One Little Word for 2017

It wasn’t until about September last year that I remembered (actually, I had to look it up) what my one little word for 2016 was. Expand. It certainly wasn’t in the way that I envisaged (is it ever in the way we imagine?), but expand I did. I broke into a...Read More

Inspiration for a Creative Life {guest post}

I first learned of Alexis when her reputation for making the most magnificent cakes and creating amazing artwork preceded her. We have since been lucky enough to receive two beautiful pieces of art that Alexis has created, (one you'll see below of a certain superhero) which prompted me to find out more about the story behind...Read More

No Love Like Ours

I know the fear and darkness associated with receiving a difficult diagnosis for our child. I also know the infinite love that has come with knowing our child. Does that infinite love mean we never worry about our children? Does it mean we never ever think about the diagnosis again because we...Read More

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

Bring on October {Down syndrome Awareness Month}

I’m pretty sure every year as October approaches and I attempt to prepare for Down syndrome Awareness Month on the blog, I struggle to find the right words to share with you. This year is no different. Perhaps it’s even harder now, as the boy who made Down syndrome Awareness...Read More

Stepping Outside the Bubble {my baby starts kindy}

Two days before Nicholas started kindy, I found myself cranky and irritable. It was Australia Day and I enjoyed spending the holiday with my extended family and friends, but when we arrived home and the day drew to a close, I felt on edge. In the hope of improving his...Read More

Stuffing Fear in my Pocket and Saying Yes to Adventure

An email landed in my inbox. It was an invitation to a small breakfast hosted by Kellogg’s in Sydney, with flights and accommodation covered if I wanted to attend. My initial response was, “Who, me? Really? But what can I bring to the table? What if I don’t have anything to say? What...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

47/52 {a few of my favourite things}

I feel a little like a broken record this time of year. Tired, frazzled, exhausted, busy, overcommitted, and repeat. I know the preferable answer is to slow down, but I also know that's unlikely right now. As we are just over a week away from school holidays commencing, the end-of-year celebrations...Read More

46/52 {counting down}

As I write, it's less than 12 hours until Ben comes home after eight days away overseas and I am counting down the minutes until my beloved returns. I will not tell a lie, it's been hard parenting without him. I am the ultimate coper, and great at seeing the best...Read More

45/52

nicholas: We were enjoying a morning at home after a busy week and I pulled out our box of 'Little People' and their associated transport options for you to play with. As it was a warm day, we decided to put some water in the crate so the Little People could go for a swim,...Read More

44/52 {out of sorts}

The past week has been filled with much craziness. Not terrible craziness, just crazy in the sense that I'm a bit sleep deprived and feel like my brain is exploding. Ben was away for work interstate for four days, just as painters were arriving on our doorstep to start painting...Read More

It’s a Wrap {31 for 21}

When you invite someone to share their unique perspective on life with Down syndrome, something magical happens. I have loved watching the stories that have enfolded in this heartspace during October. There have been reflections on the birth of a child with Down syndrome; on watching children starting school; finding support networks...Read More