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'She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails' - Elizabeth Edwards

Monday, 10 June 2013

June Day 10......

Day 10: Have a rant, go on get it off your chest
Craft something that has the colour purple in it.

No double today so a rant it is.....
I've started this post a dozen times today, then re-typed and re-typed
My eldest son is almost 26, he's 6 foot+ tall, has hair longer than mine,
 tattoos, piercings.....he is disabled and he uses a wheelchair. Nothing to do
with his appearance, he doesn't take drugs and drinks only occasionally....'s because he's had 3 strokes, the 1st at the age of just 20.
I'm my son's carer.....and a lone parent.....not because I'm too lazy to work,
or wanted a bigger house or any of the other things that are mentioned
when talking about lone parents
but because my son needs a carer.........and because my man died.

So now I'm a single Mum of 6 gorgeous happy,  healthy (well, almost!)
 children. My 2nd son works, my 3rd son is
at college & works 4 shifts a week voluntary in a charity shop....the
other 3 are all still at school. They're all kind, polite, honest, reliable kids,
 all great students and I'm so, so proud of them all! I hate that people
assume things without knowing the facts, I hate that people judge on
appearances....that's one of the reasons I love blogging so much....
....nobody judges anybody. I think the other day my favourite quote should
have been.......
"Don't judge a book by it's cover"

See you tomorrow xx


  1. Big hugs Jo,you certainly deserve loads.

    Totally agree about not judging a book by its cover,people always do and normally assume wrong.


  2. I totally agree with that quote hunni "you should never judge a book by it's cover" but a lot of peeps do and it's very sad, my eldest boy who 15 always get called a dirty mosha or blood sucker because he wears black, has long hair and listen to rock.
    I always say to him that they are only jealous because he's not frightened of being his own person, as kids these days are always pressured to look and wear what the models or famous wear...not my boy, he's own friendly, polite and very clever boy and i am proud of him for that!!

    Hunni if you ever need to rant or just chat don't hesitate to contact me, you have my email addy so just contact me any time...Keep your chin up girl and be proud of yourself too because you are doing a grand job bringing up your kiddies...
    hugs and xxx

  3. I'm going to judge you me you seem like a strong, very courageous woman who has all her priorities right and is doing a marvellous job of raising 6 responsible and caring individuals. I think you deserve a medal and my hat goes off to you.

    Take care

    Sharon x

  4. that was a fab rant Jo - and you're right - people do judge - we're all guilty to a greater or lesser degree - but none of us should! Big Hugs girl - you're fabulous xx

  5. Hats of to you Jo and very eloquently put! Well done for being strong for your kids.

  6. Wow Jo. I definitely agree with the quote you mentioned, appearances are in no means a way for other people to judge.

    I admire you for your post online and the fact that you look after 6 kids by yourself - its amazing. I don't have any children myself, but I honestly think parents like yourself set a great example for others to look up to. Indeed, as the other ladies said - Hats off to you! xx

  7. Oh are SO entitled to have a rant!!!
    Ever since I first met you in blogland, I have been impressed with your dedication to your family and especially to your disabled son.

    You are a great proud of your kids and their accomplishments and so helpful to your eldest.

    I say stuff the Judgy McJudgersons...they must have sad lives that they have so little to do that they can waste their time dreaming up the wrong scenarios of others lives.

    You can hold your head up high knowing that you have done your best and contimue to do that on a daily basis. Your kids come first and that shows to us in blogland.

    I am so looking forward to meeting you in person this summer and giving you a big hug for holding your family together when everything came crashing around you. Losing your partner is a devastating event for anyone let alone for a Mum of 6!
    Cheers to you Jo for finding the strength to carry on after such a terrible time.

    Hope tomorrow brings a better day!

    Crafty hugs

  8. Jo .... you are TOTALLY amazing! And I'd like to suggest another quote for you:

    "Don't judge me until you've walked a mile in my shoes."

    I'm not sure that many of us could do half as well what you've done in raising your wonderful family.

    Big Hugs and love to you all.
    Helen xxx

  9. I have written, deleted and re-written my comment so many times so I will keep it simple. You have my total admiration. x

  10. Quite right too.You rant away sweetie.I feel so touched by what you have shared with us and extremely honoured to know you.You do a brilliant job and should be so proud of yourself and your family.You are a top lady and I admire your talent and sheer determination to carry on.Always here for you dearie and hold your head up high.Some people have nothing better to do then have an opinion on something they know nothing about.(I have a neighbour exactly like that)Big crafty hugs.Debbie x

  11. Sending massive hugs Jo, you have done a fantastic job of raising your lovely family, you certainly deserve loads, you should be really proud of yourself, and I am sure your family is proud of you too.

    Hugs Julie xxxx

  12. wowee!! good on you Jo, oh its so good to have a good rant now and again. You are as much a credit to your family as they are to you. You do an amazing job sweetie and your children can only benefit from your love and care. We are all here for you and cheering you on.
    Huge Hugs Mau xx

  13. It was a brilliant rant and one I totally agree with! I was a single parent to only two - you have six and what a marvellous job you are doing too. Be proud!!!! xx

  14. I think you are doing a marvellous job, I cannot imagine how it would be to raise six children on your own. It seems like you are doing the right thing with them as they sound like responsible well adjusted individuals. Good for you!


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