Hi, I thought I’d introduce myself so you don’t have to try to figure it all out if, like me, you’re nosey and/or would just like to know a little bit about the person whose blog you’re reading. Thanks so much for reading it, by the way!
My name is Catherine (or Cat) and I am married to Mike. Together we have four children. As I update this (November ’17) my daughter Miriam has just turned eight. Next we have Ezra, aged six, and then Zach who is now four. And finally, baby Martha is 19 months old. Here is a picture of the six of us from about a year ago – as you will know, it’s hard to get a decent photo when children are involved. We also all (besides Martha) needed haircuts – oh well!
We live in central London – in what Transport for London calls Zone One. Incidentally, if you yourself live in a suburb, or the countryside, or on an oil rig somewhere in the Atlantic, then please don’t be put off by the title of my blog! Mum in Zone One is one way to describe me and my circumstances, but I’m hoping that my comments will be relevant to you wherever you are.
I also think that the connotations of living in Zone One can be quite similar to those of being a parent (particularly of young children):
- It’s hectic
- It’s expensive!
- People often think you’re a bit crazy for doing it
- It’s likely that anything else in the future will feel like peace and quiet in comparison
- You can feel alone even though you’re surrounded by people
- You’re covered in grime most of the time!
So maybe, without realising it, you’re a Zone One Mum/Dad too!
If you’re wondering why we live in Zone One, the short answer is that we’re part of a church who are trying to reach a large council estate with the fantastic news about Jesus Christ. We came to help out for a couple of years. That was nine years ago. We love our church family, and there are many things we love about living in the city. I will resist the temptation to list the things that are hard about it, because I’m sure you have your own list and swapping that sort of list is not going to help any of us!
And to finish off this bit, here is another picture of real life in the Brooks household. Nothing spectacular, just an average messy day.