Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Valentines Day is a special day for me, it holds a special place in my heart.

And this year is extra special. Twenty years ago today I found out I was having a baby! It was a day of mixed emotions as I was on my own, a million miles away from family and friends, in Darwin.

I was scared, lonely, shocked but also incredibly happy! From that first moment I knew something amazing was going to happen, a new and beautiful part of my life was unfolding.

8 months later I gave birth to my darling Charlotte Rose, and what a happy day that was. We were our own little family and together we faced the world. It was such a precious time for me, and those years on our own, before our family grew, were filled with so much love, fun and happiness. I'm sure the reason the Charlotte and I are so close today comes from those happy days.

Fast forward to 2012 and I am the proud mum of a nineteen year old. And I couldn't be prouder! Charlotte has helped me so much lately, getting my new blog look happening, handling all my annoying IT questions, generously giving me a hand so kindly. I think she's done an amazing job, thanks so much Charlotte!

Char has also had some challenges recently and has met them head on in such a positive way.
 I'm so proud of you Char.

When Charlotte started school I was a young mum and I remember looking at some of the other mums and thinking, wow, you're really old! Funny as now I'm one of the older mums, watching as the younger ones start the whole cycle of primary school. And the lovely thing for me is I get to enjoy a full spectrum of ages, from 6 - 19. I'm so looking forward to hanging out with Charlotte on Friday night over dinner, and then at Jess's exhibition opening.How fun to have an older daughter to go out with, it's a beautiful thing.

Anyway, as you can see Valentine's Day is special for me. It reminds me of that gift children are, of the life changing moment I had twenty years ago, of resilience, of the fun times, the hard times, the laughs and the ongoing love I have for my eldest child.

Happy Valentines Day Charlotte, love you xo


Sherri B. said...

Such a very sweet post..thank you for sharing these special thoughts and memories with us. Happy Valentines Day to you and your lovely daughter. xo

GourmetGirlfriend said...

that post totally made me weep Beck!
you are such a loving mumma.
it is no surprise to me at all that your daughter is magnificent!
I was also one of the mums who would look at the others and think they were old too....now knowing that when my 5th goes all the young ones will be doing the same to me! too funny!
Hope Jess's opening is great!
was wanting to go - alas I am parenting solo this week and can't get there!
the blog looks DIVINE by the way! great work Char!
and even greater work Beck!

Libby said...

I too thought this post was so, so lovely - really personal and wonderful to see what a beautiful daughter you have now, 20 years on. And I love the new look blog - it's obvious that lots of work has gone into it. Lx

jennie said...

Such a gorgeous and very special post. I love the way you write Beck!
A very special day for you, lots of love and hugs, XXJ.

Tania said...

Now THAT'S how to do Valentine's Day! And hooray! I'm popping in to see Jess and her masterpieces too. See you there, fab lady.

Floss said...

What a beautiful post. It's not quite the same that I discovered I was expecting Son 2 on April Fool's Day, is it? He finds it funny though... and so did we, so it's a story in its own right.

Happy Valentine's Day to the two of you, and for the rest of your wonderful family, too. Thanks so much for your comment - it's lovely to have familiar friends in blogging, isn't it?

Catherine said...

this is a beautiful post Beck, for such a special day... and it will be so lovely to see you on Friday too! xo

Lauren said...

beautiful post. beautiful girl. you are both very lucky.
{i love the first picture the most.}

Phillippa said...

Hey Walks, the blog is looking so fancy and gorgeous....the font, the photos, it is all perfectly you. Well done for that and for making all your gorgeous kids too! xoxox lotes

Kate said...

I love this post.
I thought so much of the two of you while we were in Darwin. You pregnant riding that bike and then you two together.
Such a gorgeous post!
Looking forward to tomorrow's?

ZippyZippy said...

What a beautiful post Beck, and what a wonderful relationship you two have.

teddybearswednesday said...

what a beautiful post. the true way to celebrate Valentines day!
I cannot wait to see both of you on Friday xo

Faeryfay said...

Wow. Beck, I have tears rolling down my cheeks. This is the most beautiful post. I have three daughters, all of whom I totally adore and cherish. Reading your words has made me stop and really appreciate how blessed I am. You are so blessed to have your gorgeous grown up daughter. She is very beautiful.

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