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 …

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 theĀ children’s disruptions still dominate, They get 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 …

Finding Acceptance – Part Two

This post has taken us a long time to write, and even with a generous time frame it is still behind schedule. This is because some things in life are simply hard to articulate. For some things there are no real words. Intentionally or not, we rolled the dice. We were not sure what numbers Read More …

Out of Control

Not long ago I was reminded, once again, how little we are in control of our circumstances. As seems to be most often the case with this fallacy, the reawakening of my awareness was brought about by a visit to the hospital. It wasn’t I that was being laid low, but my wife, Kristy last Read More …