Summer lovin’

I haven’t posted for a few weeks because I’ve been far too busy enjoying our Kiwi Summer! I had 3 weeks off work over Christmas/New Year (Rob and I both went back to work on January 11th) and that time has been filled to the brim with summertime fun. Just the way I like it. […]


So. It’s 2016. A new year, brimming with new possibilities, challenges and opportunities. I led worship at church this morning and shared this devotional based on one I read during the week. I thought it was the perfect way to look at the new year. Hopefully it encourages others too! ‘A Year of New Things’ […]

Christmas 2015

Finally getting around to posting about our Christmas Day celebrations with family. Things were a bit different this year. We had breakfast with my family and then lunch with Rob’s family. Normally we can’t do both families on the same day, but Rob’s older brother and his family hosted ALL the Whangarei tribe at their […]

Proud Mama

It’s that time of year when I gush about my boys and how amazing they are. I know, I know. Nobody else thinks they are that amazing, but I know them better so I’m right. ;-) Anyhow, it’s my prerogative as their Mama to write about how amazing they are here and preserve the memories for […]


December. It’s always a busy time of year for everyone, isn’t it? I think it’s worse for us down in the Southern Hemisphere, because it’s also summertime and the end of the school year. It would be like Christmas in July for you Northern peeps. Imagine it! The weeks are filled with end-of-year dinners and […]


This is the new orthodontic appliance that Tyler got last week: This is the second stage in his orthodontic treatment, after already having a palatal expander to widen his upper jaw. The Herbst will encourage lower jaw growth and bring it forward. After all this he will need braces. I wasn’t sure how he would […]

Being mindful

Mindfulness. It’s the ‘buzz word’ right now. Everyone is talking about how to be more mindful. Psychology Today describes mindfulness this way: “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your […]


I haven’t blogged for ages, but lots of things have been happening. I’m dealing with a shoulder issue. I’ve been dealing with it since February this year, and it’s far from resolved. Basically, my whole left shoulder is ‘a mess’ (those were the radiographer’s words) and I may need surgery. I’ve got several things going […]

Brain soup

I don’t know about you, but my brain is constantly swirling with ‘stuff’. Thoughts, ideas, concerns, worries, dreams, plans, random musings … it never, ever stops. One of my favourite things to say to my husband is: “It must be nice living in your head.” Not because I assume he doesn’t use his brain, but […]