02-11-2009 13:07 hour
jane c ( Whangarei )

sorry that you are having such a crap time... one day closer to this being over though
i read this poem on a blog i follow (i know i have too much spare time!) and have asked if i could reproduce it for you...
Where is the end of this road?The sun has not yet lit the horizonthe hill is steep.The blackness covers my eyes, myears, my feet.The weeds tangle in a webslowing the journeyMy weary legs plod ahead with no path,no destination. I am lost and tired.The ground is soft, too soft, sinking, sinking.I lift my legs, deliberate, conscious, blind, but proceeding.I pull the weeds with my hands, raw, wounded.They are removed. My hands will heal.Progress, slowly, up the peak.At the summit, the yellow and orange beacon from the east.The light is coming, the light is coming.I can see. I am not afraid. The day will come.
with love

01-11-2009 21:29 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well hello! Sams outfit looked pretty cool!  Rory the tailor huh! Excellent work both on the mask and the cape!!  We are glad you are enjoying the Balloon and treats too!  Sad to hear you have had yet another rough weekend though!! Our weekend was rather busy starting on Friday with the show day, Kody and Ben both doing well.  Saturday morning I had to go and help out at the Anglican Church Spring Fair, this is an annual event that my Mum is heavily involved in and I get roped in to work at it every year too!  Brian brought the kids down for a visit and they purchased some mystery envelopes which contained a number that corresponded to a prize on the table...the first numbers were not too successful in the boys eyes (way to girly) but the second time round Ben managed to get a BIG tin in the shape of a car full to the brim with lollies!!! Kody got one of those jelly balls with a flashing light inside and Stella diddnt get a second chance as she did way to well in the first round ( a tray, a soap and a treasures box!)  They then moved on to decorating some bisciuts with multi coloured icing and overloaded them with more lollies!!!  After that they had a go at fishing with a magnet (the fish had staples on them so you could fish them up!) and for every 5 fish they caught they got some chocolate fish!!!)  We met up with Adam Rae and his family and decided that I would take the boys trick or treating later that afternoon.  Kody Ben and Stella had their faces painted (Kody-Cammo/Army, Ben-Black stripes and Black eyes, Stella- Butterfly)  Brian took Stella home and they Boys and I stayed to help clean up.  The boys turned out to be far too annoying running around and not doing as they were asked so I decided it was time to go.  We stopped in at the park and had a go on the spinning around thing (this still makes me a bit woozy thinking of it!) I thought I would freak the boys out by going really fast but they coped fine, me on the other hand...I couldnt even walk for about a minute!  Then they wanted to have another go (I think they thought its was pretty funny watching me trying to come to grips with everything after we had stopped)  So I decided the park time was over!  Trick or treating time came around and I took on the road Cammo Kody, Superman Ben and Batman Adam!  we visited a few pre-organised places (Kathryn had FORGOTTEN it was halloween! Much to Kories disgust!) After dropping of Adam we returned home and had Brians sister, partner and Son for a visit who showed up with 3 HUGE bags of lollies! (Like they needed anymore!)  We packed bags for the kids and I dropped them all out to Nanas for the night.  We were hitting the town for a 21st celebration (Stacy the therapist who gave you your massage Leigh)  Talk about feeling a little OLD!  We had to dress to impress, everyone obliged and looked fabulous.  It was a great night. I arrived home at about 1am and Brian at 2am (although he fell asleep on the couch and never made it to bed until 4am!)
Today Kody and Ben had a very industrious day at Nana and Poppas they set up a Police Traffic Stop for all cars coming up the driveway and issued tickets for a number of offences! (Nana managed to rake up $800 in fines!)  They went fishing for eels, with no luck, found a hole in the side of the hill by the dam.  They thought is was maybe from rabbits, stoats or rats, we know it was empty because Ben...being Ben stuck his entire arm in the hole to check! and they also played tennis on the back lawn and drove their cars in a big pile of dirt, oh yes and played on the ride on lawn mower and jumped the fence over to Tangowahine School for a play.  Needless to say they were very tired tonight in the car on the way home.
I hope you are feeling better soon Rory!  I wonder what Guy Fawkes in Auckland will bring???? You might see some really cool sights from your window!  Anywho all of you, take care keep strong and Happy you are all doing a fantastic job!!! Lots of Love Trudi and the Rest!! 
P.S Brian is snoring on the couch!!!

30-10-2009 20:28 hour
Nikau Newman ( waihue, dargaville , nz )

Hi Gardiners, its Nikau. thanks Sean for the tips on the glider, it went real good. hope you guys have a good weekend. good luck Rory. see ya soon, Nikau

30-10-2009 16:31 hour
Jane c ( Whangarei )

hi you guys... hope you are still spew free Rory...every hour is one less hour you have to go through this....
i really just wanted to say Leigh that teacher needs a kick in the pants for making you feel less than the miracle worker you are - shows how little she knows about learning and how brainy Rory is to start off want me to take her out behind the bike shed???
keep up the good work you guys

30-10-2009 14:57 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hey there Rory, well I'm sitting at computer worx reading over your website, I have just dropped our hard drive in to be looked at and figured I may as well pop in to see how you are all doing!  Korie is at home with Jamie after a rather hot and busy day at show day.  Korie has his second swimming lesson this afternoon, which I am going along to - and hopefully will see some progress!!  I dusted the science table down today and put all of the bugs into containers with see through lids and some of the precious breakables into covered containers too.  Korie made a native garden for show day and used some of his science table treasures, however to his dissapointment he didn't get anything for it.  Your mum and dad would have been impressed, they would have known all the plants in his box and he even put a kauri snail shell in there too!!  Hope you are not feeling too yucky, something to get excited about is the weather and if it stays fine tomorrow Korie will get to use his new builders belt, must go I have just had a call from Jamie to say we are late to be somewhere!!!!! Loves xox

30-10-2009 07:43 hour

Hi Rory, hope your night wasn't too unpleasant. Keep your eye on the end result, no more Chemo. Keep on swimming. Brenda

29-10-2009 22:53 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi again guys, sounds like you are right back in to the routine again, the pattern is just the same but the end is nearer and that is a driving force to make each day a day closer to the end of this mission - just like a jedi knight would do rory - you just keep on fighting, and as yoda would probably say in his little green way "fight you will rory - strong you are !!" (see what being a mother to a boy that also loves star wars does to you) you know having rory and sam loving star wars is probably a good thing (as poor from buying the star wars toys etc. and incredibly knowledgeable about all those who are forced to endure our kids love of star wars can be) they have probably gotten a lot of good knowledge and stamina from all the characters as they really do have good fighting spirits (god now i am sounding like a fan - i only know these things cos of logan - honestly ?!?) any how guys, keep up the good hard work - and remember "may the force be with you (couldnt resist - sorry)  love and hugs wendy jason logan and mikayla ps: mikayla started crawling on sunday - yikes - all the small toys of logans will be on guard now !!!

29-10-2009 19:14 hour
Jeni G (Dargaville) ( New Zealand , NZ )

Hi all, we still think of you every day, and are sooo happy for you this is the last round of chemo. I know life will never be the same, and none of you (or the extended whanau) will ever be the same either. This is who you are now, a strong, fighting family, and an extra extrordinary little boy with a grown up spirit. Although it will still be tough ahead, as it has been all along, you will have a chance to move forward in a new way, things and people will cross your paths and they will affect you, and you them, in ways that may have never occured otherwise. I am so happy for Rory in that when he finishes this round, he will rebuild as the special person he always was but with so much more insight. This is such a cruel story of yours, and yet an amazing one too because true insight is a rare find, and a gift of those who have endured. I hope I don't offend you Leigh with my ramblings, I certainly don't want to simplify what you've been through, I just really believe in looking for the Hope, as you have done thus far. Heaps of love to you all for this round. Jeni xx 

29-10-2009 15:50 hour

I too was thinking of you yesterday, but wasn't quite sure if you were starting yesterday or today Chemo for the last time. I'm so glad it is the last one for you, this time next month it will be normality for all of you. Go Rory!! Warm fuzzies, Brenda

28-10-2009 18:16 hour
Kathryn ( Dargaville )

Hey there Rory, It was super seeing you all on Monday, after you left Korie and I went into his room and looked over the treasures you gave him for his science table - time for wipe down I think, the dust isn't part of his collection!!!!  Hope today went smoothly, whoop whoop to the last round of chemo, after this you can kick it to the kerb and work on getting seriously well again!!  The Royal New Zealand Navy Band gave a free concert in the Town Hall today, it was an amazing show.  Rory you and Sam would have really enjoyed it, they were brilliant!!!  I was working in the library and I could hear lots of laughter and applause so I popped in to watch, they were very funny and the music was great.  Anyway must sign off and go home for dinner, love to you all Kathryn xox