In the run-up to Mother's Day, we're celebrating RAF mums. Sgt Pers Spt Lisa Purves is a mum of two based at RAF Brize Norton. In this guest blog, Lisa tells us about her life as an RAF mum and what she's looking forward to on Mother's Day.
I have two sons, Oliver who is five and Euan who's one. I have been married to Andy for seven years who is a WO2 in the REME.
I still enjoy life in the RAF as much as when I joined back in 1999 aged 15. But I was under no illusion whilst I was pregnant with both my children that if I was to stay in the RAF I would have to deploy. I made that decision and went to Kandahar in 2010.
Deploying is without a doubt one of the hardest things I have done; however, looking back, it was actually the build up and post deployment that were the difficult bits.
Mother's Day is usually a chilled day for my family. Family time is rare and we make the most of it.
Oliver will help Daddy make me breakfast whilst Euan will probably run around them. I will have poached eggs, bacon and toast designed in the shape of a smiley face and Oliver will proudly bring it up to me in bed with my Mother's Day cards.
We generally take the boys swimming, walking or to soft play place on a Sunday and this will still be the case. For me, Mother's Day is about my family and appreciating what we have and how lucky we are.
By Lisa Purves