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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!!!    

04-10-2009 19:02 hour
Jo Brimelow ( Normanby, South Taranaki )

Hi guys
I've been away from cyberspace for a few days had have just caught up with all of your news.  Happy belated birthday Leigh Leigh, sounds like you had a great family day!  I'm pleased to hear that you have all settled into your life in the big smoke and that you seem to be getting into a bit of a routine.  Hopefully this cycle of chemo will fly by with the whole family together.  Good to hear that you have the chance to get back into your running, there's nothing like a bit of exercise to blow away the cobwebs and make you feel better!  Lots lof love from the extremely cold South Taranaki..... The Brimelows xxxxx

03-10-2009 23:18 hour
jason wendy logan and mikayla ( np )

hi guys, great to hear that the move is now all behind you and you have settled into your new home away from all the commuting and shift swapping between the hospital and your home.  hopefully now you can concentrate on being a family together again and draw strength from just spending lots of quality time together, which will be much deserved and far easier for all of you. we have just arrived back from being in hamilton overnight, jas had to teach yesterday and today, great to be back again in the naki but it is pouring down, typical naki weather at the moment eh.  anyhow off to bed just wanted to catch up with how you all are today, we missed reading your update yesterday cos of traveling, so had to look in now even at this late hour.  nitey nite, hope you have a better day tomoro rory - lots of love wendy, jas, logan and mikayla.

02-10-2009 22:17 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hehehe luckily I am not an English Teacher!  Spelling whoops!!!!

02-10-2009 22:15 hour
The Johnstons ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Yellow!  If I were a maths teacher (and lets remember I am not!) I would say, Rory you are very closet to the 3/4 mark!!! so here is a BIG WHOOP WHOOP to you, Keep going strong matey!  It sounds tough and horrible.  This round is going to be a bit different having so many helpers around, some different faces to look at and theres nothing quite like some brotherly argy bargy on the playstation to lift your spirits.
We are halfway (gosh more maths fractions!) through the holidays.  The first week was mostly wet and cold, The boys managed to get outside inbetween the foul weather.  We even had some thunder and lightening! (Stella calls this punder...and wakes me in the night to remind me!!!) The boys have passed their time annoying me!  Yesterday I gave them a box each, one was so big when Stella was in it you couldnt even see her.  This morning as I was rushing to get everybody ready as I was going to work, I found Stella stranded in the box!!! Yes Ben had dragged her into the box, playing a game, got sick of the game so walked off and left Stella in the box (she couldnt get out by herself!!!) I only just heard her saying 'I wanna get out!'  Yep not too happy with young Ben!  The boys have also found they can climb up really high in the magnolia tree out front and nobody walking past can see them.  They gave a group of boys (they called them gangsters) walking past a HUGE fright by making a noise when they were right beside them!!  I asked them why they thought they were gangsters, they informed me it was because they said a very bad word when they got a fright!!! 
Anyway! I hope you are holding up....all of you.  I hope its a bit easier having you all down there for support for each other.  Sending Love Hugs and strength to you all.  Brian, Trudi, Kody, Ben and Stella xxxxx

02-10-2009 15:42 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Gday Rory,
Yay for the St Martins apartment!  I bet it is great having your whole family around you all the time.  That must be so nice for everybody. 
We have only a couple more days left of the school holidays.  William and Eva are bored so looking forward to going back.  This term they are doing cooking and science so they are quite excited about that. 
The weather here has changed channel to HOT.  We've been hovering around 30deg each day which has been nice.   Must say I am looking forward to the rains though which will start in November.  Our lawn is all brown and withered so a good watering will be welcome. 
Keep up the good work buddy, you are doing so awesome, and each day is a day closer to the finish line.  Thinking of you all each day.

02-10-2009 14:39 hour
Brenda

Dear Rory
We know from the past that things are about to get a little rough for you yet again, but stay focused on the fact that the end of treatment is near. Another day closer to no more chemo! Now lets get a little side tracked, Do do do do do do do do!! Tangowahine Tales ... We nearly lost 'Ben 10' yesterday, horror!! The boy's went out to feed the lambs last night and Ben 10 didn't turn up for a drink, Rueben could hear him but we couldn't see him, so I went out to find him tied up by the neck behind his shed, he had gotten caught up by a loose tape and had been there for a while, and it was getting critical as to how much air he was getting. So after a bit of a panic to get scissors to cut the tape, me and Ben 10 had a moment ... you know the kind where rescuer and rescued just make that eye contact, we are now buddies and I am super protective of him. He's not traumatised (probably because of our 'special moment') he is out there now nibbling on ivy and jumping around. Whew!  We had a tractor mechanic come this morning and service our tractor. I went out there a couple of times to make sure the boys were okay and they were right in the thick of it, finding bolts, helping drain oil etc and I wanted to make sure they weren't using 'Farm words' and I was told they weren't using them. More 'whew'. They picked them up at school (as they do) and although we would rather they didn't use them we have told them where it is appropriate and where it isn't and the farm is okay as long as I'm not around, or Nana and Poppa (that would be the worst thing). One of the boys has had his mouth washed out with soap, and I get the feeling liquid soap isn't as bad as a cake of soap, no point using mustard, they don't flinch at that! So, lots of warm positive ones coming your way. Brenda 

02-10-2009 02:02 hour
Victoria Martin ( Whangarei , New Zealand )

Rory you are one amazingly tough wee boy, for all that you have been put up against, and the road ahead. It has been one heck of a journey for you all.   
My heart goes out to you and your family xox
All the best little man, stay strong just as those around you do too xox >3