Phteven and I are mostly very much in Love. There are times when the quirks and foibles all get to be a bit too much and one or the other (usually me, rarely my Grumpy husband to be fair) gets well fed up with the whole marriage lark. It never lasts long, and I … More Lovers in a Dangerous Time
We made it to Norway. A pleasant sequence of three flights from Auckland to Oslo. I slept most of the way. We got a great deal on KLM who ended up being half the price of our national carrier Air New Zealand. The flight from Seoul to Amsterdam was particularly comfortable, as the Dutch … More Norway is a Sure Way – To a better Future
I’ve helped raise four incredibly LOUD, frequently hilarious, occasionally dry-humoured, and undeniably small humans. They didn’t stand much of a chance in the size department, when you take into account our family’s Hobbit-like stature. This past few weeks the three eldest children have come to me at various points offering me teeth. Seems … More Yum Char Too Far!
I spent this past Sunday morning, the second Sunday in Advent, listening to my father who I hold in absolute esteem preach a short and gentle sermon at Auckland Hospital. I brought my youngest of four children, as the religious freedom and critical thought we encourage in this household has meant the older three kids … More The Second Sunday of Advent
We are in the South of Austria in a castle that was built in the 17th century (1640). The castle has been managed and maintained by the same family for more than 200 years. We managed to score the suite, and we also got very lucky as the doors will close to guests after … More Slovak Studios, Singing, and Stephanie
There aren’t any magic words. Grief is a terrifying, raw, sickening and overwhelming emotion. I never know what to say… So I stick with just that: “I don’t know what to say, and anything I might offer to do to help will feel hollow and absurd compared to the pain that you are … More At a Loss… for more than words.
Sometimes, it confounds me how secure my husband is with our relationship, himself, and his path. It’s inspiring. He has down turns when he doubts himself, but today he is sure-footed and confident on his path. This morning I woke up at 6:30, and shortly after, Grumpy stirred and we discussed his rather stellar … More Dreaming of my Husband?