2018: The Year of No Regrets

2018: The Year of No Regrets, will forever be the year Bilbo was diagnosed with cancer. But it does not define our year. Why? well because until D day, we had one of the best years of our life.

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This picture means so much to me. Every day Bilbo and I got up early and we walked along the beach before Daddy and H were awake.
We saw the same man every morning looking for glass (he took this picture).
The week before Bilbo started school we talked about his insatiable energy. He didn’t stop. He was so healthy and well and we had the most wonderful week. I treasured every second of those walks, that time we had together a stark reminder you never get the time back, make the most of every second your children want nothing more from you than time.

Over the last 60 days i’ve spent a lot of time reflecting, thinking back, swiping through photos on my phone, scrolling through our Instagram feed. And what is clear, we were living our best life.

And despite the diagnosis we will continue to live our best life because it is the only way we know how to live.

We believe you only get one life so make sure you live it!

This was the moto I shared on this blog when I first created it in 2017. And I think 2018 was the best example of us doing this in spades.

The fact is from the moment we’re born we’re dying. It may sound morbid but it is true. Of course none of us know how long we’ve got. And this year has been a stark reminder, life is fragile.

And when you’re faced with that fragility, whether it is in your own world or through reading a little bit about ours. Grab life with both hands and live the shit out of it. You never know what is round the corner.

2018 the best year of our lives

What makes 2018 so great? Well let me tell you…

We welcomed 2018 in dancing on a beach in Thailand, we enjoyed fireworks, great food and even better company.

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Living Our Best Life: New Years Eve Koh Samui, Thailand seeing in 2018

Bilbo learnt to ride his bike

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Bilbo learning to ride his bike

We enjoyed the snow inside and outside.

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Enjoying the snow indoors
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Enjoying the snow outdoors
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Snowman with Daddy

We continued our obsession with all things Gruffalo, we read it, watched it, performed it and rode the ride.

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Chessington 2018, Bilbo doing his best Gruffalo impression
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Welcome to Bilbo’s Gruffalo Puppet Show
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Gruffalo Ride Chessington I think we rode it about 10 times in 2018.

We celebrated hen parties and stag do’s.

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Peaky blinder themed Hen Party

We enjoyed the arrival of spring.

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2018 was the year Bilbo achieved so much.
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Enjoying the spring

We took the decision as a family to support refugees again in Lesvos. I traveled to the island to volunteer, we’ve raised over £5k and sent dignity packs, aid and mountains of support and love.

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Lesvos 2018
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Preparing the #DignityPacks, by taking all the packaging off to be recycled.
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This is what 76 Dignity Bags looks like in Banana boxes.

We had the most wonderful holiday in Ibiza with our friends. We showed the boys the island that means so much to Rich and I. And we did things we’ve never got round to doing like driving round the island and experiencing the beauty the entire island has to offer.

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Sitting on the dock Ibiza 2018
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Ibiza 2018 our happy place
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Friends for life, holiday buddies
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Hippy Market Ibiza 2018, Bilbo and I made a dream catcher together. It is still in his room and catches his bad dreams.
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What a holiday and what a squad to enjoy the White Isle with.

We ticked Italy off our bucket list and watched our beautiful friends get married. With a spare 2hrs we managed to see the leaning tower of Pisa and squeeze in a pizza and some pasta.

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Chilling with your brother, taking in the warm sun, living your best life.
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Head Wedding Take 1 in beautiful Tuscany, Italy.
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Enjoying Tuscany with your mate…
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All the pizza, Bilbo has mentioned this particular pizza so many times. As soon as we can travel we’re heading back to Italy for ALL the Pizza.
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Chilling in Pisa

We celebrated the Head wedding take two in the UK.

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Head Wedding Take 2 – enjoying the farm.
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Discovery the world through the eyes of children is pure joy.

Both boys grew as little humans in so many ways.

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Four generations of the Godber boys
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When it is so hot but you need to clean the kids…stick bubbles in the paddling pool!
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When your brother is more excited about being in the photo than you…
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Adventures under our favourite tree
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During one of the hottest summer we got through a lot of ice cream and lollies. It wasn’t often they shared!

We traveled to Germany and visited with Uncle Gaggin.

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A short visit with Uncle Gaggin in Germany
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Loving life in the wagon, in Stuttgart Germany.
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When sightseeing in Stuttgart is just too much!
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Cheeky Godber boys in Stuttgart 2018.
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On top of the world in Germany.

We grew plants, flowers and tomatoes in our garden.

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Planting seeds
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Checking out our growing plants

I traveled to Nice with some of my besties

Waiting for a train in Monte Carlo.
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Nice, France Squad 2018

We chose love not hate. I protested against Trump and we protested against Brexit as a family.

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A week before diagnosis we joined the Brexit protest march.
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2018 was the year to have a voice to say no to hate and to show our children what kind of world we want for them.
Looking back at this photo we realise now that Bilbo was very poorly.

Bilbo graduated nursery and started school.

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Nursery Graduation Day
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First Day of School

We enjoyed decorating rocks and leaving them for people to find.

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Whilst hiding our rocks Bilbo found this rock, I think his face tells you everything you need to know.

At the last minute we squeezed two extra trips to the beach, first Cornwall in September. Where we woke up at 6am to see the sunrise and walk the beach. We taught the boys how to crab, ate fish and chips, traveled on boats, trains and discovered caves.

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Being silly at the steam railway.
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Learning how to crab in Looe Cornwall
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Flying our kite in Cornwall
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Enjoying time with Auntie Sam
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Hunting for caves in Cornwall
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Enjoying the front seat on the boat in Looe.
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Longleat Safari Selfie

And then Great Yarmouth in October for Bilbo’s birthday so we could visit dinosaurs and the great British seaside.

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Enjoying the 2p machines on the sea front in Great Yarmouth.
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Roarr Dinosaur Adventure – Norwich

Rich and I committed to Jump for Joel – we need to raise £2k for Joel the Complete package by 1st June 2019.

So far we’ve raised £525 and we still have six months to go. We’ve completed one out of the four challenges with three more to complete in 2019 including jumping out of a plane. You can read more about it here.

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We need to raise £2k by 1st June when Rich and I will be jumping out of a plane. https://www.gofundme.com/jump-for-joel

I met my idol Stacey Dooley at a book signing and then she won Strictly which Bilbo and I were delighted about. Although secretly I think Bilbo would have liked Dr Ranj to win.

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Meeting my idol Stacey Dooley, before she was Strictly Queen.

We picked Pumpkins in a field.

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Pick Your Own Pumpkin

We were diagnosed with cancer.

A bit of colour and a lot of cheek 🙂

We stared it in the face and decided we’d take it on in the only way we know how with courage and strength.

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Thank you the UK Secondary Sales Team inc Lisa, Bilbo and H love their dino goodies.
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Hanging out at Legoland Birmingham
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Very excited about our visit to Frosts

We’ve raised £7000 for CLIC Sargent.

And so many pints of blood have been donated in Bilbo’s name.

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#Donate4Bilbo – Donate blood!
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Well done to the team for donating blood in Hoboken today. You’re all amazing.
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Bilbo held my hand whilst I gave blood today.

And so there you have it, our 2018 in pictures, for every image i’ve included there are 100 more magical memories and moments I can recall. 2018: The Year of No Regrets. One of the best years of my life and I will continue to remember it this way. Even through the misery of cancer diagnosis we were reminded just how lucky we are. We have an army, a community, a support network that stretches round the world and for that we are grateful.

We know cancer will feature as a major part of 2019. BUT we refuse to let it define us, so expect the Godber’s to kick the ass out of 2019 cause that is what we do.

We believe you only get one life, so we will be making sure we live it!

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5 Responses

  1. Heather Cummings says:

    Kim, thank you for sharing your magical moments-both those that bring joy and beauty and the very real moments that are unimaginably difficult. Your blogs give life and hope that I appreciate greatly. These pictures are powerfully beautiful. Love to you and your family, my friend.

  2. Natalia J. says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful post. I don’t always visit as I’ve now signed up for updates so read in my inbox, but goodness this made me tear up with happy tears. I TOTALLY understand that it’s incredibly hard, and your pain and frustration with this bastard disease came through… but it was outshone by the absolutely gorgeous and full of love pictures from the whole year. Practicing gratitude in the face of such pain is incredibly hard, but you’re doing it, and when I faced my own horror in my life, it’s what got me through it. You’re doing amazingly and I admire you. Wishing you and your family all the strength, love and health in the new year.

  3. Kath says:

    Keep kicking ………
    Sending love and strength to you all 💖😘💖😘💖

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