Raising whole girls.

These girls of mine! Oh my heart. When little sister arrived earthside we had a blue blanket and a pink blanket ready to go. There were already 3 boys in our home at that point and big sister ran into the room, on seeing the pink blanket wrapped around the tiny bundle she exclaimed to…

I’ve thought about becoming a foster carer…

Have you said those words? Googled how to become a carer? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. There is a incredible wide gap between the number of submissions for information and the number of people who follow through with an application. So what stops people? Fear. Particularly, the fear of the unknown. It isn’t the only…

How do you Honour a Mother that isn’t Mothering?

I woke up this morning and went into his room. There he is! Wide eyed, big smile, eager to start the day. He calls out “Mumma! Stinky’” as my nose adjusts to the stench that fills the room. I can not help but wonder on a day that is made to thank Mother’s if the…

A vulnerable child?

The term ‘vulnerable’ has been throw around a lot in recent months. As a global community we have banded together, locked ourselves away, watched as businesses have come to a halt, in a combined effort to ensure that the ‘vulnerable’ in our society are given a chance to live. When I speak of a taking…

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Each May I delve a little more in depth to the heart of foster care. If you have followed Our Family Grows for any length of time you will know that this isn’t just something we talk about, we have a passion to see each and every child reach their God given potential and sometimes…

A visit to Gallipoli, Turkey, for Anzac Day

Almost 106 years ago, young men set off from our shores on an Adventure of a lifetime. Little did they know the horrors that awaited them. Many didn’t make it back and none returned the man that they left. While we didn’t wake and stand on our driveway on Saturday morning to mark the anniversary…

Mexico!

This weekend we went to our favourite place to eat! Mexico! Coincidentally it coincided with the anniversary weekend of when the husband and I first met, in a Mexican neighbourhood of Chicago, doing a service project together. Tacos, Burritos and Horchata have always had a special place in our heart, and by the end of…

Easter in Israel

We continued our world tour with a pilgrimage stopover in Israel as we celebrate that Jesus has Risen. The experience of spending the weekend learning, eating, creating and remembering those last days and moments of Jesus’ life, and then all that has followed in the Holy land was an Easter to remember. As it was…

Is it really a Good Friday?

I’m hiding. Literally. Grabbed my glass of wine and I’ve stepped outside at 5:30pm….with a house full of kids. I can still hear the yelling. Miss 5 loosing it because we dared asked her to clean up her bedroom floor. The toddlers thinking her screaming is a game and they have jumped on their motorbikes…

Around the world weekends. First stop? China.

After our first weekend in quarantine I knew we needed a plan! Our weekends are usually busy with multiple kids sports, Ark gatherings, footy games and a little bit of free time. Suddenly all of those things weren’t available to take up the hours and we have already hang out at home during the week!…