Grateful Mum

Grateful for Boys, Blogs, Bali… and Booze!

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Tonight I am feeling very grateful… most acutely right at the minute, I’m so grateful that it’s Friday night and that the week is over. A wee glass of wine and some big boys watching ‘The Blues Brothers.”  It’s all good. But a few other things too: Fun with a Photographer I had a photo […]

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Off To Darwin for an Autism Info Day

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Just a quick hello and goodbye from me today.  I am flying up to Darwin with a group from the charity Autism Awareness to speak at tomorrow’s Autism Info Day. Aussie Helpers Children’s Fund has been sponsoring Autism Info Days in regional centres.  People really appreciate a day of talking and sharing, and the Autism […]

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The Death of My Dad – Grateful for Peace + Acceptance

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On my father’s gravestone, the inscription begins: ‘With love we remember David McDonald Smith Builder, musician and sailor.’ Dad passed away two years ago this week so I have been thinking about him a lot.  And about IT ALL. I’m so grateful that I can say today that he truly is remembered with love.  There […]

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Grateful for Sheer Good Luck

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You can get into a real philosophical discussion about it… are people lucky or do you make your own luck? Hmmmm…… Like most things in life, I reckon that there’s little black and white in making your own luck, it’s all shades of grey. Except when it comes to raffles. That’s just luck. So long […]

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The Old Trolls – My Real Mothers’ Group

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Mothers’ Groups are an Australian institution, but one that can cause mixed feelings amongst those of us whose children turn out not to fit the ‘norm.’ I’m going out to see the Old Trolls tonight, and I can’t wait.  Our monthly get-togethers are the highlight of my scintillating* social life. You see, the Old Trolls** […]

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Jervis Bay Family Fun – Five Kid-Friendly Favourites

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This post has been updated to Our Favourite Things To Do In Jervis Bay With Kids, click here… there are 21 things there… and counting!! Here are the fave five things from 2011….. Oh, I have a lot to be grateful for today.  I’m driving down to lovely Jervis Bay to spend a long weekend […]

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Grateful To Have Lived in Pakistan

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How lucky are we all to live in Australia?  This post was inspired by watching the SBS series ‘Go Back To Where You Came From.’ I’m very sympathetic to people who want to come to Australia for a better life.  Hello?  That’s why I came here, isn’t it?  I’m even more sympathetic to people who have […]

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Grateful My Husband is Here Not There

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Of course, when one’s husband is an International Man of Mystery, it goes with the territory that he travels. But travelling for work can get out of hand. Take 2010 and 2011 when he did a rotation in Yemen. In the oil industry, a rotation is a common thing in more dodgy locations. He did a […]

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Just popped over to Sophia’s

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Have you visited Sophia Whitfield’s blog yet? Sophia is a publisher of children’s picture books and mother of five. If you are interested in children’s literature or publishing it’s well worth keeping an eye on her writing. Likewise if you have an interest in disability, especially in cerebral palsy, Sophia is the girl for you. […]

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