Recently I was sitting in a group of maybe 200 people who were asked if they were artists, and only four people raised their hand. I was one of the four ‘artists’ who put their hand up. Can I paint or sculpt or dance? No, not at all. Yet I am an artist, because at … More We are all artists
My daughters as a part of their reading development are both learning to infer the meaning of what the writer is saying. I guess inferring means reading between the lines to gain a better understanding. Over the years I hope to teach them the importance of finding the implication of what the writer is saying. … More Learning to do
We all have expectations of the people around us. We have an expectation that our spouse will do certain things. We have expectations on our kids, our bosses, our staff and even expectations on people we barely know. And when people don’t live up to our expectations we get annoyed, frustrated and even angry. This … More Unspoken Expectations
The noise in the back seat calms as Cape Reinga draws near. The squabbling turns to conversation about the lighthouse … the ocean … and the sea. Adventure for our family waits. Our family value of adventure has drawn us here. A desire to explore and learn and have fun (despite another full day in … More Life is an adventure, and adventure is defined by you.
Happy New Year and welcome to the year of 12. Because it’s the year 12, and because there are 12 months in the year, why not have a 12 list? A 12 list is kind of like a bucket list but easier, and just for the year. I think the idea beats new years resolutions … More Twelve : 12 memorable things for the 12 months of the year 12.
347|365 My Dad – A poem by Talia (8) written and read at Fathers Day Service at CBC. 'Have you ever seen a grey haired man walking down the street? Perhaps in work clothes going to buy himself a treat? Well I have! Did he look… Awesome, Amazing, Friendly, Competitive, Comforting and Special? That’s my … More 347|365 My Dad – A poem by Talia read at Fathers Day Service at CBC.
We have family night (meeting) on Sunday nights. As you can see from the photo the kids are 100% engaged the whole time and really enjoy the interaction and discussion that we have.
Took J to his first school disco. He was eally shy and he reminded me of me. It was really interesting to watch him slowly build in confidence over the course of the night. I was thinking about how confidence often comes from experience. The more you do something, the more you push into areas … More 275 |365 – Confidence
I took Jayden to kindy for his second to last day as I was travelling on his last day. Realised that this is it, Kindy is over for me. 😦 Maybe one day I will get to go to grandparents day at kindy, but for now it is done.
Star Wars, X-men and soon even Lord of the Rings will all share one thing in common; Prequel’s. Prequels are the story before the central story, the journey of characters and lives that connected and ultimately lead to the finale. This shot is of the basic storyboard for ‘Jesus: The Prequel’, coming to a … More 240 |365 Storyboard to ‘The Prequel’
I took this photo while I was exasperating daughter. While the shot is random and not normal and partially blurry due to the light, I like the colours and effect. Above all I love her smile and think its beautiful. Pete Murray’s song, Smile, says ‘I have seen days When your smile goes on … More 236 |365 Smile
“Come around an get your feet under the table,” Jack would say. What my mentor from 20 years ago meant by that was, ‘come around, sit at our table, enjoy Grace’s home cooking, and lets talk or chew the fat together’. Long meals, great food & drink, laughter, discussion, debate, hospitality, genuineness, caring and love. … More 232 |365 Food that connects us.
A miniature field, a smaller ball, tiny goals and two groups of four boys bunched around the ball. That’s 4 to 5 year old soccer. It was our first cold, rainy day of the soccer season. The grass fields combine with the rain to create mud and havoc for the boys as the trip over … More 220 |365 HRFC Mustangs Supporters Club
An awesome 40th birthday with my wife and kids. Up at 5am for the ANZAC day dawn parade. It was a still misty poignant setting and a reminder that “freedom is never free”. Someone must always pay the price for freedom. In the evening we headed out to Raglan to watch the sun set on … More 214|365 My 40th
Behind these doors are warmth and shelter Behind these doors are comfort and empathy Behind these doors are amusement and joy Behind these doors is home Behind these doors is love