Tuesday, November 30, 2010

motivation for change

Yesterday I received some very welcome and good news. Phew! After all the stressing of the last two weeks I was given a positive diagnosis and life can resume as normal (hmm... well our normal anyway).

I am looking on this as a positive experience. It may not have felt like it at the time but I have learnt a lot from it...

1. I am stronger than I give myself credit for

2. Valium does. not. work.. back to rescue remedy for me.

3. I should probably get some help with my debilitating needle phobia.

4. I am usually a pretty extroverted person but when something is really weighing me down I draw into myself and just want to be alone. And thats ok.

5. I have amazing friends and family who have helped me with my kids, distracted me and prayed for me. I am thankful.

6. I turn to God when times are tough and I need to do this ALL the time. This post here really spoke to me yesterday. Why am I so afraid to surrender?

7. I need to get healthy. I need to lose weight and exercise. Shopping at the mall is not exercise. But, none of those flimsy New Years resolutions for me and no more fad diets. This needs real action and change. I love this blog and through her recommendations I  am reading  a great book called In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Its fantastic and I totally get it!

 8. I am blessed. My life might not be perfect but I have so many blessings to be thankful for.

9. My blog is mine. I will write what I want to write and if I only get one comment per 500 hits thats ok... NOT!!!! Seriously people!! I love comments!!

So I am joining back in with the mad rush to Christmas, but taking time out to be thankful and remember what Christmas is REALLY about.

Easy Kumara (Sweet Potato) Hummus

I found a recipe for Sweet potato hummus on the internet the other day and it was super easy... although Ive changed it as it was missing some things I like in hummus.

I made a batch for my daughters birthday party, served it in a bowl of cabbage leaves with chopped up veges (brocoli, cucumber, red and green capsicum, snow peas and carrots). It was a hit so I thought Id share it here.

kumara hummus


1 large sweet potato (kumara)

1 tin chick peas

2 tblsp tahini

¼ c olive oil

1 tsp salt

2 cloves garlic

Big squeeze lemon juice  (I used half a lemon)

½ c stock (i used chick pea brine)

Poke holes in the sweet potato and microwave for 6 minutes.

Put all ingredients in food processor... blend until desired consistency. Pop in fridge until cold.

Serve with chopped up fresh veges... eg. Red & green capsicum, snow peas, broccoli, carrots....

Easy and sooo tasty....

Monday, November 29, 2010

when 5 years feels like 5 minutes

tinker 3

Today, my sweet baby girl is turning 5. Wow, how on earth did we get here so quickly?

She was our little surprise, a very much loved and wanted surprise.

A letter to my beautiful wee girl on her 5th birthday,

On 29th November 2005, after a 25 minute labour you rushed into the world and stole my heart.  Our midwife was barely in the room to catch you so Daddy had to do that.  Straight away we could see the beautiful wee dimple on your right cheek and we knew we had a little girl full of personality.


Right from the start you have been a bright little light in our family.  You has the most amazing sense of humour.

funny elise

Your big blue eyes and beautiful blonde hair have captured people's attention everywhere we go.

canon photos 127blondey


you have a great sense of adventure, are very creative and love your family very very much

 elise taronga zoo

you have just about finished a year at kindy and you are ready for the challenges of school. You are chomping at the bit to read and I know you will thrive at school.

You are caring and loving friend. You are compassionate to other people's needs.

beautiful girl

You are beautiful my sweet sweet girl and we love you SOOO much. Happy Birthday sweetheart.

this week...

...it has been so sad to watch on the news about the Pike River Mine Disaster in Greymouth, New Zealand.

My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the men whose lives have been lost.

As a Kiwi, I know people will pull together during this time and support each other, but what a tragedy for NZ as it will be felt by one and all.

May God Bless all those affected.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

thank you

thank you, to everyone who has emailed me, left me lovely comments and said a prayer over the past couple of weeks. I really appreciate it.

I am also very thankful to my lovely friends who have helped out with my children and been there to distract me with their love and laughter... you know who you are :)

It has a been a really emotional time, facing some huge phobias. Yesterday was the worst day of all and when I had to have a rather scary (to me!) procedure and my husband wasn't allowed in the room, I broke down. Isn't it amazing how debilitating phobias can be?

But thanks to the lovely compassionate doctors I got through it and felt a surge of confidence in my own ability to cope with whatever is thrown at me. I am still waiting on test results but feeling positive that it will be good news. 

Taking a step back from my blog has also been a good thing.  I have lots of post ideas now and Im going to start off with party celebrations for my baby, who is turning 5 on Monday... how on earth did that happen?

Ive also had a chance to do some creating and that feels good too.

So Im off to finish painting a giant tree, hang some more fairy lights, make some more tissue pom poms and I should probably start making the cake too. Our family room is being turned into Pixie Hollow for a certain little Tinkerbell fan.

Thanks again for your support :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Blog break

I have some serious and scary stuff going on here with my health (again)and Im not dealing with it very well because Im facing some horrible tests and surgery and I am a big wimp,  so Ive decided to take a break from blogging.

I can't pretend everything is ok when its not and Im also not brave enough to share it with the bloggy world yet.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


When things are tough I find the best thing I can do (after a pity party for one) is look at what I can be thankful for.

This week I was dealt another health blow and although I want to remain positive I am on a bit of a downer.

So I am thankful for...

As always these beautiful children I have been so immensley blessed to have...

I am thankful for this Miss who always makes us smile

concert 5a

I am thankful for our beautiful boy who tells me Im the best mummy in the world - every day!

ben at moffats

And I am thankful this little monkey (who is my baby and will be turning 5 in two weeks!! NOOOO!)


I am thankful for my husband (mr Movember!) for giving me some time out on Saturday.  While I am normally a people person I just want to be by myself at the moment.

I am thankful for amazing friends, thank you... you know who you are.

I am thankful for the squeals and laughter from evening soccer games in our backyard (excuse the grass - the summer is already taking its toll!)

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I am thankful for my legs, so that I can walk in the beautiful sunshine and meet the strange and unusual creatures along the way

lizard thing

this is a blue tongue lizard.. hello mr lizard.. nice to meet you, glad our paths could cross (and even more glad you werent a snake!)

I am thankful for beautiful places to breathe and pray and find some peace


I don't share a lot about my religious beliefs on my blog, or with my friends, and I should. When times are tough I always turn to God for strength.  Yesterday this poem came to mind.. to remind me that God is with us all the time, through the good and bad. It gives me peace, humility and strength to know that.

Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."
 Mary Stevenson 

I am being carried at the moment and thats ok.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

30 days of me- day 4- a habit to change

I have rewritten this post over and over.. Only one habit?  lol...but when it comes down to it I think my habit Id like to change is that I am a worrier.

I worry about too many things I can't change and I'm pretty sure I make myself sick over it.

I would like to change this because it uses up time and energy and if I can't change it anyway I need to learn to give it to God and move on (my mum always said when we were growing up, let go and let God, very true).

So, Im going to concentrate on worrying less and living more because we only get this life and I dont want to look back at all the time Ive wasted worrying about things I cant change.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

check out this awesome giveaway

Im not going to tell you about this AWESOME giveaway on this AWESOME blog, because I dont want you to enter because I want to win!

This blog is a daily must read for me, a supermum who has 4 children under five and is very creative and inspiring. Corrie at Retromummy is giving away 14 fat quarters to 2 lucky winners from the new Sweet Broderie fabric range by Rosalie Quinlan.

They are so gorgeous and girly.

So dont go over there and check it out, promise!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My creative space-concerts and parties

concert 3This week I have made 6 skirts for my daughter and her friends for their school concert (which was last night). The concert theme was Legends and their class performed a Beatles number.  They were fantastic.

My son's class did beach boys, Barbara Ann. They were great too!!


I also made a Ruby Doll and carry cot and little quilt for my cousin's wee girl who was turning one.

 the setrubydoll

dolls quilt

 Now its time to start some party preparation.. my little miss is turning 5 in 18 days she tells me!

more creative spaces over here

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 days of me -day three

Day three.. a picture of me and my friends.  Oooo.. this a tough one because I am a camera avoider!! (hmmm might have something to do with those double chins!)

Here's a few I found...

my kiwi friends (taken before I moved over here.. 2.5 years ago)

nz friends 2

And a few of my special friends in Aussie... although the one on the far right, we were friends in NZ and now both live here :) AUSSIE FRIENDS


I have also met some 'new' bloggy friends recently which deserves a post of its own .. and I keep forgetting to get a pic of Renee and I together.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 days of me - day two

The meaning behind your blog name.

A friend came up with my blog name. I loved it because it fits me perfectly.  Here I am, living in Aussie, but in my heart, I’m a Kiwi – through and through.

Ive been thinking about whether I need to change it when we move back to NZ but Ive decided that it sort of encompasses me in so many ways – when I am living overseas or at home. Everything I do is influenced by my culture.

A special happy birthday today to my niece who is turning 14!

30 days of me

I saw this over at Sams Snippets tonight and I thought - hey, that might get me blogging again! So here I go...

If you want to join in - this is what you have to do each day

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name.
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends.
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why.
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Your favorite song.

So here goes Day 1 - A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself.

  1. I am a bit obsessive.. eg. When I was at school and in my 20s my obsession was the gym and now it is all things crafty and um.. blogs *ahem*.

  2. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology. Apparently it doesn’t instantly qualify you to understand children (despite how many times Ive been asked parenting questions followed by – you must know you studied psychology).. oh right!

  3. I was an exchange student during High School to the USA... I L.O.V.E. the USA! I still have regular contact with my host family 20 years later.

  4. I am not a dog person... but for some reason dogs like me.

  5. I am like the prodigal son... I have always believed in God (that will never change) but my commitment to church etc comes in ebbs and flows.... I wish that was different.

  6. During my exchange in the USA I learnt to play the Saxophone... well ‘play’ is probably too strong a word... I also got to take two classes a day of art, choir and other very cool subjects.

  7. I have suspected Coeliacs and cannot tolerate even a tiny trace of gluten (hence the lack of a firm diagnosis – I can’t put myself through the eating of gluten to get a positive biopsy). Some days I get really annoyed about it... mostly I just suck it up and get on with it.

  8. My babies are miracles. I was told I would never have babies and I have three perfect healthy children.

  9. My first pregnancy ended in miscarriage – It was the worst day of my life so far.

  10. I had my thyroid gland removed when I was 26 due to an autoimmune thyroid disease that nearly killed me.. but going into surgery this is what I told the surgeon... ‘please make the scar look ok, I am only 26 and I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment’..(rolls eyes) vanity!!!  Funny thing is I met my hubby about 6 weeks later – while my scar (across my neck) was still held together with steri strips. He said he didn’t notice. So I married him.

  11. I am fiercely loyal.. fiercely (you have been warned!)

  12. I would love to learn to play the piano (hopefully much better than I played the saxophone).

  13. I love Kiwi and Aussie music, television and music... love it!

  14. I don’t have an accent (hahaha)

  15. I love white chocolate.

Phew that was quite hard!

And thank you for your lovely comments about best wishes for my Mum.  She is ok  - they haven't really changed anything but she will be monitored more closely now.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A request for a special person

I know Im scarce around here at the moment.. but I'll be back, just quite a bit going on in our lives with moving, tummy bugs etc.
Today my Mum is having a much needed, urgent, surgical procedure that we hope will, in the end save her life. Ive been so worried about her so this is a day that we meet with trepidation but also thankfulness that she is living in a country with access to the necessary life saving procedures.
Please keep her in your prayers and thoughts today. Once again, its hard being away from her and Dad at this time but they have been blessed with the most AMAZING friends who are going above and beyond to help them out in that maze called Auckland.
By the way, my Dad is doing GREAT since his surgery in August - in fact he feels better than he has in years!! Once Mum is over this hurdle they'll both be as good as new when we get back to overstay our welcome in their home in January (hehe)