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Family LifeA septennial of thoughts

A septennial of thoughts

The end of the year always brings out the reflective side of me. Each year I write my thoughts of the year gone by. Its become a bit of a tradition.

A year of thought

I’m not entirely sure why I started what I call “my yearly sermons”. I just did. Which incidentally actually led me on to start writing my blog. Before the passing of my Dad, who was a keen writer and short story writer, he read my yearly thoughts and told me I should start writing for a living. I pondered over it for a few months and everything just kind of fell into place after that. And so was born The Northern Dad Blog.

Anyway, I digress. I mentioned in one of my previous Christmas posts that my ‘yearly sermons’ have become a bit of a tradition and people come to look forward to them, so I thought I would collate them all together and share the last 7 years of New Years Eve thoughts with you.


Has 2013 been a bad year for Natalie and I? In the grand scheme of things, no not really, probably the best year we've had in a long long time!
One more hurdle to get over, but that's entirely down to one stubborn old man to carry on being stubborn and recover.
Love you lots poppet xxx


2014… Overall a good year… Some great times, Nat has a great job in a career she loves, I have a new business that I love and going from strength to strength and some not so great times, bereavement, illness and usual life strains, but it hasn't stopped us from being happy about what could be…
Our future is determined by us individually and supported by the ones close to us. For us, 2015 is about reflecting on what we had and looking at what we can have, not dwelling on the past but looking to our future and our kids future.
Friends & Family come and go but memories live on forever.
Natalie & I would like to wish a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all!


A mixed bag of emotions and events, more trying times than happy times. For us, 2015 was all about family and our future. Trying times pushed myself and the ones close to me to the absolute limit, love and strength prevailed proving we all need to love and be loved to survive. 
It's not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.
2016 looks positive. A year to create opportunities, new beginnings, positive career prospects and business opportunities. 
A year in which my family can prosper not only from financial gains but from prosperity of love, strength and happiness.
Wishing you all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!


2016… was all about new beginnings, opportunities, prosperity and positivity within my family.
With the addition of our gorgeous son and the final piece of the jigsaw to our family, a leap forward in my career and a house move, I can say it's been a busy year. A year that my family and I have worked so hard on, creating and maintaining strength and happiness within.
2016 has shown us that if you believe in yourself and the ones you love, as a unit you can achieve your goals and dreams…
2017… 365 blank pages to write… bring it on


This year has been a great year for Natalie & I.
We’ve continued to work together to support each other and increased the strength of the foundations our relationship is built on.
We have gained some great, trustworthy friends, friends we can rely on, friends we can genuinely call FRIENDS.
We’ve become god parents to a gorgeous little boy and pretend ‘auntie & uncle’ to 4 great kids.
But in saying that, making the most of the time you have with your own family is key. If you have kids take time to listen to them, learn from them, they are our future. Our kids are growing fast and all 3 are developing into 3 very intelligent kids and we couldn’t be prouder of them.
Managing two businesses puts a big strain on my ability to be the Dad and husband I want to be, use your time off to create memories and be the person you want to be. Tell the people you love, that you love them… every day!
Overall our year has been a good one. Natalie & I would like to wish all of our friends and family a very Prosperous and Happy New Year. Make 2018 your year!


For most of this year it’s been a year of uncertainty for us. Jobs/financial & Health have all played a part, but one thing remained certain, The strength and unity of the ones close to me. Whatever life continuously throws at us, Natalie, the kids and I plough through and remain as one.
Aspects of 2019 remain uncertain, but for most what is certain is the unity and strength of my family, we will continue to care for and love the ones close to us and each other.
The ones dear to you shouldn’t remain distant but be present.

Life is a game of give and take. Care for your loved ones and support those in need.
Changes have been made in my life, spending more time at home and less at work to allow me to be the dad & husband My family deserve.
If nothing changes, nothing changes!
Lastly, to the most selfless, kind hearted, understanding person I know… Natalie… I love you more than words can describe, your my best friend, my rock, my soul mate & my future. I love you!
Happy New Year to you all!


2019… for us a year of sorrow and betterment.
Losing loved ones is never easy, it’s heart-breaking and sometimes hard to cope with, there’s no pain greater than to be helpless in the face of a loved one suffering. 
But life must continue, and you will grow from the loss and learn to live with it.

On the back of loss and sorrow we've seen joy. Joy and pride with great leaps in our children’s academic abilities, knowledge and achievements. Proud moments for any parent!
With the passing of one four legged friend we’ve gave a home to another new (unexpectedly large) four legged friend, we’ve created stability for our family and continue to bond as one.

With life’s daily challenges we should surround ourselves with support, friendships and loved ones. Be bold in decisions and aim to achieve what you believe you can accomplish.
‘Fortune favours to bold’
In light of our emotional rollercoaster of a year, we’re looking forward to our next, we don’t know what to expect and have made no plans but whatever we do, what ever we accomplish, we will do it together.
Natalie & I wish you all the very best for the New Year.

A thought for a thought

As with every year, I will continue to post on my personal Facebook account, my yearly thoughts. However, they will also be published on my Facebook Page, Twitter Feed, and Instagram Feed, and of course on the blog.

I’d love it if you would interact with my thoughts on years gone by and maybe show your reflections on the year gone by too. My yearly ‘sermon’ will be published on New Year’s Eve each year


  1. I love that you have all of these to reflect on. That’s one thing that I’m looking forward to about blogging – looking back over the years and reliving those incredible memories. I might have to start doing something similar, writing a summary of the year and keeping them somewhere where I can go back and reread them down the road.

  2. I love this and wish I’d done a similar thing. It’s great to look back on! You’ve been through a lot but you’ve come through it and it’s made your family stronger. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve got a post planned, too, where I will share thoughts about this past year. LOVED reading yours!! I’m sorry for your losses. But I admire how no matter what the difficulties were that you faced, you were able to look forward to the next year with positive expectations!

  4. A really interesting post. What shines through here is the determination and positivity, whatever life throws your way. Thanks for sharing!


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