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I Want to Go on a Mystery Trip!

You might get a mystery flight to Hamilton Island....although this accommodation

This post was written in collaboration with Mystery Trips  I love surprises! All our babies were surprises (the sex of the baby I mean.....although one was a surprise). I love the idea of looking forward to something special but not knowing exactly what it will be. I think that is why a Mystery Trip really appeals to me.  I remember when I was … [Read more...]

Interview with Eric Skattebo from Focus on the Family Australia

Ryan, Brett & Eric in Studio

Today I wanted to introduce you to Eric Skattebo who works with with Focus on the Family Australia bringing us great radio programs that I listen to on the radio, and through the Focus on the Family Australia app. The programs bring a Christian perspective on marriage, parenting, and many other important topics. I always find the interviews … [Read more...]

Knowing When Your Family is Complete

Knowing when your family is complete

I always wanted a big family. I would say I wanted five kids ....while my hubby was keen to have two. My reasoning was always that I didn't think two was enough. What if something happened to one of your kids (a horrible thought)...then the other child would be all alone. I also didn't like the idea of having a boy and a girl because that is what I … [Read more...]

Living Without Running Water #wwweek

Access to clean water at home has made 12-year-old Sonia's life much easier. She no longer has to walk long distances or plead with her neighbours for water each day. Photo by Annila Harris, World Vision

While I like to consider myself pretty tough in some ways, I am very precious when it comes to having running water. In the past, I have been camping where there are no flushing toilets and where the shower is just water warmed by the sun that sprays out of a bag. Even though the location was amazing, I found the whole trip almost … [Read more...]

When Life is Hard

NO blog post

Last week wrote this on my Facebook page: Immediately there were lots of lovely comments, Facebook messages, and text messages from my friends. It seems I worried everyone a little bit. Although I was doing ok, the weeks that had led up to that comment had been really hard. Compared to other people in the world, my life was amazing. I wasn't … [Read more...]

Selfies & Shenanigans: Behind the Scenes of the SnS Texture Challenge

Style &  Shenanigans

Last week I was playing along with Vanessa of Style and Shenanigans as part of the SnS Texture challenge. If you follow me on facebook I am sure you would have seen all of these photos but I thought it would be fun to share them again and give you a bit more of a background to what it was like to take and share the photos. It wasn't always easy, … [Read more...]

Our Virus, Ebola Virus, & the Blessing of Medicine

Blessing of Medicine

                                                                                                            This is a sponsored post for Nurofen for Children  A virus hit our family this past week. I was the first person it chose to inflict its evil symptoms on. It started with a slightly sore throat and I was sure I would be fine the next … [Read more...]

An Interview with Kylie Ofiu

Kylie Ofiu

I am very excited to have my good friend Kylie Ofiu on the blog today. I wanted to interview her because she is one of the most interesting  (and fun) people I know, and  she has also been doing some really exciting things recently. Not only does she do lots of charity work to support the homeless in our community, she has also started … [Read more...]

When Family Holidays are NOT Fun

Holiday

“How was your holiday?” It is a normal question for people to ask when you get back from your holiday. Since it is a holiday people expect a positive response but sometimes holidays are not what we hoped for. Our family took a holiday last week. We went to a lovely resort on the central coast of NSW called Mercure Lake Maquarie Rafferty's … [Read more...]

An Insight into My Crazy Imagination

I have a very, very active imagination. Sometimes it is very silly and fun, and other times I scare myself with the things I imagine may happen to me (or to people I know). I am not sure when this crazy imagination started. I don't remember being super imaginative as a child. Although I did think that a loose tile in our bathroom was a passage … [Read more...]