Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The End of an era.

Joseph all ready for school. 

In his classroom in the morning. 

so after 23 years of preschool children in the house, this year I am on my own for 6 hours every day. 

I am excited that we are moving into a new phase in our life. I have loved raising so many children and I am sure at times I will miss them but there are many things I am going to enjoy about this new phase. 

Lots of people have asked me what I am going to do with my time. 

There are many things I want to do but I am sure that it won't be long and the new normal routine will be in place and I will wonder how I had time to have preschool children. 

Friday, January 16, 2015


Next week is the last week of school holidays here. Steve will go into work on Thursday and Friday and the children will go back to school on the following Tuesday. 

I feel a little bit sad that the holidays are so close to finishing but it will be good to have a routine again. 

diabetes care becomes harder when the children are on holidays. They sit around a lot eating irregularly and much more than they usually would. BSL checks also tend to be on the lower side so getting back into our school routine will help manage them better. 

These holidays Steve and I have spent a lot of time looking for a unit to buy. We have made a couple of offers on two that we have liked but so far no success in buying one. Hopefully soon we will buy one. Our plan is to rent it out till Steve retires and then go and live in Adelaide. 

I have also been getting ready for Daniel and Ange's wedding. I have made Christopher a vest to wear and a dress and bolero for me. 

This is the pattern I used for the dress and bolero. 

These are the vests the boys will wear:
I made Joseph's for Musical Theatre Concert. 

Here he is in his costume: 

For the wedding, they will wear long pants, a shirt and tie with it. 

;Thanks for visiting. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Tom.

Today Tom turns 15.
 New Born with my dad and brother John. 

14 Months old. This photo was taken in Adelaide, just after Tom had been diagnosed. 
 Age 2 and 3. Tom and Amelia were firm friends at this age. The older children always called them the babies and I kept telling them they were not babies. 
Christopher was born when Tom was 5. He loved his brother to pieces. 

Age 6. This is probably his first bike. 
Age 7. I couldn't find one of Tom on his own. I wonder if he had started to become a bit camera shy. 
 Age 8. Tom and Amelia played soccer for the Eagles. 
 Age 9, First Communion. 
 Age 10, Another brother is born. 
 Age 11. 
 Age 12 with a new pump. 
 Age 13. Joining scouts. 
Age 14. Daniel took the 4 boys camping. 

Now at 15, Tom has started working part time at Hungry Jacks. He is our 5th child to start work with them. He will be in year 10 this year at PASS. 

Happy Birthday Tom. Dad and I are proud to be your parents and hope God blesses you abundantly over the years ahead. 

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year from Aussie Coffee Shop.

Looking back over the year that has been, I think it has been one of my favourite years. 

Lots of good things happened. 

Joseph went of to kindergarten and really enjoyed going. He also started therapy with Novita Children's services and enjoyed that too. 

Brigette got her P plate licence and started driving herself and Tom to school. 

Steve and I had 4 nights away on our own in Melbourne. We also went to Adelaide a lot for many friends 50th birthdays. It was great to catch up with a lot of friends we haven't seen for a long time. 

In July we paid of our house in Port Augusta. This was a pretty wonderful moment for both Steve and I. 

Daniel got Engaged and to a beautiful girl and we also went to Adelaide for their engagement party. 

Two of our children celebrated sacraments this year. Christopher had his first reconciliation and Amelia was confirmed. 

Madeline had 9 weeks in Thailand doing volunteer work with IVHQ.

The last thing that I remember that was great about our year was Sam's girlfriend, Jess joined the church. She and I did RCIA together and I was her sponsor on the 23rd of November. 

Along with the good, we also had a few things that went wrong. Tom had ketoacidosis twice and had to be flown to Adelaide with The Flying Doctors. Looking after three children with diabetes continues to be challenging but I am grateful for blood glucose meters, insulin pumps and a team of professionals that are only a email or phone call away. 

So now we are in 2015, we are looking forward to Daniel and Angelique's wedding, Joseph starting school and Amelia going to high school. 

Steve and I are looking for an investment unit to buy in Adelaide. We want to buy one now since our house is paid of. We will rent it out and then move into it when Steve retires.  

With Joseph being at school, I will have more time to do volunteer work at the school and within our parish. I will also be able to get more sewing done hopefully. 

St. Catherine is going to be my blog patroness again this year. I haven't chosen a word for the year but I am praying about what it should be and how to use it in my everyday life. 

Here are a few photos from the year. 

Please pray for a cure for Type One Diabetes

Please pray for a cure for Type One Diabetes
Our sons Tom and Christopher and our daughter Amelia are type one diabetics. We pray everyday for a cure. We do not want one by illicit means though so don't support any organisation that contributes to Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Click on the photo of Tom and Christopher to read about why I am against using Embryonic Stem cells for a cure.

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Australian Catholic Homeschoolers.

Tom's and Christopher's insulin pump

New book: Faith Quilt.

New book: Faith Quilt.
All proceeds from sales of "FAITH QUILT" going to "Casa de Amor Children's Homes in Bolivia" and "Sarah's Covenant Homes in India" Two truly extraordinary organisations that take in the most needy children and give them a place of love and security to call home.