Answer Me This

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Linking up with Kendra at Catholic All Year

Ok folks, this is my first Answer Me This so it’s time to share some random information and have a little fun :) Continue reading

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A Day in the Life: Vol 1

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I often find myself feeling like I’ve achieved nothing in the course of a day and wonder where all the time goes. I want to start periodically chronicling ‘A Day in the Life’ so I can properly see where all that time actually did go, and I’m sure it’ll be good to look back on in a few months or years and marvel at how things have changed. I wish I had done this when Adoomi was a wee baby but no time like the present, right? Here’s how yesterday went.. Continue reading

The Freedom of Forgiveness

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Our diocese has made a rule this Lent that every church will be open from 7-8pm on Wednesday nights for those who wish to come and spend time with the Lord, also often with adoration and confession available. I went to the sacrament this evening as part of my Lenten preparation for Easter and it is the first time in many months that I have gone without a rambunctious Continue reading

7 Favourite Bloggers (in order of discovery)

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1. Heather at Mama Knows, Honeychild. This fantastic post is the first I ever read and it remains my favourite. Heather is amazingly funny and her stick figure drawings inspire me to be a better artist (seriously). I went back to the beginning and read all her archives and loved them all. And then once upon a time she linked to..

2. This incredibly honest account  Continue reading

30 Random Acts of Kindness for my 30th Birthday

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A few months ago I read on the Good News Network about a lady who had done 42 RAKs for her 42nd birthday and was inspired to do the same for my upcoming milestone. I had a budget of $300 which felt like heaps but when my list got to #18 and was already way over budget I realised I needed to find some more cheap or free options. Here’s the list I ended up with: Continue reading

7 Quick Takes Friday – Faith, Food, and Electronics

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1. During last Sunday’s homily our priest made a comment on faith which really struck me. He said, “What would you do if you all of a sudden had great faith like the saints? Go and do that. Then faith will come.” So simple! And yet to me it was unfathomable until I had heard the words. “Go and do the things you would do if you had faith. That’s how you grow faith.” – Fr Terry. God bless that man.

2. I decided that for 2014 I would give up Continue reading

Chocolate Brownie

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brownie 2This brownie is deliciously rich and moist. It is definitely more suited to eating warm with ice cream and (dare I suggest it) chocolate sauce or berries, although also good as a mid-afternoon snack. It has been made and devoured more times than I can count in our house and it enjoyed a revival last weekend to welcome a new couple to our neighbourhood. Bake at your peril! Continue reading

My Sister My Hero

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I have the best little sister anybody could wish for. She lives three hours away from me in our hometown and has three beautiful children. She had some difficulties adjusting to motherhood initially but is now such a shining example of great parenthood and I find myself copying her often. She is patient, loving, fun, creative, encouraging, relaxed and mature. I always learn more about myself and my son when I go to visit her. Oh and we both love baking. This is what happened when I baked brownie earlier this week: Continue reading

7 Quick Takes: The Inaugural

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7 Quick Takes

1. Loved the How I Met Your Mother final. Loved it. Legen– wait for it –dary. It all worked out so well and I guess it helps that I’m always happy with nice endings. Yay for Robin and Ted ending up together, yay for Ted meeting the love of his life in Tracy, yay for Barney meeting the love of his life in his sweet daughter, yay for Marshall and Lilly, yay for the judgeship, yay yay yay. It was the perfect balance of happy, sad, sweet, funny, and conclusiveness. I’m a fan.

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An introduction and promise of more to come

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Blog. It’s happening. The intention of this blog is to keep a record of the things of my life. It’ll most likely end up being a “mommy blog” as I have an almost-two-year-old and I anticipate that he will say many a noteworthy (to me) thing when he fiiiinally starts talking, and I want to write them somewhere a little more permanent than the scraps of paper I usually jot things down on.

I also want to document some of the more interesting events of my life thus far, including but not limited to Kidney Donation, Europe Rescue, Life as a Midwife, 30 RAKs for my 30th Birthday, and The Day my Son was Kissed by the Pope. And the still-interesting-but-for-some-reason-in-a-different-section things: Living a Quiet Life (or not), Always By My Side, Thinking Like a Midwife, My Sister My Hero, My Sister the Sister, Life in Uganda, Winter in Japan, Rafting on the Nile, How Not to Holiday in the Pacific, There but for the Grace of God go I, Acting Like an Adult, The Value of Being Valued, Adoomi’s Birth Story, and Oh to have a Magic Wand. Then there are other things I’ll probably do, like write about potty training, breastfeeding, bed sharing, food, biking, Mass, exercise, baking, climbing the Mount, Lent/Advent/Christmas, Pentatonix, and Savemart (yes I know, it’s a weird mix of strange bits); and I might even venture out into the blogosphere to join up with things like What I Wore Sunday, 7 Quick Takes Friday, 5 Favourite Things, and the like. Phew, what a paragraph! If, somehow, you are reading this and any of these titles piques your interest, feel free to drop a comment and let me know. I’m sure that’ll give me the kick I need to actually write it if I haven’t already.

About me: my name is Michelle, I just turned 30, and I live in New Zealand with my partner (who we will call Harry) and our wee son (to be hereby named Adoomi), who is almost two. I am a midwife and work at the biggest birthing unit in the country, but only do that on occasional weekends when I can spare time away from life.

Random fact of the day: I can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than 3 minutes. Shock, awe and wonder: I know. Well that is until I tell you that the world record is 6 seconds. I’m not so impressed with myself any more either. And no, I won’t be subjecting you to random facts of the day every day, or even every blog post. I’m not that mean. And it took me ages just to think of that one so I’m all out of tricks. Happy reading!