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my happy place

Posted on October 28th, 2011 by Tracey

who or what is in your happy place today? blog about it and then come back and share the link!

how’s your sense of direction?

Posted on October 6th, 2011 by Tracey

Jasper and I were invited to meet one of my girlfriends and her 2 kids out for lunch today. somewhere that was nearby but i had never been before.

after dealing with the morning’s tantrums and finally getting into the car, I quickly check my Google Map while I still had Wi-Fi and noted that it should be one straight road with 2 simple turns to get there. easy. can’t go wrong.

we set off in one direction and all the traffic lights were green and there was hardly any traffic, perfect we’ll be there in no time.

we drove down the long winding straight road i saw on the map and enjoyed the scenery. then we enjoyed the scenery some more. and more. there seemed to be more and more cows & horses in paddocks and this road turned a little gravelly for my liking.

the night before i had watched the first episode of The One, where a group of psychics are dropped in the middle of the bush one by one, and they have to find the helicopter to take them out of there. suddenly i had a sense of deja vu – we’re lost, no map and it’s taken 20 minutes so far on this 5 minute trip to the pub.

the rain clouds were threatening to add another layer of doom, so instead of freaking out i turn up the radio and start looking around more carefully. we’ve taken a few different turns now so i have to trust my gut and go in the direction I think is right.

15 minutes down what HAS to be the longest back road ever, i spy the entrance to the pub but totally miss the entrance. i double back and shake my fist at Google Map for sending me to Woop Woop and back. the pub ends up being so close to our usual haunts that it’s not funny, but the whole adventure has been a good reminder to trust your gut and go with your instincts.

you might take a wrong turn here or there, but you will get there.

how’s your sense of direction?

and on a semi-related note, don’t miss this – Steve Jobs: How to live before you die. Love what you do… Keep looking, don’t settle. , if today was the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. and stay hungry, stay foolish. RIP Steve Jobs.

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my new mission

Posted on September 23rd, 2011 by Tracey

“Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

Mary Oliver

i think it applies to blogging in general, but also is my new favourite quote – something to always remember when you have something you want to bring awareness to.

the amazing Kelle Hampton had posted about Down Syndrome Awareness Day on her blog a few months back – i’ve only just started to read back through her archives, but this is a woman i look up to. i don’t know where she gets her strength and the beauty in her words & photographs, but she is blessed, just as i know i am blessed.

i hope that in a year’s time, when we’ve lived with the diagnosis of Autism a bit longer and that we’ve had a year of therapies and baby steps forward and back, i’ll look back and see how far we’ve come also. not necessarily in terms of Jovie’s skills, but as a family and me as a mum and woman.

what i know now – Jovie is still Jovie, always has been and always will. she just also happens to have Autism. all kids are special in their own ways, and we are more alike than different. and each day is an opportunity for something awesome.


such a pretty dress for a pretty girl! we can’t stop taking photos of her in it


picking a winner


mummy needs a bike ride now and then. in flats & a cute sweater no less.


his first big boy bike!


visiting baby alexis

have a great weekend everyone!