SuperSam turns Six

I have had a blog post about Sam's coming of age sitting in draft since Sam turned four. And five came and went, amidst the busy-ness of life and me going away to a conference days after his birthday. So, with no further ado, I will aim to publish something...Read More

Contemplating 36

So, today I turned 36. There, it’s out there on the interwebs. I’m never going to be able to deny my age again. My beloved husband has taken great delight in teasing me about my approach of the big-4-0 milestone for a few years now, and now I’ve officially moved into...Read More

Celebrating Two

Two years ago on this day, we welcomed another beautiful blonde bundle into our lives. After months of waiting and worrying about this pre-labelled baby, Nicholas arrived and fit seamlessly into our family. Never in a million years could I imagine just how much more joy and love and delight...Read More

Permission to Shine {and a giveaway}

As we reflect upon the year just ended, it’s pretty easy to write it off as not one of our finest. For a little while there, if I heard anyone say that 2013 was a great year, I have to admit feeling a bit offended. And then I got over...Read More

Life As We Know It

I am acutely aware that a launched this big grenade into the blogosphere and told you about Sam’s diagnosis, but haven’t followed up with how he’s going. How we’re all going. So this is it. Part II. (Warning: you may need a packed lunch before you read this one. Sorry)...Read More

Christmas Loves

There is so much in my heart right now, so much I want to say. Instead, in this moment, I will revel in my three babies and accept the love of the village that enfolds us and holds space for us. My house is in chaos, the piles of washing...Read More

Worth It

We are now almost half way through October, and I have been somewhat distracted… but didn’t want the whole month to go by without acknowledging that it is, in fact, Down syndrome Awareness month. But I am, quite honestly, at a loss as to what to write when it comes...Read More

21 Days Ago

21 days ago, my heart shattered into a gazillion pieces. 21 days ago, we heard the words no parent wants to hear. “He has Leukaemia. I’m sorry.” Our five year old son has Leukaemia. Sam has Leukaemia. I wonder whether I’ll ever get used to those words. In so far...Read More

Little List

Inspired by these little lists over at Meet Me at Mikes and Motherwho, here's a little Love list of my very own... Making : plans for more renos Cooking : lots of experimental gluten, dairy and sugar free foods Drinking : lattes without sugar and attempting green smoothies Reading :...Read More

Snapshot

When we received that little diagnosis almost two years ago, the last word I would have thought I'd use to describe the life we had ahead of us was 'normal'. Isolated, different, special... perhaps. But not normal. And yet that is totally how our life feels. Oh.So.Normal. Perhaps someone may...Read More

Decade

Ten years ago, I married my love. The big Love who helped start this whole clan of little Loves. Ten years. Wowzers. Oh, and what a ride it’s been. A few bumps in the road here and there, but mostly good. I think we lead a pretty blessed life and...Read More

Spirit of Motherhood

As the clock ticked over to Mothers Day 2013, I was sitting in the Emergency Department of the Royal Childrens’ Hospital while my middle son was treated for croup. We are well familiar with croup in our house, as Charlie had his first episode when he was only four months...Read More

Four Things

At the end of each year, past students from the high school I attended are asked to return and speak with small groups of current graduates in their final week of school. The school has called this ‘Evolution Day’ and, as part of it, the girls are able to hear...Read More

One Year, Survival and a Village

As Nicholas' first year rolled around on 20th March, the Love 5 spent the day at the beach in Torquay, Victoria, splashing in the water and building sandcastles, followed by celebratory ice-cream. I think it was that day Nicholas officially decided to become a surfie when he grows up, as...Read More

Three

Before Charlie arrived into this world, I was expecting a carbon copy of his big brother. But instead, we received a nine pound bundle of joy with white blonde hair (the nurses were so taken by his hair that they kept taking it in turns to come and see him...Read More

DS101: What I Have Learned

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of March. Oh, I had such good intentions, blog posts all planned. Alas, whilst it was a month not well documented, it was one well-lived ;) So far in March, we have celebrated the birthdays of two of our little Loves – Charlie...Read More

The Chosen Ones

I have a few posts in the pipeline, but we've had a bit of excitement this weekend that I wanted to share with you. About a month ago, we were asked to be involved in an article on Down syndrome due to appear in a magazine called 'qweekend' which is...Read More

New Year

As the year began, I was completely pumped about what 2013 would have in store. I was going to be healthier and fitter, be more organised, get in more me-time in for writing, blogging and photography, work on our business more, finish off all the unfinished projects in our house,...Read More