Friends of Meet Around the Campfire

Friends of Meet Around the Campfire
We love wood fires. We have one in our home, and we also have a fire pit which is surrounded by logs for seating and wooden benches, where we can meet around the campfire to chat, eat yummy campfire food and just enjoy the setting. We may be sitting under a blue sky, with white clouds sliding across the sky, or we may be sitting under the canopy of stars against a black sky. Whatever the time of day it is, we can enjoy the warmth, fun and sense of toget...

Legacy

Legacy
One of our favourite memories as a family was an event that took place many years ago. Our children were still quite young, and we had been going through a difficult time emotionally and spiritually, and needed to take some time out as a family to invest in some self care as a family. We were fortunate to get accommodation in a beautiful setting overlooking Wilson's Promontory - in South Gippsland, Victoria. This was a time where we played as a family; ...

Lessons from the Lock Down

Lessons from the Lock Down
How are you going now that the lock down restrictions are easing? Kevin and I were able to enjoy our first meal out on Wednesday at one of our favourite cafe's. It was a little strange, with many of the tables missing, and having to sanitise our hands and give them our name and contact details before getting served was all a bit unusual. But the staff were upbeat, and we were delighted just to be able to get out. All this strangeness reflects the new no...

The New Normal

The New Normal
Easter is always a special time for us, our family and friends. We celebrate through special church services; we celebrate by preparing special meals; we celebrate through the giving and receiving of generally chocolate gifts. Easter is an important part of our lives, and we look forward to these celebrations. But in 2020, everything has changed, and Easter will not be "normal". For many of us, we will not be celebrating with our loved ones and special...

Communication in Relationships

Communication in Relationships
I recently read an article about being "lifelong learners of each other". Kevin and I have been married for 46 years now, and I can testify that this is true, that there is always something to learn about our partner. Indeed, I keep discovering new things about myself, which could be a skill that I didn't know I had, or a desire to try something that I have never tried before, and this comes about because Kevin encourages me to learn and to stretch mysel...

Facing Christmas Without Them

Facing Christmas Without Them
It is no secret among my family and friends that I love all things about Christmas. For me, it's a time of joy and hope. Of anticipation and planning for those special celebrations with family and friends. Snow globes; festive lights and Christmas trees begin to adorn the home, from around late November. Even though we no longer have children living with us, I still love to make the home a delightful place of exploration and joy with the special decora...

Mentoring Families

Mentoring Families
Kevin and I are about to commence a series of workshops promoting positive family values. We are commencing with a workshop we've titled: "Parenting our Adult Children". We are doing this because there is a lot of focus on parenting children from birth to teenage years, but we have found very little material that specifically addresses the issues around our ongoing relationships with our adult children. As children grow and develop their independe...

Mid Winter Slumber

Mid Winter Slumber
Mid winter is a time of rest and reflection for me. On a cold, wet windy day, there is nothing nicer than staying indoors, with a log fire keeping the house warm and Bob (our dog) curled up on my lap. Winter is a time of rest and reflection, and for me it is getting those unfinished tasks done. But sometimes even in winter, things get in the way, like the virus Kevin and I picked up a couple of weeks ago. This resulted in using all my energy to recove...

The value of personal and couple retreats

The value of personal and couple retreats
I am so fortunate to be living in a beautiful part of Victoria, where I can breath in the fresh sea air of the ocean as well as reflecting by the beautiful lake. Each morning I wake up to the birds singing their wake up songs, and just giving praise for life and provision. I don't mean to make you all drool with envy, but the point I am making today is the importance of being able to position yourself to enjoy some time out and appreciate not only the en...

Communication: The key to healthy relationships

Communication:  The key to healthy relationships
Good communication is essential to all aspects of a relationship, for example, by developing more effective communication goals in your marriage, you will build a greater intimacy in your relationship; more effective ways to resolve conflict as well as communicating parenting, financial and recreation goals. All of these things will lead to a more enriched marriage. Today we begin a series of blogs to promote healthy relationships in marriages, and help ...