Monthly Archives: October 2009












ohhh…I just love these!  These gorgeous buttons will soon adorn a plethora of little girl jackets, pencil cases and scarves.  Not only did they arrive beautifully wrapped in an old fashioned paper lolly bag, each set comes with a delightful name to accompainy it – ‘Cup of Tea Time’,’ The Girl, the Puppy and the Balloon’, and ‘Animal Tea Party’.  They are from a lovely little Etsy store called Creamrose that you should check out here:
















I am starting to see a slightly concerning theme here: whenever I really need to study, I seem to cook!  But at least this time round it was more than simply procrastinating.  This is my mother-in-law’s birthday cake (s) – Turkish Delight cupcakes, made with rose-water, pistachio nuts and white chocolate.  I was happy with how they turned out, mother-in-law was happy, guests were happy – good result all round. 

Now where did I put those text books…


A nice combination…

Take the lyrics of the Rob Thomas’ song ‘Someday’ and the movie ‘Julie and Julia’ and you will find that you end up somewhere between inspired and motivated (or in a not so great moment disillusioned and frustrated, but today we are going with the former). 

I like the new Rob Thomas stuff, it sounds vaguely like Kevin Prosch’s ‘Kiss the Son’ (which is an old school classic).  And actually there is just one line in RT’s song which resonates to the extent of initiating a blog post; ‘Maybe someday we will live our lives out loud’.  I don’t know what he meant when he wrote that, but I know what I hear when he sings it; ‘Maybe one day I will have the courage to do the things that I secretly want to do and be’.     

And then there is the movie ‘Julie & Julia’. 

I had read the book and found it mildly diverting and funny in moments but it certainly wasn’t a brilliant or captivating read.  However, as it turns out, this is one of the very few instances when the movie is better than the book.  The movie was lovely.  It was witty and engaging, honest and accessible.  I won’t dissect the plot except to say that the foundation of the movie is the story of two women pursing things that they felt like they were ‘meant’ to do.  Whether that was cooking or writing, both women pursued it with conviction and passion. 

So this raises a number of questions for me: what does it mean to ‘live my life out loud?’, what is it that I am ‘meant’ to do?, what am I convinced is innately who I am?, how do I pursue those things that I feel are important and necessary expressions of who I am?…


Such big and important questions.  And to be honest, awfully frustrating that I am still asking them.  I wish I had this sorted by now.  But I don’t, so I will just keep at it I guess.

lemon peel


I know that I have mentioned here recently that I am quite busy with study and kids and just life in general at the moment, so I have no idea whatsoever what recently possessed me to attempt to candy lemon peel. 

It was, however, easy and delicious, despite being a fairly sore use of my time.






We just got back from a few days away down the coast.  We went away because

a)we needed a holiday; and 

b) the Jayco Herald-Sun Tour (Bike Race) was on.

essay (again)

IMG_5553I have to admit, study is a struggle this semester, primarily because there is just so much going on at the moment.  Between now and Christmas we have an interstate wedding, a 4 year old’s birthday, in-laws move to the country, sister moves back to Vic (from the NT), a family camp, kinder duties and activities, a dance concert, book club, church, and… and… and… ! And study!  I really just need to focus and as a dear friend says, ‘suck it up’ and get on with it.  My major essay this semester will look at the following question:

This essay will explore both the Reformation and the post Reformation experience of mission in the light of the new paradigm that came with the Reformation.

Hmm…if anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, feel free to comment!

common ground

Sometimes you meet people and it is difficult to find the common ground between the two of you.  Sometimes there is but a small crossover of ideology or interests or passions.  It is not a negative reflection of you or them, it’s just difficult to find common ground between you.

And then sometimes the common ground is vast and beautiful and beyond reason. 

I had breakfast this morning with three spectacular girls who I adore and it was a special treat for the four of us to get together. 

I savoured every second of it.     

These girls are honest and kind, beautiful and gracious.  Being near them breathes life into me and inspires me towards what I know is true and right.  

I have known these girls for over ten years and there is always the risk of growing apart.  But I think that I can safely say, this side of 10 years, that we will grow old together.  And the loveliest of things is that the common ground gets greater and firmer with every year.  For some reason, despite different interests, abilities and stages in life, it feels like our friendship gets better and deeper.     

I find it quite extraordinary that my life is full of these lovely people who speak truth and grace in necessary and equal quantities. 

I am sure there will be many more breakfasts to come and I am so unbelievably grateful for that. x



It was my brother’s birthday last month and my sister just got engaged. 

And the only proper way to celebrate these two lovely events is by making our mum’s famous choc-chip cookies.  I may have gone slightly overboard (is 75 overboard?) but these are the best cookies ever and they never last long anway. 

 Happy Birthday A and Congrats L & J. xx