Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Family.



Motherhood is a massive part of my vocation, identity, career and life.
I am mother to two girls, born in 2009 and 2010, and two boys, born in 2012 and 2013. This keeps me very busy and takes up much of my thoughts, time and energy.
So naturally, motherhood is something that I commonly write about!

So much time, and so little to do…

“We have so much time, and so little to do… Stop, strike that, reverse it.” - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have a problem. You see, things are busy. Life with four small kids, a house to clean,... Continue Reading →


Beauty and Chaos of Four

For those of you who missed it, last year I became mother to four children under the age of four.  Now, nearly 8 months on, I'm reflecting on the blur that the past 8 months or so has been! Four... Continue Reading →

A Letter to Silence and Solitude

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our... Continue Reading →

Four under Four

I have been quiet on the writing front in recent times. Mostly due to the fact that three months ago we welcomed our fourth child and second son into our family. While many find us absolutely crazy for having four... Continue Reading →

Best Ever Healthy Muffin Recipe

My girls and I love baking. My children seem to be real 'outside kids' and love being outside in our big backyard, and during winter and wet days when we are forced to be inside we often entertain ourselves by... Continue Reading →

Reasons to be Open to Motherhood

A fellow writer recently asked somebody to write something positive about motherhood. She said “Some of us not-yet-moms are scared of motherhood because all we hear is that you're miserable and debilitated for nine months, then have a day of... Continue Reading →

Autumn Harvest Chutney

This time of year excites and scares me. We live with lots of fruit trees and have a normally abundant vegetable garden. This time of year everything decides to be ready at the same time and I can't keep up.... Continue Reading →

Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem

Self esteem. A modern parenting essential.  In modern philosophies, ever increasing affirmation of self esteem is key in educational and parenting philosophies and in general society through political correctness (not offending anyone) and relativism (everyone is right in whatever they think). Self... Continue Reading →

You were not made for comfort

(Originally posted at Ignitum Today) Theres been a quote of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's that I've seen circulating in social media in recent weeks: "The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort; you were made for... Continue Reading →

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