Home is where the heart is

And our home is definitely where our heart is for my son and I.

Today we had a routine inspection, and the previous day of (extra) cleaning have been a great reminder for me.

Of how much I truly adore this house.  And neighbourhood.

And as I lovingly wiped down each bench etc, I poured my love into this house.

My son is also very grateful to live here, and did this drawing to be given to the owner.


“If I do her a drawing to say thank you, maybe she will let us stay here forever”


Of course nothing is forever.  And we will be happy wherever we go.  Because we have each other.  And the faith that everyone will be okay.  And we will create our own happiness.


I do love this house.  And will love it every moment that we are lucky enough to live here.

Here are some photos of my favourite parts of the house:


My very favourite room – so sunny and bright


My favourite spot to sit ♥


My son’s table


The antique chairs in the courtyard


The birdbath (with my heirloom orchard)


The cat which keeps me company in my kitchen 


This house has been such a healing place for my son and I.

We left behind the pieces of our family at the old house.  Our memories, and our life as the 3 of us.

And here we have started over.

Made new friends.

And found ourselves.

And the happiness that comes from being with each other ♥


Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
Mother Teresa

Spreading kindness

I was inspired by reading this great blog post today Be Kind Anyway.

Mother Teresa was truly such a beautiful person.

She was a great reminder to us all that as human beings, we are capable of bringing about a world based on kindness and compassion.

This blog post is dedicated to remembering her, and the kindness, compassion and love she brought to the world.

“Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house…let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream,realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game,play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure,dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it!”



Together we can create a society based upon peace, harmony, wisdom and compassion.



I stop for suffering

It may be the name of my blog, however I really do stop for suffering.

I really care about people, and am passionate about helping them, and easing their suffering.

So friends, grab a cup of tea (or coffee if you prefer), and tell me…

How are you?

What’s on your mind?

What are you grateful for today?

Or struggling with?


Spread love everywhere you go:

First of all in your own house …
kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile,
~ Mother Teresa –