08-09-2009 09:04 hour
julie williams ( Whangarei )

HI Leigh. My thoughts are with you all at this time. Know that lots of people are sending you their love and best wishes and we know that by summer you can spend family time together to regroup and recover. You are so strong and brave.

08-09-2009 05:50 hour

Tangowahine Tales
Well the two new lambs have settled in rather well. I hate to admit it and didn't want to but 'kindness killed Guts'. I overdid the feeding thing and was feeding him incorrectly (apparently you have to feed them at low level and not tip the bottle up otherwise it doesn't all end up in their tummies). After we got the two new lambs he just got woeful and gave up. Didn't want to admit it, but the truth always comes out. So after asking lots of questions of people who have reared lambs I found out what not to do and the right way of doing things so am aiming to be successful with these little lambies. At least they have only been inside twice!!! People are learning to keep the doors shut despite keeping the lambs out, shut doors keep the warmth in!! 
Hard decisions for you guys, but good on you for putting family first. I hope that you keep up the website so that we can follow how you are doing, and keep sending you our strength, positive thoughts and warm fuzzies. Leigh you are doing really well, as a mother, it is amazing where you find strength. Brenda 

07-09-2009 23:52 hour
Mands ( Ulsan , Korea at the moment )

Hi guys, sounds like lots of tough decisions going on, anything you need please ask! xx Mands

07-09-2009 22:07 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Well Hello.  Big decisons made then aye! What ever you have to do to make it somewhat easier you just have to do, as hard as it is.  We cannot even begin to know what you are all having to endure, but like Kathryn said we are always here for you, and for anything just ask and you shall receive!!! I am glad you got to breathe in some fresh air (even if its Auckland air) and feel the lovely warm sunshine today.  
Kody and Ben walked themselves home from school for the first time ever today, I was very proud of them.  Kody is about to lose another tooth soon...actually it looks like about 4 might come out at around about the same time!  Wont that look funny!  Its already quite painful watching him try to bite things with the side teeth!! Whats he going to be like when he is missing a whole lot?? 
Well Goodnight from us here in Dargaville and keep strong and fight hard Rory.  Lots of love from The Johnstons xxx   

07-09-2009 20:42 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Oh guys it sounds like tough going and I wish (as many of us do) that there was something we could do to ease the strain during this stage of the treatment.  Rory matey, your strong spirit will carry you through these bumpy patches.  I don't know if there is anything we can do from here but please remember 'Ask and you shall recieve'  we are just a phone call away.  Korie has just gone to bed and he says 'goodnight Rory' Here's a silly joke but it might help!!! 
 "Doctor I can't get to sleep' - 'Sit on the edge of the bed and you'll soon drop off'!!!   Ok it probably won't help but it was the best I could find!!!  Love, hugs and wellness to you all. Kathryn and Co xox

07-09-2009 09:44 hour
jane c ( Whangarei )

just checking in to send you all my love... this is a tough part, no doubt, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and we will help to hold you up...
beaming love and plump health filled thoughts down to you...  

06-09-2009 20:23 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville, Northland , New Zealand )

Poor Rory :( I feel so sad for you! It must be horrible for everyone concerned....all we can do is let you know we are all thinking of you and sending positive healing vibes and loads of strength your way.  By golly Leigh with all that running back and forth you will be back to your usual fitness levels!!!  Yes today was a brilliant day the sun shone bright all day (got a bit nippy later on though).  Heres hoping you all have a better night tonight and the doctors are able to ease your concerns tomorrow.  Lots of Love Trudi and Familyxxxxx

06-09-2009 09:32 hour
kay smith ( baylys beach )

Hi guys, hows everyone today.  A beautiful day at the beach, maybe get a spot of fishing in.  The x country sounded like a real challenge.  I wasnt there to do my usual screaming in the middle of the paddock - last year just you and me Leigh!!!  Yes Conor ran a strong race and Zack came 3rd after a bit of a fall so was very proud that he got back up.  Last day of soccer yesterday, thank goodness, we might get a sleep in yet.  Sounds like your having a bit of a rough ride Rory, hang in there mate you will be back out there with the rest of us soon.  Always thinking of you all, anything you need let us know.  Love Kay, Mark, Conor and Zack

06-09-2009 09:01 hour

Tangowahine tales
Hi guys. What beautiful weather, well the sunniness of it but not the frosts. At least it is the weekend and some of us have been able to lie in bed in the warmth under the duvet, with the sun streaming in the window, and the lambs outside carrying on!!! David gave the worker the weekend off and the backing gate doesn't work when there is a heavy frost so he had to go out and get the cows into the rows on his own which made milking longer. Yesterday the lambs managed to get out of their enclosure, again, but this time the boys were also out and spent time cuddling them and brushing them and running up and down the driveway racing the lambs. It was so funny to watch these little lambs following the boys around, I think the boys thought it was cool too. I now fully understand "Mary Had a Little Lamb"!! We are off to the Wave pool today as a reward for the boys doing swimming lessons and for fathers day, David is coming too which will be awesome. He wants to leave in 45 mins but none of us have had breakfast or are dressed, that is Sunday morning for ya! Hope things aren't too bad down there and the Chemo drug bit has finished. Sending you lots of positive thoughts and warm fuzzies. The Crawfords 

05-09-2009 19:49 hour
tahlia rogers-Brown ( Dargaville , N.Z )

HI family & Rory my hair is growing back fast I hope  you are getting better