I realise that writing this collection of stories means bearing it all – my soul, my heart, my loves, my fears. I am more than aware that this is a narrative that will leave me utterly and totally vulnerable to friends, family and complete strangers. But I have learnt over time that being vulnerable is in no way a show of weakness. In fact, wearing my heart on my sleeve is a show of my strength, my courage and my power. For me it is a private test of my ability to be a stronger and more determined person as I search for the light through the shadows of life. So I hope you enjoy my collection of stories, especially written for my children which I have chosen to share with you. Enjoy!