April 27, 2014




brothers: I had already captured and chosen my three 52 Project photos for this week, but when these two voluntarily asked to have a photo together, it was one of those moments I couldn’t not share. As with any relationship, there are ebbs and flows, but we’ve enjoyed watching this bond grow stronger lately and hearing two boys chat to each other across the room before they fall asleep. When it comes down to it, I hope they’ve always got each others backs. Amidst the chaos of life with small children, of sleep deprivation and battles-of-will, these glimpses make it all worthwhile.


nicholas: After waking from your nap, Charlie arrived into your room and kept you entertained for a good half hour throwing soft toys up high into the air and catching them again. You were a wonderful audience, inserting ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ in all the right places, giving looks of amazement and clapping on cue. I love your soft skin and those little squishy rolls on your belly as you push up against the cot rail. 


charlie: With nowhere to be except home, you indulged in spending most of your day in your cosy new pyjamas from Aunty Pen and Uncle Chris. The light was streaming through the window in our bedroom. For a boy who hates having his photo taken, you made me laugh getting into all different poses and asking me to take photos of you. “Hey Mum, take this one of my butt” you said, as you curled up on the bed. I love times when it’s just you and I and I get to hear all your funny stories.

52-17-3sam: Deep in concentration on the iPad while you were hooked up to the IV, waiting for the chemo drugs to finish filtering through on our day visit to RCH. After seven months on this journey, we have about five weeks left of the intensive treatment before we get to ‘Maintenance’, which is another 2.5 years long but hopefully involves less hospital time. You’ve asked a few times lately when you’ll finish having to take the medicine for your sick blood, and my response of ‘when you’re about eight’ sounds so far away for my five year old boy. We are incredibly thankful that you have been responding so well to treatment and looking so healthy lately, and we love seeing that fair hair reappearing.

Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.


I am so grateful for your thoughts and comments, so please reply below.

  1. Just so you know, you and your Little Men are our real life Super Heros. You are a light on our path and have made it easier for others by sharing your incredible story.

    1. You’re very sweet Julia, thank you. We just keep on keeping on – not doing anything extraordinary! But I’m so glad our paths have crossed x

  2. So lovely, Annie. I love your weekly updates and seeing your photos of your beautiful boys. The comment Charlie made about you taking photos gave me a good giggle! Mr Sam is a brave little hero, and Nicholas, well, he is just too gorgeous for words!

    1. So glad you’re enjoying our weekly updates – I am enjoying posting a little of our adventures. Charlie makes me giggle too 😉 Thank you x

    1. Isn’t it great?? My boys do drive each other a bit crazy, but there is a lot of love there too and it’s so nice when they play well together. Thank you for stopping by xx

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