Merging Stuff and Styles

“It is true that the aesthetic turn has led to a frantic search for mystical experiences of all kinds, and to addictive behavor and its accompanying levels of stress. But the abuse of goods underlines their indispensability; it should not lead us to deny their source in God and God’s created purposes. What we cannot do, despite the deviations we prefer, is ignore the turn to style and aesthetics that is so prominent.” William A. Dyrness,Poetic Theology,(35-36) Two lives melding into one. Nothing has been Continue reading →

What’s in a Name?

“Philosophy is really nostalgia, the desire to be at home.” ― Novalis Names have power. Names convey identity. Names mark seasons of life and spaces. Names help you find a sense of ownership or belonging: they mark the beauty and the hope for and within a place (or for a child). Rural properties in Australia commonly have a name that identifies it to the community. Addresses have only recently been changed to numbers that indiciate to emergency services the distance down a particular roads. I Continue reading →

Life is Messy

“The cruel irony of housework: people only notice when you don’t do it.” — Danielle Raine Housework Blues — A Survival Guide Life is messy. People are Messes. And Messy. Do you ever feel that rush of urgency when you find out you’ve got guests coming over, or when the door bell rings at 3pm on a weekday? Do you feel like your home is not clean or tidy enough? Like the afternoon when our neighbour called to check if she could bring by friends Continue reading →

Warming the House: a Liturgy for Home

“Home is the nicest word there is.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder I regard our home as a place of refuge, retreat and sanctuary, and I’m also one to mark milestones with those I love. As far as i’m concerned, we will always keep a bottle of sparkling wine around so that we can celebrate the moments worth celebrating! Liturgy, or a ceremony dedicating your home for the purposes you’ve been thinking about — and depending on your thoughts on theological spiritual matters, to the service Continue reading →

Say Welcome at the Door

“A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home.” – Hermann Hesse “Baume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte” As unscientific as it sounds, Continue reading →

You gotta know what you want to get what you want

So here’s a thing: I’ve lived in at least a dozen different houses, apartments, properties, cottages, on three different continents in the last 14 years (like the beachside studio on the right). For some that will sound like a huge number, and for others I will be barely scraping the surface of the experiences you’ve had in far flung places. It really is a cliche for a reason – Home is what you make of it! Truly, whether renting, sharing, buying, or bunking up our Continue reading →

House v Home

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” L. Frank Baum “Wizard of Oz” What makes a house a home? A house is four walls and a roof. It provides some of our most basic human needs: It keeps out the weather and provides shelter. It is hoped that this physical structure can also provide more of the human needs Continue reading →

31 days to making a house a home!

This has been a huge couple of years of change for me. I moved to the United States of America from Australia in late April 2014 and into a brand new house with my sweet husband, RM. It’s been quite the learning curve for both of us. It is a blank slate of a house — our first together, and first as homeowners — and we’ve been bumbling our way along together. It is said that out of necessity is born creativity. I’ve been thinking Continue reading →

For those times when you or someone who love gets hit by a bus

When was the last time you talked to the ones you love about their wishes regarding their funeral, or who they would want with them if something ever happened to you? Have you ever? One of the sobering realities of being a military family, and one of the things I didn’t expect would cause such introspection is the seriousness with which the military takes encouraging service members to talk with their loved ones about difficult topics. It shouldn’t have surprised me, after all, it is Continue reading →

What My Grandmother Taught me About Living and Dying Well

Shortly before she passed away, I was sitting in my grandmother’s bedroom and talking with her. I asked her – a staunch Catholic who had been receiving communion weekly in her home during her illness – if she wanted me to pray for her, or with her. She said firmly: I have no use for all the extra words. I pray one prayer each day. It’s a simple prayer, but it says everything I need to say to God. I pondered the simplicity and confidence Continue reading →