With Young Families To Support, Hollie And Isabella Have An Idea…
Autumn, Year 4
Hollie glanced towards the end of the road as she gingerly stepped across, carrying Jenna in her arms. She and Isabella had been talking a lot lately about their young families and, with another baby on the way, Hollie knew she needed a lot more support now that Daisy wasn’t around.
The new Community Centre had opened in her road and she was keen to visit it. So with Ethan at class, she set off across the road.
The centre was all decked out for Halloween and Jenna squealed as she watched the banners waving in the breeze. Hollie was looking forward to spending the morning here.
After leaving Jenna playing happily, Hollie grabbed a slice of pizza while she waited for her friends to arrive. She was going to set up a club for mothers with young children so they could swap tips and share advice but most of all, they could provide support for one another.
Before long, Emily and Isabella arrived at the centre.
After class, Ethan invited Javon over the the centre. He’d thought about setting up a similar club but for fathers to support one another. Soon the centre would be busy with parents and their little ones!
Hollie and Ethan had been going through a difficult patch since Hollie had found she was expecting a baby again. They were both very worried about their finances and the fact that the house wasn’t really big enough.
“We’ll have to move,” Ethan said bluntly, later that evening.
“Not until after this baby’s born, we’re not.” Hollie replied. Before Ethan could reply, she shook her head. “No way. I’m not moving before this baby is born. In the new year, perhaps.”
Ethan wasn’t convinced they could afford a larger house and he dreaded the thought of going to the bank for a very big loan to cover the cost. However even he had to admit their cottage just wasn’t big enough for all of them.
“We’ll manage, Hollie.” He promised and he pulled her close on the sofa.
Hollie gazed into his eyes and smiled. “Thank you, Ethan.”
In Windenburg, Isabella and Javon were cosying up for the evening. Javon had recently had another successful event at the art gallery and his paintings were in high demand. Isabella was incredibly proud of him.
Never one to slack off, Javon carried on painting in the hallway upstairs. He knew that he needed his own studio space to work properly and had recently had a serious conversation with fellow artist Bill about using the space rooms at the Rising Sun gallery in Del Sol Valley. It definitely would make more sense than risking his easel and canvas with children and dogs in the house.
He’d also insisted that Isabella was able to get back to working as a freelance writer, so he’d agreed to spend more time with Ronan on the days he was at home. Father and son had bonded well and Javon enjoyed larking around with his toddler.
He even handed out sweets to trick or treaters at Halloween. Family life had settled deep in his veins and he was loving every minute of it.
Even the dogs were very relaxed. Isabella and Javon had everything under control in the house.
Isabella liked getting Ronan out of the house and meeting other children. Some days, when Javon was home to look after Caitriona, she took Ronan to Wood Valley Family Park so she could work in the crisp, fresh air and he could play on the playground.
Caleb was watching Ronan playing with Aoife in the playground. He’d been thinking about children a lot; with Cristina expecting her baby any time soon, it was constantly on his mind. He’d always wanted a family. Seeing the children playing in the playground always made him yearn for a family of his own.
“Ronan, play nicely!” Isabella called as she watched out of the corner of her eye. She could see Aoife, one of Emily’s daughters, looking put out and knew Ronan and done something. He wasn’t used to sharing yet and Isabella was hoping these trips to the park would help with that before Caitriona was old enough to play with her brother.
Determined to stay fit, Isabella had taken up a dance fitness course and was determined to persist with it. With two young children in the house, she definitely wanted to be as fit as possible!
Little Ronan wasn’t sure about having a baby sister. He wasn’t sure he was happy with it at all but Isabella settled him down to reassure him that everything was going to be just fine.