And so begins another year…

New Years Eve 2016 is a time for reflection.

As the year draws to a close it would be easy for me to think of the pain and heartache that it has dished out to me and my family, but then I look at my fiancé and stepchildren and I am reminded of how lucky I am and of all the wonderful memories that we made this year.

My two eldest stepchildren achieved great things with exam results and have now begun the next chapter in their lives and to top it my eldest stepson became Head Boy. Photographs remind me of the days out and happy times we shared as a couple and as a family.

My fiancé’s perfect and magical proposal in the Highlands of Scotland, I still look at my ring and smile at the memories.

My parents’ 60th wedding anniversary and the feeling of love and pride I have for them.

Having my dad celebrate this Christmas and New Year, something that, for a while, we thought might not happen.

These are the things that I am grateful for and as Big Ben rings in 2017 I’ll be focusing on the good times and the wonderful memories that we’ll make in the coming year.

Happy New Year to you All 🎉

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