Celebrating the small stuff!

Dear Rosie,

Loved your last post, it made me smile 🙂 So while I’ve been sitting here waiting for something exciting (and big) to happen, it occurs to me that sometimes it’s worth taking the time to celebrate the small stuff.

I guess that’s one of the things I love most about being a Mum – the thousands of little gorgeous moments. To mention just a few recent ones:

  • the OverAchiever coming first in the inter-school cross country. It wasn’t just the win, it was the determined look on her face watching her stride along with the next competitor some 100 metres in her wake. And then the hug she gave me after she finished.
  • Watching you on the footy and soccer fields running your legs off.
  • Hanging out with you after parent-teacher interviews at Oakdene where we shared an evil plate of chocolate churros and discussed options for your future.
  • Playing kick-to-kick with you both in the park and making you laugh about my general state of fitness 😉

And some things that have made me really happy this week:

  • I know it’s terribly desperate housewives of me but the new blinds. Yes, we now have plantation shutters in the bedroom which have replaced the mouldy oldies. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’m the one in the middle. Turn away now, that’s Dad’s butt coming out of the washing machine 🙂

  •  Also, I just decided to enhance one of my character’s Sherlock Holme’s obsession and have found all these wonderful quotes to give him. Yay!
  • My lovely yogi Mel sent me a free stretch app to help with my ailing shoulder.

And there’s so much to look forward to with Sacred Edge this weekend and then next weekend the Meet the Publishers conference.

Oh, and just decided today that I am going for my now annual pilgrimage to Brisbane in July for the CYA conference and also to hang out with my bestie!

Yep, life is grand!

Love you, Mum




About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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