“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life.” Walt Whitman Getting to know our kids is one of those adventures that is always full of surprises. In our time here in PNG, I've enjoyed spending lunches once a week with a different one of our kids and having 'dates' with them where we spend time doing something that they love. For some, that means colouring and chatting, for others it means listening to them chat about Minecraft, for … [Read more...] about Passions and Poetry
This is me a year ago and this is me now. Two years. Two photos. Two seemingly identical photos of the person you know and see but two starkly different stories going on behind the photos. You see, a year ago, I was in the throws of anxiety. I didn’t know it as anxiety. I knew it as my life but it had become unmanageable. To be honest, it had probably become unmanageable years ago but I ignored the signs and kept struggling along - assuming the constant cycle of fear, worry, … [Read more...] about Anxiety
Jacob Alexander McCarthy.Shirt inside out. Glasses missing. Clothes worn for the third day in a row (I promise he doesn't stink, we just can't get him to change and we ran out of energy to fight it). Mind racing. Body moving.Too busy to eat breakfast. Too distracted to complete some tasks. Too full of questions and thoughts to make some simple decisions. Incredibly smart but perpetually scattered. Beautifully creative but organizationally challenged. Incredibly musically gifted but doubtful of … [Read more...] about Way Maker
When I imagined my life as a parent, I never imagined the magnitude of the responsibility or the depth of the joy. I never imagined the weightiness of the love or the all-encompassing nature of the role. I never imagined the depth of the uncertainty or the ability of the task to overwhelm and confuse. I imagined my existing life rolling along and taking with it these new lives with each turn and season. Another few years, another little human. Another few years and yet another person to … [Read more...] about Erasing Expectations
Reassurance. Uncertainty. Comfort. These words were on my heart this morning after my very ordinary task of dropping the kids off at school. For the past 18 months, people all over the world have been enduring a season of change. A season of unknowns. A season of new normals . A season of new routines and uncertainty. For the past month, those new normals have changed again in Papua New Guinea - bringing new restrictions in the hopes of slowing the spread of Covid within this beautiful … [Read more...] about Where Do We Run?