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

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

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

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

The Love Fam {almost wordless wednesday}

When my lovely friend Kathy agreed to take photographs of our whole tribe earlier in the year, when my parents, all seven siblings, partners and almost all of the grandchildren were in one place at the same time, it seemed a shame not to utilise her to also take some Love...Read More

40/52 {tender moments}

nicholas: A few splashes from the biggest brother turned into an all-out family water fight. Charlie didn't mind when he was the one doing the wetting, but wasn't a big fan when he got soaked. But you happily wrapped your arms around your cold, wet, sad Charlie-bear so he would feel better....Read More

Breathing Space at the Beach {almost wordless wednesday}

My words below are from a Facebook post I wrote on 1 October, accompanied by the photos I took that day. Thank you for all the comments I received that day, the encouragement and the "me toos". We're all in this together. An extra special thank you to my beautiful sister-in-law...Read More

39/52 {when it’s hard to feel grateful}

Holidaying for a week in a beautiful beach location, staying in a recently renovated caravan which had been lovingly loaned to us. Sounds idyllic. And thus I felt so ungrateful for not enjoying our first week of school holidays. After a busy few weeks and never-decreasing to-do list, I had envisaged...Read More

35/52 {important cousin business}

The past few weeks have rendered me a bit frazzled. Between book week and sports days, lingering illness, excursions, a fleeting trip to Sydney, general to-ing and fro-ing and never feeling like I ever get anything ticked off the to-do list, it's been a little mad around here. But I...Read More

34/52 {lessons on slowing down}

Sometimes the Universe gives us subtle reminders to slow down. "Hey, here's a sniffle and  a sore throat. You should make a honey and lemon drink and have a rest for while. Go and put your feet up for five minutes." And sometimes the Universe builds a rather sturdy brick...Read More

21/52 {breathing space}

After spending a busy week solo-parenting while Ben was in Sydney, whilst also fighting off the beginnings of a cold, I was very ready for some breathing space by the time he returned home. A few weeks earlier, an image appeared in my Instagram feed from the gorgeous Emma Kate Co,...Read More

19/52 {mother’s day}

So lucky to be the mother of these three beautiful boys, as tough as that job can be sometimes.  So grateful for the love of a beautiful and gracious mother, and a wonderfully supportive mother-in-law, as well as an amazing array of sisters, sisters-in-law and friends to share in this journey of motherhood...Read More

18/52 {offering it up}

[caption id="attachment_83168" align="alignnone" width="584"] Nicholas tries to convince Sam to turn the Wiggles music on on Mum's phone. Complete with shoulder taps and looking Sam straight in the eye on occasion, I think it's fairly clear he's saying, "And hurry up about it."[/caption] This week has involved far more vomit, sleep...Read More

17/52 {stretched}

In this parenthood gig, I think it's easy to fall into the 'not doing enough' mentality. I constantly feel as though there aren't enough hours in the day, that I haven't been as productive as I wanted to be, that there are always things left on the to-do lists. Some...Read More