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Kelly  Proud Aussie. Supporting my husband in his medical career. Treasuring my tribe of four. Challenging myself in work, travel and study.

On the holidays, my eldest went to China 🇨🇳 with her Aunty. She bought me a present of tea. She said she smelt different varieties until she found one that smelt like me. It's delicious. ☕️ My mum gave me this teapot for my 18th birthday.

Water is all I usually have for the kids to drink, but every now and again, I get a @nudiejuice for the lunch box. The kids love it and it fits perfectly in the @gogreenlunchboxes we use.
Today lunch:
✳️ avocado (a little lime juice on it to keep it from going brown ✳️ tomatoes from our garden ✳️ soy crisps ✳️ plum
✳️ juice ✳️ salad sandwich

Running a Mothers Day Gift pack Giveaway on the blog with lots of goodies including this gorgeous @boomshankarclothing CHOOSE JOY tee (gifted). I absolutely love it. Check out the blog post link in profile for comp details.

Have you ever seen a cuter Lego figure? Have you? I think not.

Just getting around to making lunch. The tomatoes are from our humble garden. They are so cute!!!.Nice to get back to healthier eating after camping. Tuna, sprouts, avocado, tomato, avocado, wild rice mix.

Son enamoured with @thomas_smith96's drone.

Bought these gorgeous wooden eggs from @ecotoys and the kids decorated them during a quiet afternoon under the trees. #mtcceaster

@sweet_as_pip is always up for adventures. Love her fierceness. #mtcceaster
Photo by @thomas_smith96

Having such a special Easter weekend at #mtcceaster.

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I blurted to my husband on my return home from @vibeIsrael, "We need to have more food on the table!" He laughed as I qualified. "What I mean is we need to surround food with more of the joy that brings people together." Be more hospitable. Be more intentional about creating family traditions. Be more aware of forming our own family culture. It's not about the food, but the wonderful way it can bring people together. I believe family traditions are instrumental in cementing memory anchors for our children and are a beautiful way to instil family values. My sisters and I put on our own version of a Passover Seder with representative foods telling a story of hope. And more food did, indeed, come to this table! During the course of the meal, I overheard my daughter ask for more meat, and my husband responded, "Pick whatever piece you like! That is part of the wonderful thing about a feast like this: you can choose what you like; enjoy it." There it is: To me, to him, to her. And back to me again for the joy in it. I've always known the importance of this, in my head perhaps, but I have felt a weight in the application. Maybe because it was another thing to achieve. When that happens, it's useful to come back to - even grapple with - the heart, the underlying, often unspoken assumption, and start again. There was much joy for me in preparing this meal and sharing it.

The other curious component I mentioned in my previous post is the push for innovation I noticed in Israel. This is largely due to limited resources, wide diversity and restricted space. There's a refining quality to Israel culture in that the challenges are significant, and this brings out a striving in the people. If there's a problem, well, then an invention must invented to solve it! They embrace failures and celebrate creativity. There's a certain fearlessness I envy: it engineers out of the box thinkers.
I am grateful for the influences from people I have met and the places I've been. They leave a mark on me. Isn't it a wonderful thing to shape each other? Oh it's rich! A curious balance of significant tradition and innovative creativity: I like it.

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Two weeks ago, I was gleefully capturing the buzz of the Jerusalem markets with @vibeisrael and @yishay from @jerulsalemtours. So much glorious-glorious food. Today, I was in Brisbane and shopping at my own markets of sorts, for our version of a Passover Seder.
What I discovered in Israel was a curious mix of deep tradition with mind-blowing out of the box thinking. It would be easy to consider these things incompatible.

As I attempt to explain my observations, I would start with family - the importance of family. You see, investing in family is central to life in Israel, and the role of tradition, culture and food are like threads. These things hold families tightly together; creating memories and instilling values that are passed on through generations. It's about relationships. I heard this message over and over during conversations with people from all walks of life: Family, family is important.

Family is important to me personally, however I wouldn't say it's central to Australian culture. I'll have to ponder more about my own country's culture, however I might suggest personal achievement and individual pursuit could be seen as central values. I actually first noticed this when I lived away from my home country Australia, in New Zealand; Kiwi culture also embeds the value of family into the societal framework. It can be hard to recognise your own country's base assumptions until you live within and experience a different culture.

A conversation in a taxi in Israel added to my myriad of ponderings. The driver told me a story about Starbucks' failed attempt break into the Israel market. Even in the ultra modern city of Tel Aviv, there's not a Starbucks to be seen. The coffee chain failed spectacularly, and one of the reasons is this: it's not the coffee that is important, it's relationships. Rather than grabbing a coffee and walking alone with a cup in hand, Israelis prefer to "have their coffee sitting, having something to eat, chatting with friends" (Janna Gur,, 15 August 2016). It's one of the key things I have taken home with me from Israel.

Brisbane Evening Sky.

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