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The rain started at 4am. A tender thread of water only lasting a few minutes, but it’s tiny patter on the roof was enough to comfort my heart. It woke me from my heavy-eyed thoughts, a clanky reel replaying the last few days. Days filled with fevers, rigors and a throat that burnt like the sun. Days where time was a jellylike substance. Saturday Continue Reading

Renovating With Kids

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Occasionally I come up with some golden advice. It's not often I write about it here. But here I go. Are you ready for this? I really really REALLY wouldn’t recommend one lives in the house they are fully renovating when one has a 3 year old and a 5 year old. Yep, kids and renovating are not a good mix. However, if you choose to proceed (and Continue Reading

Roll on, Roll on

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I barely blogged at all while we renovated our house. We were squashed into one corner of one room while the rest of the house sputtered noise and paint and dust. Not surprisingly, my head turned into a strange mushy substance. Unable to utter cohesive words, let alone write them. I can't adequately describe how we lived. Bring on the photos Continue Reading

Motherhood and The Hardship Competition

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It’s no secret that being a mother can be tough. We’re all trying to nurture our children and do the best we can. Often the conditions are not ideal. It can be lonely, unrelenting and heartbreaking. (It can also be joyful, rewarding and rock you to the core... but more of that later). In my time of being a mother I have received a tonne of Continue Reading

Hello Brightness

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  Hello brightness. Little fireflies glowing at my window. Gleaming in the tender light of dawn. Hush the cold trees leaping in the wind.   I see you there. Sequin-like in the fog. Digging out of the darkness of my bones. Rising through blood and fear. Gently unpinning head from heart.   Is Continue Reading

The Sinking of the Mother Ship

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I’m about to have surgery tomorrow. I’m nervous. Unspeakably nervous. It’s a sinus operation. Fairly routine. But with all surgeries there are risks. And the recovery from this surgery is not pretty. I'm trying to think positive thoughts, but my overactive imagination is working back to back shifts. With my history of medical procedures you’d Continue Reading

A Kitchen – Renovations Part 3

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This is a story about a small out-dated creamy cream kitchen that turned into a modern, light and beautiful space. I don't know where to start when describing our old kitchen. It was dank and poky. The adjoining dining area was a thoroughfare. And the floors were an unsightly grey-beige lino. Perhaps I'll let the pictures do the talking. (And Continue Reading

Follow The Road

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Follow the road to where it catches the crisp curve of morning, easing to the right. Turn down the narrow lane, fumbling over gumnuts through the veil of dizzy jasmine. At the brink of the creek, take the widening path, past the old sad willow crying at the foot of the hill of praise. There you will find a holy breath in time. Where your heart Continue Reading

A Deck – Renovations Part 2

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Before renovations we had the ugliest junk-filled patio in the universe. Hands down. We won. We completely admit responsibility for its demise. Yes, yes we do. But it was a rather uninspiring in the first place. Was it even a patio? There were those awkward steps down. There was that hot roof. And SO many cobwebs. And then when we had kids Continue Reading

A House – Renovations Part 1

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Here’s a crazy idea: Completely renovate a house over four months while still living in it with your 3 year old and 5 year old. It was insane. But we did it anyway. Imagine 12 weeks without a kitchen. Imagine 4 weeks without a washing machine. Imagine 5 weeks of mice scampering around you. Imagine moving all your furniture and possessions Continue Reading