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…

Don’t underestimate your impact, grandparents

    The special love between grandparents and grandkids opens a way for God to enter both their lives in a powerful way….And there is much that we can do even if we live away from, or are in some other way distant from our child or grandchild. Read the rest at The Catholic Weekly.

On (mostly) loving family dinners

My column recently published in The Catholic Weekly I like cooking for my family. I sometimes grab the free supermarket magazines for recipe ideas, get my kids involved in our family dinner, and we have lots of fun, and the whole thing is very fine. What turns up on our dinner plates each night is…

A plan to enjoy winter and not just put up with it

The combination of the temperatures plunging over the weekend and the first official day of winter saw my mood take a dive as well. Winter has not been my friend, especially in recent years given one child’s eczema flare-ups and the extra care needed to prevent and deal with those. The related need for limited…

The end of the holidays and a little help needed

Our kids start school next Monday, except for the one starting kindy on Thursday. We’re trying to make the most of the last few days of the school holidays; my husband’s taken today and tomorrow off work so we can spend a nice long weekend together and I can get a couple of last-minute back-to-school…

The changing meaning of family

One time I was reading an article by a writer whose work I enjoy reading occasionally when she referred to a book her young son was reading as picturing “one of those vanilla mummy/daddy families”. That is, it showed a married mum and dad, and the couple’s biological children. It was clear by the context…

The benefit of built-in weekly family time

My column from last week’s Catholic Weekly. “I’ve written my wish list for Santa,” one of my daughters informed me while we drove to school one day last week. It took me a second to remember that this was something they did towards the end of the year. I think it was someone’s classroom activity one…

Life is a dialogue, not a monologue

This article was originally published in The Catholic Weekly.   Last week I attended the Catholic Digital Media Conference in Sydney which was a very inspiring and encouraging event. There was so much wisdom, passion, experience, and talent among the delegates that the energy generated was very infectious. One of the more profound things I…