From Family

The Storm that Almost Destroyed Us

20150128_151649Last year was a stormy year for us. What started as a bright, promising beginning quickly turned dark and we found ourselves riding out the greatest unknown of our lives thus far.

In June, our less than two year old son was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Not just any brain tumor, but a large, rapidly growing one which destroyed his eyesight almost completely in a ridiculously short amount of time.

It took months from the first signs something was wrong, and a lot of pushing from us, for the medical world to find the correct diagnosis, only to discover that had it been a few days longer he would have been permanently blind. A few weeks and… well, I don’t want to go there. read more

Above the Storm

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And he arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea “Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). Mark 4v39

I don’t know about you, but my life’s crazy. I’m a work-from-home mum of three children; 11, 3 and 1. Let’s just let that sink in for a while. My middle child has multiple severe food allergies, (so we carry an anapen around with us wherever we go, just for a start) my one year-old old thinks sleep is for sissies, and my washing pile could seriously be mistaken for Mount Everest. And two days ago, I woke up with my mind racing; thinking about all the stuff I had to do on top of the usual, day-to day ‘mum’ stuff, reminding myself that I had a book release coming up in a matter of weeks. And, just to make things a little more interesting, my three-year old decided that it would be a good day to act completely out of character, and my son to cling to me koala-style like never before. So…with an overwhelmed schedule and a gigantic ‘to do’ list, after first inhaling my coffee, I did what every calm, clear-thinking person would do… read more

The Day that Changed Everything

Today, I am sharing something very personal. Something that, when we talk about faith for stuff, this is the greatest stretch of my faith in my life so far. Forget financial stability, becoming a successful author or even enjoying a happy marriage. THIS is the greatest challenge I have faced.

I will never, NEVER forget the day that we discovered that our beautiful, angel-faced baby girl had multiple severe food allergies.

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Bethany Sophia Grace – the very coolest of surprise gifts from above. The little girl my husband James had always waited for and the second daughter that I never thought I’d have. read more