Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rory's Racing Car Birthday

Some photos from Rory's 3rd birthday...

This was the best cake I could manage in this season of life.
Everyone was singing Happy Birthday.
Pretending to be shy.

Trying out his new Thomas folding chair from Amanda and family.

Teddy having a turn on the chair.

I blinked and I have a three-year-old!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Christmas 2015

My brother hosted Christmas last year at his bachelor pad in Albany.  My mum still ended up doing most of the work though, he just pinched a lot of her Christmas decorations and kitchenware.  It was fairly relaxed, too much food, as usual, and Rory got VERY spoilt.

The downside was that I clumsily hit my head on a shelf and ended up with a massive headache and a big bruise.

Rory helping Nanny (my mum) put up her tree.
The shark laundry hamper was for Flynn.  What else do you get a baby
who already has everything he needs haha?

My scrumptious Christmas pudding.

Flynn got Flynn the Fire Engine.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Lord Gives and Takes Away

Before I was even discharged from the Mother Baby Unit, Duncan and I were on the hunt for a nanny. The reality was and is that I struggle to cope on my own and get to the myriad of appointments I need to attend in order to get well.

Ideally we wanted someone:

Without kids. I didn't want someone bringing their own kids over to our house, making more noise and mess.

Without a job. Or at least someone available a couple of days a week.

Local. I didn't want live-in help, if possible. 

With good English.

Able to keep up with young children - robust, energetic, no-one elderly or with a bad back etc.

I thought the chances of finding someone out here would be slim. After a possible candidate turned out to be unavailable, we found someone....a friend of ours from church. She's 24, married with no kids, not working since she's waiting to begin full-time external study, and was happy to come and help me out a couple of days a week.

Things were going well. It was great to have my hands free for a bit. She played with Rory so I could settle Flynn or get a few things done. Or she looked after Flynn so I could spend time with Rory and sleep in the afternoon while Rory slept (Flynn only catnaps still unfortunately). I got to go to appointments by myself. I marvelled and praised God for how He had provided when I thought the situation was hopeless.

But last week we found out that, due to unexpected circumstances, our nanny can no longer come. At first, I thought it'd be ok. I'd manage somehow. Now the reality has set in and it's a juggle and a hard slog. I'm still far from well, and I don't know how I'm going to find more help.

I don't understand why God has allowed this to happen when everything was going so well. But I will trust Him. He knows what He's doing. The twist in the tale may not be what I'd have written, but this is just a very small sub-plot, and God knows how this fits into His story.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Quote of the Day

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
- Corrie Ten Boom

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Funny

I saw this on Facebook and couldn't resist sharing hehe....

Man flu (noun): 
An illness that causes the male to be helpless and sicker than any other family member. In females: a cold.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true.  Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.
- Kim Culbertson

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Have you ever wondered if you're outgrowing some friendships? Or if some friends feel like they're outgrowing you?

Sometimes, as much as you don't want to feel that way, the little quirks about someone that you once found amusing are now annoying. You feel you've changed over the years, but they're still obsessing over the same petty gossip and drama from 10 years ago.

It's not necessarily about being in different stages of life, although this can be a factor. I firmly believe friendships can survive changes in circumstances, but it requires understanding and willingness from both parties. 

A lot of it's about maturity. Some people grow up, some don't.