Faith, family adventures, thankfulness, Uncategorized

An Angel under the Big M: Stretching the Perimeters of Hospitality


We’re landing, we’re landing, repeated our youngest, J, his eyes lit round with excited relief, his little lungs adjusting to receive the stranger, brisker air of our just arrived destination: the South Island of New Zealand. In fact, our boy was incorrect, we’d landed several hours ago, in a rather noisy, choppy descent to earth, which

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anxiety, Faith, thankfulness

Declutter Me: Ambitioning a Quiet Life


‘That’s what we do. We make mess. We’re a messy family.’ Five year old E sums it up with characteristic  bare-to-the bone directness as we stand side by side and watch our freshly washed floor endure a new littering of crumbs, toys, unknown sticky substances, and yes…yet more spilled-milk. Four year-old W,  king of the witty one-liner, intrepid word-explorer, encapsulates it even

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Memories of my brother, thankfulness

Sky song for my parents


It’s 5:30pm, an overcast September evening in early Spring, and I’ve escaped the holiday house we are staying in with our three kids for a moment to take a short walk. There’s music playing through my headphones, because, in my opinion, sunset and surf always look at their best accompanied by music, especially if its slow, and raw,

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campus living, Faith, thankfulness

Time to ‘Fly’: A November message to those about to move on….


This morning the kids found a baby bird hiding under one of the outdoor chairs in the garden. Though wild, it acted tame, even allowing the kids to pat and stroke its little back, all the time keeping its soft wings held close to its side. ‘Lets call it princess,’ suggested W (princesses being the

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