Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bears of Hope Ball - What a Fantastic Night

A couple of weekends ago I was very lucky to be able to attend the Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Ball. It is an awesome night and I'm so grateful that I can be part of such a wonderful charity that supports families.

I have written about Bears of Hope before, I have mentioned the Bear of Hope Ball and being involved in the Ball Committee. What I haven't written about before is the over whelming feelings you have attending the ball. During the night there is a candle lighting, it is a time to light your candle for your baby, to watch a beautiful slide show of all the babies names of the people that are in attendance.

This year I sat with Jen, my partner in Bears of Hope crime, we became friends 4 yrs ago, not long after I had Riley and just 12 months after Jen lost her first son Bailey. In the first year of our work with Bears of Hope we both very much needed a purpose. There may have even been some competition on who go the most amount of sponsors and donations.

Now four years on it was lovely to sit next to Jen during the candle lighting ceremony and watch the slideshow of names and see Bailey & Riley's names. To know that our two very special boys have played a part in our friendship and supporting the parents that need Bears of Hope as much as we needed it 4 years ago.

Jen wrote me a message on facebook:
My beautiful friend Ande. (Pictured here with the equally wonderful Abby) It was the absolute best sharing Saturday night with you and celebrating the two little boys who brought us together.

In the last 8 months, between us we have sent a...
t least 1800 emails, countless phone calls resulting in 120 businesses/individuals on board as sponsors for the ball and over 260 prizes that were used on the night. And that's just a small portion on what we have achieved.

I love that on the way home from the ball we were already discussing what to do next year. You are awesome.
 
To you Jen, you are AWESOME because I know that what I do is so small compared to what You do and I want to say a massive congratulations to Jen and her hubby Nick to being awarded the Bears of Hope 2014 founders award..

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Week

The award for Best Mum Ever goes to Monique's Mum, that would be me!

According to Monique.

After a late night making Book Week costumes, because I take Book Week a little seriously. I had two children that loved what had been made for them.

Poppy got up at 5.30am and woke the rest of the house up telling us we had to get to school really early to get her face painted. Needless to say, although she was up early we were still not at school early.

This year Poppy was the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland & Monique was a Wonka Bar with Golden Ticket from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.




The smiles say it all...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Girls weekend

I love it when David goes away for work over a weekend. It gives me time with my girls to do girly things. We hit a theme park, go shopping to buy chick flicks, home for homemade pizzas. Singing songs inbetween.

I love that Poppy looks after Josephine and knows her role of being a big sister is so important. 

This all paints such a happy picture you can forgive me if there is no images because you might just have caught the tantrums, the messy house and the unbrushed hair. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Family Photos

For a long time I have wanted to have beautiful family photo's taken to show the personalities of each of my children. Images that I can put on my wall to look at when the screaming starts and I can remember that we are all uniquely part of this family, no matter what.


I asked my friend and super fantastic photographer Melissa Pratt Photography to take some photos. We sat down and discussed what I really wanted and where. Over the last 4 years each time I have begun the process to get family photos, it brings up a well of emotions as although these images are lovely, my heart knew that Riley would always be missing. Melissa was fantastic and very caringly worked with me to find a way that we could include Riley in some images.

The blue balloons - are my boy, my prince that I held so briefly. My Riley. On the day of Riley's funeral we released 31 blue balloon.  Life after a loss means that the smallest of things like having a family photo can bring up memories, hopes and dreams lost and the realisation that our family has survived a loss of a loved one.

I have seen this at my wedding, my siblings weddings and the one family photo that was taken after the loss of my brother. Its like there should be an space, so they can just slot back into the family.




Now not all of our family photo's include the Blue Balloons because we all carry him in our hearts every single day. The balloons are there for the kids to see that we can include Riley. To show others we will always be watched over.


 
There are lots more images and will share them soon.
If you live on the Gold Coast or are coming for a holidays I highly recommend Melissa, and I have not been paid to say that.
I must say we do make beautiful children!





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grateful day 2

Like my blog posts I'm not able to keep up with things that have to be done on a daily basis.   

Here's my day 2 which is actually day 3. If figure if I spread them out I can be more grateful for longer. 
1. I'm grateful for friends that come to my rescue when my car breaks down, laugh with me and at me, call me when times are tough for advice and give advice right back, make my day a little brighter each day. Being in another state to some of my closest friends It's so good to know that all I have to do is pick up the phone. 

My crazy walking buddy, yesterday we made it all the way to the coffee shop in the rain for hot chocolate. We even ran!

2. I'm grateful for hairdye which I'm so desperate to buy more of.  Without it I would look so much older. 

3. I'm grateful that we have the opportunity as a family to have warmth, shelter and a cupboard full of food because I know some people don't have the same privilege as us. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Day 1 grateful

I've been challenged to write three things I'm greatful for, for the next five days. Here I go Day 1
1. I'm grateful for the mess I can make in my own kitchen, after renting for three years I'm glad I can say this place is mine   

2. I'm grateful for the three booty shaking girls in the back ground. They are fiesty, they love to dance and they love to cook, hence the mess. 

3. Now I've seen a lot of these grateful posts over the last few weeks and I know all the standard things but I'm not a standard kind of girl. So my last thing today is I'm grateful for my taste buds. I'm so glad that I can cook and taste food. I love it so much. After two weeks without chocolate I missed it so much. I fell off the wagon and fell face first into a double family size block. 

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