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  1. Best wishes to both you and Finley. As the mother of three little boys I know only too well how they make your heart contract when they are sad. There’s only so much the outside world can do to touch your little boy – mums can always make things better x

  2. I am so so sorry that Finn has been having a tough time. This is such a tender age (my son is also 11) and sometimes being his mama hurts my own heart so much! I’m very happy to see you back!

  3. Glad to see you back, but know this-Your child always comes first , no matter what. All this wonderful stuff is so temporary, you will only have Finley for awhile and it goes by way too fast.The days seems long , but the years are short. My 3 are grown and gone and it flew by. Treasure this time you had with him which I am sure you did. There will always be bumps in the road (so to speak), but you will never regret the time you spend with your child. Trust me:)

  4. So sorry to hear that Finley has had a rough time. And of course we understand your absence. You’re a mom, and your little one comes first. Love and hugs to you both.

  5. Oh Alison, you have done the bravest thing by giving your all to your valuable child. No one can take this summer away from you, yes it was tough, you made the right decision, we are all here for you. Finn is the better for it, you made the right decision, the puppy will grow to be Finn’s best friend, except for you, of course! Lots of love

  6. My heart aches for you. Our First Lady, Michelle Obama, said “A mother is only as happy as her saddest child.” Truer words were never spoken. Thankfully, you didn’t have to trot off to a corporate office every day and leave Finley elsewhere. I’m sure his healing owes everything to you.

  7. Ahh bless you Alison. I was wondering where you were and if you were OK. Spending time with your lovely son is absolutely the right thing to do. My heart goes out to you – as a mum it is so very hard to see your child suffering or being unhappy.
    I remember those feelings so well and still feel a pang even after all these years – my own little darling is now 24 and an army wife!
    Take care of yourself and Finn.

  8. I have been sending you good thoughts, knowing that something was not right with your world. Happy that you are back for us again, and that things are better. Children come first, always. Hugs to you from Iowa.

  9. Darling Alison, your priorities are in order, we wouldn’t have it any other way, but it’s lovely to have you back too! Hope you enjoy puttering into Autumn xxx

  10. Oh Alison, so sorry that Finlay has had a rough time. But how fantastic that he has a Mummy who saw what he needed and gave it to him in spades.
    Was a big snippy re undelivered prize from June. Sorry, my dear, I understand better now!
    Much love
    Susan x

  11. I’m so sorry for whatever struggle your little one is going through. But know that you’ve done the right thing. Made the right choice.
    Wishing you the strength you need to keep going through it.

  12. Poor Finley. I hope you’re both back on track. I know I don’t really know you except what you choose to share through your books and the wonder that is the internet, but please know that those of us out here in cyberspace are rooting for you and your son xx

  13. Dear Alison
    It broke my heart to read this. I don’t think there is a greater pain we can suffer as a mother than to see our children unhappy. The good news is that as a mother, you have the power to support and nurture him through this difficult time and I am sure you will both grow closer, and stronger, as a result. Thank you for letting us know how things are going and ….. take it easy returning to us, there is no rush.

  14. I’m so sorry Finley has been having a rough time! I hope things are getting better. You have done the best thing you could possibly do, by really, truly being there for him.

  15. i’ve followed your blog for years now,and i’m always touched by your deep love and commitment to your child, it’s beautiful to see 🙂 hope you are both well-with love from America 🙂

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