Project 365 – Day 31 – Pancake Day!

It’s Pancake Day! I wasn’t sure if I would be participating this year, because I know that the calories will be enormous. However, in our family online group chat, I just received a photo from my daughter who has made them for herself this morning, as she lives in her own home now. Her photo…

13/2/14 The Worst & Best Day

One of the toughest moments of being a parent is not being able to take away your child’s discomfort when they are sick. If you could take away their pain you would but instead you give them as much comforting and cuddles as you can! Sebastian was diagnosed with a 10cm Mesenchymal Hamartoma on his…

Tradition review

Tradition revival and review Sitting here a few days after Christmas I’m doing my annual assessment of the good great and groan. Every year during the holidays I learn a little something new. I am a person who enjoys tradition. Repeat the great things we all look forward to. Ditch what didn’t work. Add new…

Winter’s Magical Eve

A poem by Deano Parsons. Winter’s Magical Eve.Villages lit by twinkling lightsThe chill wind shocks with frosty bitesWindow displays of gifts and treesWhile garden ponds begin to freeze. Festive garlands and mistletoeThe moonlight shines upon the snowPeople gather around log firesIcicles hang from cold church spires. Christmas Eve comes but once per yearA time to…

Before you go

For my boys, Eugi and Richard Morton Before you go out in the world There’s a few things you should know. Your safe place is always here No matter how old you grow Troubled lost Or Confused in your path I’m am here to get you past You’ll make some bad choices I guarantee you…

This childhood thing goes too fast

In 2008 we welcomed our sons into our family. Two adorable, brown headed, chubby cheeked toddlers. They were strangers to each other and to us and overnight we became a family. We missed the baby stage and most of the first two years of their lives. So it would not be surprising to know that…

Facing Christmas following loss

How do we do Christmas after losing someone so precious? How do we prepare for festivities that seem like we’re celebrating and having fun whilst such an important person is no longer here with us? Thoughts and memories crowd in, take over and then literally overwhelm. Every day I miss my mum like crazy and…

The case for picture perfect sharing

Picture this. Your kids are all dressed up you finally have them all in one place to snap a few “nice” pictures for the grandparents. But the middle child doesn’t like the clothes that you picked for him, the youngest doesn’t want to sit with her brothers – she wants to have her picture by…

Life’s Leafy Pathway

A pathway of autumnal glowWhen Nature bows her head for rest.While trees prepare for season’s flowLike rust upon what summer blessed.The morning dew drops hang like gemsAs chill winds cause crisp leaves to fall.Such a welcome the pathway lendsTo all the people one and all.Who can resist to kick the pilesOf golden foliage so deep?The…

The Lifeline Paradox

“They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol. I am at my desk, as the clock fast approaches midnight, thinking about change.  Change is everywhere and it is somehow everything.  Ironically, change is a constant.  That is a fact that does not change.  No matter what is happening in…