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

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

52/52 {a project's end}

Today, I picked up the Nikon again for the first time in weeks. It felt good. Comfortable and familiar. I like taking photographs when it feels good, when I feel relaxed and the moment seems right. It's funny how across the festive season, when it would seem important to capture...Read More

51/52 {christmas love}

Amidst the busyness and shopping and food preparation and family dynamics, there is a certain magic about Christmas time. When all the presents are wrapped and labelled and under the tree, I can't help but think about all the Christmases of my childhood and get a little buzz anticipating how...Read More

50/52 {beach holiday}

There is something special about going on holiday before Christmas. The rest of the world isn't quite ready to slow down by mid-December, so it can be difficult to extricate ourselves from all the work and busy-ness and it feels like a lot of effort to get ready for holidays, as well as...Read More

Two and a half.

Oh, Nicholas, you have my heart. At just over two and a half, you continue to light up our world. We occasionally fight over you. I look forward to your cuddles in the morning, but your big brothers ask if they can go into your room at the first sound you...Read More

Loveisms

God bless children for their ability to make us giggle. Here are some of the more memorable funny moments with our children over the past few years. {Charlie} Mum: How was your morning at Aunty Bec’s house? Charlie: Good. We played games. Mum: Does she have a tv at her house?...Read More

Returning to our Sanctuary

There’s something lovely about returning to a holiday destination. Feeling the anticipation rise as the weekend at ‘the farm’ approaches, hearing us exhale as we descend the driveway towards our cabin, knowing how quickly we’ll start thinking we never want to leave. Being able to reminisce about previous visits while...Read More

33/52 {finding my happy place}

Sam had a short hospital stint this week. After experiencing fevers of over 38.5 on Monday morning, it’s protocol for us to take him straight up to Emergency in case there’s a nasty infection lurking. He was admitted later that day and stayed in for two nights, but thankfully he...Read More

32/52

nicholas: We'd been at the farm for about five minutes when you crawled outside and sat on the grassy hill. I think we found your happy place. You had such a beautiful weekend at the farmstay, happily patting the animals as we fed them and snuggling into me as the tractor...Read More

28/52

School holidays come to a close today. We have squeezed every bit of life out of the past two weeks - we've been to a concert and a movie, explored GOMA and been ten pin bowling, we've stayed at the beach, attended a craft workshop and had playdates, we've ridden scooters...Read More

25/52

With a few winter sniffles this week, we have laid low, stayed warm and enjoyed some quiet days at home, rediscovering forgotten toys. Watching Nicholas play alongside his brother and delight in the assembled train set, just like any two year old boy might, made my heart sing. 'Normal' moments like...Read More

Little List

Inspired by these little lists over at Meet Me at Mikes and Motherwho, here's a little Love list of my very own... Making : plans for more renos Cooking : lots of experimental gluten, dairy and sugar free foods Drinking : lattes without sugar and attempting green smoothies Reading :...Read More

Snapshot

When we received that little diagnosis almost two years ago, the last word I would have thought I'd use to describe the life we had ahead of us was 'normal'. Isolated, different, special... perhaps. But not normal. And yet that is totally how our life feels. Oh.So.Normal. Perhaps someone may...Read More

Three

Before Charlie arrived into this world, I was expecting a carbon copy of his big brother. But instead, we received a nine pound bundle of joy with white blonde hair (the nurses were so taken by his hair that they kept taking it in turns to come and see him...Read More