author Emilie Leeks,

"How can we see Just how far we've come - When the path stretches before us With more bumps And twists And dips And blocks - That we have to Pass - over, under, round and through - That we have to overcome?"

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author Emilie Leeks,

"But how often do we remember to appreciate ourselves, just as we are?"

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author Emilie Leeks,

"We see you on the good days when things are going well - when your children are happy, when you've played and found the fun, when you've managed to get something healthy on the table. And we see you on the hard days - the days when you shout at your kids, when you feed them nothing but toast for their tea, when you can't speak for all the hurt you're carrying inside."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"And so with aching hearts we say happy birth-day, Caitlin. And we’ll miss you – always."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"Lord but I am tired. I had planned a full hour of work this evening, once the kids were finally asleep. But instead I'm here at my desk, writing by the half light of the computer monitor, watching the words flow from my pen onto the page. I haven't written like this for a while. I've written some useful stuff, some pieces meatier than others, but the flow hasn't been there - something has been keeping me back."

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