“As I did all the admin work I could work from home mainly in the evenings and gear my whole day around the family. Planning meals and shopping ahead was paramount to fit round all our busy lives. As the little ones got older they also became involved in various out of school activities and some evenings became a military operation fitting in meals, homework and activities.
“There would also be times when the whole family would work together if there was a special job coming up but for us, it was never really a job, more of a way of life.
“Family time was always precious and still is, whether it was mealtimes, holidays or just a walk on the beach. I was always conscious of these special times and never took anything for granted.
“I have had many blessings in my life, a great husband and the pleasure and privilege of raising four wonderful children, who now live and work around me. I am a firm believer that you only get out of life what you put in, so it was certainly worth all the hard work.