A softer Lent of little penances

My Lenten penance this year was easy to settle on. This life in the suburbs with routines of work and a clutch of young children, shows me very clearly every day, what my weaknesses are, where I can become a bit better as a person, where I can give God a bit more leeway to…

Gearing up for the busy season

Wow, doesn’t the year just slip away once October is finished! I’ve spent some time today on my November calendar, and my list of things to do next week is super full. I’m trying to stay calm about that, and focus on the essentials. I’m prioritising ruthlessly at the moment. There is much I feel…

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…

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…