Pottering around

It’s been such a domestic day. I started with making pancakes for breakfast for everyone, putting the first load of laundry on, and making a ‘catch-up’ phone call while packing away winter school uniforms. For the rest of the time everyone pretty much left me to myself. My husband had a couple of things he…

A week in flowers, food, family and friends

From top left, counter-clockwise: the chicken caesar salad we had for our anniversary dinner at home last night, a dessert tasting plate with pastries we brought back from a great bakery, the said bakery’s decor, the orchid I received as a gift, a potted flower arrangement made by eldest daughter with plants she chose at…

Be a peaceful parent, stop looking for stuff around the house.

Originally published as a podcast for The Journey. It’s a great Christian show with input on Scripture, healthy marriages, parenting, stuff for young people, inspiring bits, fun bits, and thought-provoking bits. I’m honoured to be involved. Check it out!   The other night, after our children’s bedtime, I kept finding cupboard doors open. I went looking for the culprit and…

How to be happy when life feels like an endurance test

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said that God loves a cheerful giver. And I give myself over and over each day with these little ones given to me, but often not cheerfully. How am I to do it? Get through each day simply and cheerfully like she did? Yes she prayed, yes she was at daily Mass, but…