like my grandmother and has shown strength and courage in what has been a very difficult year for us all.

I am very sad today but I am also thinking about all those wonderful happy memories and I think it is the best way to remember someone.

Here are some words for my grandad;

Dear Grandad – A year ago today;

A year ago today you left us.
 I  know that I am far away but I have been thinking of you every day.
Today I feel so sad and I am trying to be strong
I wished I had got the chance to say goodbye, hold your hand and tell you that I loved you,
Sadly it wasn’t to be.
and I  still cry because I miss you so much
I have been remembering all the happy times that we shared 

In sad times like these, I think it is important to think of all the happy times.
Grandad, I’m so sorry that I  was  not there to say one last goodbye
I’m so sad that your gone,
But I know I must get on.
I feel so very sad today.
I truly hope I get to see you again one day.

I love you dear grandad

 

Life is  so precious and so short, so, please
Tell your loved ones, how much you care. Hug them tightly and kiss them and cherish every waking moment with your family. You get one shot at life, so spend it telling others how much you love and appreciate them.

Thank you for reading my sad blog post today. I ask you all to pray for my grandad’s soul with this prayer;

Eternal rest, grant unto him, O LORD. And let perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace. Amen

 

Love always

Claire xxx