Eeeep! A catch up post especially for BlogHer.

I HAVE been blogging daily.  Cross my heart I have!  But I haven't been cross-posting for a little bit, so here's a boring post to link to all the posts I've posted but not cross-posted.  What an awesome sentence!  I promise my posts are better than that.  This.  Did I mention I have a cold? 20th November:  Found:  A book tour....more
I was wondering where you were and you were on my list of people to visit this weekend. Good to ...more

The good, the bad and the ugly of saying goodbye to Grandma.

Grandma leaves today.  I’ve written this post in advance and set it to go live today because I expect I’ll be busy doing goodbye Grandma things today.  And I certainly probably won’t feel like posting tonight.  As you’d expect, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it will be like when Grandma leaves, how things will change around here and what will be good about that and what won’t be good about it.  Grandma’s been here since mid-January and was here, off and on, for about 5 months of TT’s first year as well.  So there’s going to be a lot of adjustments an...more

Photo Friday: Longford and environs, Tasmania.

On Sunday I was doing some Christmas shopping at the Longford Makers Market when I realised that Longford would make a great study for Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.  Sadly TT was ready to go home and I didn’t have my camera with me so the best I could do was knock off some quick snaps using the camera in my phone.  I took the sce...more

Adoption Bloggers Interview Project 2011: Interview with SocialWrkr24/7.

I signed up for the Adoption Bloggers Interview Project being run by Heather over at Production Not Reproduction. This project puts randomly assigned bloggers together to ask each other questions and see what comes up....more

Why every foster parent needs to know about food intolerance. IMO.

In one of my very first posts about food intolerance I flagged that I wanted to write about the significance of food intolerance to foster care.  I’m just now getting around to it.  Reflecting on where we were at Christmas last year has re-ignited my passion for evangelizing about food intolerance and this is something I feel needs to be really spelt out.  I’m going to try t...more

A Tale of Two Christmases: Part 1.

This is the first of two posts I’m writing for the Christmas Blog Hop hosted over at Cooking for Oscar, a wonderful recipe blog for food intolerance....more
That poor little girl! (And poor you!) I cannot imagine how frustrating and heartbreaking that ...more

Adoption Reading Challenge 2011: Brother and Sister by Joanna Trollope.

A while ago I discovered the Adoption Reading Challenge being run this year over at Chronicles of Munchkin Land.  I wrote then about how I had left it too late to participate this year but as a coincidence I was about to read Brother and Sisterby Joanna Trollope.   Earlier this week I read the b...more

National Adoption Awareness Week 2011: a spray.

Did you realise it’s been National Adoption Awareness Week, this week in Australia?  I didn’t either, until I noticed it mentioned in a tweet on Monday and followed the links.  I’ve already blogged in response to National Adoption Awareness Month in the U.S., but I’ve been sitting on this post all week and writing and re-writing it as the week’s events have unfolded....more

Photo Friday: Pipers River, Tasmania.

Please feel free to visit this photo post on my blog....more

What’s in a name?

I was recently sent a link to this research project looking at the meanings and significance of family name choices in Australia.  I love social research, especially qualitative stuff like this that looks closely at particular issues and uncovers rich social meanings.  I will always say yes to doing a survey, focus group or interview if asked.  I love that my views go to make up the larger body of knowledge about what people think (and do) about stuff....more