Grow The Roses

Writing. Reading. Life. Love. Family.



The Secrets of Happiness

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really 'lived'? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly... Continue Reading →


Uplifting the Soul with True Beauty

(Originally posted at Ignitum Today) Lent is a time I think to reflect on beauty. True beauty is something that uplifts the soul. It draws us to God. As Pope Benedict XVI once said about art, "The work of art... Continue Reading →

Keeping Love in Lent

I’m participating in the Keeping LOVE in LENT Blog Link-Up 2013, hosted by Raising (& Teaching) Little Saints, Truly Rich Mom and Arma Dei: Equipping Catholic Families. We'll be sharing different ways, tips, stories and real-life experiences that will help... Continue Reading →

In Her Footsteps

I'm blessed to live in my Grandparents house. A five bedroom house with a large garden and fruit trees. Fifty years ago my grandmother was in the same position I'm now. Three children. Same sex, same spacing. My mother did... Continue Reading →

Are we on earth for our enjoyment?

I've been reading a book of the letters of Blessed Zélie Martin titled "A Call to a Deeper Love". Theres much I could say about her and her writing, but one thing that has stuck with me is: We're not... Continue Reading →

Growing appreciation for life

You'll have to forgive me for not blogging in some time. I write this now on my phone with a sleeping baby on me, which is less than ideal but you take the moments you get... I am now proud... Continue Reading →

Motherhood is easy?

While I was in Sydney this past week I came across an article by Jacinta Tynan. Jacinta caused controversy last year by writing about how she found motherhood easy. The article that I read was a follow up to this... Continue Reading →

The real pains of pregnancy

I'm part of a few online boards for pregnant and new mothers. One of the most common things that people seem to post about is negative comments from other people about pregnancy, raising babies and children. It really brings them... Continue Reading →

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