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Seeing my little people smile

By 9am this morning I had already seen my two littlest people with the biggest smiles on their faces. And I know that happy vibe that will stay with them today. Seeing them happy, that's a great way for me to start a day for sure! Natty Nat asked me if I could write her a list of… Continue reading Seeing my little people smile

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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

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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

Thankful Thursday

THANKFUL THURSDAY (August 28)

I give thanks to God every day - for His provision, endless love and grace. This week I am especially thankful that my children are healthy. That we are able to spend time as a family, especially in the great outdoors. That we live in an amazing country which is peaceful, safe and where one can… Continue reading THANKFUL THURSDAY (August 28)

At Our House, Writing prompt

YOU, ROBOT, WASH!

Daily Prompt: Congrats — you've been handed a robot whose sole job is to relieve you of one chore, job, or responsibility you particularly hate. What is it? Oh this is just too easy. I'm going to keep this robot plenty busy. Washing. Yep, Laundry. The sorting, stain removing, soaking, washing, hanging, re-sorting, and folding of the 2-3 loads… Continue reading YOU, ROBOT, WASH!

At Our House, Writing prompt

Work? Optional!

Daily Prompt: If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time? Well this is a prompt I can really relate to. In fact it is an ongoing discussion between my husband and I right now. To set the scene,… Continue reading Work? Optional!

Thankful Thursday

THANKFUL THURSDAY (August 21)

I am thankful for a hockey trip up to Hawke's Bay on Sunday - my home. I haven't been up there since March, it's been hard to face. Hockey kind of forced the issue. It was hard but I've done it now. Phew. Lambs and daffodils - spring is nearly here. Oh my goodness, how cute… Continue reading THANKFUL THURSDAY (August 21)

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Best Babble, Blended Family, Musings

WOULD THE REAL ME PLEASE STAND UP

I haven't been posting so much the last couple of weeks. I don't know what to say. Which is VERY unusual for me. It's not that I don't have anything to write, it's that there's just so much. I've mentioned before that I feel like I'm in a real transitory place - accepting a new… Continue reading WOULD THE REAL ME PLEASE STAND UP

Writing prompt

TO BE FOUND

Again she felt the tears spill, running down her cheeks matching the raindrop rivulets on the windows. She shook herself angrily, willing the tears to stop. There was no reason to be so sad, there was so much to be grateful for. That was easy to think, but everything going on in her life just seemed… Continue reading TO BE FOUND

At Our House, Musings

LEARNING LESSONS … THE EASY WAY

Last week while I was folding washing after school I heard a crash from the kitchen. The crash followed by that momentary deafening silence, where you know that the culprit knows they have done something wrong. Then the panicked shouts and tears begin. So what was that crash? It was my daughter learning a lesson… Continue reading LEARNING LESSONS … THE EASY WAY

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BOOK WEEK

Ooooh, much excitement in our house at the moment. Next week is book week at the primary school - aside from poster competitions and special visitors to school etc, anticipation is already building for the dress up parade on Friday. Sam is going as a Famous Five Character, Tom is going as Captain America (book/comic!)… Continue reading BOOK WEEK

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RANDOM RANT: GAMES NOT HELPING MATHS!

"Mama is one-five-oh-oh-oh bigger than two-two-oh-oh-oh?" A seemingly random question thrown from the backseat of the car set my brain into action and I need a place to vent. So hello! What my daughter is asking is 'I've got 15,000 Kibble so can I 'buy' something that is 22,000 Kibble'. She's playing a Pet Shop game on her… Continue reading RANDOM RANT: GAMES NOT HELPING MATHS!

Best Babble, Musings

TO INSULATE OR EXPOSE TO THE WORLD?

Those of you who know me, or who follow my blog, will know I have no problem stating things as I see them. I'm a pretty very open person and you'll pretty much always know where I stand on an issue. While blogging gives me time to think and articulate my thoughts (I've written about this before), when… Continue reading TO INSULATE OR EXPOSE TO THE WORLD?

At Our House, Musings

FOR MY CHILDREN

The other night while Nat was having one of her meltdowns (for lack of a better word) I REALLY felt the need to reassure her of my love. I KNOW she knows how much I love her, I'm pretty sure I say and show it daily in different ways. But sometimes I feel like she's… Continue reading FOR MY CHILDREN

Writing prompt

HOLDING TO MY CHILDLIKE PERSPECTIVE

Daily writing prompt: Adult Visions I grew up knowing some things about my future. I was told/heard them often enough. "Oh Abbie, she's a good girl. She's so bright. She'll go to university." I mean I was your typical oldest child - reliable and conscientious. God blessed me with a good brain and I liked… Continue reading HOLDING TO MY CHILDLIKE PERSPECTIVE

At Our House

WATCHING HER HEALING HURT

Last night we had another gut wrenching evening with Nat. It came from nowhere, they always do, these intense waves of emotion that rise from nothing and in a moment consume her so completely. As a mama, I feel like my heart literally cracks each time I see her like that - my baby in… Continue reading WATCHING HER HEALING HURT

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WHY LOWERING STANDARDS IS AWESOME

There have been many lessons for all of us to learn in the blending of Harris6. A big one for me has been to be realistic. Honestly, perfection just does not sit well in a house of six, four of them children, four of them males! It's been a long road but I have finally started… Continue reading WHY LOWERING STANDARDS IS AWESOME

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OLD HABITS DIE HARD

In our previous life, before we were Harris6, Nat often (almost always) crept into my bed at night to sleep. It started when she was about two and I went back to work full-time. I think we so craved each others time and presence, even asleep would do. I realised very quickly that I'd bitten… Continue reading OLD HABITS DIE HARD

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LABELS: HIS HERS MINE YOURS OURS

Throughout life there are labels foisted upon us, we no doubt impose labels on ourselves as well. Some are necessary, it's how we categorise the world. To be honest, I think labels are all about perception, so what one person may label us is quite possibly the complete opposite of what society may label us. But that's a whole… Continue reading LABELS: HIS HERS MINE YOURS OURS

At Our House, Musings

SOME THINGS STAY THE SAME

This week Nat officially became part of the Girl Guide movement. At age seven she's a Brownie. The enrollment ceremony was a real goose-bump mummy moment for me, and it made me realise how glad I am that not everything in life changes at a million miles an hour. It does seem like there's not much about my… Continue reading SOME THINGS STAY THE SAME

Musings

HELPING, NOT HOLLERING

A couple of weeks ago I read a post from Hands Free Mama - which has become one of my favourite blogs. That post really pieces together a lot of what I love about her philosophy on parenting and the parent I want/need to be. This morning I was able to really put it into… Continue reading HELPING, NOT HOLLERING