Pray first, pray more

Life has it’s ups and downs, doesn’t it? One moment you’re driving along in the sunshine, windows down, great music playing on the stereo. You’re singing along, looking forward to something-in-particular and feeling grateful to be alive. Nek minit, you’re dealing with a crappy situation, wondering how things changed so fast! Many times the ‘crappy […]

Pumpkin Lasagne

Time for a recipe share! We had friends over for dinner at the weekend. Two of them are vegetarian, so I made my very first vegetarian lasagne … it was a big hit, even with the meat-eaters! Even my oldest, who doesn’t really like pumpkin, really enjoyed it. I’ll be making this again for us! […]

The Parent Map

I recently read the May issue of “NEXT” magazine, which was a special “Motherhood” issue for Mother’s Day. There was a fabulous article in there called “The Parent Map”, where five experts shared their top parenting tips. Some of the advice was so great, I found myself nodding and hm-hming as I read. I even […]

We have a teenager in the house!

That’s right, my BABY is now thirteen. THIRTEEN! A teenager. I can’t even … Ethan’s birthday was over 2 weeks ago, and I’m only just getting around to downloading photos from my camera onto my computer. So we have had a teenager in our house for a couple of weeks now, and guess what? It’s […]

By Tyler …

“Ouch!” I muttered, as I carefully put my feet on the sharp rocks. It was a Sunday afternoon and the sun was lasering down on me and my family. We strolled towards the quiet lake; we went through the luscious, green grass fields, over gates, across bridges, under trees that skyed above us. Finally we […]


A fair bit on my mind today … sharing a few of those thoughts … Tyler is off school because he is sick, so I stayed home with him. I wanted to work from home, because he has (as I suspected he would) been sleeping and watching TV all day. But my company has a policy that […]

Sweet Sixteen

So, my lovely man and I have been married for 16 (SIXTEEN!) years. We celebrated our anniversary (on 1 May) by exchanging traditional gifts, as we always do. The traditional gift for 16 years is wax. I bought him hair wax, car wax and a funky candle. He bought me a scented candle, and he […]

We will remember them

As a nation, NZ has just commemorated 100 years since the landing of the ANZACs at Gallipoli in 1915, during WWI. Because it was the centenary commemoration, this year was pretty special. I blogged a few weeks ago about how much Tyler had been learning about ANZAC Day, and how passionate and enthusiastic he was […]

Crazy busy.

It’s the start of another school term, and this one is BUSY. Mostly as a result of all the sport my boys play. Term 1 was busy too, but with their summer sports (summer soccer, tag rugby and athletics) slowing winding down, there were a few weeks near the end where our schedules were pretty […]

Lately …

Lots has been happening lately, so here’s a bit of an update! Tyler competed in the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon again (see my previous post). It was a scorching hot day with sunshine and blue skies. Rob, Ethan and I all enjoyed watching him (and running to keep up with him around the course!) … a […]