October is World Down Syndrome awareness month. So I wondered if I should write about it. Perhaps share what is medically involved with that extra little chromosome. But that though would just be a list of facts. And that's not our story. That's not a definition of Oscar's life. When I was told at Oscar's birth that he… Continue reading I didn’t know….
Category: Life Lessons
Be anxious for nothing.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7) It's hard sometimes. To not be anxious. To not be worried or stressed about… Continue reading Be anxious for nothing.
Daylight Saving ended on the weekend. That blissful time when you get to put your clock back an hour. That day when everyone is asked if you enjoyed your "extra" hour. Did you use it for sleep, for a slower start to the morning, a more leisurely lunch? (Of course those with babies don't seem to… Continue reading Bonus Time
Today. 21st March 2017. World Down Syndrome Day. A year ago I think I barely knew that this day existed. I can vaguely remember seeing sweet smiling faces across my television screen. But they weren't one of my boys. It wasn't part of my world. Then a mere few weeks later, having just given birth, the… Continue reading Celebrating Oscar
Treasures of Darkness
"And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness - secret riches." (Isaiah 45:3) Grief visited this week. It threw shadows across my path as family and friends grieved over the loss of loved ones. People were left with sadness, tears in their eyes and empty spaces in their homes. There really were no words to say. When hard… Continue reading Treasures of Darkness
Enroute out of Auckland on the weekend, a traffic sign caught my eye. "Heavy Traffic? Make breathing space". A handy hint to drivers to make sure that they keep space between themselves and the car in front. A safety precaution. It struck me that this was a good life lesson. Busy? A lot on? Make… Continue reading Heavy Traffic
The Weary and the Frayed
Some days you just feel weary. Weary from being brave the moment you step out your door. Weary from weathering the storms of life. And you reach the end of the day and you feel spent. That hard phone call that added more load to your back with the future it seemingly painted. That unexpected hurt that made… Continue reading The Weary and the Frayed
Yesterday - a walk down memory lane. A rare opportunity to visit an old family home, the old family church. To see the pew that we would always sit in, the church hall where we went to Sunday School. To the see the house - my old bedroom, the back garden. Memories flooding back, of laughter and… Continue reading Memory Lane
I can think of no better way to start the New Year than borrowing words from my father's New Year's Day preach.... "As we gather together this New Year's Day, in the Presence of God to worship Him and give thanks for the year that has passed and petition Him for the year that is to… Continue reading Borrowed Words
It's an odd week. That week that's bookended either side by Christmas Day and New Year's Day. You lose track of what day it is. Are the shops open today? Normal times? And what about the Postman - does he come this week? And of course the inevitable conversation of what day does rubbish gets collected! Sometimes… Continue reading In Between