Accidents and Great Expectations

‘I think I’ll write a book about this.’ I said this over breakfast with a friend, talking about expectations, and more specifically unmet expectations and how we handle them. You don’t have to look very far to find unmet expectations. I hear it all the time on the radio, written in news reports, and articles…

Order Out of My Chaos

It’s January so the inevitable sorting, tidying and clearing out is going on. I completed one drawer in the kitchen, throwing out the blades for an electric knife, the main body of which was thrown several years ago. Instead of carrying on in the kitchen as would be logical, yesterday I went through my fabric…

One puppy, Many Stones and Some Bread

We gave in and bought a puppy. This makes perfect sense and no sense at all given three children left home to get married or go to university or college. Perfect sense as one of our kids is still at home without those other three. No sense as life could be easy and we’ve made…

Something Just Like This

The end of the school year is fast approaching. Whatever I do seems to be a trade-off with something else important demanding attention. It’s not always practical, but emotional support needing to be given out. We’re into the last month of school madness – getting ready for one to go away, one to come back,…

Brooklyn Boot Camp

I don’t know if I can return to normal life. I don’t know if I want to. I’ve been booted up the backside, well and truly. This past week I’ve been in New York – Brooklyn to be precise, at Metro World Child with a team from our church family. When I’ve read about Brooklyn…

Goodbye My Pest

She had many nicknames –  Roogie, Naan, the brown one, poo, Noodle, among others. I called her ‘Pest’. Roxie the dog. For ten years she was ours. It took a while for the whole family to persuade me to get a dog. It was after some good friends got a labrador and then I’d spent a…

A Trip, a Carnival and a Cake Walk

My husband went to England without us. I guess that we have been without him so it was about time he had a turn. It was a strange feeling though seeing him off. Funny, I thought, I either go with our children or stay with our children. Who gets the holiday both times? Then I let…

‘Normal’ Family Life

The start of the school year is usually when ‘the normal’ kicks in. The routine is back, there’s a pattern to the school year, I know what to expect. This year I’m still waiting and I suspect ‘the normal’ is never going to be the same again. First we had the mad dash to get second-born,…

Friends, Laughter…and Celebrity Chefs

A few weeks back my friend Sue rushed up to me outside Walmart, on a Sunday afternoon just after church (Shhh!). ‘I’ve got to tell you…we’re going to be filmed for TV at the market and meet Nick Nairn and Paul Rankin!’ It turns out that she’d been selected to be interviewed and her food…

Nowhere else I’d rather be

On the first hot, sunny and long weekend of the year, many in the city were outside enjoying the weather. Frederictonians are quick to dive in to the almost summer time. A steady stream of trucks towing trailers (that’s caravans in Brit-speak) and cars with canoes strapped to their roof racks head out-of-town. Nothing wrong with that….

Among Kings and Queens

There’s nothing like a three and a half hour traffic jam to dampen the mood on a road trip. To start with the four of us joked around and thanked the Lord that we had no kids with us. Flying was an option, but the drive would save money. Our plan was to get to Washington…