Raising bilingual children while becoming multi-linguistic myself

When I first intended on raising my children bilingual, I had only lived in Australia for about three-and-a-half years and even though my English was very very good, I was still predominantly dreaming and thinking in German. It was a few years ago, when I felt the switch happen. I started to NOT blend outContinue reading “Raising bilingual children while becoming multi-linguistic myself”

Who am I after the fires?

Did I ever think afterwards, So this is how my life turned out, this is who I am, a homeless mother of two? No, you’re just so busy surviving, you don’t think about those things. The view of your world changes, though. I now meet people and wonder what kind of grief, tragedy or disappointmentContinue reading “Who am I after the fires?”

Anzac Day gratitude for bushfire support by Australian and New Zealand army forces

This year has been the first year for me, a German immigrant to Australia, to fully feel the impact and importance of the Australian and NZ army forces and feel the gratitude many feel on Anzac Day. I never really got it before. It might be because in my country we feel like we aren’tContinue reading “Anzac Day gratitude for bushfire support by Australian and New Zealand army forces”

I had to get over my grief

It is amazing how many stages of grief a person can go through in a very short time. Grieving anything, or anyone can be individually heartbreaking but also cleansing and full of personal growth. The day my husband returned to us to tell us we were now a homeless family – after everything he hadContinue reading “I had to get over my grief”

Life after ‘our fire’ as the wife of a volunteer fire fighter

January 11th 2020 Here I am again. It’s 10.30pm.I only just realised I hadn’t eaten dinner (or breakfast). So I opened one of the cans the Red Cross gave us to have an easy meal and avoid cooking. I hate the smell of food with my gut in knots for days, nothing wants to goContinue reading “Life after ‘our fire’ as the wife of a volunteer fire fighter”