Not as expected #motivationalmonday

I bought a teepee a little while back, i think it was last year. My intention was to use it on lovely ‘concept’ shoots the sort that i have been inspired by so many times in the past. I have used it a couple of times but more often than not its been used by the cute little folk in my house. Initially i was a bit reluctant to let them loose on it. There is always a high probability in my house that something like this will get broken or drawn on at some point and so i was a little worried about it not being ‘fit’ for the purpose i had intended.

But gradually it has become part of our furniture, propped away from time to time but out for play..and yes it has been drawn on and broken in that time too!. My oldest daughters like to ‘camp out’ in it in our living room and my smallest two play a lot of games in there, sometimes they let mama join in too, especially when you play a game of peek-a-boo through the hole at the top!

I actually dont mind that it hasn’t fulfilled its initial purpose. I was maybe a little unrealistic to be honest. Dazzled by american photographers who can rely on good weather, beautiful hazy sun flare and warmth..when realistically the soggy Β summers and freezing springs we have had, haven’t actually lent themselves to extended concept shoots with little ones.

So for now, its purpose has changed but i don’t think it has less value. It is being well loved. It is part of some stories, cowboys, indians, tea parties, dolly get togethers, trips to the shops, imaginary journeys to foreign lands, and a few sibling fall outs πŸ˜‰

My intentions may have been different but its purpose now brings a warmth to my soul when i hear it being bought to life.

Sometimes things just work out like that don’t they? Not always as planned but still as good.

i like that.


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  1. April 15, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    Unexpected blessing in my life,my friend Jen not only is looking after my baby while I rest, but also came armed with a home made cake for me πŸ™‚
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  2. Anne Boyere
    April 15, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    I love to see my children play in a tent or little house, they have so much fun. They would just love a teepee πŸ™‚

  3. April 15, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    I love the teepee and these are fab photos. My children have outgrown the one we used to have but my teenager is after a party bell tent for the garden – not sure about that idea and summer weather potential! Helen
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  4. Niki Barter
    April 15, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    My Children πŸ™‚

  5. April 15, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    It looks like so much fun! Makes me want to run out and buy one!

  6. Laura Z Banks
    April 15, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    my son

  7. April 15, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    Just love shot number 3! You can hear her giggles….

    Every time I put some sort of tent up in our house/garden, i find the dog in it…hairy little beggar.
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  8. April 16, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    What gorgeous picture! Was definitely worth it even if it wasn’t as intended πŸ™‚
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  9. April 16, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    Spontaneous play – nothing better. I love the photos!

  10. Charley Foulds
    April 17, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    meeting my best friend!

  11. Megan Adams
    April 17, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    My unexpected blessing is my daughter. She grows and grows every single day and is developing into the most beautiful little lady. I never knew having a baby would change my life this much, but it has!

  12. Kieran John
    April 17, 2013 / 2:43 pm


  13. Philip Darling
    April 17, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    My bald head – It takes me no time to dry my hair after my shower so 5 minutes more in bed every morning – bonus!

  14. Suan Watts
    April 17, 2013 / 5:17 pm

    My grandchild to be I thought I’d never have.

  15. Penny Lee
    April 17, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    Unexpected blessing – a baby boy when Ive got PCOS!

  16. ONeill Hannah
    April 17, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    Always having my family around.

    April 17, 2013 / 6:33 pm

    splitting up with my ex 6 years ago, led to meeting the wonderful father of my children πŸ™‚

  18. ashleigh
    April 17, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    meeting my husband!

  19. sarah lambert
    April 17, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    Marrying the lad i had a crush on at school πŸ™‚ x

  20. Angela Sandhu
    April 17, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    losing my job and then landing a much better one.

  21. Mark Rayner
    April 17, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    My back injury as I have had time at home to spend with my 3 kids.

    April 17, 2013 / 8:20 pm

    Stumbling upon my now husband, when I wasn’t even looking for love πŸ™‚

  23. lucy robinson
    April 17, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    My children. X

  24. Victoria
    April 17, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    My unexpected blessing(s) are my wonderful fiance and my beautiful daughter x

  25. tracy s
    April 17, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    My beautiful granddaughter, she was totally unexpected but has brought so much love and happiness to all the family, she is truely a blessing x

  26. Gem Clark
    April 18, 2013 / 11:15 am

    my children πŸ™‚

  27. Emma Louise Clement
    April 18, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    Having to stay on at my part time job after I graduated from uni – I was curing how hard it was to find a graduate job, but if I hadn’t of stayed on, I wouldn’t have met my husband, who also got me a work experience placement which got me a “proper” job! I have two toddlers so have need for this prize ha ha!
    Emma xx (@beachpebble)

  28. Andrew Dommett
    April 18, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    Europe winning the Ryder Cup from 10-6 down.

  29. Les A Mse Bain
    April 18, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    My very unexpected grandchildren! Still absolutely the best surprise ever, and the light of my life πŸ˜€ x.

  30. Madelaine McLaughlin
    April 18, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    Daughter having a baby at 18. DGD is 10 now and we totally adore each other.

  31. Amy Ripley
    April 18, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    Definitely my daughter – she rocks my world!

  32. Natalie M Goatley
    April 18, 2013 / 11:39 pm

    My degree having missed years of schooling growing up in a childrens home.

  33. Anonymous
    April 19, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    My daughter

  34. Lynsey Ward
    April 19, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    My daughter

  35. katie skeoch
    April 19, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    has to be my son – my lovely surprise baby!!

  36. Sheila Bound
    April 19, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    My daughter going to work in Japan. Never thought I’d fly let alone so far.

  37. Kayleigh Devlin
    April 20, 2013 / 8:10 am

    Finding a suitable flat for my Grandparents when they were desparate to move – and over a year later another flat hasnt came on the market

  38. ClairejB
    April 20, 2013 / 8:50 am

    A parcel containing a women’s tee shirt in just my style turning up in the post at my partners work place. It was sent there by mistake with no return address so no one has any idea who it was intended for & it couldn’t be sent back. No one else wanted it (they are all blokes!)so my partner took it home for me. Nice one!

  39. Rachel Blackburn
    April 20, 2013 / 11:17 am

    I don’t think I have had one…yet.

  40. Lisa Wilkinson
    April 20, 2013 / 1:28 pm

    My OH. I had unreliable friends before I met him and often felt unhappy and lonely. Since meeting him I’ve also found some lovely friends and everything is so much better.

  41. cheryl lovell
    April 20, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Meeting my hubby….my career took an unexpected turn but if it hadn’t, I wouldn’t have met my hubby

  42. Rachael Jones Mann
    April 20, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    my unexpected oldest son!

  43. Francis Lee
    April 20, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    my partner, definatelt

  44. Claire Bbdiva Butler
    April 20, 2013 / 6:30 pm

    Having my son after giving up hope of becoming a Mum after 10 years of miscarrying.

  45. Sarah Catherine Parker
    April 20, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    meeting my husband in a nightclub πŸ™‚

  46. Lorna Quarmby
    April 20, 2013 / 8:57 pm

    Having my 3 gorgeous little boys.

    April 20, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Definitely my family :o)

  48. Rae Butler
    April 21, 2013 / 8:56 am

    My lovely little son! He is amazing and a miracle! After being told at the tender age of 17 that I would never be able to conceive I had spent my late teens and early twenties trying to accept this ‘fact’ and trying to figure out a way of explainging to my now husband that I could never give him a baby. Thankfully my husband understood, and accepted that he loved me despite this. Two years into our relationship, on a cold Saturday evening in January 2010 I found out that I was pregnant, and I gave birth to my beautiful son in October 2010 πŸ™‚

  49. Jenette ogborn
    April 21, 2013 / 10:05 am

    My family xx

  50. Michelle Kitchen
    April 21, 2013 / 10:21 am

    My children πŸ™‚

  51. Sally Poole
    April 21, 2013 / 2:34 pm

    My children x

  52. Jen Louise Jackson
    April 21, 2013 / 3:43 pm

    My gorgeous son.

  53. Natalie Loan
    April 21, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    Being pregnant after trying for a while!!

  54. David Procter
    April 21, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    My children

  55. Clare Brannen
    April 21, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    My first son was an unexpected blessing I was told I was very unlikely to be able to conceive naturally.

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