A miracle by the Brissie River

Bathed in moonlight as I lay in bed counting sheep, I peered through my window to the stars.

The moon was as brilliant as it had ever been, its yellow glow painting the night sky a magnificent midnight blue.

I lay there mesmerized, distracted only momentarily by a cockroach skittering across the fly screen. I refocused on the moon and it was then that I saw him. I blinked to make sure my tired eyes weren’t playing tricks on me. Sure enough, high in the sky was a dark silhouette of Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer leading him across the yellow moon.

A little girl with a big imagination, I was convinced I had been lucky enough to spot Santa that night. (It turns out I wasn’t the only one because a relative of mine, who shall remain nameless, spotted Santa landing on the neighbour’s roof!).

With my three-year-old swept up in the magic of Christmas, I’ve been reliving Christmas through the eyes of a child lately.

Miss Three is unfaltering in her belief in Santa and his list which he is checking twice. When we saw him at the daycare Christmas party, rather than shying away like last year, she marched up to him with determination, leaned forward and said in a clear voice, ‘I want a bike and a helmet!’ No please or thank you. She was focused on getting her order straight!

Today, with the encouragement of Miss Three and the awesomely awesome Essentially Jess, I am reliving my childhood and putting in an order to my old mate Santa. (Does anyone have his email address BTW?)

Dear Santa

How are you? All is well here thanks. Sweltering hot as per usual for this time of year. I’d swap this for the North Pole any day πŸ˜‰ Ahem …

If you check your list I think you will find that I have been quite nice this year with only a handful of Naughty Naisy moments mostly due to lack of sleep and overdoing it.

I would be eternally grateful if you could please arrange for me the following for Christmas or before the end of 2014, whichever is easiest.

  1. A holiday for me and Dave without kids. It doesn’t have to be for a long time or to anywhere exotic. We just need some time to rediscover us and to have a conversation without interruption. We haven’t been on a holiday since we were married five years ago.
  2. A holiday for our family. We would like to take the girls to New Zealand, so they can play with their cousins and see the beauty of the country their Dad grew up in. It has been over a year since Dave has returned and six years for me, so Santa, this one is well and truly overdue.
  3. An Aussie BBQ with long lost friends. Santa, if possible, could you please fly in a few of my overseas mates? There would be a handful from the UK and a couple from Indonesia. Perhaps you could fit them into your sleigh on your way to Oz.
  4. This is a bit of a serious one, but I would love to have the confidence to chase my dreams and the time to chase them.
  5. A magical chill pill that will instantly calm me after a stressful day and wash away my anxiety and stress. Oh, that’s wine, sorry. Scratch that one. Instead I would like to reach 400 Facebook likers before the end of the year. That’s only four more to go Santa!!

Thanks in advance, Santa. And thanks Essentially Jess for inviting me to play along!

What’s on your wish list for Christmas?

48 comments on A miracle by the Brissie River

  1. Lauren
    December 17, 2013 at 6:08 am (3 years ago)

    I love that your little girl put in her ‘order’ with Santa! Unfortunately we had A LOT of tears when our big boy met Santa at his daycare Christmas Party.. You have given me hope for next year though!
    Your Christmas list is wonderful, and scarily similar to mine! We have never been on a family holiday, just trips to visit relatives, I’m hoping we can get away just for a few days early in the new year for a little family break.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, I have really enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to the new year xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Lauren πŸ™‚ I’ve really enjoyed yours also. I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered you. I hope you are able to get away for a few days in the new year. Merry Christmas xx

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  2. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    December 17, 2013 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous post. Love your letter to Santa πŸ˜‰ Merry Christmas! Hope you get your chill pill … and the Facebook thing. I will go through and like now!
    Leanne

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay!!!! Thank you so much, Leanne.

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  3. Erin@TheMumsGroup
    December 17, 2013 at 6:49 am (3 years ago)

    I’m totally with you on the holiday minus the kids. We haven’t had a single (entire) night away since Gus was 12 months old! He’s now 3 and Eddie is 14 months!!! Hope you get all of your wishes…you deserve them! xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thanks Erin! I hope you get a little getaway too. It is so important. Merry Christmas xx

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  4. Vicki @ Knocked Up & Abroad
    December 17, 2013 at 7:32 am (3 years ago)

    I think you and I nearly have the same identical list!

    I hope the big man finds you! πŸ˜‰ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Vicki πŸ™‚ He has already come good on one of my requests πŸ™‚ I hope he finds you too πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

      They are priceless aren’t they?!

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  5. Lydia C. Lee
    December 17, 2013 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

    I’m giving you the confidence to chase your dreams. Don’t doubt yourself, doubt your doubts. Go for it! Time on the other hand, I’ve a bad relationship with that one…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Lydia!! I love that – doubt your doubts. I’ve never heard of that before, but I think I will do it πŸ™‚

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  6. Becc
    December 17, 2013 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

    Can I steal 4 for my list?
    I was going to steal 5 too, but I am so slack at Facebook, it will take a bloody long time before I can hit 400. That will be part of next years list of goals. Try to like it and work on actually posting stuff to attract visitors πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful Christmas. I believe in Santa, so I think you really did see him when you were little!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Cute Becc. Well, I hope the big man visits you too and brings you everything you wish for πŸ™‚

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  7. lisa
    December 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this post Renee, some of those wishes could apply to my family as well. I suggest you just book a holiday with your hubby and make it work. We go for holidays as a family say thursday to tuesday, or thursday to sunday camping so hubby can still get time off work. Merry Christmas, hope Santa is good to you.xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

      That sounds like a really good plan, Lisa, so we don’t have to take too much leave from work. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

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  8. Toni
    December 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm (3 years ago)

    Bubba met Santa for the first time on Friday and she tried to spew all over him as I passed her to him. Thankfully she missed him but got it all over the seat next to him. He looked a bit horrified and quickly asked the ‘elves’ for some tissues. Needless to say after the spew she wasn’t really in the mood to smile or look at the camera. Not exactly the first santa photo I wanted but oh well its a funny story to tell.

    I’m thinking from your list and numerous mentions of overseas you may be due for a holiday lol. I’ve given up on the idea of holidays, at least for the immediate future. I would however like 400 facebook likers too! Considering he has already answered that wish, maybe he can get onto doing it for me πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:10 pm (3 years ago)

      Well he sure has worked a little magic for me today, Toni, so I’ll hand him over to you to boost your likers πŸ˜‰ As for bubba, OMG what a disaster. Such a great story to tell her over the years though πŸ™‚

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  9. Bec @ The Plumbette
    December 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Yay you have over 400 likes! πŸ™‚ from reading your list it sounds like. You need a good holiday. Chase those dreams Renee and don’t give up! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Woohooo! Thank you for your encouragement, Bec. Have a lovely Christmas too. I look forward to more great tales from you in the new year πŸ™‚

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  10. Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel
    December 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh yes please to all of the above! I was just saying to my husband this morning, I think it has been three years since I completed a full sentence when talking to him!

    Master 3 is not so sure about Santa. He tells me he isn’t real (whereas my 9 year old pretends she doesn’t believe but still does a little bit). But everyone is a believe come Christmas morning when there are presents under the tree!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Ain’t that the truth, Carolyn. I hope you and your hubby get a chance to take some time out over the Christmas break πŸ™‚

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  11. Janet @ Redland City Living
    December 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Great letter to Santa – really hope you get that holiday for the two of you, and the trip to NZ that you are longing for.

    I’ve started working on my letter to Santa and will post it on my blog soon. The main thing I want? The ability to make a killer fast comeback! And yes there’s a story behind it! πŸ˜‰

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds interesting, Janet. Can’t wait to read it x

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  12. Min@MinsMash
    December 17, 2013 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the flashback to the night you saw Santa. I had a similar experience except mine was more that I HEARD the bells jingling on his sleigh! I so did! That’s a great list you wrote to Santa. I could do with a holiday away without kids (though mine are grown now) … but the one I can really relate to is your No. 4. I hope you find Santa’s email address in time and that all your wishes come true! πŸ™‚ xo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Min. How cute hearing the sleigh bells. What good imaginations we had!! I hope you have a lovely Christmas x

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  13. JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    December 17, 2013 at 4:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee, that is a beautiful wish list. I hope Santa’s magic can make some of it happen for you lovely x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Jodi. He’s already come good on one of my wishes today x

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  14. Josefa @always Josefa
    December 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm (3 years ago)

    What a truly beautiful wish list for Santa, love number 4 especially. Hope you get a holiday and lots of BBQ’s this summer xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Josefa xx

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  15. EssentiallyJess
    December 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh how good would a holiday be? Boatman and I have never had a solo one. Even on our honeymoon we had two year old Taylah. I can’t even imagine what a holiday without kids would be like?

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

      It would be awesome, that’s what Jess πŸ™‚ Although I’m sure after half an hour we’d be missing the kids terribly πŸ™‚ I hope you get your holiday soon!

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  16. Kathy
    December 17, 2013 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    love your list Renee and your child-like belief in miracles. As someone who was lucky to have a good childhood, I reckon the best part is rekindling the memories and finding that faith that anything is possible.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

      So true, Kathy. We are extremely lucky πŸ™‚

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  17. Neets
    December 17, 2013 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Ho ho ho what a beautiful list for Santa Renee. A great post to read as I rest my tired eyes. I hope that Santa brings you & your beautiful family all that you deserve. Here’s to a fabulous Christmas & a super successful 2014! X

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 17, 2013 at 10:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Neets. The same to you. I’m looking forward to following your journey into the new year and ‘meeting’ your third little wonder x

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  18. Zanni Louise
    December 18, 2013 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    I can see Santa was kindand came early! 402 FB likers today! Hope you get your holidays, your dream, and your chill in 2014 too. Well deserved lovely lady. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Zanni x

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  19. Sarah@SnippetsandSpirits
    December 18, 2013 at 11:58 am (3 years ago)

    I love your description of that little girl at the start , that little girl with the big Imagination that is obviously still there as can be seen in you’re writing Renee. I hope you do belief in you’re self and go for your dreams I think you will be brilliant! I too would love a holiday with my partner to reconnect with us as we are so sleep deprived we are like two zombies. How great is Santa to have already granted you you’re wish for more Facebook Likers wohoo. onward and upwards. Have a great Christmas x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I hope Santa brings you everything on your wishlist too!! Have a lovely time with your fam. x

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  20. floodproofmum
    December 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I hope you find the confidence to chase your dreams Renee, and the opportunity to go on a holiday. I know what you mean about a break without the kids. Couples can lose themselves in the whole family thing…reconnecting every now and then is precious. I hope you have an awesomely wonderful Christmas. You certainly deserve it! Cheers, Tanya x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 19, 2013 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Tanya. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family too x

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  21. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    December 18, 2013 at 9:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Hey gorgeous, just short of 400 likers, what a McLEGEND! And love your wine remark made me laugh and nod head in agreement. I want more sleep, a break once a fortnight, even just for two hours, less work, job stability for my hubby, who got made redundant 3 weeks ago (but might have start early 2014) And more willpower to eat and drink less. Merry Christmas lovely – and glad you’ve made it to the end of your working year! Em xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 19, 2013 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Em! Have an awesome Christmas and new year with your family. I will keep my fingers crossed for your hubby and hope Santa comes good on your other wishes πŸ™‚ x

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  22. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    December 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Darling Renee, if anyone deserves the confidence to chase their dreams, it’s you! You’re always so generous with your support of everyone else (me included), it’s time you recognised some of your wishes.
    As for the time, if you find the secret to that one, please let me know!!
    Have the most wonderful Christmas with your family, sweetie xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 19, 2013 at 8:15 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh Lisa. Thank you so much! You are a true sweetheart. I really hope we have a chance to meet in the new year. Have a wonderful Christmas also xo

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  23. Tegan
    December 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your wishes to Santa. I would love a family holiday as well! I want to take Mr 4 to the theme parks next year but Paul isn’t fussed and would be happy just going fishing.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 21, 2013 at 8:31 pm (3 years ago)

      I think the theme parks would be mega fun. I’ve been wanting to take Miss Three for awhile now πŸ™‚ Hope you get your family holiday and have a lovely Christmas!

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