• 2020,  Family

    Family: Mental Load

    I’m not sure when I became aware of my desperate need for simplicity, but I remember starting to think about it more seriously not long after I had our fourth baby. Maybe it was the shock of having four children under 8? Although it could have been everything that was on my plate at the time, considering my dad had died 8 months prior to having Jaden! Also, 2011 was a massive year for us as it was also the year that our Amy was diagnosed with Chronic Recurring Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO), and we started our four year journey getting Ames back to health. I know I spent a lot…

  • Family

    Family: Teaching Life Skills

    One of my favourite kids books of all time is Sean Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Happy Kids’. In this book there are seven stories based on Stephen Covey’s ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. Sean Covey is one of Stephen Covey’s son’s. The characters are cute, the stories are enjoyable, short and a good example of one of the seven habits. Last night, Jaden wanted to hear the story ‘Pokey and the spelling test’. The theme was Put First things first, based on the work first play later concept. This story was about a little character called Pokey who loves to play with his friends, and decides to…

  • 2020,  Taking Stock

    Taking Stock – September 2020

    I’m not sure about you, but I’m a bit stunned – it’s the end of September already! I love the month of September, mostly because it’s the start of Spring. Hope is in the air, and it kind of feels like a new day. Winter has gone away and there is a freshness in the air. The sky’s are blue and the sun is shining! Spring is my favourite time of the year! Making: A home that I enjoy living in. And so, I have been working on this by sorting out of our house hold. I have been pulling things out of cupboards – asking myself the famous ‘Does…

  • 2020,  friends

    Friendship: The Gift of Grace

    Today I was talking to a friend about how easy it is for mums to neglect friendships when we are giving out so much to our family’s. I don’t like or want to neglect my friends, but sometimes family life, and the mental load of mum life overrun my deepest desire to be the best friend I can be to my friends. I’m trying to improve the mental load aspects of my life so I can be a better friend to my friends. The most amazing thing about friendship, true friendship, is grace. All relationships need grace, and it is this grace that allows us to be our vulnerable selves…

  • 2020,  Taking Stock

    Taking Stock – August 2020

    It’s the end of August! It’s been a massive month in many respects, but also a good month. My Mum and Hubby celebrated birthdays, school is in full swing, Tafe assessments for the girls are in extreme action mode (particularly for Ames), doctor appointments, a horrible dentist appointment, Beps work hours have increased so 1am drop offs are a bit more full on, youth group and church are go, go, go!! Making: I would love some time to make something outside of dinner. Hashtag goals! I would love time to go to a pottery class with some friends – I have never done a pottery class before. Cooking: No new…

  • 2020,  Faith

    Faith: Look up, Child

    Over the last six months, the news cycle has been focused on covid-19. This time in our history has been a little scary, and the quite unsettling. None of us have much faith in our government, and find ourselves wondering if they are for us, or against us? Are they going to make good decisions for us all? At the end of this pandemic are we going to be in a good position socially, culturally, psychologically, spiritually, or financially? Queensland has been in a good position over the last few months. I haven’t agreed with some of the decisions our Premier has made, but very happy with other decisions. With…

  • 2020,  Taking Stock

    Taking Stock – July 2020

    Here we are in July! It’s quite surreal. Time is passing us by so quickly and there is always so many things we need to reach on. I’m becoming more and more aware of how precious time is and I don’t want to waste a single moment of it. It’s not easy to make memories with family and friends around the craziness of shuttling kids to all their different activities and also commitments, but here we are. In the midst of craziness, life keeps moving forward, and its up to us to live our best life through the strange and peculiar moments we find ourselves in. So, here we go.…

  • 2020,  homeschooling,  movies

    Unstoppable Soul Surfer

    One of the things I like about homeschooling through Faith CSDE is that the high school english program among other aspects to the curriculum, is really well done. Each term we are asked to read a particular book, answer questions, and learn new modes of writing, and each term has a different focus with regard to the learning mode of the curriculum. The programs are written in such a way that students are taken on a journey alongside the main character in the book. They use appropriate youtube videos, and numerous mediums of learning to bring depth to the subject at hand. This term we are reading ‘Soul Surfer’ (Third…

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