Memories of My Cousin Nicholas {guest post}

Nicholas was lucky enough to have a whole tribe of wonderful cousins - 18 of them, in fact. But he definitely had a soft spot for his 11 year old cousin, and fellow blondie, Sophie. If ever I needed to encourage Nicholas to go somewhere, I just needed to tell him that...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

Flawed Bid for Perfection

Our handsome boy graced the pages of Queensland's major newspaper, The Courier Mail,  again today (with our permission). It was with a mix of pride and sadness that I read the words written by Kylie Lang in her opinion piece about the proposal that new non-invasive prenatal testing be covered...Read More

A Little Snippet

When I go to our computer and do a search based on video files, it appears I have about 700 clips of my children. None of them are very long, some of them are two second video-selfies that the boys have taken of the tops of their own heads, but...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

Four Years in Photographs

This is the photo montage video that was played during Nicholas' funeral service on 6 May. You may recognise the first song from the video I made when we celebrated his second birthday. A very big thank you to our beautiful friend Roxanne for putting together the second song, and for...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

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

43/52 {Sunday brunch}

nicholas: My stylish boy, you are loving your hat at the moment. I love this photo that Daddy took while you were busily stirring my coffee. I daresay it's similar to the way Daddy would look if someone interrupted his morning coffee ;)  charlie: I love both these photos of you, it...Read More

42/52 {overcoming challenges}

nicholas: I watched you survey the slide and think about climbing up the slide to the top. You climbed onto the base of the slide and attempted a few steps, then realised it was actually pretty slippery. But, not to be defeated, you grabbed hold of the sides and started again, carefully...Read More

41/52 {being studious}

nicholas: Drawing and writing are among your favourite activities at the moment. You will ask me if you can "draw?", then you spend ages filling every part of the paper before saying "ta-da!" and showing me your work proudly. During the week, you drew your first face independently, and it was my...Read More