Got Your Back

little parenting stories

It was like the midday sun had teeth, the way it bit into my skin. We huddled, my ones and I, under an awning, willing for shade to cover us as we waited for a bus. One daughter asked if I would braid her hair while we waited, pulling a brush from her backpack. I […]

Finding the Right Key

Pencil Fence / Pencil Gate - Gorgeous Garden

I said something to one of my daughters. It was only a few lines but those words opened up a new line of conversation for us. It started with my intuition. I sensed there was something going on behind the shining eyes I see every day. Perhaps a build up of things not spoken about, […]

I see you

Mother crossing road sign

I eased my foot on the brake as I saw the figures waiting on the side of the road near the pedestrian crossing. It took a little while before for the persons in question made a start on the zebra lines. I waited. A mother held an infant of about 6 months old; a small […]

It never gets old

I Love You - hearing those words never get old

My son plonked himself beside me tonight.  “I love you mum,” he said. It never gets old: hearing those words spontaneously from my children. “Why do you love me?” I asked him on a whim.  He put a finger to his mouth, and it was as if I could see his mind ticking over, pondering […]

One Quarter Shy, Three Quarters Delight

little stories of motherhood

I stood under our meeting tree and waited to see my son after school. I put effort into how I greet my kids after being separated because I believe it’s one of those moments worth being intentional about and investing in.  I spotted him from a while away and watched him walk. He shuffles his […]

Little conversations that make you think

children are a blessing

I sat with a group of parents in a four seater on the bus. We were the designated supervision crew on a school excursion to the museum. In general chatter, I mentioned my four children. The usual response I get is, “Wow! You’ve got your hands full!” or even “FOUR! Are you crazy?” I’m used […]

It’s the reward

It's the reward - a story about parenting

My teen went away on a camp overseas this past school holidays. They grow up, and start — you know — being all independent and doing things! I missed her! The day after she got back home again, she greeted me in the morning as we readied to go out. “Mum, you look lovely! You […]

Garbage Day

Wheelie Bin

My heart sank when I heard the garbage truck come around the corner. I forgot to put the bin out last night. I raced out the back door, not stopping to close it, and around the side of the house, willing the truck to be slow. It wasn’t. I stood at the top of the […]

A Note on the Kitchen Bench

family

After the kids were all in bed, I noticed a note on the kitchen bench. Written in felt pen on scrap A4 paper was a message for my husband from my teen. On top of the note sat a watch. The message was a simple request asking for Dad to fix something.  In the morning, […]

Don’t Buy Me Flowers

Pretty Flowers in mini mason jars

When I dated my husband (a long time ago), I said to him, “Don’t buy me flowers. They just die.”  How I have changed over the years! I used to see flowers for their end result: wilted, limp and lifeless.  I couldn’t enjoy their moment in the sun or see their true beauty because I was […]

Why I Cried Making Bread

Best bread roll recipe - Thermomix and non-Thermomix

I made pea and ham soup in the slow cooker today. It’s one of my favourites. This evening, I decided to make bread rolls to go with the soup.  My eldest daughter (almost 14) walked into the kitchen while I was pounding the elastic dough with my palms. Fold. Press down and roll. Fold. Press […]

Conversations in the Car

Apple Yoda

“Would you mind dropping me to work in the morning?” my husband asked before we went to sleep. We only have one car, you see, and he usually caught the bus, but it would be a public holiday. Kids would be home from school so a no-rush-morning would make it possible. “Sure, we can get […]

Sneaky Date at the Waterpark

Making time for each other

After a bit of blah week, my husband and I decided to go somewhere fun as a family. We googled an hour radius from our house and found heated pools with big watersides. Our kids adore the water so it was decided.  It was pretty drive, and after sunscreening the kids, they were in the […]