As much as I love being at home with my children, escaping on occasion is also quite good for the soul. This week (with the help of a lovely friend and my mum to juggle my children), I was privileged to attend The Future of Leadership conference and came away feeling so inspired. So much genius in one room, it was pretty darn a-mazing.
Amidst all the gems, there were so many references to the power of storytelling and personal connection. I have felt so blessed over the past 18 days to share stories from around the Down syndrome community. I just wanted to say thank you to all those who have entrusted us with your stories and shared a piece of your heart here in this space. Thank you also to those who have graciously read and received those words into your hearts. I feel honoured to witness the exchange of words, love and encouragement throughout October so far. And there is more to come.
With love x
nicholas: You were in rock-throwing heaven when we had our little family adventure to an out-of-the-way creek over the weekend. Unfazed by the cold water, you were happy to wriggle out of my arms and explore, delighted to get soaking wet and throw every available rock into the pools of water. Moments like these confirm to me that you aren’t a baby anymore. You love getting amongst the adventure.
sam: While you’re a bit out of sorts while on steroids at the moment, our attempt at a strategy to keep you active and distracted this weekend seems to have worked pretty well. You and I enjoyed sneaking out for an early morning walk/scooter ride to a local café on Saturday morning, and we all had fun going on our adventure to the creek. When we picked you up from a friend’s birthday party this morning, it was nice to hear a few of the parents comment on what a lovely boy you are – even when you’re on edge, your inner beauty shines through.
charlie: While you would have much preferred to stay in your pyjamas at home than go on this ‘family adventure’ we kept rabbiting on about, your excitement was tangible from the moment you spotted the rocky creek bed and knew you had a new world to explore. You have been extra cuddly lately, and we’re loving all the affection. I love that you snuck into our bed as the sun rose this morning, snuggled into me and went back to sleep.
Joining in the 52 Project at Practising Simplicity ~ a portrait of each of my boys every week in 2014.
Portraits this week by Daddy-love.