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Well, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2019 was another big year for this humble little blog and I went past 2.6 million views since starting in 2010

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2019 will be your best year yet.

I now have written over 2,500 posts on this blog since I launched and here are the 10 posts that have generated the most traffic in 2019: Read the rest of this entry »

One of my annual goals is to read 25 books on my trusty kindle, and this year has been another year of learning and entertainment from some terrific writers.

I try to read a variety of genres and authors, ensuring that I don’t become too insular, whilst maintaining my knowledge in areas of life that are important and interesting to me.

So, of the 25 books that I read in 2019, here are my top 10: Read the rest of this entry »

Those sparkly lights that I see as I walk around my neighbourhood, all point to a wonderful celebration.

As do the trees with angels and stars on top.

All of the music and singing.

The smiles on children’s faces as they anticipate the big day.

The gift giving and receiving.

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Logan, Hayden and Madison all ready for their first day at their new school

It’s that time of year again when we send and receive Christmas cards and letters with updates from friends and family, so in that spirit here is the annual message from our tribe.

2019 has been a year of massive change for our family, with our big move to Bendigo after a change of roles for me.  The kids have displayed extraordinary resilience as they have said goodbye to their friends and started attending a new school.  Their transition to our new life has been truly remarkable. We have bought half an acre here in Bendigo and are excited about the prospect of building our dream family home there, along with a pool for the kids. Read the rest of this entry »

This is post number 2,500 on this blog.

What started originally as a way to stop wasting my evenings has turned into an obsessive exercise that has resulted in over 500,000 words and 2.5 million views.

I’ve written from hospital beds and hotel rooms, with nothing (so far) getting in my way of delivering something every weeknight for the past 9 and a half years.

It has taken a lot of effort and there are times when I wonder how much longer I can keep going for.  Do I have the time, the ideas, the energy?  So far, the answer has been yes.

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All ready for a tree change

We have a very exciting announcement to make.

In a couple of weeks time, I will be starting a new job which will mean that we will be moving to Bendigo in central Victoria.  For my international readers, Bendigo is a lovely regional city of about 140,000 people, much smaller than the ever-growing city of Melbourne (almost 5 million), where I have lived for most of my adult life.

It’s a huge move for us as it means that we will need to move house (obviously), schools, church, local sporting teams, Karen’s job and a range of other significant changes.  Thankfully, Karen’s sister’s family live in Bendigo and their presence and friendship will make the transition much easier.

Why are we doing this?

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Madison pacing me in a local parkrun

For the past few years, I’ve been conscious of my poor level of fitness.  As a father of three very active kids, it was getting harder and harder to keep up with them.

A daily regime of religiously walking 10,000 steps over the past 3-4 years has helped slightly, but I still had a long way to go.

Through a series of circumstances, a few months ago I found myself standing at the start line of a local 5km parkrun. Parkruns are a fantastic initiative that enables people to run, walk (or in my case hobble) for 5km early on a Saturday morning. You register for a barcode and are able to track your times, giving an incentive to continually improve.  Best of all it’s free!

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Today is Good Friday.

As a Christian, it’s a wonderful opportunity for reflection.

On this day, we remember that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sacrificed His life for us in the ultimate act of love.

As a consequence, of His death and resurrection on the third day, we have an opportunity to be reconciled to God.

What extraordinary, boundless love.

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This Valentine’s Day marks 24 years since Karen and I started dating.

In those 24 years, we have shared many momentous moments.

Moving states, changing careers, raising kids.

We’ve celebrated milestones, debated options and gone through the fire together.

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Well, here we are again, at the end of another year.

2018 was another big year for this humble little blog and I went past 2.3 million views since starting in 2010

Thanks everyone for your support this year, I really appreciate all of you and trust that 2019 will be your best year yet.

I now have written over 2,250 posts on this blog since I launched and here are the 10 posts that have generated the most traffic in 2018: Read the rest of this entry »

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