Friday, 27 February 2009


Can you believe it is nearly the end of February already?

I was driving home today and I had (what the British call) an Epiphany. The sun was shining for the first time in weeks, the wind was warm and there was the first beautiful sunset I had seen for the first time this year. It was an incredible feeling and you know when you start smiling to yourself for no apparent reason? That was me! I started thinking about everything that has happened since I was born and I decided to blog it here. I have seen MckMama and a few other bloggers chronicle their lives as well. I think it is my welcome to my world and where I am proudly from :)

February 8th 1989 - I was born after a 12 hour labour at 7 pounds and 4oz at 21 inches long. My Mum’s chances of breastfeeding were over as I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant. Soya milk it was to fill my tummy! The Berlin wall was knocked down which noted the first step toward German reunification. (Baby photo to come.)

1990 - I was diagnosed half deaf in my left ear. My parents had noticed I would not respond to loud noises and that I struggled to make expressions to certain sounds.

May 1991 - This sprog appeared by the name of Rachael. I became a big sister!

October 1992 - My Mum’s baby mission still continued and our family was blessed with the first boy of the family, my baby brother Philip. I begun an obsession with my favourite Disney film ever - Aladdin!

A whole new world certainly began for me...not so much my parents as I had to watch this movie every night before bed, for around 6 months!

September 1993 - My Aunty Jo finally got married after kissing all too many frogs. It was a lovely day! My Dad got promoted in his BT Cell net job and was away for long hours. I missed him!

Flower girl or Daddy's girl?

February 1994 - My Granddad suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage on St. Valentines day and sadly passed away six days later. He will always be my Valentine. I started school for the first time and loved it!

I wrote a letter to my Granddad. Click here and scroll 3/4 way to read. Dated September 3rd 2008.

March 1995 - After years of trying my Aunty Jo falls pregnant and I become a cousin for the first time. My teacher passes away from cancer and I begin my passion for Ballet.

Summer 1996 - I develop my Chinese food obsession, start my speech language classes and have my first kiss with Adam Mead whilst playing skittles in the playground. Tupac Shakur is killed. Bill Clinton is re-elected as president and my little brother is diagnosed with Dyslexia.

Summer 1997 - I have another cousin by my Aunty Jo. I go up a grade in Ballet and perform my first dance to Men in Black in front of the school. Princess Diana is killed, Britain is taken over by the ‘New Labour Party’ and the United Kingdom win the Eurovision song contest!

I remember the Princesses's passing being the first public death I was really moved by.

1998 - Spice fever hits me after a delay of hating them and I attend my first ever concert. I officially become a fan of the Spice Girls! My best friend at school suffers a big convulsion which leads to an infection of the Brain. She never returns to school again and has to be hospitalised/schooled long term.

Girl Power took Over!

1999 - My family is transformed when we get Sky television and I love every single programme Nickelodeon had to offer - particularly Sabrina the Teenage Witch. My Aunty Lucy comes out of prison and my family forgive her. I begin secondary school - the best school days ever!

If people say school was the hardest days of their life...I believe they're the most fulfilling.

2000 - It is the Millennium and we celebrate in London. I develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder due to my fear of vomiting. George.W.Bush is the new president. The Spice Girls lose Geri so I turn my attentions to S Club 7 and Britney Spears!

Happy New Year, 2000.

Summer 2001 - I become a reality TV junkie and become addicted to Pop Idol. I am gutted when Gareth Gates doesn’t win. I, also, get hooked to Big Brother! My Dad turned 50 years old and the world stood still as I watched the planes crash into the Twin Towers.

2002 - History becomes my favourite subject and I go on a WW1 Ypres trip to Belgium to see the Trenches. I loved it! I decide I want to be a Midwife when I grow up. My older sister, by six years, Nicola meets her long term boyfriend Robbie. The Queen Mother passes away at 101.

Into the trenches - October 2002.

Christmas 2002 - For me Christmas was ruined by the appearance of my period (too much information I know!) My Gran is rushed to hospital and passes away of Kidney failure :(

Winter 2003 - England win the Rugby World Cup - finally! The first cloned animal, Dolly the Sheep, passes away. I give up Ballet and focus on school, only to get my first detention. I decide I want to become a Midwife or Nurse when I grow up!

2004 - I become more opinionated and my support for the Iraq war immediately goes against after the death toll is announced. Indonesia and Thailand are devastated by the Tsunami and I help to raise money for the appeal. I have the best holiday ever in Spain! My best friend’s Brain condition begins to improve after 6 years and my Aunty Jo gives birth to a surprise baby boy at the age of 40!

It totals three cousins.

Summer 2005 - I took my GCSE’s and passed them all, particularly Math which meant I could get into college. I begin a Diploma in Health Studies and get a new Cat called Appleby! The Catholic Pope passes away and London win the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics!

2006 - The UK have the hottest Summer on record and I am gutted that the Crocodile Hunter is killed. Saddam Hussein is executed. I pass my first year of college with distinction and I apply to Midwifery College only to be turned down and offered a first class offer into Nursing School. I accepted. My older sister moves out and after 17 years I get my own room! Finally!

They moved out...and I moved in!

2007 - I turned 18, began Nursing school and passed my driving test. My Mum turned 50 and we threw her a surprise family BBQ. My Facebook addiction begins at the same time Prime Minster Tony Blair quits. My first real relationship ends and I am heartbroken.

Winter 2008 - I begin to question if Nursing is the right path and meet my amazing boyfriend, Brad. The Spice Girls are back and I dance the night away at their reunion concert. I see my favourite film The Sound of Music in theatre. and my Mum has a Breast Cancer scare.

Girl power...take 2!

Summer/Autumn 2008 - I attended my first music festival and loved every second. I start blogging, visited Paris for the first time and fell in love with Nursing all over again. I am diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and told my chances of having children naturally are slimmer. I was devastated!

June 2008.

2009 so far - I decide to take part in Race for Life in aid of Cancer. The UK have the biggest snow fall in 20 years! I continue to train for my Nursing qualification and find my niche in Oncology and Surgery. I am counting down the months until my 21st birthday in 2010!

Fancy having a go? I would love to read about your lives. It is so much fun!


Colette said...

I really enjoyed reading this Becca, I'm totally inspired to do the same but it will have to wait 'til next week.

I feel like I know you so much better now - I laughed and I cried. Thank you for sharing.

P.S. That picture of you and Brad is totally my favourite one of you. You look soooooo cute.

P.P.S. Getting my period for the first time was also a bad thing for me, I hated that adulthood was calling.

Sheryl said...

Wow, what a memory you have! So great to be able to recall the highlights (and low lights) from all those years.

I read your comment on Angie's Bring the Rain blog today. Curious as to how you know you will never believe in Christ? I do NOT say that with any condemnation, just truly curious.


I do what I want! said...

I loved reading that post! I want to do it on my blog too but I don't know if I can remember details of each year like that haha
You and your bf are so cute! I love it!

Leah said...


I love your new blog design.

I enjoyed reading this post. I am originally from the UK. We moved to the US when I was 10 years old.

Hope you have a GREAT weekend! :)

Allie Garcia said...

I love your new blog design!!! :)

Misi said...

I wish I had a memory like yours..
Great post, I loved reading the chronicles of your life.

Misi said...

I wish I had a memory like yours..
Great post, I loved reading the chronicles of your life.

Mary said...

that was fun! I might have to do that. Love the new design!

Amy Mikel Waldron said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Just curious. . .what do you think of the Bring the Rain blog? Christ presents himself so real to me daily and I'm always interested to hear what makes people believe the opposite? Please take no offense. . .I love making new friends and learning about other's thoughts!

Be Blessed my new friend,

Amy (Honestly)

Librarian or Teacher said...

I loved reading this and getting to know you better! One question; what is a sprog?

Brittney Galloway said...

Hey! Thanks for stopping by my little ol' blog! It looks like we follow alot of the same blogs, and I have loved reading some of your recent posts!

Laura Kay said...

Thanks for sharing.

I am glad it is was warmer there yesterday. I am starting to see tulips over here, so I know spring is one the way.

I will be in Europe until early July; they I have to go back and find a job for the school year (I am an elementary teacher).

Jessica Turner said...

love this!

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