My Faith

My Faith

Hey everyone,
I want to talk to you about something personal
I feel quite nervous though but here goes:

I don’t talk about this much publicly, but it is a HUGE part of my everyday life!
I am a Catholic and I am proud of it! I love my beautiful faith! We are raising our children Catholic also. We feel this is the right choice for our family.

I haven’t always been a Catholic, nor was I bought up religiously and In-fact I was baptized in the church of England as a baby

I actually became a Catholic eight years ago. Yes, I did marry into a Catholic family but it took me another four years after that to make my final decision to convert. I researched and studied so much before I decided what I wanted to do. I realized I already had faith within me, I just didn’t understand it or know how to use it.

The beautiful thing about faith is that you learn something new every day. I am so glad to have made that decision to become Catholic because my life feels so much better with God in it. Call me a ‘bible basher’ all you want it honestly doesn’t bother me and it actually reminds me that I should read the bible more than I do 🙈

I understand that not everyone is religious, and that’s fine. I respect and love everyone. I am still human and make mistakes every day. I am by no means perfect. I am still the same old bubbly & clumsy Claire everyone knows and loves!

I am just opening up more and giving you a bit more of an insight to my life. I, of course, do not condone the terrible things that have happened within the church. The priests/people who have committed these crimes will have to answer to God! I pray for peace and people every day. Prayer is so powerful and I will continue to do it for the rest of my life 🙏
I am not ashamed to say that I have faith.🙌

I will always stay true to what I believe and I will always be honest and real with everyone who follows me.

Are you religious? If so what is your faith
Let me know in the comments
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God Bless

Claire XxX

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A letter to my younger self

A letter to my younger self

Dear Claire,

You probably won’t listen to the advice below as I know from experience how stubborn you can be! But here goes;

Don’t grow up too fast and don’t get mixed up with the wrong crowd, I know you just want to look cool and fit in but honestly hun it’s not worth it! Just be yourself! Growing up in South East England is hard! Trust me I know!
You have a heart of gold and please don’t let anyone take advantage of that!
You will eventually find out who your true friends are! It will hit you like a ton of bricks but it’s better to know the truth right?!

Don’t let those horrible school bullies win, I know it’s easier said than done, but believe me, they are only doing it because they have issues themselves or because they think it makes them look ‘well hard’ But in reality, they just look plain stupid!
I know you have been bullied for a long time and the teachers don’t care! And I know it’s upsetting! But please don’t cry! Be brave and hold your head up high and walk away. You are worth so much more than they will ever be!
I see a bright and exciting future for you. Just keep looking ahead!

Stay away from those rowdy stinky teenage boys they will only break your heart time and time again! Don’t waste your precious tears on them! One day you will meet the love of your life 🤗

Claire when you are at school I don’t want to hear any more of “I can’t do it” because I know you can! You are smart and have a great imagination! Believe in yourself because you will and can do great things!

“Don’t blow dry your fringe like that babe! because it looks like a tunnel! Is that really the fashion? 90’s trend is a strange one for sure!

Hug your family more and tell them you love them because you don’t know what’s around the corner.

Life’s to short to be miserable and hold grudges. Forgive and forget and then you will feel a peace within you.

Claire be confident and smile more. Let that amazing personality of yours shine. You are WORTHY and unique.
You have your whole life ahead of you!
Be kind to yourself and learn to love yourself more. Stay strong and keep going, hun!

Be happy always!

Love Claire XXxXx
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Homeschooling a large family

Homeschooling a large family

Hey everyone.

Today I am talking about a highly requested subject; ‘HOMESCHOOLING!

If I am honest then it’s not something I have felt comfortable talking about before and that’s not because I am ashamed of it! I think it’s more that it’s about our private life and while I love sharing about my family and I, there are obviously certain aspects we wish to keep private. The other reason is for the pure fact that for some reason homeschooling can be a sticky subject! Today I am opening up and sharing a little bit of our homeschooling journey with you all. The reason I am sharing this today is that I have been asked by many of my readers to share what it is like to homeschool and because they are interested in homeschooling too but don’t know where to start. So if I can help in any way then I am happy to do so.

For the last four and a half years we have chosen to home school our children. It was not an easy decision but my husband and I felt it was the best decision for our busy family. My family and I live in a rural town in regional New south wales, I guess you could say we live in isolation! The closest shops and mainstream schools are over 45 kilometres away! We do have a small school in our town that we have used in the past but still felt that homeschooling was the way forward and more manageable for our family. Before we made our decision about home-schooling, we made sure we did do our research to see if it was the right option for us. It’s always best to have a good plan in place before you start something as huge as this.

A lot of people say home-schooling is hard! Well, they are not wrong! You are going to have your good days and bad days, However, it gets better over time and eventually, you will adjust in your schooling routine. You have just have to stick to it out and give it a good go! It took me a good year before I felt comfortable and established in what I was doing. There are so many resources available online that can assist you with your schooling and honestly, you are easily spoiled for choice! Google is your friend!

People seem to think that because our children are home-schooled that they don’t socialize or make friends! This, however, is not true, we attend to sporting activities outside of school hours. Our children also play with other children. My children are very sociable and can easily make friends without any issues. Many people also have said to me that they are not ‘patient enough to home educate their children or they feel they are not ‘smart enough to teach them! And I say; “You should never put yourself down” and while I understand that homeschooling is not always the best option for everyone due to work commitments etc..I am a firm believer that anyone can do it if they put their minds to it! So never say you can’t do it because you can! Believe in yourself and your ability to do so! At first, I doubted myself but that feeling soon passed when I saw how happy the children were, and how much progress they were making with their work, then that made realize I was doing something right. I have honestly learnt so much over the years! it’s actually incredible! My kids amaze me every day! I am officially schooling six out of my nine children which range from kindergarten to year five. My younger ones also like to sit and learn as well which gives them a great head-start for when it’s their time to start school! Its always good to get everyone involved! The kids love that!

In New South Wales by law, your children have to be enrolled in school from the ages of 6 up until the age of 16. We are officially enrolled under N.E.S.A We have a CSIRO that comes out to our home and assesses us every 2 years to make sure everything is up to scratch. We follow the New South Wales syllabus and we do a mix of Australian and an American curriculum but still making sure we cover what the syllabus asks. We use a few online programs for children like readingeggs.com.au and studyladder.com.au.

To find out more about the homeschooling requirements for New south wales head over to the link here; 
https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/regulation/home-schooling/home-schooling-registration

We start our schooling day at 8.45am and work all the way through till 1.30pm. By doing this we get all of our daily subjects done and have the afternoon free for our lunch, outdoor play/ sports, and housework. The children are then free to do arts and crafts, puzzles, games etc.. This time-frame works well for us and can easily be adjusted if need be.

What I love most about home-schooling my children is being able to spend one on one time with my children teaching them and watching them grow! I love watching them learn new and exciting things every day. It honestly brings me so much joy! I also love that we get to go on our own school excursions! Over the last few years, we have been on some great excursions! The last couple of years I have been using the ‘National Capital Teachers Pass’ which has been absolutely amazing! It can be used for the Science museum, National library, Cockington green and so much more! It even gives you access to so many useful and historical resources! if you are a home-school family in New south wales then check this link here to see if you are eligible for the teachers pass; 
https://canberraexcursions.org.au/national-capital-teachers-pass

Home-schooling is hard but it’s not as hard as you think! There are so many online groups especially on Facebook that you can join for additional support, ideas and advice. It is also a great way to connect with other families who could be homeschooling in the same area as you and it’s also great to have a supportive online community if there is no one else in your area that home-schools. Don’t ever feel alone in this process and always ask for help if you need it!

If you are thinking of homeschooling then click on the link for your state requirements Below;

I hope you enjoyed a little bit of an insight into our homeschooling life

Thank you for reading

Claire XxX

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

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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.

where do I store all my Christmas wrap and labels from the year before?

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