A Matter of Respect (Boundaries)

It’s been some time now since Kristy and I were in our former marriages. Each of our formers have gotten on with their new lives – purchased or built homes, one re-partnered and remarried, with the other enjoying the freedom of global travel. Each of our children have time with their other biological parent which Read More …

Spilling the Beans (featuring a poem for you)

Changing Family Dynamics Our February wedding, the best day, it was great, Then, wrangling seven kids, it’s a lot on our plate! Our first anniversary, committed to them, there’s no nanny to whom we delegate, So many children makes it hard to find moments with our soulmate, And sometimes the children’s disruptions still dominate, They get Read More …

How we included our bonus children in our marriage

It feels like this year has just slipped by and here I am about to tell you a bit about our first wedding anniversary which was already over 10 months ago.  (Bring on number two!) With a number of other bonus parents getting married this year and into the next, the question has been raised Read More …

Handing loaded guns to children

I believe giving your child an online connected device without strict supervision is simply asking for something bad to happen. I know that this post may go against the grain for many of our readers. You are welcome to disagree with me. However, I ask, first, that you hear me out. (Get yourself something to Read More …

Mum Moments 12 – Focus on #1 Priority

Life has it’s twists and turns and throughout all that Jeremy and I faced in the first year of marriage. We came out the other side still looking at each other in love. For a honeymoon year we faced some amazingly large challenges together and, even if you don’t know the half of what we Read More …

Anzac Day Services 2017

It is that time of year again, where we remember. We remember those who fought to maintain the freedoms that we have today. There are many Anzac Day services being held in our local area, including on alternate days for those who work in industries that prevent attendance at a Dawn Service. Please join us Read More …

Mum Moments 11 – Top Three Priorities – Part 3

Time to get back to it! Part Three at last! What are my top three priorities in this season of life? 3. Our community We love our community so very much. We have fantastic neighbours who are mindful of our comings and goings. They keep an extra eye on our home and our children and Read More …

Breaking through silence

It has been quiet on our blog, we know. There is plenty that we have been up to as a family and we will be spending weeks catch you up on all that has been going on. Lots has been happening that is exciting and wonderful. We have had new adventures and have celebrated milestones. Read More …

Lyndal Gibson – Our photographer of choice

Special things happen in life. Weddings birthdays, baby showers, birth announcements, anniversaries and more. Many associated events involve much planning, catering for friends, family and sometimes colleagues. You celebrate together, enjoy good company and at the end of the day you find a place to close your eyes and savour all that made your day Read More …

Taking time to ‘reset’

It has been a tough couple of months that have passed. And, unsurprisingly, our writing momentum has come to a near-halt. Those cogs are still grinding, just slowly, clogged with the grit of real life. The grit came from many places. The dirt that gets walked in the front door – the mud of soccer Read More …