How to Describe Veronika {guest post}

I'm not sure who is more famous, Veronika or her mum, Kylee, but there is no doubt in my mind that they are both remarkable women who inspire those around them each and every day. I am so glad that Kylee is able to share part of their family's story here - a...Read More

Fearless Heart {guest post}

As often happens in this beautiful Down syndrome community, sometimes we only meet other parents online and yet there is a deep connection that occurs. From the moment I 'met' Helen, I was impressed with her expansive knowledge and wise, yet humble, approach. I feel honoured that she has honestly shared her...Read More

How He Made Me Aware {guest post}

Sometimes you meet someone and just realise there’s a connection. This was certainly the case when I met Ange online through a Down syndrome writers forum. While not really knowing each other from a bar of soap, I felt very honoured that she and her family went out of their...Read More

50/52 {easing into holidays}

Every time the boys started squabbling with each other or drove us a little too crazy on the first weekend of school holidays, Ben and I would look at each other cross-eyed and say "eight weeks..!" (And, then, I'm pretty sure Ben would high-five himself on the fact that he...Read More

48/52 {backyard bliss}

[caption id="attachment_85165" align="aligncenter" width="584"] "Mum, this is my most glamorous smile," he tells me.[/caption] I picked the boys up from school. It had been a hot day, and I was greeted with immediate requests for iceblocks on the way home. The need for iceblocks became more and more urgent with...Read More

39/52 {when it’s hard to feel grateful}

Holidaying for a week in a beautiful beach location, staying in a recently renovated caravan which had been lovingly loaned to us. Sounds idyllic. And thus I felt so ungrateful for not enjoying our first week of school holidays. After a busy few weeks and never-decreasing to-do list, I had envisaged...Read More

38/52 {my growing boy}

Nicholas: It struck me that I needed to capture this fleeting moment of my baby boy having a daytime sleep, as my baby boy is certainly growing up. The daytime sleeps have been few and far between lately, the bed rail has come off the side of the bed, and the change...Read More

37/52 {family fun day}

Just realised I completely missed out week 37 of the 52 Project. Whoops. Probably because I was too busy discussing our encounter with celebrities ;) I'm even going to try something tricky and see if I can backdate this post so that it slots into the right place. Wish me...Read More

36/52 {celebrating the fathers)

Today, in Australia, we are celebrating the Dads. I am lucky enough to know many of exceptional fathers, including my beloved husband and wonderful Dad, two generous and caring fathers-in-law, not to mention my brothers and brothers-in-law. My three boys are lucky to have such wonderful role models and we are truly thankful...Read More

35/52 {important cousin business}

The past few weeks have rendered me a bit frazzled. Between book week and sports days, lingering illness, excursions, a fleeting trip to Sydney, general to-ing and fro-ing and never feeling like I ever get anything ticked off the to-do list, it's been a little mad around here. But I...Read More

34/52 {lessons on slowing down}

Sometimes the Universe gives us subtle reminders to slow down. "Hey, here's a sniffle and  a sore throat. You should make a honey and lemon drink and have a rest for while. Go and put your feet up for five minutes." And sometimes the Universe builds a rather sturdy brick...Read More

32/52 {winter bugs}

There were a few bugs around these parts last week. Daddy and Charlie succumbed to the man flu, but thankfully the rest of us were largely unscathed. It was unusual to see this little bundle of energy under the weather. While he does love to stay in his pyjamas whenever...Read More

31/52 {noticing differences}

"Mum," Charlie started, "when Nicholas has his next birthday and turns four, he'll be talking like me." Statements like these always catch me a little off guard. Because it means that they've noticed differences between themselves and the little brother they adore. Because one day we won't be in our...Read More

30/52 {the house of chaos}

Our 'renovators delight' Queenslander home has been the recipient of some love lately. After being in our house for six years and doing a few minor improvements here and there, we recently underwent some more significant renovations, in what we're calling 'phase one' - knocking down a wall between the...Read More