What I’ve been up to during March/start of April

I haven’t updated this blog much apart from posting my Catholic Weekly columns but I kind of miss the more casual documenting of the family doings and my own musings here. So this is the first of a monthly update post – then I, at least, can look back and remember what I did from…

Last days before Christmas

Five days out from Christmas and I’m still trying to think of myself as in my usual part-time work mode, because we have birthdays and things in late December and we’re going on a family camp in early January. I won’t get any work done until after that. But with the children now all on…

Halloween. Do you love it or hate it?

Halloween has really irked me in recent years. For one thing, there’s a beautiful Catholic tradition behind the celebration of October 31 that has got almost completely submerged by the Halloween phenomenon. But mainly, there’s the fact that culturally it’s largely an American celebration and so, being an Australian, to me it feels even more…

These busy school holidays

We’re halfway through week one of the September school holidays and it feels like a lot’s been packed in already. I guess that’s bound to be the case when you have five kids. My husband and I have been tag-teaming work and parenting duties more than usual this week. I worked yesterday while he stayed…