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

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

01-10-2009 05:59 hour

Hi guys
Just wanted to send warm strong ones to you today, and let you know we are thinking of you. The lamb hasn't shed his tail yet but Ethan has shed his training wheels, right at the end of yesterday so there were a few tears and accidents. Managed to get him to stop for the day and he is keen to get up this morning and get into riding his bike without the training wheels. Of course your bike has now found a new home in the back porch as incentive. They were both sitting on it together yesterday going on pretend trips. I was in the office working and I could hear all this shouting and carry on so went out thinking that they were fighting ... silly me, the opposite was happening. They had hair cuts yesterday and now look like two little guys with attitudes. So, again, I leave you with warm fuzzies and lots of strong vibes coming atchya. Kia Kaha Rory and Leigh. Brenda      

30-09-2009 08:13 hour
janine ( NP , NZ )

Hi all, Hope you had a great birthday Leigh, tell Sean we are so far away from 40 it isnt funny to joke about things like that, lol enjoy the rest of your time away from Auckland and our love to the boys.

30-09-2009 06:56 hour

Tangowahine (loss of) Tales
Hi guys, the weather for the school holidays isn't particularly helpful. Rueben took the training wheels off his bike on Monday and is now racing around the house every chance that he gets. I couldn't watch him when he first started riding his bike for fear of seeing him hurt himself but he mastered it fairly quickly. He is covered in bruises (after I wash the mud from the day off) and scratches but is really enjoying his bike. Now he keeps pestering me to ridy Rory's bike. Ethan doesn't want his training wheels off so that is fine with me, he still manages to get around the house with Rueben and the track is a long one not just a 1/4 acre, more like two acres around the house when you include two sheds and a maize silage stack. The lambs I am pleased to report are doing well, one has lost it's tail and goodness knows what is holding the other one on! They are growing like mushrooms and doing well. But I am refusing to wash the floors at the moment as they have been inside and I don't trust them not to come in again!! I hope that things are relaxing for you after the hectic couple of weeks and that you are recharging before the next step. Warm and positive ones coming at you all. Brenda  

29-09-2009 14:12 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Howdy doodie Gardiners,  happy birthday to Leigh I hope you were spoilt and waited on today.  Korie went beach combing at bayleys beach on Sunday with Gordon and came home with a big bone to put on his science table!  And to true Korie form after ferreting around at the lakes he came home with some tree gum.  We have Caid here today while his mum is at work and I have just been to check on them and I can't bellieve what I have found....both of them are covered from head to toe in sloppy wet mud!!!!  They have been out on the front lawn in a puddle from the rain and have managed to make a huge mud pool by jumping and skidding along the lawn!!!! Arrrgh boys, wonderful , energetic crazy boys!! You gotta love em!  Best I get them in the shower before Jenni gets here!!  Mwa Mwa to you all love from Kathryn and the 2 mud rats outside!!!