Monday, January 11, 2010

More 'FIRSTS'

































On Saturday we walked the 5 minutes it takes to get to the beach from our house.... was great to see Sam loving the feeling of sand on his feet for the first time. We're off on holiday today to Red Beach and are so grateful to the KIDS Foundation which has holiday homes available for families with sick kids. Check this out: http://www.idfnz.org.nz/pub/cms/services__holiday/files/REdbeach.pdf to see where we will be, and to see the great organisation that has taken us under their wing. Again this is a 'first' for us - our first family holiday and we are looking forward to quiet; books; sand, sea & sun; bbq's, jigsaw puzzles; sewing (am taking my sewing machine as the girls are keen to make clothes for their toys!) and stocking up our memory banks!

I can't quite believe we're going - ALL of us.... it's wonderful and amazing and we are so grateful to God that Sam is well enough and also such a content and happy little boy. I know I am biased, but he is just so happy and responsive and a real joy to have around, which makes it pure joy for all of us and special to see the girls with him.

Am off to pack..... oh now where did I put that bar of chocolate I wanted to sneak in....hmmmm....





8 comments:

bronheslop said...

Haha - you SO deserve that chocolate, Shirley! I think you're so clever coming up with that cool tailoring for Samuel's clothes - clever, full stop, really! Have a FABULOUS holiday - we will be praying for an uneventful, relaxing time for you all up there. Take plenty of pictures..... and give me a yell if you need a babysitter! (it's not far from here to there!)

Anonymous said...

love that pic of Samuel! Enjoy the beach mate. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Have a blessed time away and God bless you there...great to see the family photos and the photos of you all doing well. Thanks for taking the time to update as well.

Love McLays

The Doughertys said...

Hi guys, its been a few weeks since we logged on to your blog. Sam is looking so amazing and full of life and laughter. What a joy germ. I am sure the trials of 2009 have stretched and grown you in your faith and God will use you to strengthen others in their time of trial. He intends it for His good. Have a fantastic, relaxing holiday. Much love. Fi

tau said...

hey - just catching up on your blog today - what great news and pictures and so thrilled to see you have recovered Shirl - YAY! and now at the beach - yeehar - E N J O Y ! ! !
arohanui

tau said...

p.s. ha ha - just reread your latest blogs - its our 14th wedding anniversary today! didn't realise we got married a week apart all those years ago LOL! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, Sam obviously loving the beach! Gorgeous smiles! Hope you have a great family time away, you all deserve it :)

Jacinta

Samantha said...

Hope you are having a great time at the beach - we are looking forward to our holiday there next week! We are so lucky having a holiday home that is away and yet so very close to hospital if we need it - I found it very reassuring last year. This year I am not worried at all because Lara's bloods are normal for the first time in 3 years! We actually have one month between bloods (another first!).

I am so happy that Sam's bili is so low and he is doing and looking so great - I love the pic with no prongs! He is looking like a healthy young boy now.

Take care, thinking of you often.