Best stories of 2018 and a request

When I was a little girl of 10 or so and people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I said ‘ teacher’  or ‘singer’ or ‘lolly shop owner’ or ‘ writer’.  I’m now over 40 and all of those things have wound their way into my life in some…

2018 round-up

It’s been a crazy year, but a good one, and with Advent now here already I thought a quick round-up of my highlights for 2018 was in order. Family We had our youngest start kindy this year. The first few days were slightly traumatic for him and me and it’s still a bitter-sweet reality for…

Easter bunny footprints and gratitude

This is just a quick catch-up post so if anyone is still reading and enjoying this blog (and actually I know at least a couple do, including my cousin who told me so on Monday!) they have something to tide them over for a while. I didn’t eat chocolate for all of Lent, not that I had to work…

Lent’s midpoint

We’re a little past Lent’s halfway mark but it got me thinking about midpoints. A midpoint – of a life, a career or course of study, even something as simple as a garage clean-out – can be a tricky thing. The initial enthusiasm and certainty has worn off or evaporated in the face of concrete realities. The…

Jesus would have enjoyed a good biryani

We visited my dad and stepmum in Bowral on the weekend and my dad made biryani (pictured at left) which is always popular with my kids. Biryani is a rice dish spiced with turmeric, cardamon, cloves and cinnamon (among other things) and often includes meat as well. This time Dad added nuggets of beef sausages…

Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day

I think I’ve taken a photo of every single bunch of flowers I’ve received from my husband. These are nice, though not technically a bunch or even a posy. They were a surprise and came with this morning’s coffee* which made me happy and that’s what counts. They’re from a pot at the front of…

Lent is coming at just the right time

I’m feeling a bit flat at the moment – partly because I’m not 100% well due to a flare up of an autoimmune condition I’ve been blessed with – but mainly because it’s mid-February and I’m still haven’t really worked out what I’m going to be doing with myself this year. Our kindy kid is…

Quick January recap

It’s quite a nice thing to have series of days divided into months. If you are having a bad time on the whole, at least when a new month starts you can hope for a better go this time. And if you’ve been having a good time you can feel quite pleased at having overall a good…

Back to school success

Today was the first day back at school after a seven-week break for four of our kids.  One started high school, another started at the school his brother attends. Two years ago – the last time we had kids starting new schools – this day and the ensuring weeks did not go well due to…

Surprising benefits of a combined family holiday

In this week’s The Catholic Weekly: My family spent the first week of this year with about 10 other families at a conference centre we hire out for the purpose during the summer school holidays. Parents from our kids’ schools organise these ‘family camps’ and while they are not relaxing on the whole, they are…