Endings and Beginnings

By December 31, 2012 Blog

Hello lovelies Sorry for the long blog break – me and Mr Norovirus have been shacked up together for the past few days.  I’ve tried to end it, but he’s like, insanely jealous. Thank you so much for your support this year – for reading and commenting and praying and encouraging – and everything.  It’s meant a massive amount. Here’s some snippets from 2012; Most Commented: 1. Not Fine 2. Can you help? 3. Feeling ‘fat’ 4. True story 5. Is anyone …Read More

The Reason

By December 23, 2012 Blog

more beautiful than Harrods gift-wrap more satisfying than the richest Christmas dinner more comforting than Downton Abbey or Call The Midwife more loving than the closest family unit calmer than Gandalf kinder than a billion Santas brighter than Stephen Fry stronger than a team of Olympians more reliable than the Queen’s speech sweeter than a clementine stuffed with dates more joyful than a child’s first Christmas more truthful than an in-law’s tongue more welcoming than the warmest hearth   Jesus.     Share…

A New Name on eBook/Kindle

By December 22, 2012 Blog

A New Name is now available on eBook and Kindle. Last minute Christmas gift? Go here…   Share…

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

By December 21, 2012 Blog

Ok.  Listen up. Christmas is not the one day when everything has to be perfect. Tattoo this on the inside of your eyelids: I CANNOT MAKE THE PEOPLE AROUND ME HAPPY. Now say it like you mean it. It’s nice that you want to. (well, sort-of) … But it’s completely out of your control.   Even if you open a vein and bleed into each individually-rolled salmon pinwheel, it will not be enough. No amount of trilling, charades or offers of tea will disguise the …Read More

Love in the Darkness

By December 20, 2012 Blog

I’ve talked a lot about my struggles.  But without my husband, I wouldn’t be here. For today’s post, I’ve asked Glen for his experience – and for what has helped him in the bleakest times.  He writes: We have had an incredible marriage and I thank God for Emma constantly. We celebrate our ten year anniversary next year but have faced many battles including eating disorders and depression. Through it all I’d say our marriage is strong, deep and rich and I wouldn’t change …Read More

First Impressions

By December 19, 2012 Blog

Been talking to friends about First Impressions. Not what you say out loud (of course that’s lovely), but what you’re really thinking when you meet someone new. Funnily enough, the people to whom I’m closest are usually the ones  I initially find Most Intimidating.  But – it seems – they feel the same way too. Example. A married friend with a beautiful child. Our husbands met first, and then decided we should all get together. Glen: ‘They’re lovely! She’s funny and …Read More

Diabulimia

By December 18, 2012 Blog

Diabulimia is an eating disorder where sufferers (who are diabetic), refuse to eat or to take their insulin – in order to lose weight. Insulin is the hormone that allows the body to access energy from food, in the form of glucose travelling in the bloodstream. Without insulin, cells can’t access the glucose and are left to starve, while the blood stream is flooded with it, causing symptoms such as extreme thirst, low energy, and weight loss. But weight loss isn’t the only result. …Read More

Same Difference

By December 17, 2012 Blog

Sometimes my head feels like the final of X factor.   Two acts that look distinct, but are essentially the same. Part of me says: Come on girl, what makes you different to other people?  The ones that sleep and eat and work and laugh and live.  The ones who deserve the good things.  Who earn their Grace.  Stop thinking you’re special and step up to the mark. Perform or get off. But then, I go haring off in the opposite direction:  Actually I am special.  The rules …Read More

Are You There God, It’s Me, Emma

By December 16, 2012 Blog

When it comes to spiritual attack, there are a number of defensive positions that spring immediately to mind: The Ostrich – (nosuchthingasthedevil, there’s only what we can see) The Rhino – (I’ll fight on my own: stand back Holy Spirit, with my lightning prayer moves I got it covered) The Hamster- (stay on the wheel buddy, keep busy and it’ll all be fine) or – my personal default: The Porcupine. Here’s the drill: A few weeks with my prickles out, pretending everything is …Read More

Silly Songs

By December 14, 2012 Blog

Every time you go away, you take a piece of meat with you Am I only dreaming, or is this burning indigestion pain. I just called to say this is my new number. Mild thing, you make my heart sink I got flu babe Every litle thing she does is tiresome Woooah, this sex is quite dire Sweet dreams are made of cheese   That is all.     Share…