Hi, I’m Chrissy. I’m a wife, a mother of two and a grandmother of five. There’s always something going on in our lives even now that my husband, Norm, has retired from the Royal Australia Air Force after fifty years.
Yes, I still write but not as often. For as long as I can remember I have always loved writing. I write mostly poetry and teen fiction and sometimes dabble in other genres just for fun. I also like photography so I often use my own photos when presenting poems.
My garden is my little sanctuary of peace and relaxation. My husband of forty two years, on January 10th 2023, is my constant companion and our five grandchildren keep us young.
With a limited education but a lot of determination, hard work and encouragement from my husband, I entered university to graduate with a Graduate Certificate in 2004 at the age of forty-seven. This experience then propelled me into doing something more with my hobby of writing and ventured into publishing short stories and poems in local and online magazines and newspapers. This I continued to do for about five years.
A passion to help teenagers with eating disorders began when I worked as a volunteer in a local hospital. I decided it was time to write my first novel Out of the Shadows – Jenna’s Secret.
During the editing and preparation of the teen novel my health deteriorated and I spent much of my time in bed and housebound. Being a Christian doesn’t make me perfect and I wasn’t coping at all with pain and the many other symptoms I was experiencing at that time. A good friend suggested I wrote down my thoughts in a journal. Writing again became my daily motivation but this time I recorded my feelings and thoughts poetically. That journal was the inspiration I needed to write another book. A few months after a post illness trip to America, my poetry and words of encouragement book Glimpses of His Glory was published.
Poems from the Heart of Our Mum was the inspiration of my father, Bert, who was saddened that his wife’s poems had never been published before she passed away in 2011. I published this book on her behalf – the author of those poems, Ruth Barrington (nee Lawson). My siblings David, Philip, Joy and myself also contributed a poem, letter or article to reflect our impressions of Mum’s poetry in our lives. Ray Law, Mum’s church pastor, wrote a poem for her funeral and this too has been included at the end of the book.
My husband and I cared for my father after my mother’s death in October 2011 until December 2016 when my own health crashed. Dad entered a nursing home nearby so I could concentrate on my diagnosis, treatment and recovery. After two major surgeries in August 2017, I have recovered amazingly quickly but my lifestyle has changed a little and I’m less active. My father passed away at the age of 96 in July 2021.
In December 2019, my husband retired from full time work. We sold up and moved up the coast where the weather has always been more suitable for my health issues. The day after our furniture and belongings arrived I started volunteer work at the Koala Hospital as a tour guide. During 2020 Covid-19 lock-downs, and the knockdowns of life we never new before, I expanded my volunteer training at the local Koala Hospital to include rescues and koala care.
Early August 2022 I needed surgery to repair tears of the right hip muscles – the gluteus minimus and gluteus maximus muscles. I spent almost three weeks in hospital followed by eight weeks in a wheelchair. I have no idea how I did it but the surgeon told be is quite common in any age group.
As for church life, we have settled in quite well and are involved in various ministries which keeps Norm and myself quite busy.
So here I am, and I continue with the things I love to do most but at a much slow pace. I hope you will stop by from time to time to read my latest poems, stories, photos and updates as well as to wander through our garden or visit places we visit.
First written June 26th 2018 – Latest update January 2nd 2023.
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