27 Nov 2015


We have barely recovered from last weeks grade twelve graduation and all its emotional ties , when BOOM,  it's time for our youngest to attend his grade ten semi formal and bid farewell to another year of schooling. That's it for us, our final hoorah to junior high. We are on the home stretch now, only two years to go and we are done.

My youngest boy is all grown up.

From a mischievous toddler...

Into a mature young man with the world at his feet.

He is our 'little old man'. Fifteen going on fifty. Serious most times, but a whole lot of giggles and fun at others. He puts his whole heart and soul into everything that he does.

He makes us so very proud.

Ben, you were the final piece to our family puzzle. A tiny bundle that bought with him so much joy. Though the years have passed by so much quicker than I would have liked, I look forward to watching you continue to grow and strive to achieve all your dreams. The world is your oyster, grab all that you can with both hands and never let go.

Linking up for FYBF with -  With Some Grace

beck xx

25 Nov 2015


Today is white ribbon day.
An international day to raise awareness and prevention in the violence against women.

As I write this I am wiping tears from my eyes, my heart is beating fast, and although calming, my sadness and rage is still quite raw.

I just now finished reading A Mothers Story by Rosie Batty.

I can't even begin to imagine what Rosie, and women just like her go through on a daily basis. The constant fear of what's next, never knowing if they or their children are about to take their last breathe. It sickens me to the core.

I am one of the lucky ones. Growing up in a violent free environment, now married to a wonderful kind and gentle man. Never have I lived in fear. As I said, I am one of the lucky ones.

When I became the mother to four sons, I made it my life's mission to teach my sons right from wrong. To respect all women, to be kind and gentle, to never raise a hand with the intent to strike. To choose their words carefully before they speak and to remember that emotional abuse is just as bad, if not more damaging in some cases then physical violence.
If I have done my job well, and my sons take these values with them into their future, then I know in my heart I have raised them well.

Life Line   131144

Australia - NATIONAL 
1800 RESPECT (1800737732)


NEVER ALONE Luke Batty Foundation


Helping women and children affected by the trauma of family violence.

Today, on white ribbon day, I wish to send an angel out to those who are in need.

RIP Luke Batty

24 Nov 2015


Last week was a huge week. I put blogging on hold while I tackled it one day at a time, both physically and emotionally. I know it sounds all melodramatic, and some may even think me pathetic, but do you ever really stop and think where your life has gone ? How the ticking of a clock is counting down your life in moments ? Like you were there, but now your here and your unsure exactly how this came to be.

I had a few moments like that last week, moments that hit hard. You never realise as a young child just how fast life will pass you by. It only seems like yesterday I was there, that small child at the beginning of life with a path to discover laid out before me, and now I am here, feeling as though I have been rushed through life in the blink of an eye. Just yesterday, or so it seems, I was there, holding my first tiny bundle of joy in my arms, and now I am here, a mother to three graduates and another who in the new year will commence his final two years at school.

How did I get here ?

It hit home really hard on Friday as watched my third son make his way through the farewell arch at the Valedictorian Parade, the final hooray to the class of 2015.

I cried.
Tears of happiness that my cheeky monkey had graduated after years of hard work, and tears of sadness for time passed too quick. It is hard to fathom where the years actually go.

You stood proud my boy, tall and strong. A young man at the beginning of his life, with a path ahead of you just waiting to be discovered. It was both a proud moment for me, and a bittersweet one as I watched you take this moment all in your stride. It is a moment that I will cherish, just like all those other memories that I have tucked away.

I was there... to hold and comfort you for your very first cry.
I was there... for your first smile and your first steps.
I was there... when you first started school.
I was there... when you left.

And no matter what, I will always be there for you whenever you need me.

 I am ever so proud of you Isaac, you have the ability to be whoever and whatever your heart desires. You are strong, dependable and your path to the future looks so bright.

I am so glad that I was there to share this moment with you.

Mum xx

Linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT

beck xx

16 Nov 2015


Its getting hot around these parts, and cooking a hot  meal every night is not high on my agenda. So whether the family likes it or not, salad season has hit and I am enjoying every minute of it.

I love a good old "normal" salad. Lettuce, tomato, cucumber etc. But the boys tend to find that boring and not so "filling" so even though on busy days they are served this during Summer, I need to make the effort to entice them to eat more salads.

Over the weekend, I trotted out a delicious Coleslaw and Salsa. They were a hit, and will be on high rotation  over the Summer break this year....


Cabbage, carrot, onion, celery and beetroot. Finally slice/shred all the raw vegetables and place into a large bowl.


* 1/2 cup of sour cream
* 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
* 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine all the ingredients of the dressing in a bowl, and using a whisk, combine well.

Pour over coleslaw and toss lightly to combine.


Dice cucumber, tomato and avocado and place into a large bowl. Add corn kernels and a tin of chick peas. Stir well to combine.

Two easy peasy salads that are so quick and simple to whip up even at a moments notice.
I served them with marinated chicken wings, slow cooked pulled pork and tortillas.

I hope every on had a wonderful weekend.


beck xx