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07-10-2009 21:28 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hello there!  Talk about make me have a few tears!! It is quite humbling that Rory can remember such fine details about his mates.  I dont think Kody really understands that you are not returning to live in Dargaville. 
Kody Ben and Stella have spent the last 2 nights at Nana and Poppas house and have come home exhausted!  Lights were out early for the kids tonight!  Tomorrow we are heading to Whangarei for the day. 
What a wonderful trip to the beach!  I bet it was cold!!  Your new buggy sounds impressive too.  This weekend in Dargaville there is a special Monarch Butterfly day at the town hall.  Kody Ben and Stella have coloured in their colouring in competitions and are looking forward to going along to see what it is all about.
Today we took a drive by DPS.  The renovations in rooms 4-7 look as though they have been finished, looking pretty snazzy too! and its all go on rooms 1-4 this term.  We also called int to see how Greg (Neuman) was getting on at the kindergarten (Big outdoor renovations going on there too)  and WOW!  Greg certainly has talent!  It looked amazing! 
Well take care of yourselves.  Know we are all sending down good positive vibes.  Lots of Love The Johnstons xxxxx

07-10-2009 15:57 hour
Brenda

Tangowahine Tales
It is great to hear that you are out of the Hospital. Fabulous attitude Leigh about getting out and about, love it, keep it up. We have been away for a couple of days and we didn't miss the lambs once until we went to Sheep World to look at the scarecrow festival. And I have to say, our sheep are whiter and fatter. Have you seen the 'shocking pink' sheep there. We met up with my best friend who had just come back from Hong Kong and spent some time with her catching up. The boys were very happy to get home yesterday and headed straight for their bikes while I unpacked the car. Well, if 'I' don't do it no one else will. Today they have been riding their bikes and spending time in their shed just pottering about. Funny you mentioned reading about 'Pungapeople' ... we had some that used to live around here. Little monkeys they were, they would do things like put holes in our silage stacks! steal knives from my kitchen! aaannnnddd drink booze from my storage shed!! Imagine that, they don't seem to live around here anymore. Haven't seen evidence of them for quite some time ... oh ... since Ethan started school. Mmmm. Hoping the weather gets  warmer for you all to go outside and get fresh air. Warm fuzzy strong ones coming at ya. Brenda   

06-10-2009 20:14 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hi de hi Gardiners, holey dooley we have had an incredibly busy holiday period.  Our house has been full to the seams with family visiting.  Sing star has had a battering even Korie has discovered a passion for it!!!!  But he won't let me sit in and listen because he gets embarassed.  Well it has been a crazy holiday break, my sister and her husband were in Samoa when they were woken by that massive earthquake and found themselves running for their lives to escape the tsunami!!!!  We were all a bit shocked and anxious waiting for them to come home.  They arrived home safely last night and we had a big catch up today.  Korie has a new playstation game (Incredible Hulk) he gets to smash buildings and toss cars into the air!!!  I havn't had time to have a really good read up on what you have been doing yet but thought I would drop in and say hello to you all and blow some happy, healing your way Rory.  Take care everyone.  Love and hugs to you all Kathryn xox

06-10-2009 14:33 hour
Heni ( Waipoua Forest , Nz )

Kiaora Rory,Lee B, Sam & Sean,
Thank You for the Happy Birthday!! I thought i better carry on from the last e-mail i sent and that was to do with the waka Kurahaupo. The chief to this waka goes by the name of Whatonga and somewhere in History before he landed in the top of the north island he actually came across a place called Taranaki. Yep you guessed it where your nana & poppa Honnor comes from Rory. Legend has it that those who  have decended  from this waka have a very special bond with the mountain ( Maunga Taranaki) and that is whenever Maunga Taranaki knows you are from the Kurahaupo waka the clouds will part to acknowledge you. Hows that for "MANA" aye Rory!!!
Lots of Luv
Henixxxxooooxxxx

06-10-2009 09:58 hour
Leesa & Haydn Andrewes (swimming) ( Baylys Beach , NZ )

Hi Rory, Sam, Leigh and Sean  I guess its been a good month or so since I bumped into you at the supermarket in Dargaville, it was so great to be able to have a quick chat with you.  Just been catching up on the webiste and sounds like you've been working through some really challenging times, you are doing so amazing and we are thinking of you heaps.  Keep up your fight and we hope you get some better days real soon.  Im gearing up for swim coaching Fri afternoons next term, havent been coaching for nearly three terms! so really looking forward to getting back there.  My baby Jarno will stay with his Dad or Nan but I cant wait until I can get him in the pool!  Take care

06-10-2009 07:21 hour
Rachel ( Dargaville )

Hi Rory and Family, I have been following your journery from the start, and have been blown away by how brave you have been Rory, with everything you have been through.. I have a son called Dylan, he is 16, and he is in hospital at the moment,  he has had very bad headache for about a week, and the doctors are doing lots of tests on him to find out whats wrong with him.  He got a bit angry yesterday, because all he wanted, was to go home.  I starting to tell him about your journery and he calmed down alot, after hearing what you have been going through, and you are only 7...you are such a brave young boy... Well Rory I better go as I have a big day ahead of me.  I will be calling in from time to time to see how you are getting on.  Take Care xx

05-10-2009 15:43 hour
jane ( Whangarei , new zeland )

great to see you are nearing the end of this cycle!  RM house soon....to be able to see that you have something precious in the face of all this hard stuff shows what a remarkable woman you are Leigh... Keep on getting through this you guys!xxxxx ooooo

05-10-2009 11:56 hour
Madeline ( Auckland , New Zealand )

Hi Rory,
My name is Madeline and I am 7yrs old too. I saw your card and ribbons at the Waipoua Forest and I wanted to let you know I think you are really brave and I hope you get better.

05-10-2009 11:48 hour
kay and boys ( baylys )

Hi guys,
What a windy, cold day here in Northland, I think a day to stay inside maybe, catch up on schoolwork (me anyway) and watch a DVD.  Great to here the legs still work Leigh, what a great place to ride that bike Sam, I bet Mum has to go twice as fast to keep up.  We are spending this week at home and have Zacks 8th birthday this weekend, Marks going to take the boys to the Northland vs Wellington game in Whangarei, so lets hope its not raining. Zack wants to know if you got his thank you letter for that special mug you chose Rory, its the only one he will use.  Hopefully you are starting to feel a little better and keeping those milkshakes down.  We are looking forward to maybe seeing you all on Conors birthday but I will be in touch.  Fingers crossed (and toes)!!!!!!  Stay strong, and lots of love to you all.
Kay and boys

04-10-2009 21:24 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Tee Hee fancy having teenage moments!!!  Poor you Rory : (  We are all thinking of you and sending loads and loads of good thoughts your way. 
We are making our way through Roald Dahls 'The BFG' finding it very funny (in a tongue twister kind of way) and some parts are quite scary!!! Have you read this book?
Today out at Nana and Poppas Kody and Ben were having a great big - gang up on Mum - Pillow fight! All was going well until Ben headbutted my knee!  It made quite a juicy sound, and we are not sure if the sound came from Bens head or my knee!  We are both okay although my knee has done a few funnys since then!!!  I purchased Kody Ben and Stella a laser gun each yesterday they shine a very bright red light either in a dot or a smily face, butterfly or a jet thing.  This has kept them very amused!!  They got these treats for being so good yesterday (Sat) downtown, I was in a Fashion Parade in the main street! for Polwarts Fashion!  I had a bit of a Marilyn Monroe moment with the wind (like alot of the girls involved!) and managed to keep composed! only to find myself nearly come a cropper in some death defying stilettos! ( a fancy save here too!) It was called 'The Stop Traffic Fashion Parade!' I think we did!!!!  Kody and Ben said I looked Beautiful!!  I am happy for them to still see no faults in me yet!!! The time will come when our boys wont want to be seen with us!!
Well its now time for me to hit the hay.  So keep strong, sending love and hugs your way,  They Johnstons xxxxx
P.S Go Rory Go Rory Go Rory whoop whoop!!!