I am Melly Bridge and I’m a home educator and foster carer. We have four birth children and a foster child with additional needs. I blog about our home education and our adventures as a family: our day-trips, the children’s learning, play and development, our interests such as crochet and craft, our parenting strategies, training I go on and books I read. I have written lots of posts about Aspergers and Sensory Processing disorder, you will also find links to the children’s blogs and reviews of products we have been sent and of products I bought and liked. As a family we are allergic to quite a few foods so I have written a few free-from recipe posts in the past.
Hopefully you will be able to find the things you are interested in through my many categories at the top of the home page, we are a very busy family with lots of diverse interests and my busy blog reflects this!
Meet the family:
This is me!
I’m a foster carer and busy mum and I am a very creative person. I can draw and paint, I crochet, I am learning to machine sew and like to try my hand at lots of different things. I have just enrolled on a Masters in Psychology so I will only get busier! I enjoy teaching the children and seeing them blossom and grow into confident happy people has been the real joy of my life. I had quite an unhappy and lonely life until I had Elizabeth and met Paul. My family are everything to me.
This is my husband Paul
We’ve been married thirteen years and I know it’s corny to say it but they have been the happiest of my life. He is a counsellor and psychologist, and a very private person so I don’t write about him often on the blog…he just gets the odd mention here and there!
My eldest child is Elizabeth
She is fourteen years old and now attends Secondary school where she is doing really well. She doesn’t really want to be included on the blog at the moment. She doesn’t mind getting the odd mention here and there but I am banned from writing anything without checking with her first. Pffft.
Imogen is 13 and is a force to be reckoned with, she is my friend and she is the glue that holds everyone together. She is a family girl and is a second mother to Oona, and likes to help me with our fostered little one. She loves romantic movies and is a gamer. She likes minecraft, Roblox and chatting endlessly on the phone to her friends. She is a lot like her Dad, being able to easily work people out and help them but unlike her Dad she is quite the social butterfly! Imogen has scoliosis and wears a brace to help. I have written a few posts about this.
Leon is 10 and never stops moving! He likes gaming and has Youtubers he follows like Diamond Minecart, Preston Plays and Morgz. He watches The Regular Show and The Flash on TV. Leon isn’t big on education but has decided he wants to be an architect so he is keen on Maths at the moment. He is a terrible wind-up, doing things like finding annoying songs on YouTube and playing them relentlessly until the girls are screaming! He drives his vehicles really fast up and down the cul-de-sac and enjoys playing in the trees making dens and rope swings.
Oona is six and is my last baby. She has been determined to NOT be a baby since birth, always striving to keep up with the other children. She is definitely one of the gang! She is the most feisty, determined and irrepressible people I have ever met! I struggle to remember her as a tiny helpless baby, to me she has always been this dynamic and decisive person! She loves to ballet ALL the TIME! She goes for private lessons as well as her Saturday classes and she loves to play Minecraft. Watch out, this child is formidable!
We do also have another child who is a much loved and permanent member of our family but because he is fostered he can’t be mentioned here.
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