A very Happy Mother's Day
climbing and unfurling

Remembering and helping

An unexpected absence from my blog and an unexpected return too.
Though I haven't been able to keep my blog up I hope there are still followers who will share a moment of reflection with me in tribute to Kathreen and her family.
As I'm online so little these days I only found out last night about the loss of Kathreen and her husband Rob. I had just received email from her the day before her accident which somehow made the news that much more unbelievable. The feeling of having been punched in the stomach hasn't gone away.
I "met" Kathreen in the early Whip Up days and was lucky to be invited to write tutorials and guest posts on Whip Up and create projects for Action Pack too. She was a major spoke in a mighty wheel that became a huge online creative community. On Whip Up she didn't court controversy nor did she shun it. And her voice always seemed to be her own right from the start, not an idealized version of the self she wanted us to see.
Our children are the same ages and my heart hurts for hers and Rob's. If you can offer support, a fund has been set up for their daughter Otilija and son Orlando, you can find the details here.
Thanks Kathreen for all you've given your readers and the wider community too, we'll miss you.
PS - If you've been under an even bigger rock than me and hadn't yet heard this news you can Google Australian news sites to find out more.



I heard from Sonia in Cozymemories on Instagram and was shocked. Although I didn't follow Kathreen's blog I had visited sometimes because you and Sonia had referred to it and I had been impressed but their decision to go away for a year with their children and do homeschooling and meet the world. I had admired them for that decision and was telling my husband how people abroad just do such things where as homeschooling is not allowed yet in our country.They will be missed by their children first of all.AriadnefromGreece!


Joanie, this is a wonderful tribute to Kathreen and her family. Thank you for sharing. Thinking of you!

Sonia / Cozy Memories

It was such an utter shock for everyone. Something so unexpected & for which you can find no reason, which makes everyone so helpless.
She had been such a support & inspiration to many of us, and she will be very much missed.
But most of all, I think about their children, and it leaves a big hurtful hole in my heart. :(
Miss you my friend


It is shocking news and a tragic situation. I am heartbroken for their children.


life is so very precious
we must never forget that
everyday we must lIVE and LOVE
thank you joanie for your love, kindness and thoughtfulness always


As a fellow contributor to Action Pack, I'm one of those who had clearly been under a bigger rock than you... Grateful to you for making me aware of this sad news of Kathreen and her husband, but also brimming with sorrow. x

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