Throwback Thursdays: Rachel Ridler – Mum On A Mission

It’s that time of week where it can only mean one thing; it’s time for our Throwback Thursdays series! Each week, you’ll be able to find more about the childhoods of some of the very best parenting bloggers; their treasured memories and best bits, even how their own upbringing has affected their parenting style. So settle down and get comfy, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane.

This Throwback Thursday, I’m joined by Rachel from Rachel Ridler: Mum On A Mission.Rachel’s blog covers her life as a mum to two boys that are full of beans whilst practicing and sharing her Christian faith. Today she’s sharing memories of what it was like to grow up as a Christian and the challenges different generations face.

Throwback Thursdays Rachel Ridler Mum On A Mission

Hey! My name is Rachel…

I currently live in Doncaster with my two boys, Sam who is 4 and Reuben who is 1, and my husband Rob who works for our local church.  I work for the Teenage Cancer Trust part time and look after my boys the rest of the time.  I was born in Durham, but spent most of my young life in a little market town in North Yorkshire before I left to go to university in Lancaster where I met my now husband!  I love crafting, blogging, tea and cake (caramel shortbread is my all time fave).  If I can combine those into one evening then that is heaven!


I grew up in this little market town called Stokesley in North Yorkshire with one older brother.  We didn’t really get on that well as we were so different, so most of the time we just stayed out of each others way!  I was never the popular kid as I was too clever, but I always had friends.  I much preferred to play inside on my own with my Sylvanian Families than go round to friends houses.  When I got to Secondary School, I excelled even more academically, and luckily had a group of friends who were that way minded as well. There were a couple of rough patches where I got bullied for being a Christian, but never that badly.  I loved it when I got to Sixth Form and you were allowed a bit more freedom of speech.

My earliest memory…

Was when I was nursery age, sitting a home watching Play Days with my mum and eating cheese on toast.  I also vividly remember being able to fly, so I obviously had a good imagination at that age!!


Throwback Thursdays Rachel Ridler Mum On A Mission

My Throwback Thursday photo…

I love this photo of me. I think I was about 2-3 years old at the time. It was taken with our family dog, Meg, who was a lovely dog and had to be put down when I was doing my GCSE’s. I don’t remember why it was taken, but I just remember many happy afternoons playing in the garden at my first ever home where it was taken. I love my bunches and dungarees! I have really dark brown hair now too so its odd to see my hair quite light in this photo. I just think to myself “well at least I was cute at one time in my life!”.


The best bit of growing up…

I loved spending time with my mum when I was growing up. She taught me so much (like how to iron and make a bed!), but the most fun part was baking with her! I would always lick the bowl and I still love baking now because of her. We would go shopping together and on day trips on the train in the school holidays. It doesn’t sound very exciting, but I know I was very lucky to have a stable childhood with two parents that loved me.  

The worst bit was realising that I was normally the odd one out. Because I was a Christian, I made very different life choices to my friends. This included being the only one not drinking alcohol at parties or sleeping around. Sometimes I felt very alone, but I know that I am stronger today for going through that and very glad that I don’t have any regrets from my teenage years like a lot of people do.  


I want my children to experience…

The constant, stable love of two parents who are always there for them. I want them to grow up knowing that God loves them too, whatever decisions they make. My parents were never really poor, but were never rich either, and we used to go on camping holidays. We have already started going camping with our boys and they love it so I hope that we will continue to do this instead of spending money on expensive holidays abroad – there is so much fun and many adventures to be had in the UK!

Throwback Thursdays Rachel Ridler Mum On A Mission

I think each generation has it’s own difficulties…

I think it must be hard for our kids who are brought up in a way where they spend more time in nursery and less time at home (I was at home with my mum right up til nursery at 3 years old, but my two have been in nursery since they were 6 months old), but it is equally hard for us as parents to weigh up the costs and benefits of work vs childcare.  

If I could be any age, I’d be…

Three years old and stop tantruming for my mum.  I was the kid being dragged down the street by my reins.  I know how hard and frustrating it is when my boys do it now, so I’m sorry mum for putting you through that!!!
Throwback Thursdays Rachel Ridler Mum On A Mission

Thanks Rachel for taking part and sharing your memories. If you’d like to hear more from Rachel, you can follow her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or on her blog



  1. 8th June 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Aw this is so sweet. I think having photos like this will be totally different for kids in years to come – i take hundreds every week as opposed to the odd ‘special’ photo from my childhood that really stands out, if you know what i mean. This made me smile and made me think of all the times i used to hang out with my mum when i was young too – making crispy cakes!


    • DevonMamaOnline
      9th June 2017 / 9:08 am

      Yes I know what you mean entirely! We used to have a proper ‘family’ photo when we were younger whereas now they’re all just snaps here and there! Speaking of crispy cakes has made me hungry!

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