Milestones of a Parent

Hello all,

Time flies when I am settling back into school & work routines, and the added adventure of seeing my firstborn off on the beginning of his solo adventure.

Well, tell you what – allowing myself the freedom to grieve when I feel very sad is healthy.   I had a big day of tears when the reality of my firstborn leaving hit me.  I have then been able to be pro-active in seeking what I needed to overcome those feelings of loneliness.  I am very blessed to have a husband who supports me in every way possible.  When I was able to recognize the desire to go to Melbourne with my son on the weekend he was leaving, I had his support and that of my son (he knew I was only staying for the weekend, and then mum would be out of his hair).

I had a wonderful time with my son and his dad.  I loved being in the big city for a couple of days!  I got to see where he will be living and where he will be going to school, which is great for me because I get a “feel” for a place when I am physically there.  His neighborhood sat well with me.  Plus we got to ride the train and tram lines that he will be taking to and from school.  Then we did the shopping for a few bits and pieces that will help him get started with cheap, but nutritious meals that he should be able to cook himself.

So I am a happy Mummy.  Still miss him, but now I can embrace the logic that tells me that this process is a normal and healthy part of him growing into a mature man and living his own life.  Though I did tell the other children when I got back home, “new rule – no one leaves home.”

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Missing him already

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Hi,

My firstborn son is off to the Mainland of Australia to begin his education and then hopefully career in animation.

I was determined that I wouldn’t cry on his last day with us…but alas, my emotions had other plans.  I always thought that I wouldn’t be that mother who would be all soppy over my children leaving the nest.  I want the best for them.  I want them to spread their wings and fly.  (But perhaps there was an unknown desire to fly with them).

Or perhaps it is the hit-you-in-the-face knowledge that this is the beginning of the end.  The end of seeing this beloved person as much as I want.  Of being involved in their Life.  I know I am sounding over dramatic, but at this moment in time, this is how it FEELS.

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So for you young mums, please take heed, with the love I intend…

Time does go so quickly.

When I was surrounded with babies and toddlers, I couldn’t hear that message from older mothers.  I was knee deep in wee, poop, mashed up food in my hair, barely time to have a shower, let alone coordinate my outfit, and these older mothers were smiling affectionately at my little mess-makers longing for the those times again.  I would smile on the outside and wish privately on the inside for the time to move along quicker, because I felt like I was drowning.

But here I am on the other side and you know what?  It does go quick, especially once they hit school.  So… try to ignore the mess, have lots of adventures with them and savour the moments, good and bad, because they PASS.

One positive out of this is to remind me to make the most of each and every day with those I love and love me.  So on that note, I am bidding you “G’day” and “See u”.

Until next time,

Laura

the knowledge bowl: Dear thepublicblogger, why did you follow my blog?

Being new to the world of blogging, I cam across this refreshing answer to the question “Why did you follow my blog?”
The answer inspired me to choose to be a romantic optimist over bitter critic of humanity for Today. Kendal’s eloquent musings remind me that not everyone is out to…use me, sell me something, promise me the moon and deliver nada.
So thank you Kendall Person.
Sincerely,
Laura

The Neighborhood

Dear thepublicblogger, why did you follow my blog?

dear thepublicblogger

Dear thepublicblogger: First I want to thank you for following my blog. I could be cynical and say maybe you just did it, so that I would follow yours, but hopefully that is not the case. I am one to always believe the best about people first so I’m going to remain optimistic (although, I am glad to follow yours, because I am enjoying it quite a bit). –  cynical optimist

Dear cynical optimist:  I do not think you are being cynical in the least by inquiring the reasons for my joining your community. Cynicism would come into play if you did not ask. ‘Following’ is a common term used throughout social media, but here, we are neighbors. The cynic would be partially correct, but, in this case, a real cynic would not have obtained a season pass. The cynic would have…

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Aussie Pub Dinner Made at Home

Morning from Down Under.

Last night I made a Chicken, Mushroom and Cheese Pie with Spicy Baked Wedges and Garden Salad.  I also made a Garlic Aioli sprinkled with fresh chives from the garden.

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I really enjoyed the process, plus I had my teenage son helping me, which is quality time I enjoy.  I sprinkled the pies with egg and a Tasmanian Pepperberry Spice.  I also thought it would be interesting to serve them still in their pots.  After all the creativity doesn’t end when the oven turns off.  The dish needs to be visually appealing as well, don’t you think?

The pies were big enough for each one of us, plus after eating my salad and wedges, I could only manage half a pie.  You could use a muffin tin as well.  But I had bought these little spring form pans for a different project and they had then been sitting in drawers. (They measure 4″ or 10cm in diameter.)  I wanted to find more uses for them.  I think I have!  It was a treat for all of us!

Chicken, Mushroom & Cheese Pie

1 Leek, finely sliced,  2 garlic cloves, minced,  200g mushrooms, finely sliced, 2 TBsp olive oil, salt and pepper to season, 1 Tsp sage,  550g chicken mince,  250g light cream cheese,  3 sheets shortcrust pastry, 3 sheets puff pastry, 1 egg, beaten, cracked black pepper to sprinkle on pies.

Preheat oven to 210*C.  Put leek, garlic, and mushroom in a large frying with oil, set over high heat and season with salt and pepper.  Cook until well softened.  Mix in sage, mince and cheese.

Spray a 12 hole muffin tin or 6 larger spring form pans with oil.  Line each with shortcrust pastry.  Allow pastry to overhang edges.  Fill holes with chicken and mushroom mixture, then top with rounds of puff pastry.  Press edges with fork to seal.  Brush tops with egg and sprinkle with black pepper.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and crisp.

Play vs. Technology

Just back from camping on the northern coast of Tasmania.  It was so beautiful!  The weather was perfect.  The kids played and used their imagination, instead of wasting it in front of an electronic device.  They swam, biked, played board games, visited friends, cooked, helped with dishes, and fell into bed each night.  I loved that without TV, Wii, PS… the kids found plenty to do and were happy.

In our family there is a constant battle to define  the boundaries of duration for anyone to be hooked up to an electronic device (we, the parents want to narrow, the kids want to widen). Yes, we are part of those parents who work at limiting the amount of time our kids spend (waste) on electronic devices.  But, man, it was a lot easier when we were camping – no devices.

We get home and bam! that is where the kids want to be.  And as we bloggers know 5 minutes sitting in front of our computers updating just that one little detail can turn into hours…

So the question for today is –

How do we thrive in today’s modern, technologically advanced culture, while still connecting with our neighbour?

Hello World!

Well, I have begun my foray into blogging.

I would like to let you know that I couldn’t pick just one topic to write about.  The research I did on blogging, told me to pick a topic and to focus on that one thing, to give value.

I thought about that…then I thought I just need to be me and I am interested in many things.

I am a follower of Christ, wife, mother, connoisseur of fabric, photography novice, house designer, chef in my home, and wanna-be-world-traveler, just to begin the list.

So let’s get together regularly and share our stories of Everyday Life by Everyday Women…

Hope to hear from you soon,

Laura

2014

A New Year…full of possibility.  

Today though is what I have.   I an no longer in yesterday and Tomorrow hasn’t yet happened.  Today is where I am.

I intend to live in Today…thoroughly.