Tuesday, January 31, 2012


todays harvest...we are picking like this every 2 days (in some cases every day)...the weeds are thigh high, and you have to know what you are looking for, but its all there, waiting for us.  I am thankful for such bounty...and proud of my family's effort is helping create such a HUMUNGOUS paddock/vege garden....its still got more to give yet!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

romp it....

Dinosaur romp anybody???
take 8 crazy kiddies (4 not pictured) and 2 crazy mamas, 1 crazy papa...some stompin' music, a pterdactyl burger or 2..and you have yourself a dinosaur romp!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

heart melt moment

this lovely chicky is a bit sick....her poor comb has flopped over and she walks slowly....yesterday we picked her up and popped her in a basket to restin the garage.  I found our Micah Jack in there with her, on a little chair, stroking her head and chatting..."it'll be awight shicken, you'll be better soon"...sweet sweet boy.  I so hope so my son!  Heart melt. x

Friday, January 6, 2012

sniffff...a new chapter book

This new year...its like starting a new book isn't the book, press the cover open and inhale the scent of posibilities...I so do love a new novel...anyho; after much procrastinating...tooing and froing, wondering and thinking and racking of my brain, I came up with a set of seemingly achieveable goals for this new adventure.....and thought I would share them on here.

When I went to jot them all down, they still seemed complicated, distracting and wordy.  But the underlying theme in each came out clear...and with a single word in mind, this year I am aiming to be ...present;
in all aspects of my life.  To take notice (even more so); to give the best of my attention to whoever I'm talking often my head spins out to all the other things that need doing, juggling, sorting, commenting on, making, creating, organising etc etc.  I wish to be intentially present.

Monday, January 2, 2012

christmas in the tent

a wee bit different for us than usual, and although the kids vote its their favourite, I'm unsure yet, as I so love fussing and faffing about, with the food, decor, outfits, gulp, maybe thats why the tent rocked??!!
Anyho, we are back from a magnificent time up North, the beautiful Waipu cove...such a magical place, with bird estuary sanctuaries, caves, forests, dolphins in the sea, the beaches of course.  We drank yummy coffee everyday, slurped icecreams and wandered about soaking all the sun we got, and delighting in just being still, and with each other.  Our mega highlight was being able to go and spend the day in the Bay of Islands, watching the dolphins romp from our boat, and take in the spectacular scenery and history steeped islands.  Truly amazing. 

This year has been a roller coaster, challenging, rewarding, beautiful, devastating, filled with personal achievements and challenges for all our family individuals.  We are so thankful to those who have walked by our sides, sometimes leading, sometimes following....for His Grace who has eased us through it, and for a deep abiding love - that is family.  Bring on 2012 - we are gonna love the life outta ya!!