Stable.

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Stable. It’s not a word we’ve heard much lately in terms of Mercedes’ health. Her ears are STILL not dry after the last big hospital trip infection in January. That infection marked a progression in the extent of her disease – she’s had a gazillion middle ear infections in her life and even lost part […]

A Baby Blessing

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In just a couple of weeks, there will be a new addition to our family – my brother and his partner are expecting a baby girl in early May and I’m so excited! I have a little nephew already but he lives in Canada so we don’t get to see much of him, so I’m […]

The Accident

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It’s the phone call every truckie’s wife lives in fear of, yet when it came, it sneaked up on me so unexpectedly that at first I didn’t even realise what was going on. It was my sister’s birthday and we’d made plans to go out for lunch. We were sitting around waiting for the baby […]

What Easter Means To Us

{how impressed do these little rabbits look?! The obligatory Easter photo...}

As Catholics, for us Easter is an important time of reflection and prayer, but we still manage to find time for some of the fun stuff too. Here are some of our Easter traditions…                    

Planning For A Dairy-Free Easter

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When she was younger, Maya was allergic to cow’s milk. Not just allergic, anaphylactic. And not just cow’s milk – she was also allergic to eggs, peanuts and soy. It sounds like a massive drama, but it actually wasn’t that big a deal. The cow’s milk allergy was diagnosed when she went into anaphylactic shock […]

Slow-Cooker Lemon Yoghurt Cake

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A lot of people are shocked when I tell them I haven’t had a working oven since last July. The panel of glass in the oven door met its untimely demise one school holiday morning when a child (who shall remain nameless) tried to use the handle as a stepladder to climb onto the bench. […]

Cutting The Apron Strings

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Yesterday I enrolled Maya Grace at high school. Yes, high school. You can imagine how ambivalent I feel about that – on the one hand, my baby is growing up and I am so proud of the young woman she is growing into. On the other hand, my baby is growing up, eek, make it […]

A Stay Of Execution

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The last house we lived in before we left New Zealand was a bit of a fixer-upper. It was a private rental – the landlord was lovely, the rent was reasonable, and we didn’t have to worry about the kids drawing on the walls or spilling things on the carpet, but it was falling down […]

Dinosaurs in the Garden

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Ever since my sister nicknamed her the Baby Dinosaur, we’ve become a little obsessed with dinosaurs. She has two that she sleeps with (one pink, one green), little leather shoes with yellow dinosaurs on them, dinosaur pyjamas, a couple of dinosaur t-shirts and a dinosaur hat and for Christmas, Santa brought her a dinosaur costume. […]

One More Year The Worse For Wear…

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When we first met, I was 19 and he was 41 and it was quite the scandal. When I gave birth to our first child, I had just turned 22 and he was 44. When we got married, I was 30 and he was 52. Today he turns 55, and the numbers and the age […]

Stable.

1509216_10151948239803182_2081593278_n

Stable. It's not a word we've heard much lately in terms of Mercedes' health. Her ears are STILL not dry after the last big hospital trip infection in January. That infection marked a progression in the extent of her disease - she's had a gazillion middle ear infections in her life and even lost part of her mastoid … [Continue reading...]

A Baby Blessing

baby-shower-3

In just a couple of weeks, there will be a new addition to our family - my brother and his partner are expecting a baby girl in early May and I'm so excited! I have a little nephew already but he lives in Canada so we don't get to see much of him, so I'm thrilled that my new … [Continue reading...]

The Accident

willie-accident-1

It's the phone call every truckie's wife lives in fear of, yet when it came, it sneaked up on me so unexpectedly that at first I didn't even realise what was going on. It was my sister's birthday and we'd made plans to go out for lunch. We were sitting around waiting for the … [Continue reading...]

What Easter Means To Us

{how impressed do these little rabbits look?! The obligatory Easter photo...}

As Catholics, for us Easter is an important time of reflection and prayer, but we still manage to find time for some of the fun stuff too. Here are some of our Easter traditions...                     … [Continue reading...]

Planning For A Dairy-Free Easter

Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 10.59.58 PM

When she was younger, Maya was allergic to cow's milk. Not just allergic, anaphylactic. And not just cow's milk - she was also allergic to eggs, peanuts and soy. It sounds like a massive drama, but it actually wasn't that big a deal. The cow's milk allergy was diagnosed when she … [Continue reading...]

Slow-Cooker Lemon Yoghurt Cake

lemon-yoghurt-cake-1

A lot of people are shocked when I tell them I haven't had a working oven since last July. The panel of glass in the oven door met its untimely demise one school holiday morning when a child (who shall remain nameless) tried to use the handle as a stepladder to climb onto the … [Continue reading...]

Cutting The Apron Strings

maya-school-1

Yesterday I enrolled Maya Grace at high school. Yes, high school. You can imagine how ambivalent I feel about that - on the one hand, my baby is growing up and I am so proud of the young woman she is growing into. On the other hand, my baby is growing up, eek, make it … [Continue reading...]

A Stay Of Execution

house-5

The last house we lived in before we left New Zealand was a bit of a fixer-upper. It was a private rental - the landlord was lovely, the rent was reasonable, and we didn't have to worry about the kids drawing on the walls or spilling things on the carpet, but it was falling down … [Continue reading...]

Dinosaurs in the Garden

dinos-2

Ever since my sister nicknamed her the Baby Dinosaur, we've become a little obsessed with dinosaurs. She has two that she sleeps with (one pink, one green), little leather shoes with yellow dinosaurs on them, dinosaur pyjamas, a couple of dinosaur t-shirts and a dinosaur hat and … [Continue reading...]

One More Year The Worse For Wear…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When we first met, I was 19 and he was 41 and it was quite the scandal. When I gave birth to our first child, I had just turned 22 and he was 44. When we got married, I was 30 and he was 52. Today he turns 55, and the numbers and the age gap mean even less than they did that … [Continue reading...]