Category Archives: whanau

  1. Advent in Art with He Qi: The Visitation

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    7 December 2014 by thaliakr

    Mary and Elizabeth look more serious than usual in He Qi's painting of their meeting. Read more at as part of your Advent journey

    A warm welcome to this year’s Advent in Art series, where we join thousands of others in contemplating artistic works …
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  2. The Sacrament of Breastfeeding #6: Mastitis and the Trinity


    23 November 2014 by thaliakr

    'Dance Rhythm' Sculpture by John Brown

    Welcome! This is a reworking of an earlier post, from March 2013 (just so I’m not soliciting undue sympathy: I’m …
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  3. Making Parenting Easier #1: 12 Ideas to Make You Feel Better


    5 August 2014 by thaliakr

    Some great ideas to make life easier as a parent |

    This is part of a series aiming to help us all go easier on ourselves and make our parenting lives …
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  4. Other People’s Grandkids [Guest]


    8 February 2014 by thaliakr

    A warm welcome today to my good friend Rob Kilpatrick, who wrote this reflection on Facebook yesterday and let me …
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  5. 8 Essential Tips for Supporting a Pregnant Woman


    24 January 2014 by thaliakr

    I often tell my husband he needs to write a book about how to be an awesome partner to a …
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  6. A Northern and Southern Christmas Treat


    26 December 2013 by thaliakr

      About a third of you, Gentle Readers, are based in the Northern Hemisphere, where the church calendar was born …
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  7. When the State Breaks Up Families


    26 June 2013 by thaliakr

    I had a nightmare recently, where my husband and I were both sent to prison – separate prisons. I don’t …
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  8. I Love My Job

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    30 April 2013 by thaliakr

    The disclaimers and hedges can wait. I just feel like saying how much I like my job as SBJ’s mama. …
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  9. The Surname Problem


    22 March 2013 by thaliakr

    The Surname Problem (and our solution) | | photo credit: Kelly Newland Photography

    My lovely cousin Scott recently visited the grave of my great-great-great-grandfather, the last of my Drysdale ancestors to be buried …
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  10. How It Is #7: The Fog Is Lifting


    18 February 2013 by thaliakr

    A story of gradual recovery from postnatal / postpartum depression |

    For the first time in 16 months, the fog is lifting. I am feeling ‘normal’ over half the time now, …
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