03 March 2014
This morning was one of those mornings.
I woke up to my husband telling me we didn’t have enough bread to make sandwiches for everyone for lunch. So I drove down to the bakery only to remember that they don’t have EFTPOS and I didn’t have any cash in my purse. I quickly found an ATM, got some cash out and went back to the bakery to get some bread.
16 December 2013
We lived lean that winter of 2002. After months of deep pay cuts and our first two months of unemployment, we were struggling to pay the bills and worrying how we’d provide for our nearly one-year-old baby girl.
Michael and I figured the only gift that year would be the noble fir tree we found for $10 at a faraway Christmas tree farm, and we did delight in that big tree. Evenings on the floor reading books under its twinkle, holding our baby up so she could see the way lights danced against the fancy ornaments up top.
09 December 2013
Shopping takes on a whole new look at this time of year with Christmas decorations, cakes, nuts, mince pies, hams, turkeys and shortbreads all filling the shelves of our supermarkets. The streets and stores are pleasantly serenading us with carols while the television, and the magazines that fill our letterboxes are encouraging us to purchase things we may never have heard of, but are convincing us they are things our loved ones cannot live without.
02 December 2013
As we walked into my husband’s work Christmas party we saw a jumping castle, a jumbo slide, a giant teacup ride, platters of food circulating through the crowd, and a very special seat with plush red cushions and a red carpet leading up to it. The excitement was thick as we surveyed the amazing event and plotted our path. We discussed what activities would be best to try to do before the arrival of Santa with his sack full of presents.
21 October 2013
Suzie O’Neill, the renowned ‘Madam Butterfly’, started her swimming career as a national backstroke champion. When she started to perform poorly and lose motivation her parents gave her the option to opt out of swimming altogether. Suzie enjoyed the water so she decided to continue, but her coach encouraged her to try something new, the butterfly, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.