I live in a small country town in Central West NSW, Australia. Canowindra means ‘home’ in the local Wiradjuri language, which is fitting! After growing up in Sydney, I spent about 8 yrs in 5 country towns, mostly in the vivid far west: Bourke & Broken Hill were most notable in terms of the vast spaces & brilliant skies, and in their impact on my spiritual journey & creative expression. I’ve often reflected that that kind of landscape had enough space for all my questions, and there was definitely healing to be found there. I started songwriting in earnest out at Broken Hill, & my time there brought a lot of clarity & sanity to my thinking about God, life & myself. A long grief journey found a lot of resolution during these years, too.
I moved here for love, marrying Chris under beautiful Autumn poplars on a farm where Cornerstone Community has been based for a couple of decades. Chris & I lived (worked, trained & mentored) in the training community for 7 years, & had 3 little ones there too. We then sensed God leading us to move into town, to be more accessible to people outside of the church culture. This has been a great adventure in learning a deeper reliance on our Father, and a life based more & more on the idea of ‘the Missio Dei’ – the great heart of God at work in His world. We’ve been joined by a few other families in intentional community here, which is a great privilege.
I’ve been writing songs for 20 years now (which has helped keep me sane, I’m sure). My uni studies earlier on were in English, Drama, History & teaching; and I’m looking forward to having a bit more headspace to write in various ways in 2014, when my youngest starts school.
Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts & responses.