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From Pittsburgh to Melbourne
Mom to four, follower 'round the globe (sometimes enthusiastic, other times reluctant) of my husband, christian, teacher and writer
Interests: British Literature, Travel, Education, Cultural Studies, Faith
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I returned Monday from my seventh trip to Melbourne, a visit that reaffirmed for me that it is a city that will always remain close to my heart. I will share several photos in this post, but many of the best parts of the trip were not captured with a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
I have started writing a post that describes my recent trip to Melbourne. I will probably finish it, but right now the words seem a bit ho-hum. That's likely due to the fact that the post is more or less a blow-by-blow description of where I went and what I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
Thanks Teresa! This year has truly been easier than last year, and we are so very grateful.
Toggle Commented May 18, 2016 on End of Another School Year at The Plunge Down Under
It's the middle of May, and that means many things for American moms of school-age kids. The first word that comes to mind is hectic. That might be why I am taking a minute or two today to stop, take a deep breath and gird my loins for what is... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
We buried my grandma today. The crowd of friends and relatives that gathered both last night and today is testament to the many people that loved her. In this post I will share a few pictures, plus the text of the talk that I gave at her funeral. My grandma... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
The fervent hopes of our youngest child were granted this week with a day off from school due to winter weather. The brutal combination of rain, freezing rain, and snow arrived with impeccable timing at the tail end of what was already a three day weekend. After a relaxing Monday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
In honor of Australia Day, here's a post I wrote nearly two years ago: Dear Australia, You and I had a rough beginning. I had never thought about you much until R came home one day and rocked my world by telling me there was a great job opportunity for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
Our last full day with our Australian friends before they headed back to Melbourne dawned gray and bleak. I am pretty sure the weather managed to achieve the maximum level of bleakness possible for a sun-less day in January in Pittsburgh. Around about 3pm we congregated around the dining room... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
When we lived in Melbourne, we spent so much of our time sightseeing around Australia that locals joked with us that we knew their country better than they did. There may have been some truth to those claims. We were certainly motivated to see as much as possible, and it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at The Plunge Down Under
Five years ago, the word Australia was the elephant in the room. I had forbidden my husband to mention it ever again, particularly in front of my family. The word itself signified for me not so much the stereotypical images of kangaroos hopping in the Outback or surfers on Bondi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
I am checking in between loads of laundry to say hello and post a few pictures from the past two months. At the end of my last post I hinted at reunions to come, and even as I type our Australian friends wait in the Denver airport to board their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Blogging works best when it's done frequently. I find that the longer I wait between posts, the harder it is to write one. But today seems like a good day to try. For starters, it's a gorgeous autumn day, one of my all-time favorite kind of weather days. The air... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Thanks so much, Marilyn, for the kind words and the update on Joyce. Please tell her that Sophie's arm has healed completely as far as we can tell and give her our love and warm wishes.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2015 on Back to School, Me Included at The Plunge Down Under
It's that time of year again. For most North American parents the end of August means an end of one season and the beginning of another. Lazy mornings, mid-morning smoothies, afternoon trips to the pool, and late evening strolls are over. Instead we will be making lunches, overseeing homework and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
It's been way too long since we spent time in the Ottawa area. Hopefully soon!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2015 on Summer from my Phone at The Plunge Down Under
Love them or hate them, smartphones contain amazing cameras. Here are a few moments that have ended up on my phone this summer--most of them taken by me, but others texted to me by family and friends. His dad said "Yes" to Fairy Floss--He knew which parent to ask. They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Ha. I never thought about it that way, but you are right. Quiet did indeed make me talk.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2015 on Summer Reads at The Plunge Down Under
This summer for me has been a summer of books. I had the goal of writing up book reviews for all of the books on my current reading list, but I don't think that will happen anytime soon. Instead, here is a list of the books I have read lately,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
These were taken on Harvey Lake, near Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2015 on A Canadian Summer at The Plunge Down Under
Loons calling, petals waving, fish nibbling, children casting, lake water lapping, branches sighing, grandparents smiling, wisteria climbing, berries ripening, cousins squealing, wood stacking, oars dipping, bald eagle swooping, marshmallows roasting, sun sinking, twilight lingering, flowers glowing, rocks gleaming, flies biting, stars blinking. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
A broken arm in the middle of summer holidays is not a welcome event. In addition to the initial physical pain there is the disappointment of interrupted plans. Swimming, amusement parks, and sports leagues are all out, and even, in the case of our daughter, the cancellation of a week... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
The beds have been stripped, air mattresses deflated, the dining table reduced to a pitiful size, and the washing machine and dishwasher kept very busy after yet one more round of early morning good-byes. We should be good at this by now, I think, but the house seems strangely empty... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Fewer things are more American than baseball, at least that's what we decided when we came up with an itinerary for our Australian friends during their visit to Pittsburgh . We checked the Pirates schedule, and happily discovered that not only were they home over the fourth of July, they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under
Thank you! I put that waffle picture in there just for you Shanda! I'm glad you saw it.
We decided to take our Australian visitors to Fallingwater for their first official sightseeing jaunt in the Pittsburgh area. Designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture." It certainly is impressive, particularly when viewed from the vantage point in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2015 at The Plunge Down Under