We arrive of Fiji’s Malalo Island and they serenade us with a welcome song as they greet us with a ‘Welcome Home.” The Home part is significant and heartfelt. It’s more than commercial schmaltz in a developing island nation that relies so heavily on tourism – it feels as genuine as the smiles and the hearty shouts of Bula, Bula … Read More
We all know the story of the hungry caterpillar that becomes a butterfly and you may be familiar with the rather sad tale of the silkworm that becomes a plain old moth (kinda disappointing after all that spinning). The silkworm spins its finest silk cramped up in its cocoon only to NOT be able to fly away (because its moth body … Read More
A little blog hop has wound its way to me, so I can share with you why I write, in case it’s interesting, inspiring even! That’s connection. A blog-hop is a bit like an old-fashioned chain letter, but there’s no scam being spread, just a whole lotta love. In my case, specifically by the lovely Aroha at Colours of Sunset, … Read More
This past weekend I spent time with both sides of my extended family – something that rarely happens. I hadn’t seen my brother, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephews since Christmas – we can’t believe where the time went. Does the first third of the year always disappear faster than the others?
How do you find the right words to say – that’s what I’m struggling with this mother’s day as I think of my children’s birthmothers. I’ve previously shared a letter I wrote to our daughter’s birthmother that I penned almost 9 years ago (it’s on this page, but I’ve copied it below). I found the ‘right’ words then, but they … Read More
There is only one photo! Well, there are two, but they are the same photo, basically, just taken from a slightly different angle, snapped seconds apart….it doesn’t count. I will call it one photograph, as though the two images could merge into one, seamlessly, and no one would ever see the difference. See what I mean? There’s another photo, of … Read More
I’ve previously shared what I wrote about the day we met our daughter 9 years ago, so thought I’d share the experience of meeting our son. Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums. More than six years after adopting our Katelin Jiachang we welcomed our Liam Chi Jie into our lives, with our good friends alongside us welcoming siblings for their beautiful daughters…the … Read More
I should start by saying it was beautiful, just as the baby who will be my great niece or nephew (OMG) will no doubt be beautiful. It’s been a while between baby showers (if not drinks). And they get easier, they really do, but still…. Ok – first to address my faux horror at being a Great Aunt (by marriage I must … Read More
Australia, August 15, 1998 On the worst day of my life, the scan couldn’t find our baby. It was supposed to be the most magical of moments – that first glimpse of our child/children – an eight-week-old embryo or embryos. Just a dot sized shadow on the screen no doubt. Or double dots. The untrained eye would doubtless miss him/her/them. But … Read More
I’ve been hiding something in the bottom drawer for a while…a manuscript for a book I’ve written about our journey through infertility and adoption. I’ll bravely push the publish button on some excerpts on my blog, and I’d love if you could let me know what you think. All feedback welcome.
Thanks for stopping by – its great to have you here. I’m glad the invisible red thread has connected us. Hope you can stay to engage with my blog – I’d love to share thoughts on finding balance, dealing with change and always being grateful and create a real sense of community here. I thought I’d share some of my favourite/popular … Read More