Mum Moments 13 – If money and time were no object..

If money and time were no object, where would I pick up and fly to if I could? Wow, that is a *huge* question. I have not had a proper holiday without the children since 2013. Yep, coming up five years. I am well and truly overdue. I guess it comes down to what you Read More …

Embracing a ‘Pay It Forward’ Spirit

If Jeremy and I could credit one thing for the reason we are so truly blessed on a day to day basis it would be that we have jointly adopted a ‘pay it forward’ spirit. It is not something that was 100% there as a shared life focus to begin with but was certainly something Read More …

Breaking the News of a Baby

By popular request. Lots of people have been asking about how we broke the news of our expecting a baby and what they the response of the children was. I have to really joyfully say that the news has been received with nervous excitement, lots of questions. Beyond that we have only experienced the odd Read More …

The Truth of the Matter

Some context: Last week had been somewhat of a tumultuous week, with lots of work demands as I work with a business in putting together a ‘growth and expansion plan’ and start helping them build a policy framework to support many, many more staff than they do at this moment. In high demand weeks, I Read More …

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 …