Much Ado about Nothing

It’s been a while since Jeremy or I have written. Sometimes I wonder if maybe there’s something wrong because our blog isn’t filled with all the joyful moments, bragging off this amazingly wonderful newborn that has joined our family. And she is truly amazingly wonderful. She is beautiful and brings a smile to my face Read More …

Welcoming Charlie Brown

The last month, for me, appears to be somewhat of a blur. It has passed faster than I could have imagined as we prepared for child birth which happened far sooner than expected. For those who are interested in the birth story you can find it below as we formally introduce the latest addition to Read More …

Step-Mumming through Mother’s Day

It has recently been that season where step mothers in various places around the globe have been sweating out Mother’s Day. For some these days are full of care disruptions as children have ‘special time’ with their biological parent where they otherwise wouldn’t. For others it was the demands of biological parents not to have 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 …