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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Swim Star!

I know, it has been a MONTH since my last post. But does anybody read blogs these days? I can honestly say I read very few of them now :-( So I don’t expect many people are reading this one! Perhaps the end is nigh … ANYWAY. I have to brag about my boy because […]


It’s Autumn here in NZ, and that means a few things. Shorter days, cooler evenings, leaves changing colour, boots & jeans (although it’s FAR too warm for that here, we are all still (swimming at the beach, and) wearing jandals & shorts), apples, scented candles, bulb planting, slippers, hot chocolates … and feijoas!  My 3 boys adore feijoas. I don’t […]


I read a blog post this morning that made me stop, pause and reflect. The first line of the article really grabbed me: “The space between our expectations and our reality is a fertile field. It will grow something. Disappointment.” I’m not sure why those few words spoke to me the way they did, but […]

ANZAC prayer

God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war. We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may […]

These guys …

… have done me proud once again. They came home from school today with their end-of-year reports. Straight A’s for them both, and lots of really positive comments. I thought I’d try and sum up the year, focusing on each of them separately. ~~~ TYLER Tyler has really grown and thrived this year, and now […]