The Secret to Long Life and Happiness

Rose Garden

The last few weeks were like a roller coaster for me as the year rolled on past significant birthdays and anniversaries. First . . . The date of my mother’s birthday in late January – a quiet day which rarely rates a mention, but is always silently remembered by us four sisters. Soon after .…

Never The Same

The day of my 16th birthday dawned hot and clear. The bright Melbourne sky seared impossibly blue outside my bedroom window. It was the first day of the school year. Year 11 beckoned. I could hear some commotion in Mum and Dad’s room, next to mine. Small noises, sighs and groans as they moved around…

Honour My Parents? Really?

Love

Part Two of Living on Purpose “Being a parent is the most important job anyone could ever do.” I read that statement by Christian rock legend Larry Norman when I was six months pregnant with my first baby, and I was completely flabbergasted. I mean, really? To me, important jobs were things like being a…

Living On Purpose

Now for the big question: What is the most important thing you will ever do while here on earth? Our purpose in life not something we wonder about every day, and most people reflect on these things only later in life. But I’m thinking that’s a little too late. For me, it was only by…

The BIG Coverup

Toys

For some reason this day four-year-old Joseph was cross. And I was cross back at him. I was asking him to do something which I thought quite reasonable. I can’t remember exactly . . .  it may have been to put his toys away. But did he want to do it? No! At this stage,…

Slowing Down

Slow down - Things happen! I finished working with Samaritan's Purse as the State Manager of Operation Christmas Child only a few days ago and I suddenly came down with the worst cold I've had in years. It is making me go slow . . . really slow. It's probably not the best way, but…