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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author Emilie Leeks,

"To hear parents speak openly of their struggles, to hold space as they express the hardships in their lives is a great honour. There is so much pain. So much pain being carried around by each and every one of us - whether we know it or not, whether we can or choose to express it or not. We all have troubling and challenging incidents from our past - childhood hurts, deaths of loved ones, hospital traumas… But it's not always big stuff. It can be just not wanting to repeat habits of a lifetime - of not wanting to stay in the rut of generations of hurt."

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author Emilie Leeks,

Sweet one,You never made it Into our arms. You never knew The joy your brothers and sisters Would bring to you. You never nestled Into your father's warm chest; You never found your strength At my breast. A spark of life, A...

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