Musings

That sliding doors moment

Do you ever wonder 'what might have been'? If you'd just made 'that' choice, or if something had just gone 'the other way'. What could have happened in your life? A bit like the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors where we see two realities played out based on what happened if the character did, and if… Continue reading That sliding doors moment

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Faith, Musings

Where do you get your nourishment?

Imagine if you tried to eat only once a week. I think for most of us, that would be something of a disaster right? Our body needs nourishment, it needs food daily for us to thrive. As my pastor pointed out the other week, we also need to nourish our souls daily - we need… Continue reading Where do you get your nourishment?

At Our House, Blended Family, Musings

To my strong-willed, passionate, very loved, almost-8-year-old daughter

Dear Nat You have had a rough time lately and I want to encourage you. I want to tell you that you are amazing. I want you to know that even though we do most definitely have our challenges, we are going to work it out. I want to tell you (again and forever) just how… Continue reading To my strong-willed, passionate, very loved, almost-8-year-old daughter

At Our House, Musings

Just put the screen down

I'm really starting to annoy myself. Do you constantly find yourself checking for new activity on your blogs, tweetbooks, facetags, instapins and hashmails? 😉 I do. I can hardly wander past my phone without checking the notifications some days. If I'm sitting "watching" the kids at sport, you'll probably find me on my screen a lot. Over at… Continue reading Just put the screen down

Random Rant

Random rant: Parking matters

I got cross yesterday. Like really cross. Like two hours after the incident I was still steaming. This has always been one of my pet peeves. But now it's getting personal. Some people are just so ignorant, selfish and rude! What am I on about this time? People parking in Disabled parking spots without permits.… Continue reading Random rant: Parking matters

Musings

Break my heart for what breaks yours

Sometimes the amazing kids are labelled the trouble kids. I come across them a lot in my job, which I've written about before. Recently I had a chat with a young person who absolutely broke my heart. After they left my room the song 'Hosanna' from Hillsong came to mind, specifically: "Open up my eyes to the… Continue reading Break my heart for what breaks yours

Musings

If you don’t laugh…

It's so important to be able to laugh at yourself. Sometimes. I know I'm prone to taking myself too seriously so this is something I'm working on. Thought I'd share a few moments lately where if I didn't laugh I'd probably cry ... or just get really cranky at myself (and there's no fun in… Continue reading If you don’t laugh…

Faith, Musings

On death and dying: Brittany Maynard made us all think

Brittany Maynard was a 29 year woman who left this earth over the weekend. Her story made media headlines worldwide. Why? Because she made a choice for medically assisted suicide (legal where she lived) before the cancer in her brain could ravage her mentally and physically before killing her. You can read her story here.… Continue reading On death and dying: Brittany Maynard made us all think

Musings

I’m OK – Just a Blurb

I had to re-post this, about the feelings we experience after loosing our mum. Yes different for everyone, but this really just really hit the right notes with me. Especially the last paras: "I am okay. But just because I’m okay doesn't mean there aren't a million other ups and downs and incomprehensible feelings that… Continue reading I’m OK – Just a Blurb

Random Rant

Random Rant: Who are you calling a skinny b*tch?

Right, let's get this out there. I am sick of being called a 'skinny b*tch'. Or just plain 'skinny' when it comes with sarcasm or meanness dripping off it. Yes, I am tall (178cm or 5'10") and trim. The tall bit I obviously can't control (although I still proudly wear heels) and the trim bit is… Continue reading Random Rant: Who are you calling a skinny b*tch?

Musings

Goodbye to my Gran

Last weekend I said goodbye to my Gran. I am surprised how hard her passing has hit me. She was 93 years old and had struggled with her health for a little while now. It was a relief in the end, and for the last week it was inevitable - there was no surprise here but when I… Continue reading Goodbye to my Gran

Musings

Not in jail

One simple sentence can change our world - the way we see it, what we think about. This happened to me at work. I work with teenagers who I happen to think are wonderful. Challenging sometimes, but I enjoy their company. They come to my room in the high school when they're either sent from… Continue reading Not in jail

Musings

Remember the golden rule

We have a golden rule in our home. Well, we have a few. But this one, I wish was a universal thing. For our family, we take a Biblical stance. But I'm pretty sure it spans across all religions in some form. Really, it's just common sense. I believe the world would be a better place if we could… Continue reading Remember the golden rule

Musings

Bullying sucks

I never thought that my daughter would be bullied. She's feisty and confident. She'd stand up to someone twice her age and size ... or so I thought. But I was wrong because at the moment another seven-year-old girl is making her life miserable. My Nat is being bullied. From a mamma's point of view,… Continue reading Bullying sucks

Musings

Oh how I missed my Blogdom

I don't even know if 'Blogdom' is a word. I'm not going to check the dictionary. I don't care, I like it, so it stays! I haven't been in the land of blog for nearly three weeks now and I have so missed reading, writing and interacting - I think I actually went through withdrawal!… Continue reading Oh how I missed my Blogdom

Best Babble, Musings

Being happy

Being happy is not just 'not being sad'. Being happy is your soul singing, the good emotions bubbling from the depth of your belly, loving your life so much you can find good in every day. In my humble opinion anyway. We can't just expect 'happy' in our life. Although I'm sure many do. Happy is something… Continue reading Being happy

Lyrics Verses Quotes Books, Musings, Uncategorized

Always dream, and dream new dreams

Life is unpredictable. We can't control a lot of what's happening outside, but most of us can control what's happening inside. Always have dreams to keep you going and at some point, make sure you start working towards them. My dreams have changed over the years but when I look properly, I can see I'm now… Continue reading Always dream, and dream new dreams

Musings

Where abbiesbabble is at

Today Wordpress told me I have now published 100 posts. I have 154 people following me. That's not bad in four months - little numbers for most of you I know but for me, I'm happy. I didn't do this to get followers but I have to admit, I love it when I know someone new has read… Continue reading Where abbiesbabble is at

Random Rant

Random Rant: What about those indicators?!

I have these things on my car. They are great. I use them prior to turning corners, prior to changing lanes, prior to exiting roundabouts, prior to pulling out of a parking space. You know what I'm talking about right? Yep, indicators. There's a pretty key word when you're going to use these as far… Continue reading Random Rant: What about those indicators?!

Musings

THIS INNIE IMPLODED

On Friday night I hit a brick wall. I posted about it as writing for me is therapeutic. It helps sort out all the cr*p racing around in my brain. In that post, I had a plan to pull myself together and it was going to be okay. But it wasn't. The plan didn't work… Continue reading THIS INNIE IMPLODED

Musings

THE NEED TO PLEASE

I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what I do and how I do it ... and who I am. No secret there.This post, 'I'm disappointed in myself' by Lysa TerKeurst really resonated with me and this part of my journey. The words "we must not confuse the command to love with the disease… Continue reading THE NEED TO PLEASE

At Our House, Best Babble, Musings

IT’S AN INNIE THING

I have hit THE WALL. Not literally, no car crashes or broken fists or anything like that. But that metaphorical wall has come up and hit me in the face. Again. Before writing this I was sitting in my wardrobe staring at my shoes. For quite a while. Pretty much not having the physical or… Continue reading IT’S AN INNIE THING

Faith, Musings

IT’S A MATTER OF FAITH

This week I went to the funeral of a little girl who was just 20 months old. When I initially heard the new that Iola (spelt with an 'I' said like a 'Y') had died I was of course sad but also angry. I think perhaps angry at God. My question was 'Why'. Why would… Continue reading IT’S A MATTER OF FAITH

Musings

REFUSE HATE and LETTING GO

I saw these words on Scattered Smothered and Covered this morning and just had to recreate them. As a reminder to myself. I need to choose the people around me carefully. People who are like-minded. People who will not judge me. People who accept me as I am. People who will raise me up and help… Continue reading REFUSE HATE and LETTING GO

Musings

A REMINDER TO SEE THE GOOD IN THE WORLD

I had to share this post from Anastasia over at Stardust. I couldn't have said it better myself if I tried. Love the graphic she included from Lizz Lunney too.  "With so much disaster going on – planes falling out of the sky or just plain disappearing, conflict and bloodshed, that weird flesh eating virus… Continue reading A REMINDER TO SEE THE GOOD IN THE WORLD