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

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

If you didn’t laugh, you’d cry

Kathy Krugeradoption, China, gratitude, perspective20 Comments

Sh#t happens, sometimes piles of poo. And sometimes the only way to get through (as opposed to step on) all the sh*t is to laugh about it. I wrote about the drama (and comedy) that seems to want to accompany us whenever we travel in this post, but there’s one comedy of errors that takes the proverbial cake and needs … Read More

Kathy KrugerIf you didn’t laugh, you’d cry

Limbo Land

Kathy Krugerperspective14 Comments

I’m sure you’ve probably done the limbo dance before, that kids (or often drunken) party game where you try to bend your knees and your body low and backwards to scrape under the limbo pole or broomstick. Progressively the pole is lowered until only the most flexible (and often shortest) partygoers in the limbo line remain, able to backbend and contort … Read More

Kathy KrugerLimbo Land

Kissing isn’t sex

Kathy Krugerguilt, motherhood26 Comments

By Kathy Kruger The other week we had THAT talk. Out of the blue really, and I’m not sure the few wines I decided were required really helped. Miss Yin will probably kill me at some stage in the future for this post, but I figure I can delete it prior to my death. It went like this – we … Read More

Kathy KrugerKissing isn’t sex

The moral of the story

Kathy Krugeradoption, happiness, motherhood10 Comments

Nine years ago today our daughter came into our lives to howls of protest (hers) and tears of joy (ours). Her face said it all, her cries the loudest in a room deafened by the chorus of crying of six Chinese babies about to begin lives as Chinese-Australian girls.

Kathy KrugerThe moral of the story

Camp Good Enough

Kathy Krugerbalance, contentment, find your flow21 Comments

Imagine a place where you were always good enough – self-reliant, self-confident, self-disciplined – and where the whole point of being there is fun. Sound pretty good? Welcome to Camp Good Enough. It’s where my daughter is headed on Thursday for her first-ever school camp – my Year 4, 10-year-old is growing up! Only she won’t head to camp on … Read More

Kathy KrugerCamp Good Enough

Life is your command performance

Kathy Krugergratitude, happiness, Uncategorized12 Comments

If all the world was a stage what would be your command performance? – comedy, tragedy, drama with a bit of both, dance spectacle (all high-energy movement), ballet (all grace), musical (all song and theatrics), opera (all high-pitched drama), orchestral recital (all harmony) or perhaps an ice spectacular? In the case of Disney on Ice, the stage is an ice … Read More

Kathy KrugerLife is your command performance

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

Yinyangmother traits (good) not necessarily mine

Kathy Krugerbalance, guilt, motherhood, yinyang12 Comments

Yin and yang can mistakenly be taken to mean bad (that’s supposedly yin) and good (supposedly yang). But in reality there is ‘good’ or ‘positive’ yin and ‘good’ or ‘positive’ yang. And then there are ‘bad’ versions of both. It’s all relative. Actually it’s all about balance and excess. The worst place to be is actually when we allow either … Read More

Kathy KrugerYinyangmother traits (good) not necessarily mine

Calm and confident – dive into life!

Kathy Krugerfear, motherhood, yinyangLeave a Comment

The other day my Miss Yin told me she felt ‘empty’. She was upset and worried, the day before the school year started, although she didn’t end up making it to that first day, things ending badly in tears and hysterics. Oh God – I’ve felt empty before (too often, too much), but I can’t remember or even imagine what it … Read More

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