Happy birthday Daddy, I miss you and love you.

Apparently today, 15th November, is ‘I love to write day’? No idea who, where, what or why that is, but the date is significant to me as it’s my Dad’s birthday – he would have turned 71. So in honour of the day, I’m going to write briefly about him.

Above is my recent sketch from a favourite photo of him taken on my wedding day in 1994, he is embracing me as I leave to go away on honeymoon (I didn’t include myself in the sketch as it’s the back of my head and big wedding hairdos are hard to draw). I love this photograph but it’s a bitter reminder of how much I have missed his hugs for the past seventeen years.

Continue reading Happy birthday Daddy, I miss you and love you.

20 Quality Christmas Gifts for Teen Boys that Won’t Break the Bank

twenty quality Christmas gifts for teen boysDoes the thought of Christmas gift buying for your teenaged son send you into a bit of a flap / tailspin / panic?! Here, take a deep breath, grab a nice cup of tea and a note pad ‘cos I have some ideas for you. Now that two of my kids are teens with definite ideas about what’s ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’ (blatant rip-off in adult language ) it’s becoming more difficult to find something other than cash or a voucher that will genuinely be appreciated.

So I asked my son to write a Christmas wish list (note it’s not addressed to the jolly bearded fellow) and I’ve compiled a list of ideas with some added suggestions by friends and other bloggers. I hope you find it helpful too.

Disclaimer: Some of the images in this post contain affiliate links to Amazon. If you choose to purchase from Amazon I may receive a small enough commission and anything I make will go towards the upkeep of this site. Click here for my full disclosure policy.

Continue reading 20 Quality Christmas Gifts for Teen Boys that Won’t Break the Bank

The Call to Love our Enemies Exposes our Hearts

You may be familiar with the story of the ‘Good Samaritan’, the one about the good guy who helps his enemy by rescuing his beaten up and bloodied body out of the gutter and paying for his recovery. Do you know the backstory to this story, the brackets before and after, and the reason why Jesus told it in the first place?

See there was this ‘Expert in Religious Law’ asking Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life, which holy law is the most important one of all? Jesus’s response is surprising because he tells that story of the ‘Good Samaritan’.

Continue reading The Call to Love our Enemies Exposes our Hearts

I have two days to finish the October 10k writing challenge!

This past month I have participated in a 10,000 word writing challenge but now there are only two days left and I have just under a thousand words words to write. So that’s grand then, except it’s midterm break which probably means the dialogue in my story over the next two days will be slightly garbled and include sentences like, ‘stop annoooying meee’, and ‘mum mum mum mum’ and ‘when’s dinner’.

Continue reading I have two days to finish the October 10k writing challenge!

What if the whole internet died?

This time last week storm Ophelia blew our electricity and thus our internet away, which basically meant that to all intents and purposes, to us the whole world wide web had disappeared in a puff. Obviously it was still there but because we couldn’t access it, it may as well not have existed at all.

So then after a few agonising moments of not being able to check what the storm was doing to the rest of Ireland via Twitter or Facebook I quickly moved on to worrying about the world inside these four walls and started hunting for candles and sending hubby to dig out a camping cooker so that we could have a hot dinner.

Continue reading What if the whole internet died?