Endings and beginning again

Kathy Krugerchange, go with the flow, motherhood14 Comments

What is it about us humans that can make us so sad about endings and so fearful of beginnings? And why can’t we just be happy (or at least circumspect/hopeful) about both ending something old and starting something new? This week we celebrated (hint happiness – then why do I feel so sad?) our Miss Yin finishing primary school. There … Read More

Kathy KrugerEndings and beginning again

Fortune cookie wisdom (what it really means to be smart)

Kathy Krugeradoption, love, motherhood30 Comments

Do you believe in fortune cookie wisdom? Being into all things yin and yang, it’s not surprising that I do. Actually what I believe in is wisdom that runs much deeper than intelligence and learning, that it is full of insight and knowing and is earned through experience. So last Friday for Harmony Day, Mr Yang and I braved a … Read More

Kathy KrugerFortune cookie wisdom (what it really means to be smart)

Stepping up

Kathy Krugerchange, love, motherhood15 Comments

The first day of school is up there in the great milestones of life – and I’m talking for Mums (and Dads) too. Little Yang seems to be taking the whole thing in his funny large-looking stride, but the seemingly oversized school shoes don’t look as big on him as the uniform. He’ll grow into it. We grow into things. … Read More

Kathy KrugerStepping up

Grow consciously

Kathy Krugerfind your flow, yoga12 Comments

Little Yang is still sooo small as we contemplate him starting school next year. He’s ready (or will be in three months time) even if he doesn’t look it. The size 4 uniforms are purchased (ouch $) and they swim on him. They swim on most preppies, but after yesterday’s orientation it’s clear he’ll be one of the smallest. Yet … Read More

Kathy KrugerGrow consciously

The chat and the whinge

Kathy Krugerbalance, motherhood, yinyang9 Comments

Butter wouldn’t melt right! That face – this adorable face – you’ve probably seen it many times but hey, it sucks you in doesn’t it? And lately the chats do too – little snatches on the way here and there, sometimes full-on conversations. They take me to places of sheer joy as I marvel at a four-year-old’s unique perspective on … Read More

Kathy KrugerThe chat and the whinge

Red faced

Kathy Krugergratitude, happiness, motherhood20 Comments

Have you ever felt so embarrassed you could die? I’m betting you have, in that pre-teen or teenage OMG melodramatic way, when the worst thing in the world that could possibly happen happened, and mortified, you thought you would die (only here you are, years later, alive and kicking). A ‘heavy period’ accident springs to my mind and I cringe … Read More

Kathy KrugerRed faced

That one word – NO

Kathy Krugermotherhood, mummytime, perspective, yinyang20 Comments

Oh NO! It’s almost nine on a Monday night and I have nothing written for tomorrow, which is Tuesday and I blog on Tuesdays. But I do have some thoughts about that one little word, and how frequently that I (and I suspect many of you) use, overuse, misuse and abuse it. NO WAY you say (which is probably a lie, … Read More

Kathy KrugerThat one word – NO

Just love – you don’t need proof

Kathy Krugeradoption, China, motherhood, perspective, red thread14 Comments

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

Kathy KrugerJust love – you don’t need proof

The little baby with the big smile

Kathy Krugeradoption, China, gratitude, motherhood, red thread5 Comments

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

Kathy KrugerThe little baby with the big smile

Stop complaining, start changing (and grow)

Kathy Krugerchange, motherhood, perspective, yinyang1 Comment

Little Yang growing up

I feel a little bad starting a post about quitting complaining by grumbling about my son. But if enduring his world-class whinging and whining has been worth anything, it’s been to teach me that embracing change is the secret to stopping complaining…to waking up one morning with nothing to carp about and everything to appreciate.

Kathy KrugerStop complaining, start changing (and grow)

I am funny (don’t laugh)

Kathy Krugergo with the flow, happiness, motherhood3 Comments

It’s toilet training! I know I’m all serious about balance and contentment and gratitude and harmony etc etc. But underneath all that sobriety (you can laugh now) I’m giggling inside. But it’s toilet training! No laughing matter, you might say, but one has to chuckle (to paraphrase the Queen – can you imagine her actually toilet training Charles…eeehhh?… Queen:  How awfully improper – there … Read More

Kathy KrugerI am funny (don’t laugh)

Lessons from a two year old (thanks Little Yang)

Kathy Krugeradoption, gratitude, motherhood2 Comments

Lesson No 1 – You are never too old to learn, nor too young to teach I’m getting old – old to be a mother to a two and a half year old anyway! Had I given birth to him, aged 41.5, it would have been a geriatric pregnancy (don’t you just love that term!) and something of a miracle … Read More

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