Welcome to my blog!
My name is Liz and I live in Australia. I am the Mum of 4 children – 2 amazing sons (22 & 20) and 2 beautiful daughters (27 & 19), who I raised alone for 12 years (their father moved to the USA not long after we divorced). I am also the “other mother” of 5 daughters (23, 20, 18, 16, 14), Nanna of 2 (May 2010 & December 2011) and wife of Michael (December 2009), journeying through the complexities of life & parenting with its joys and heartbreaks.
I love God, my family, music, reading, photography, long walks, warm weather, the beach and spending time with family and friends. I have a teaching degree but I lost the passion for teaching in 2006 and moved into Administrative roles in Universities. I am currently off work due to health reasons – I have nerve damage in my shoulders, arms and right leg as a result of a car accident in November 2009. I suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis, Neuropathic Pain, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and 2 heart conditions.
This blog was started as a place to journal my thoughts, vent my frustration, and share my journey of the heartbreak of my oldest son, a recovering drug addict, and my youngest daughter who fell prey to anorexia at age 17. This is my story, which I hope and pray has a happily ever after…
This blog is dedicated to the 4 precious gems entrusted into my care:
- My oldest daughter, who loves the Lord and who is so beautiful, talented, kind, loving, and giving. She has battled through adversity (family breakdown & rejection). However, she excelled in the athletic arena, achieved academically, set goals, dreamed dreams and persevered and trusted God for them to come to pass. Her patience in waiting for God’s timing, not hers, has also led her to be happily married to an amazing young man of God.
- My oldest “prodigal son”, who is strong, intelligent, loving, caring, and has so much to offer others. Gifted academically, musically & as an athlete; he struggled severely through adversity (family breakdown & rejection) and his inner demons drove him into the downward spiral of drug addiction. He desperately needs to accept the love of his family & God’s unending love for him; and come “home” to the arms of his forgiving Mum who loves him more than he knows or understands.
- My youngest son, who is the peacemaker, loves life and lives it to the fullest, intelligent, loyal, loving, caring and affectionate. In spite of the adversity he has experienced (family breakdown & rejection), he has achieved excellence in the academic and sporting arenas. He highly values family & friends and stands up for what he believes in. I am praying and believing that he will turn back to God.
- My youngest daughter who is beautiful, strong, amazing, talented, loving, compassionate, thoughtful and gentle. She has struggled through the trauma of family breakdown, rejection and is battling anorexia – the demon who seeks to destroy her. She has excelled in the academic, sporting and arts arenas. She has a heart for God and others. I am praying that she will see herself as God sees her and, as everyone else sees her – beautiful, worthy and acceptable.