I love this space because I need words as well as pictures. If I just left this without a caption, I expect that in a year's time, I will have forgotten how stressed both Jude and I felt moments before I took this.
We were on our five hour journey from Kent to Bristol when we stopped at a service station, an hour away from home. Long car journeys in this season of life leave me stressed and reeling, quietly cursing and whisper-roaring that we will never go on a long journey again.
Moments before I took this photo, my skin was crawling with the feelings of stress and I literally wanted to pull my hair out. Jude was stressed to the point of unstrapping himself while we hurtled along the M4 at 70mph, while scream-crying, 'Mummy' on repeat for an hour. My feeling as I took this photo was one of relief at how wonderful the sun makes me feel and how happy both children were in this moment. Running up and down hills, grateful for the freedom, and giggling non stop. Sunshine, blue skies and hills to run up are wonderful tonics. I want to remember this season of life for what it truly is - both hard & holy.