Posted by: Admin | January 8, 2012

One Bear’s Faithful Vigil


No Place Like Home - where a warm welcome always awaits you!

I have been blessed with four wonderful children and I am immensely (and vocally!) proud of them all. Number 3 sent me this text recently: “Hey – In my apartment! Check out the webcam! So much snow!!! It’s amazing! Wish you could see it! Its like icing sugar!” Counting the exclamation marks, I could tell she was happy. Happy and confident miles away from home as she started a new job in the French Alps. So today’s gratitude post is dedicated to her.

I am so thankful that we, as her parents, have been able to provide a safe haven to which she can retreat whenever she needs. I am grateful that she has the confidence to follow her dreams. And I am exceedingly grateful that she remains safe, despite the avalanches that have claimed lives in Val d’isere.

I hope the photos will make her laugh (not cry!) Poor Teddy Blackwell – he’s little more than a head now on a threadbare, unstuffed body. Teddy and Beth were inseparable until quite recently. I guess he’s just too frail to follow her on her travels any more. Maybe I should try re-stuffing him again so that he can withstand the next adventure?

As you can see, he quite enjoyed modelling for me (he has all the moves) and is currently in negotiations re. appearing on a greetings card. Teddy Blackwell clearly misses Beth, but wants her to know he is warm and safe and looking forward to seeing her. A bit like her mum.

Which brings me back to my reasons to be thankful. It doesn’t matter where she is, or how long it will be before I can kiss her dear face, I have a daughter who fills my heart with joy* and I am so proud of her for having the chutzpah to live life to the full!

Mostly Glad................................. Sometimes sad........................... Ready to visit!

*other daughters are also available, and very precious! 😉



  1. Oh that is lovely! Love the pics and the joy and pride that comes through your words. Love that Teddy!!!!! xxx

  2. How sweet! Gorgeous blog post it made me cry. Xxx

  3. Thanks Mum!! I miss Teddy B!!! Still having an amazing time! (count the exclamation marks) and I’m being careful 🙂 love you, give ted a squeeze from me! x

  4. He’s lovely, isn’t he, Cristina? Don’t cry, Jayne! Beth – I daren’t squeeze him!

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