The Bible says that the Lord places the lonely in families and I certainly believe that family is very very precious. Here is a brief overview of my amazing family.

In January 1984 my husband and I were married and despite all my faults, we still are! We have five wonderful sons who are growing up into fine godly men.

Our eldest son is married with three absolutely gorgeous daughters. As I see my granddaughters I appreciate more than ever before the ties that bind families together. There is something special about seeing characteristics of their Daddy in their looks and personality and it makes me wonder how my grandparents felt when they looked on me.

Our second son is also married and recently presented us with another beautiful granddaughter, bringing the total of adorable granddaughters to seven! (Yep, no grandsons as of yet.) As a parent, it is so exciting to see your children taking into their marriages the lessons they've learnt at your knees and bringing their children up in the ways of the Lord.

Our third son is also married and was the first to really fly  the nest (as opposed to short stints away from their hometown during university). He managed to convince his youngest brother that his newly adopted hometown is the only place to live in New Zealand, and so I have two sons now truly flown the nest.

Our youngest two sons are still single, although I have an inkling that one may not stay that way for too many more years. I'm not at all biased when I say they are exceptionally handsome and outstanding young men (just like their brothers). All requests for introductions can be sent via my blog!

When I first introduced this page it was prior to 2012 and DH and I were contemplating a home without children. It was to be a new - albeit as it turned out, short-lived - stage in our life together. However, while we are no longer technically empty-nesters at this stage, I can see a time in the foreseeable future when we will be once again. I enjoyed so much the season when our children were all at home, when they were all little and I had the honour and privilege of teaching them and training them, but each season has its joys - and challenges - and we will enjoy them all.

Until recently I did not post photos of my family on my blog. I've changed my personal policy on this but still try to protect their privacy. You will have noticed that I don't use their given names and this is why. However I'm sure you are still able to catch a glimpse into their character and our family life from what I share.

What does the future hold for our family? Hopefully more beautiful daughters-in-law; more precious grandchildren; and a family that is too big to sit comfortably around our dinner table!