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

It’s a Wrap {31 for 21}

When you invite someone to share their unique perspective on life with Down syndrome, something magical happens. I have loved watching the stories that have enfolded in this heartspace during October. There have been reflections on the birth of a child with Down syndrome; on watching children starting school; finding support networks...Read More

On the Eve of 21 {guest post}

When I think of the quote "I wouldn't change my child for the world, but I will change the world for my child" I think of Lisa Bridle. Rather than just coming to terms with a Down syndrome diagnosis and accepting a life on the fringes for her child with...Read More

Superhero {almost wordless wednesday}

My boy, my surprise, my heartbreak, my hero... with the scars to prove it. Some parents wish for either a 'pink or blue' baby, but we all assume our new baby will be healthy, just like the rest of the family. We got a blue baby with a little something extra... I...Read More

Postcard to Myself in December 2006 {guest post}

After reading Kristen's book, I must admit feeling quite intimidated by the thought of meeting this impressive woman in person. But I didn't need to be. She is one of the most humble, gracious and kind hearted women I know, with an incredible ability to just get in and make things...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

Lessons In Living {guest post}

Through immense personal challenge, Julia Watson manages to demonstrate in the most humble and authentic way that life truly is for living. I remember reading an article Julia had written about her beautiful Georgia years ago when Nicholas was just tiny and I was so proud when her first book was published recently...Read More

Flashback to 17 months {almost wordless wednesday}

I remember the afternoon I took these photos of you, at 17 months old. We had a rare opportunity to wander to the park without those two big brothers and you relished in the undivided attention of your mumma. I watched you sit confidently at the top of the slide, King of...Read More

This Mother’s Random Reflections on Starting School {guest post}

My friendship with Jocelyn started when a lovely mutual friend introduced us during my pregnancy with Nicholas. Although I hadn't yet even met my third child, I was grateful to have my first real life connection with another family in the Down syndrome community and Jocelyn has been a wealth of knowledge and source...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