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Backyard Stations of the Cross

Backyard Stations of the Cross

    We are once again in the midst of Lent, and you may be feeling, like me, a strong desire to attend stations of the cross. Although, some times the demands of family life or husbands work schedules can make this near impossible. Being a mother is important and so is being available to […]

DIY Saint Gemma Galgani Bag Tag

DIY Saint Gemma Galgani Bag Tag

    You may remember our Saint Bag Tags that featured Saints Thomas Aquinas, Benedict and Catherine of Alexandra, all of whom are patron saints of students. With another child off to school this year I added Saint Gemma Galgani to the mix and you can make one yourself, they’re the perfect project for a […]

DIY Teacher’s Tea Towel

DIY Teacher’s Tea Towel

  Looking for a gift for a teacher that is not going to break the budget but is personalised? Well, that was me last year and this is what I came up with! A set of tea towels that look like lined book pages. They are a great DIY project for all sewing capabilities and […]

A Mother's Time Is Never Her Own

A Mother’s Time Is Never Her Own

The following quote from Fr Rolheiser OMI sums up the reality we mothers experience on a daily basis: “For years, while raising children, a mother’s time is never her own, her own needs have to be kept in second place, and every time she turns around a hand is reaching out and demanding something. Hence, […]

Store Bought Biscuits

Store Bought Biscuits

  You know I’m not travelling along well if you see store bought biscuits in the packed lunches at my house. I’ve always endeavoured to make biscuits, cakes or slices, for morning tea and with allergies and food intolerance’s in our house it was often out of necessity rather than design. But I also like […]

A Mother From The Beginning

A Mother From The Beginning

  When I was pregnant with our first baby our parish priest at the time brought around a relic of St Gerard Majella to our house. Whilst he was very generous in lending us the relic so that we mighty prayerfully accompany our pregnancy it was what he said leading up to it that was […]

Juggling Housework And Work

Juggling Housework And Work

   Motherhood might be universal but each of us have a unique set of circumstances, a particular environment in which we live out our vocation. From the home schooling mum, to the stay at home mum, to the full or part-time working mum. Sometimes it feels like we’re juggling too many balls all at once […]

In Search Of An Authentic Voice

In Search Of An Authentic Voice

  Everyday after I check my email I read through a few blogs of interest. To me, this has replaced the more traditional habit of reading the newspaper. And I admit, it does make me somewhat more insulated. I read only the blogs that appeal to me and my interests or beliefs, whose bias is […]

The Mum I Want To Be

The Mum I Want To Be

  Sigmund Freud was wrong about a lot of things pertaining to human nature but there was one thing he got right; our relationship with our mother has a huge effect on the person we become. For some, being told ‘you’re just like your mother’ is a compliment, to others it’s an insult. And for […]

Rescuing Christmas

Rescuing Christmas

  Is your extended family a bit like mine? They spend the lead up to Christmas jockeying for position and influence. Arguments abound; to Kris Kringle or no, to host out our place or no, full cooked Christmas meal or simple backyard bbq. And the arguments are only resolved when the strongest personality lays down […]