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17 years old

24 Jun 2015 / 0 Comments / in Family, love, Motherhood

  My beautiful son Happy 17th Birthday I’ve been thinking a lot lately of little Raphael, specifically the 2 year old version with the fly-away fluffy hair and delightful laugh, so filled with joy and freedom and love and life. Too young yet to have any fears of anything – even dogs. Amazed by everything […]

16 years old

25 Jun 2014 / 4 Comments / in Children, Family, love, Motherhood

Dear Raph Sixteen! Seems just yesterday I was writing your 13th birthday letter, at the start of these teen years that were unknown and (from my view point anyways) not a little scary. Now you’re turning 16 and the thing I should have realized is that you weren’t going to become someone else, someone I didn’t […]

Re-visiting childhood

10 May 2014 / 1 Comment / in Children, Family, Motherhood

My 15 year old son at his old playground in Sun Valley this morning (we used to live over the road from this rather dilapted park – now my parents do)


04 Feb 2014 / 1 Comment / in loss, Me, Motherhood

 Those two pink lines They appeared together instantly No need to wait The recommended 1 minute There they were There YOU were A shock. Unexpected. Unplanned. But oh, so wanted In that instant, all I wanted. Yet even then I knew You would not stay Could not stay You were here – but But. Just […]

Chilli Hot Chocolate

teenage boy chilli hot chocolate
13 Aug 2013 / 0 Comments / in Family, Instagram, Motherhood

I was meant to go on a wine tour today but the weather was cold and stormy and the tour was cancelled. As both Raphael and I currently have heads full of snot we ended up staying home together and (sniffing, sneezing and coughing aside) it was a cool day – just the two of us […]

15 today

Raphael Blue 15
22 Jun 2013 / 1 Comment / in Family, Motherhood

My beautiful boy So you’re turning 15. Just writing that makes me get all tearful – silly right? but it’s true. But you know the good part of that is, I’m not tearful because I miss the tiny baby lying next to me in bed before you were old enough to even smile, just looking […]

birthday card from my son

26 Aug 2011 / 8 Comments / in Me, Motherhood, writing

R gave me a handmade card with the following message inside. Of course it made me cry 🙂 Had to share it. “I can’t begin to tell you how much I love and appreciate you. You’ve always been there for me and I have so many memories of you. I remember reading stories in the […]

The Great Big High School Debate

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17 Jun 2011 / 1 Comment / in Family, Motherhood

  UPDATE: Raph was accepted at both schools at which he applied and has chosen to go to Westerford. 🙂 So the time has come. With R turning 13 in less than a week (eee!) the next big decision on our radar is which high school will he go to next year. This particular topic […]


20 Apr 2011 / 4 Comments / in Motherhood

So R seemed happy enough when I collected him but after we dropped off his friend who needed a lift home I asked him how the meeting went and he said it was ‘a total disaster.’ When pressed for details he said that a lot of people came but they seemed to be there for […]

Pride, in the name of love

30 Mar 2011 / 8 Comments / in Motherhood

I find myself once again amazed by my son. Some of you may recall that he hasn’t been his happiest this year, largely due to his being saddled with not the best teacher in the world, who doesn’t like boys and who should perhaps have stayed in retirement instead of coming out of it to […]