PEOPLE

True stories about people I’ve met, and those closest to me, that reveal God’s providence and grace and the triumph of faith, hope and love over adversity and suffering.

 


 

Remembering Brian Sara

On Thursday my husband and I attended a funeral. It was the funeral of Brian Edwin Sara, friend, much-loved brother in the Lord and member of St Andrew’s Anglican Church South Brisbane. The church was packed, as family members, parishioners, friends and representatives of the scouting movement and Brian’s tenpin bowling club gathered to honour […] Read more…

Remembering Brian Sara via @jsalecich

A 60th wedding anniversary

Yesterday afternoon Tony and I were privileged to attend Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf’s 60th wedding anniversary celebration. Alwyn and Fay were married at Balimo in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea on October 4, 1956. The afternoon’s proceedings included introduction of family and special guests, afternoon tea, slideshow, special greetings, cutting the cake, hymn-singing, […] Read more…

A 60th wedding anniversary via @jsalecich

Ben and Elsie: A love story

I met Ben when he was 92 years old. I never had the pleasure of meeting Elsie. My husband Tony met Ben and his wife Elsie four years earlier, when Ben was 88 and Elsie 97. It was soon after Tony was appointed by St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Rockhampton as Assistant to the Minister. Ben […] Read more…

Ben and Elsie: A love story via @jsalecich

My mother, a young woman

This story is a tribute to my late mother, Evelyn. It’s about my mother as a young woman, during the 1930s and 1940s, in the years before I was born. My story reveals a lively, courageous and competent young woman. It’s a personal story, but one that I hope inspires, challenges and touches your heart. […] Read more…

My mother, a young woman via @jsalecich

The Neuendorf Connection

Earlier this year I resolved to find and reconnect with Alwyn and Fay Neuendorf. This is how I went about it. On 16 March 2016, I posted the following message and photograph on my Love in a little black diary Facebook page: “My dear followers, especially those of you who live in PNG. Do you […] Read more…

The Neuendorf Connection via @jsalecich

Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake

People we love and who have had a big influence in our lives: How do we honour them? What is the connection between Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake? Dulcie was a special aunt. She and her husband tried but were unable to have children; I think I was to her the daughter she hoped for […] Read more…

Auntie Dulcie and the Bung-in Cake via @jsalecich

Mohamed and his Lamb Biryani

Mohamed loves to cook. Last year, he offered to cook Lamb Biryani (a traditional Indian mixed rice dish) for my husband and me. We invited him to prepare it at our home, in our kitchen, so we could observe the process and share the meal with him afterwards. He agreed, and we invited three of […] Read more…

Mohamed and his Lamb Biryani via @jsalecich

Snow Angels in Cottbus

My husband Tony and I arrived by train at Cottbus (Chósésbuz) at 12.40 pm on Tuesday 5 January. The outside temperature was -7 degrees Celcius and it was snowing. The sky was grey and visibility low in the dull light. Everywhere we looked the landscape was covered by a thick white blanket of snow. Tiny splashes […] Read more…

Snow Angels in Cottbus via @jsalecich

Judy Same: A Lasting Friendship

Most of us value friendship. True friendship, that is. Throughout life, most of us will have only a few really close friends, especially “forever” friends. Do you agree? What makes a friendship last? Is it true that “Threads of friendship never break”? After you’ve read my story about “Judy Same”, I invite you to share […] Read more…

Judy Same: A Lasting Friendship via @jsalecich

Henry’s World War I postcards to Flora

When I was a little girl, my grandmother gave me a precious keepsake, an old postcard. It has a fabric insert, organza embroidered with the words “To my Sister”, richly embellished with dark pink roses and greenery. I have always cherished it, mainly because it is so beautiful. It was years later that I realised […] Read more…

Henry’s World War I postcards to Flora via @jsalecich

Nana in Melbourne: Joy and a joy-giver

Joy came into my life when I was three. She was so pretty – fine features, blue eyes, clear olive complexion and long dark brown hair. She was dressed beautifully, in her white voile dress with hand-embroidered bodice and Peter Pan collar edged with lace, pleated skirt, pink taffeta petticoat and matching bonnet. Her outfit […] Read more…

Nana in Melbourne: Joy and a joy-giver via @jsalecich