Grateful for Boys, Blogs, Bali… and Booze!

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 session with Fiona Lumsdaine today and it was a hoot. I need some new piccies as my current ones are a few years old and don’t show off my new wrinkles.  I’ve earned those wrinkles and I’m damn proud of ‘em.

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Off To Darwin for an Autism Info Day

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 Awareness team always focuses on really practical support.

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The Death of My Dad – Grateful for Peace + Acceptance

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 were many times I didn’t think of him fondly when he was alive.
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Grateful for Sheer Good Luck

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 as you’ve got the ticket, you’re in it and you might just win it.

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The Old Trolls – My Real Mothers’ Group

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** is my mothers’ group, the contemporaries whose kids are like my kid, whose lives were turned topsy turvy like mine was, who now share the  experience of parenting a teenager on the autism spectrum.
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Jervis Bay Family Fun – Five Kid-Friendly Favourites

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 with a friend and our two sets of five year old twins.

And there couldn’t be a better place to holiday with young children.

Joining Maxabella Grateful linky today, much gratefulness to the universe and especially to my Intn’l Man of Mystery whose mysterious and international ways mean this little slice of heaven is a second home for us.  Lucky, lucky.
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Grateful To Have Lived in Pakistan

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 fled for their lives.
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Grateful My Husband is Here Not There

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 28:28 rotation ie 28 days straight work then 28 days off. Travel days are part of the days off, boo hoo.

So my Intn’l Man of Mystery would generally be away for four and a half weeks and then home for three and a half weeks. Overall, he liked it, the black and whiteness of it.  He was either working or with the family, no overlap.

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Just popped over to Sophia’s

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. You’ll find out why.

Anyway, I have popped over for a metaphorical cuppa to Sophia’s blog today, she asked me to write about five books of influence, so I did.

These include the book I didn’t want to read whilst my brother was in prison, but did anyway, and the book that saves my life on a regular basis.   And you can read my list, right here.