Miscarriage – the unseen journey

Guest post by Jodie McCarthy Today’s post is by the beautiful Jodie McCarthy. It’s my hope that her story brings us all a little closer to understanding those who struggle through infertility and loss – and that for those of us who are on that journey, that you’d feel a little more heard and slightly…

The Legacy Leavers: Suite of Stories

The subject of infertility – and the struggle and journey it takes so many along on – is made even harder by its tendency to create a ‘them and us’. I’ve felt this weight throughout the past 15 years while I fell pregnant  and gave birth again, raising children for whom I didn’t have to…

One thing that changes the world

Honesty. Raw, unfiltered, vulnerable honesty about life and living and the secrets behind the facade. It changes the world. As a Christian, sometimes I’ve felt required to put up a happy face, to show the world my smile and my shiny life (only after I’ve scrubbed off the debris and shoved the mess back into…

Thoughts on the weight of untold stories

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou Those moments. Those tensions.  You can feel an untold story like a brick in your gut.  It sits there. Silent. Heavy. Un-ignorable. And then the words begin to unravel. Just a line at a time, sometimes only a word.  It…

Honest thoughts from a broken life

My days are often plagued with guilt. Shame. Disappointment with myself. I’m often sorely disappointed with myself. You should be feeling this way, not that way, I’ll whisper to myself. Then the words of judgement continue… Seriously? Why can’t you just enjoy this moment? Or, why are you so anxious? The fact that you’re freaking…

Sam Armytage Thinks She’s Beautiful

“If you don’t think I’m beautiful, then you’re entitled to your opinion (but you’d be wrong).” Sam Armytage When Sam Armytage wrote about the fact that she’s beautiful in Sunday’s edition of Stellar, I was simultaneously shocked, impressed and apprehensive. Shocked because I don’t remember the last time I heard a woman admit that she thinks she’s beautiful, impressed…

The Uncomfortable Story

Sometimes the stories which make us most uncomfortable are the ones which change us. Take The Refugee Project, a collection of refugee stories which will be available in book form (sometime). I am an Anglo Saxon, blonde, blue-eyed 30-something woman who has lived in Australia her whole life. I have never seen war or famine…

Elizabeth Macarthur: A Life at the Edge of the World (BOOK REVIEW)

“Through all the difficulties and trials that beset her path, her Christian spirit shines forth, and in all her letters to her children, with whom she corresponded regularly until her death, there is found no complaining or ill-natured word”. A tribute to Elizabeth Macarthur, written by her granddaughter Every now and then I hear a…

We are The Story Keepers

Sometimes I can be so hard on myself. Sometimes I feel like I need to be able to get everything right, correct and on pointe, first time. Actually not sometimes. Always. While I often say to my kids that failure is an important part of growing and succeeding, I struggle applying that golden nugget to…