However, there have also been positives. A fantastic summer, relationships with my little brother and sisters have absolutely blossomed, I've gotten to know David's parents better, our parents have gotten to know the children, I've come to respect myself as a mother in the face of a lot of adversity, David and I have been reminded how to have fun together, and what our priorities are. All precious positives that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Some pictures of the best moments of 2013, because this is the way I'd rather remember it:
Emily's 2nd Birthday
Revisiting old childhood places
Adam's birth, and the beautiful moment when Emily met her brother
Fantastic summer moments
Visits from best friends in the UK
and more great friends!
Emily starting school and meeting her first proper best friend
Getting to know this little monkey
Time away with my best friend
Adam's first Christmas
And Emily's first Christmas that she truly understood. Magical.
2014 doesn't promise to be a quiet one either, but hopefully it'll be a better, happier one.
Happy New Year dear reader.