At Our House, Celiac Journey

Grumpy celiac feeling better

The other day I drafted a post titled Grumpy Celiac. I'm glad I didn't publish as it was pretty wretched! To be fair, I was miserable. But this week, while acknowledging that it's not all roses, I'm back to being positive and in action mode. Last week I was feeling like, well, like I did before I was diagnosed Celiac.… Continue reading Grumpy celiac feeling better

Celiac Journey

Celiac journey – six weeks in

It is only six weeks since I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Wow. Seriously, wow! It quite honestly feels like months. I can not believe how much information has been crammed into the part of my brain filing cabinet section labelled 'food and nutrition'. Obviously, I have also had to start a whole new draw in that filing… Continue reading Celiac journey – six weeks in


Feeling strong

It came as a bit of a shock to me the other day. I realised I was okay. I am actually okay. For the first time in as long as I can remember, I have clarity, peace and calm - my thoughts and feelings aren't overshadowed by one specific emotion or event. I'm living and… Continue reading Feeling strong

Lyrics Verses Quotes Books, Scripted Sunday

Scripted Sunday: beautiful brokenness

No commentary today, this relates so closely to the sentiment of last week's Scripted Sunday which you can read here. Image background: Aitor Agirregabiria  cc


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


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

Sunset girl
Best Babble, Blended Family, Musings


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



Grief is not a linear journey. It's a complete hurly-burly hodgepodge of experiences that one absolutely can not predict. Just when you think you've managed to deal with, and shelve a few things, you're thrown bodily back into the storm of fully charged emotion.  Sometimes for no clear reason, then again sometimes you can see the… Continue reading GRIEF IS NOT A LINEAR JOURNEY

Writing prompt


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



Dear Mum The other day I came across the photos taken at your wedding anniversary party last June. It's almost impossible to believe that was only just over a year ago. So half of that time you were here, even though in some ways it feels like that was a decade ago. And half of… Continue reading DEAR MUM. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN SIX MONTHS?!

At Our House


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

Thankful Thursday


There are a ton of academic studies showing how being grateful can help us be better in body and mind. I'm a bit of a geek, I've read a few of those academic papers because it interests me. And because I'm pretty sure it's true. But you know what? We can read until the cows come… Continue reading THANKFUL THURSDAY



So leading up to Mothers Day I was a bit of a mess (here's the background). Turns out the day wasn't the dreadful disaster I was expecting, in fact, it was a great day. Don't you love it when something quite beautiful hits you completely out of the blue?!    Taking on the 10km walk to… Continue reading POST MOTHERS DAY: A LESSON