Tuesday, June 18, 2019


This month has probably been the worst month of 2019, mentally .. and there have been some son-of-a-bitch months this year. This is obvious in the lack of happy family blog posts thus far. It’s been up and down. Changes in the dynamics of a family have been nuclear this half of the year. I'm still weary of who I trust right now, but I love harder than I think and that's a struggle most days.

Work politics make me hate the work place, but it gives me something to do daily.

I am tired.
Tired of work so I'm glad that we're in the last 2 weeks of the term. Tired of the politics there and co-workers who take advantage and make things harder for the rest of us there who are there to do our jobs.

Tired of drama.

Tired of Hubba's school and their approach to anti-bullying.

Tired of a ward that has been sitting on the launch-pad since three Bishops ago.
Tired of the cliques in the ward.
Tired of the indirect judgement.

President Nelson, in a General Conference talk, spoke of the sister in his ward when he was Bishop who struggled with church participation because of the people in it. The cliques. The judgementals. The part-timers. The non-singers. She was ready to quit when he challenged her one day. Her challenge was that when she got to church on Sunday, head straight to the kitchen and fill up a spoon with water and walk around the chapel twice without spilling any water. So she did. He asked her later during church hours if she saw any of the people she complained about, to which she responded, "I was too busy trying not to drop any water from the spoon".

This is why I go to church.
For the water in the spoon.

Two things kept me happy this weekend.
Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Happy Winter.

You don't know your own inner strength until you are faced with holding up the strongest person you know.

May June slip away quietly into the pool of distant memories.

Happy Winter Internets.
It's the most wonderful time of the year in the Southern Hemisphere for two reasons.

1. The Cold.
2. Rugby.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Winter is here.

Happy June Internets.
There's been a lot of death in the rohe lately. There's been a lot of reflection. There's been an abundance of red in the community, but the church is true.

New Zealand's second temple site was announced a few weeks ago when the Prophet did his Pacific tour. It's close to my sister's house voiding the Hamilton temple for us because of accommodation.

We're wrapping up a long weekend in the country where we observed the Queen's birthday. The only Queen that is worth mentioning is my Mum, who was 60 on Saturday. We drove to Auckland to spend the weekend with sister and her family. We had a birthday dinner on Saturday and beat the snow home on Sunday. A good, but quick break away.

Today we chilled.
Tomorrow is work again.
4 more weeks til Term 2 is over.
It's been the worst term yet.

Summer part 2

Nessa envisioned this shoot with my nephew Ellis. They pulled it all together very well. Hubs was supposed to be in it, but got stage fright...