babies, birth, children, Christ, Christmas, cyclone Evan, faith, family., love, Robert Parker

Christmas – Moments of Joy

In two more sleeps it will be Christmas 2012. Bella has been counting on her fingers and reminds me every half hour. Her Dad took her to buy presents for everyone and she can't wait for people to open them. (Even though each person already know what she's bought for them because she accidentally whispered it super loud… Continue reading Christmas – Moments of Joy

children, exercise, family., food, marriage, music, privacy, sex, U2, writing

106 Minutes of Sexual Intimacy

I always suspected I was a bad mother/wife/woman. And now I just had it confirmed. Some scientists  ( with nothing better to do with their time than find ways to make me feel bad), did a study on "What a Woman's Perfect Day Would Consist Of." And the results? Went a little something like this - 106… Continue reading 106 Minutes of Sexual Intimacy

community support, family., lani wendt young, New Zealand, otara market, Pacific writer, samoan writer, shop Samoa, telesa, when water burns

You Made Me Cry

What a week it has been. It's Saturday night and I'm sitting here, exhausted and just a little bit stunned.1. The electronic book version of 'When Water Burns' was released on Amazon on Thursday. I asked for your help with getting this book into the rankings and you responded. You bought 380 books in a… Continue reading You Made Me Cry

childhood, children, evening prayers, family., Fiftieth Anniversary, lani wendt young, Lefaga, marriage, memories, Mt Vaea, New Zealand, parents, Samoa Independence

Fifty Memories of Samoa for Fifty Years of Independence

Flags flying in Samoa for Independence. Photo by Leone Samu.Today Samoa marks the 50th anniversary of achieving Independence. For me, the story of Samoa's last fifty years is also my family's story because my parents were married in 1962 and they celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary this year as well. My parents chose to stay… Continue reading Fifty Memories of Samoa for Fifty Years of Independence

children, Christmas, family., love, parenting, priorities, women

Women – why do we always put ourselves last on the list?

*I make sure my kids eat several servings of fruit and vegetables a day. You can't have a cookie until you eat that banana. No Xbox if you don't have that brocoli.  - But I can't remember the last time I ate a vegetable. Not unless carrot cake counts.* I am the Enforcer of Bedtime… Continue reading Women – why do we always put ourselves last on the list?

daughters, family., friends, love, motherhood, parenting, relationships, samoa

"You’re my bestest friend forever."

The family was in the car heading home after church when I told them that I had invited another family over for dinner. The Hot Man explained to the Fab5, "Your mother has made a new friend, isn't that nice?"Right away the older lot started laughing. Jeering. Teasing me. "Awww mum's made a friend. Finally… Continue reading "You’re my bestest friend forever."