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I have been watching the new series – wife swap australia, every family seemed to have an interesting quirk: be it super lazy, super clean or super fit, and its made me wonder what our quirk is?

would you do it?

I joked to my man about applying, he of course said no way, because he would get a wife that made him do everything!! (he can’t/won’t/doesn’t know how to cook!)

But still I want to know what our special thing is? People tell me I do way to much for my family, although I disagree, I know mums who do way more and besides, I’m at home all day, what else will I do?

I do all the cooking, every night, I do the Ironing which there isn’t much of, as I detest it. I do the washing (man will help and hang a load out if I remind him), I do the trash, most of the dishes, and cleaning of the house. But – My wonderful man does help, he does the dishes after dinner if he is here, and like I said he will hang washing, also it has been known to happen that I will leave the house because I can’t deal with the mess and Mister 2 running around, and I will come back to a sparkling house because man got bored and cleaned, (he does draw the line at vacuuming though!)

So I don’t think there is anything to quirky about the household maintenance.

Our personalities match pretty well, I’m the stressed one and he can be so laid back he is horizontal, so we balance each other out really well. Very rarely will we argue, normally things are planned out and talked about before it gets to that stage. Neither of us are lazy, nor are we extremely driven, we just do what needs to be done and have fun and try to educate our children along the way.

I can’t really imagine anything quirky about that either then.

I think our kids are normal? Missy 10 moans and sulks about helping out around the hows and mister 2 throws tantrums when he doesn’t get his way, although they both have relative consequences to these behaviours and neither rule the house.

So all in all I think we are lacking in the quirkiness department. I’m thinking that this is a good thing, but sadly I don’t think we would have gotten on wife swap, even if I did apply!!

How about your family, whats your quirk?

Or are you boringly normal like us?

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The Definition of Courage

One of my favourite sayings is:

Courage is not the absence of fear or despair, it is the strength to overcome them.

My strength and courage is about to be tested when we go on holiday in fourteen days.

‘On holiday?’ I hear you say… Yep on holiday. We are going home. To the quake ravaged city of Christchurch.

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Must admit, although I am exetremly grateful that I was not there to go through it, and that my family are remarkably all ok, Im not looking forward to going there.

When I was living in Christchurch I had fears of there being a large earthquake, never did I imagine  it could happen to this scale. Im now pleased to be living in Australia, but in two weeks its my father-in-law’s 50th birthday and we will be attending.

Of course we have the feeling of wanting to go home to help where we can but in the pit of my stomach I just don’t feel safe. I’m almost traumatized at the thought of what those poor people who have lost loved ones are going through right now. But we are going.

We had our own harrowing experience, we were not able to contact my daughter’s Grandmother for quite some hours. Her friends were asking us if we had heard from her and none of the other family members had heard from her either. What happened was that she was able to get out of the building but her car and belongings were stuck in there and she had to walk four hours home and was unable to contact anyone to let us know she was safe until in my panic I asked somebody I knew to check her house. When this person got home they posted on facebook that she was alright!  I have never been so grateful for social networking!!

Another of my friends is a mechanic, he was at work when the shaking started, he told me the noise is terrifying and he thought to himself, ‘well this is it, I’m gone’ the hanging lights of the workshop came crashing down around him and the floor opened up – a foot wide crack is now present right in the middle of their workshop. He says that although the big earthquake was terrifying and horrible, the hardest thing to deal with is the aftershocks. They just never seem to stop.

It’s hard to imagine, after being in scary earthquakes that have done no damage, and imagine the terrifying minute that brought down almost a whole city crumbling to the ground, taking Brothers and Sisters, Mums, Dads, Aunts and Uncles away from their families. I almost cry every time I see the news, and see more images of the place that I did my growing up, all the places that have a memory for me now a pile of concrete.

My only wish is that for all the people who remain in Christchurch to carry on with the strength, dignity and determination that they have shown to the world since September, and I’d like to say to them Kia Kaha my friends, and God or whoever is out there, Bless You.