Looking back in time – Family

marianne and megan

Today I celebrate my daughter’s 24th birthday, it has given me the perfect excuse to rummage through the photo albums I have in a cupboard. I miss her terribly. She’s happy and that’s a consolation but grrr to living in different countries.

As only mum’s can, I thought I’d share with you some of our time we had growing up together. Be warned it’s photo heavy this week, I hope you enjoy looking through our family snaps.

megan age 4


When she was born she was a beautiful baby, I fell in love instantly and was so very proud of her. She was 3,200 k and 51 cms long with a shock of black hair, a doll – I still haven’t stopped hugging her tightly to me.

me and megan 2004

She was a good baby too, ate, slept, and smiled so we had a lot of fun together.

As she grew I came aware of her excellent sense of humour and to this day Megan and I read from the same book, sometimes it doesn’t even need saying out loud, we just know and smile.

Many a snowy afternoon was spent watching favourite Disney films snuggled up together, this was a new camera I had at the time and I was playing with the remote button.

‘Don’t look at the camera Meg and we’ll see what happens.’

me and megan

I feel an incredibly strong bond with her even though we are miles apart. She is the one person I would love to have in my life every single day because we can talk for hours about all sorts of things. Sometimes our opinions differ…

For example at BritMums Live this year, where I was so happy to have her with me, we shared a room so were getting ready together …

Megan: ‘Mum those shoes don’t go with that.’

Me: ‘But I love these shoes, they’re fun and comfortable.’

Megan: ‘They still don’t go. You wear them, I’m just letting you know what I think.’

I changed the shoes.

Megan me and simon calder

So allow me to indulge today readers as I look back on our 24 years together and celebrate being mum to this wonderful lady who makes my heart sing when I hear her voice.

me and megan


megan aged 2 sardegna

M&S SS14 shoes

Megan learning to snowboard

Oh dear – someone’s not very happy ..

megan carnival

and finally something every mum has to do sooner or later – let themselves be made up by their daughter. I don’t think she did too badly for her first time do you?

Happy birthday darling Megan, have a wonderful day, love mamma xxx

make over by Megan age 12



  1. September 24, 2014 / 11:25 AM

    Oh Mari this is a wonderful collection of photos and memories. What a beautiful girl and her beautiful mamma!
    Laughing at the shoe story and remembering seeing you both together at BritMums this year.
    I’m sad my son is away from home but your ache must be worse as she is in another country.

  2. September 24, 2014 / 1:10 PM

    Goodness me, this made me well hope. I truly hope that my daughters and I have a relationship like this when they are older. Such lovely words Mari and beautiful pictures. She sounds like an amazing girl and you’re obviously a GREAT mum! x

  3. September 24, 2014 / 1:46 PM

    What a great post, Mari, full of love and warmth. I very much enjoyed looking at your family photos, lovely collection. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter. xx

  4. September 24, 2014 / 3:15 PM

    awh I hope your big big baby has a lovely day :0) they never truly grow in our eyes i think. you have a lovely family Mari, bless you all.

  5. September 24, 2014 / 5:03 PM

    Aww so lovely and happy birthday to your daughter xx

  6. September 24, 2014 / 6:07 PM

    What a great collection of photos. You both are beautiful ;) happy birthday to your daughter

  7. September 25, 2014 / 7:30 AM

    beautiful photos she is a beauty, hope she has a very happy birthday x

  8. molly
    September 26, 2014 / 12:13 AM

    Wonderful…. I love the LOVE shining out of this post


  9. September 28, 2014 / 8:27 PM

    What lovely photos! I’m in awe of you as you have obviously strengthened your mother and daughter relationship over the years!

  10. September 29, 2014 / 9:40 PM

    I loved reading this and seeing all of your photos – gave me a lump in my throat! What a brilliant relationship you have. I hope I have the same with my daughter when she’s older… xx

  11. October 1, 2014 / 1:37 PM

    Your daughter looks so beautiful and an inner beauty shines from her

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