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Will Grief Last Forever?

A little while back, I made an offhanded comment to my therapist about how my grief would last forever. Therapists have a way of taking one of those little remarks you make - in my head, just a small thread in a bigger conversation - and honing in on it....Read More

Feeling Connected in 2019

It's really easy to get to the end of a year and think, “Oh, that was a [tough/wonderful/terrible/insert word of choice] year.” We wrap it all up in a tight little bundle and slap a label on it with a word that’s supposed to sum up a whole 12 months,...Read More
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A Boy So Loved

I remember those early days of taking a newborn Nicholas out and about. In my memory, they were more likely to be days when the big boys were at kindy or daycare and it was just the two of us, relishing in each other… and the peace, without those unruly...Read More
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10 Books to Add to Your Reading List

I am a Kindle lover. There, I said it. I feel like there's this great divide between people who love a Kindle and others who firmly hold their trusty paper books, swearing they'll never give them up for the e-reader. I still love ‘real’ books, and there’s something very magical...Read More
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Gifts for the Grieving

When someone dies, it’s natural to want to express our love and comfort to friends who are experiencing the loss. But what do you give to a family when they are grieving? Essentially, we want them to know we’re thinking of them and wish beyond all wishes that we could...Read More

Moving Forward in 2018

2017 felt like a pretty big year, in hindsight. It started with an epic 800km bike ride in Thailand, and time in Singapore with the boys, staying with my sister and her family. On the school front, Charlie started Year 1 and Sam went into Year 3. Sam had his...Read More

The Ocsober Experiment: giving up alcohol for a month

I should probably start this post with the disclaimer that I don’t consider myself a big drinker. I never really have been. A typical week for me would involve one or two glasses of wine and/or a G&T most Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. We don’t usually drink between Monday...Read More

Better with You {Down syndrome awareness month}

Usually as October kicks off, I’m madly welcoming submissions, and editing and scheduling blog posts and social media for Down syndrome awareness month. For the past three years, I have attempted (thanks to some lovely writer friends, with a surprisingly good rate of consistency) to get a post up every...Read More
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Finding Slivers of Light in Grief

Every time I heard myself finding something 'good' that had come out of Nicholas passing away, I caught myself: how can something good possibly come out of this cavernous loss? But the truth is that, if we look hard enough, we can always find a sliver of light in the...Read More

Becoming a Miracle Mama {guest post}

I actually remember the very first time I read Natalie's blog when a friend shared this post, and then we connected online after both having done the IAHP course in Melbourne. I'm pretty sure we're kindred spirits. While I know motherhood has been challenging and ridiculously busy for her, Natalie seems to emanate...Read More

Eleven Things that Help Keep Our Marriage On Track

I was telling Ben that sometimes in our relationship I marvel at how great it is and can’t imagine it being any other way. We are happy and in love and communicating well and it’s blissful. And then we have times where it feels as though we’re on the brink...Read More

Celebrating the Life of Nicholas Love

Just over one year ago, on 6th May 2016, we gathered to celebrate the life of Nicholas Love. When you plan a wedding, you generally have months or even years to think about the perfect inclusions for that special day, and you’re giddy with excitement over all the little details....Read More

Dear 16 Year Old Me

[caption id="attachment_86029" align="alignleft" width="330"] Cutting the cake at my 16th birthday.[/caption] Dear 16 Year Old Me, You don’t always need to be sensible. Have fun, and make the most of the time in your life where you have few responsibilities. You are young and beautiful, even if you don’t feel...Read More

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

To the Brokenhearted on World Down syndrome Day

As World Down syndrome Day rolls around on 21st March (3:21), I love watching my social media feed full of amazing individuals rocking their extra chromosome. But amongst the joy is the heartbreak of knowing that our son with the almond shaped eyes is no longer lighting up our social media feed in real...Read More