Labels: Why I Don't Like To, But Do, Use Them

Recently it was pointed out that in one of my recent posts there was a large point of irony: a friend pointed out that I seemed to be wanting to be seen as an individual outside of labels, and yet the image attached was of Cub and myself, and I had described myself (as I…

Academic Kids: Preparing for Parenthood

There are a number of Universities that have taken on the mentoring/networking idea of “family” within their student populations. However, I think it is fair to say that St Andrews does it differently. For those who don’t know there are a number of traditions that keep the fun alive and even for alumni, memories are…

Knowle Parish Magazine: Mama Vs. Clutter-Monster

(Article written 14th August 2013, and published September 2013.) My name is Elle and I’m clutter-phobic. More specifically impending baby clutter (although adult clutter isn’t much better). I am currently 18 weeks pregnant and shops are taunting me with multicoloured plastic, pink blankets, blue onesies and baby animals on everything. I walk into a department…

A Post on Adoption

Adoption has been on my heart for a number of years, and when a wonderful friend posted this on her blog I couldn’t help but want to pass it onto you. She is wise and caring and lovely, and I hope you are as inspired as I was reading it. To Care for Orphans and…

4.5.12: The End Came Too Soon

Haven’t written in a while because it’s been a hard week. As you all knew, hubby and I let the news of our pregnancy out pretty fast.  It is at times like this that feels a bit like it was the wrong, or hasty, thing to do. Celebrating with people was great but when the…

The Busy Month Ahead

So the summer nights are coming in and with May it brings the changes in so many people’s lives. For my husband it is almost the end of his degree and so there are deadlines and work to complete. For myself it is the end of one contract and the slight overlap with a new…

24.04.12 Poppy Seed Fragility

I went walking before church on Sunday, again putting my good foot forward and making sure I get a regular bit of exercise. I was also a little nervous about meeting a lot of very excited lovely people at church as baby arrival is somewhat overwhelming to think about sometimes. I ended up walking around…

Text Art

When I was doing Art A Level age 17 I was told that text art was basically a bit like modern art but for those who couldn’t draw. I didn’t believe that then and recently I’ve been drawn back to playing with how text looks and how messages can be portrayed to a wide audience…

Happy Mother's Day Treats

So having become one with my new husband I now had even more reason to remember Mother’s Day (partly because he wouldn’t). Therefore I decided it was better for the environment, my budget, and in general more personal if I were to make the gifts we gave. Here they are with a little description of…

Tayside YoungLives: What I do, why I do it, and how it's important.

I have been asked many times, by friends and family, what I actually do here in Dundee. Some see Administrator and assume paperwork but then most know I work from home and so this doesn’t necessarily fit the stereotype admin office worker. Some know a little about Tayside YoungLives and therefore assume I am a…