What Are We Really Doing When We Take a Photo of Our Kids?

Children often give us lovely moments. But occasionally there are some which seem so perfect they are un-real, literally breathtaking. Why do they come with such a pang of loss, of saudade? Is this why we so often reach for a camera, to quell the feeling of panic of losing a beautiful way of seeing…

Parenthood, War, and Peace

  After a busy Saturday spent travelling and socialising, last Sunday was what we call a catch-up day in our household. After Mass and morning tea we got to work cooking, doing laundry, sorting out Christmas gifts, and generally tidying up for a couple of hours. The children mostly played or read books and watched…

Three points to ponder from a retreat with Fr Jacques Philippe

Popular Catholic author and retreat director Fr Jacques Philippe has just completed a round of speaking engagements in Sydney giving retreats and talks at a variety of events held over ten days. I attended his retreat day for women held at Notre Dame University, along with around 300 others from all over the city and elsewhere who had heard about…

40 things to do before I turn 40

I celebrated my 39th birthday last week and now I’m really looking forward to my 40th and the start of a brand new decade. My 20s was about making two big life choices and having my first baby. My 30s was all about having four more babies and having a lot of the assumptions I’d held from my teens and 20s…