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19-02-2010 19:14 hour
julie and zane williams

Hi Rory,pleased to hear you are back with your mates at DPS. Zane's big brothers loved it there. When you are at home one day, Zane has heaps of lego he would love to play with you and Zane's Mum would love a catch up with Mum. As I've said before Leigh, different experiences last year but very similiar in other ways with the way it's affected our family and outlook on life. We are struggling with lots of things and I will probably have to take leave from work to cope with it all.So anytime you need a play mate with 3 boys here you and Sam are welcome.
Leigh our home phone is 4355301 when you have time for a catch up Julie

18-02-2010 21:21 hour
Vania ( Australia )

Hey Rory,
It is so cool that you are back at Dargaville Primary!  It's never fun having to meet a new group of people, instead you get to be back with all your best mates.  William still talks of that school, and you are one of the kids he still talks about.  It amazes me how much he remembers since we've been over here 18mths now!
Take it easy, one day at a time.  We are thinking of you all.

14-02-2010 14:43 hour
Sparky ( Baylys Beach )

Hi guys
Heard that you were in Dargaville so I jumped into Sam Green's car (it was in the driveway next door) in the hopes of getting to see you.  No suck luck.  He spotted me before he had gone 2 meters!! What a bummer.
If the day is too long perhaps Rory and his mum could come out to visit for an afternoon (between lunch and going home time) I would love to see you. Just give me a call to make sure I'm there!
Well I'm off to catch more cicadas ... or a mouse.
Love Sparky

08-02-2010 14:23 hour
jane c ( Whangarei )

great to know you are back at school - it can be knackering for any kid to be back in the hurly burly of school (Eila took the whole weekend for a book and bed) way to go Rory!

07-02-2010 23:24 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi guys and gal, great to hear you have ben enjoying the summer weather and going to the festivities and enjoying the great outdoors as only you guys can do in such enthusiasm - well it always seems that you go about it in a way with which i know no others seem to do and love every minute of it and make such adventures out of even the smallest trips - this is to be admired and strived to achieved by us all really - well done. Yet another week has just zoomed by and school has gotten back into full swing for logan and school camp is looming in week 4 - and Logan doesnt do sleepovers well actually doesnt manage them at all so this is terrifying for him - and probably even more so for me as the worrying mum (overworrying actually- typical mum stuff like wanting to protect your kids worst fears and make them ok) Leigh how do you deal with this and not panic ? ? He seems keen to attend and is looking forward to certain aspects of it but I know the night will get tough for him - this isnt a pinch on what you guys have been through - but for him terrifying is not something I am wanting him to deal with - but it isnt an optional thing with school camp all must attend - no exceptions - not even having chronic homesickness - argggggggggghhhhhh - we will battle on and he will probably prove us all wrong and love every minute and take it all in his stride - I must admit having you guys as cousins has given us all the extra boost to strive for the extra mile to achieve the best we can do - so for this we thank you, love and hugs wendy, jason, logan and mikayla.

07-02-2010 21:14 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Good Evening,  What a wonderful experience going to Waitangi for Waitangi Day Celebrations.  I think alot of families put off attending the celebrations at Waitangi for all of the conflict we see on the News, but Leigh you have made it sound very enjoyable, and possibly something we will do as a family!  Thank you.  Thank you again for yet another very truthful, enlightning, inspirational update!!  See you tomorrow Love from The Johnstons xxxxx

07-02-2010 21:12 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hi de hi Gardiners, It's so nice to hear that you are back here with us this term, I am yet to bump into you at school, I am at work three days a week and with Korie being in a different class this year I guess we won't be seeing so much of each other at drop off and pick up!  Rory and Sam how exciting to hear that you have your own bows!  I have toyed with the idea of Korie joining the archery club when he is a little bit older, when I told him that you both have bows he was very interested and asked if the arrows are sharp!  Nice to hear that you are getting to use the new pool Rory it is such a cool facility for Dargaville, it is just about in our back yard!  In the holidays we went to the pool 3 times in one day!!!  That was the day after Korie realised that he didn't need to hold his nose anymore!! hee hee.  And lastly for you Leigh, your little piece in your latest update about how we are all different - beautiful... your explanation was powerful and I was touched personally by it!  Hugs to you all, love from the Morrisons xox

05-02-2010 19:48 hour
Tessa Barnett ( Calgary , Canada )

Hi Leigh, You'd remember me as one of the planners from WDC. I left in August for an extended holiday and I'm currently living and working in Canada. Before I left NZ I would often check your website to see how things were for Rory. During my travels - as happens - many things fell off the radar for a bit. Today at work the radio station was doing a special all day fundraiser for the Alberta childrens hospital and dozens of amazing stories were broadcast, some which made you want to cry with happiness at miracles, and others which were so sad. I was reminded of your family and Rory and couldn't wait to get home to see how everyone was doing - hoping to hear that Rory was ok and getting better. I'm so glad to hear that his chemo treatment is over for now and he is in remission. I know there may still be challenges ahead, and was sorry to hear you had to resign from work. I want to send you and your family all my best wishes for good luck, health and happiness in 2010! Love Tessa

04-02-2010 15:20 hour
Sandy at HELL New Plymouth ( New Plymouth , NZ )

Hi Guys, so pleased to hear you are getting back into your school routine and seeing lots of your precious friends from the north.
Don't ever despair at how far you have to go-just reflect on how far you have all come on your huge journey in 2009!
Thinking of you all.

04-02-2010 11:41 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hee Hee Rorys in Kodys class!!!!!!! Woop Woop!