• 2021,  Family

    Walking Through Open Doors

    There will always be new doors and new adventures for us all. Life moves us forward whether we are ready or not, and since we never really know what each open door holds, we still have to jump through whether we are ready or not. We are meant to keep looking in the forward direction. Change isn’t always comfortable, but we do get used to the change eventually. Speaking of change. A couple of months ago we decided to have a look at some local schools for our youngest, for next year. I have been feeling our time as a homeschooling family is coming to an end after 7 years,…

  • 2020,  Family,  friends,  getting organised,  Parenting

    Speaking to the Busyness

    Can you believe we are 10 weeks into 2020!? I hate to say it, but I think 2020 is going to be one of those years that could get away from us if we don’t take it by the horns, make intentional decisions, put an action plan in place, and go for it. Imagine what we could do if we felt as though we could do anything?! I heard years ago that it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but Google says, ‘it takes an average of 66 days’. If Google is right, this means we really have to get a move on so that we can make…

  • Family,  homelife,  motherhood in the naughties,  Parenting

    Simplifying and Enjoying Motherhood

    What do you do when you feel like you have lost your pizzazz, or your sparkle? Everything’s fine.   Except for one thing – I have been feeling as though my life is too busy, and this ‘busyness’ feeling stops me feeling connected and fully engaged with our kids. I’m not depressed, or blue. I just feel a little overwhelmed with how much there needs to be done on a daily basis to keep our household running smoothly, our children well, homework and school assessments in order, nutritious food on the table, the laundry in control, and all those other things that feel as though they need to have been done yesterday. When I…

  • Family,  getting organised,  motivation,  values

    My Top 10 Hints for Simple Living

    I recently ‘liked’ a page on facebook called ‘Old Sunshine Coast’ and I have felt very priviledged to have a birds eye view back to the past. I moved to the Sunshine Coast at a time in my life where I was single and completely and utterly responsible for myself. Some might consider those days ‘The good old days’, and I have to admit that I have moments where I miss that girl – but I am quickly reminded of how blessed I am to have the husband I have and the children I have. When I look at those old photos of the coast, I can’t help but think…

  • motivation,  Parenting,  school for adults

    The Cliffhangers in Life

    Three years ago we got a call. A call that we were far from ready to receive, but the phone rang anyway and our lives were about to change forever. The call was to tell us that dad had collapsed and that it didn’t look good. We hurriedly threw what we thought to be necessities in a bag and drove down to Stanthorpe.  It is usually a very long drive at the best of times, but that day the drive seemed much longer. As we reached Warrick the phone rang again.  This time it was my brother letting me know that dad had passed.   I had missed the opportunity…

  • family friendly,  getting organised,  household jobs,  Things to do,  Uncategorized

    Spring and the heat of renovating!

    Its only been 1 month and 10 days since Spring started and I am not coping well with the heat.  Its not even Summer yet.   Summer starts on the 1 December and I am wondering if I have a thermostat issue.  Is it just me…or is everyone feeling overheated? Are my hormones going crazy or have I just forgotten how hot a true Summer can be here in Queensland. I miss our old house in Chancellor Park.  It was a lovely 3 bedroom home, with a pool.   Looking back – it was very nice.  Not enough room for 6 people – 4 of which are growing and need…

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