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04-09-2009 22:08 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Ahoy Matey!!  So happy to hear you can be discharged tomorrow to RMcD House!!! Be nice to have a change of scenery.  All of your beads of courage will give you a sore neck!! You can wear them like a medal or if they are too heavy hold them like a trophy!  
Today Kody Ben and Stella went to Nanas for the day Teachers only day but I worked)  Nana lives out beside the Tangowahine School (where Reuben and Ethan go) and today a Helicopter arrived at the school! Kody Ben and Nana were very excited Stella on the other hand was very frightened. They were bursting at the seams to tell me all about it.  They always enjoy it out there.  They have room to run, Mud to play in, metal to do skids on bikes and concrete, trees to climb and a donkey to feed (called Jacob) along with a very grumpy cat named Tigerlily (she growls snarls and hisses at you whenever you go near her!)  The neighbours have Alpaccas and sheep (with Lambs!)Nana and Poppa also have a small dam out front in Jacobs paddock with some ducks! Once the boys caught an eel in the dam!
After I picked them all up we went Fathers Day shopping, Brian needed some socks and they also decided he needed a new CD Ben took my advice and picked "While my guitar gently weeps" and Kody picked "The Black Eyed Peas"....somehow I think Kodys choice was more for his benefit than Dads!  Well I hope you have a good nights sleep (you too Mum!) and spoil Dad on Sunday!  Take care, sending healing vibes and lots of love from your friends the Johnstons xxxxx (Including Trudi the next NZ Movie Star!!!!)

04-09-2009 09:53 hour
Tamsin and Janine Underwood ( Dargaville )

Hi Rory
Korie and Cody have really been missing you. All of room  3 have been missing you to. Tamsin

03-09-2009 20:55 hour
Brenda

Hi Leigh, just checking in to see how you all are. Hoping you get a restful night sleep. Thinkin of you. Brenda 

03-09-2009 19:41 hour
Korie Morrison ( Dargaville )

Hi Rory mum is typing this for me.  I came 13th in the cross country and I beat Kody and Patrick came first and he was in the 8 year olds one and he won a trophy.  Tomorrow Caid is coming to our house because there is no school tomorrow.  I hope you start feeling well soon.  From Korie :)

03-09-2009 15:47 hour
Patrick O'Connor ( Dargaville , NZ )

Hi Rory, Hope you are feeling better today. I just wanted to let you know that I won the cross country for you yesterday, and when I go to Arapohue next week I will try hard for you too. Cant wait until you are well enough to come back to school. Your desk is by me now. Take care, & be strong. Patrick

03-09-2009 14:33 hour
jane ( Whangarei )

Bummer for Sam that the cross country didn't go as he had planned - he could do with some good vibes i am sure... Eila runs in the interschools cross country tomorrow...we are proud she is able to participate but if the giggliing and daisy picking she and her friend did on the walk around the course are anything to go by we won't be expecting a podium finish!
 
I can't imagine what it is like to see Rory looking weak and drained like that - holding the image of him as healthy and strong must be difficult... these peaks and troughs are unimaginable to those of us not living it but we send you love and strength to keep afloat...
 
you are never far from my thoughts Leigh...    

03-09-2009 07:17 hour
Brenda

Dear Leigh, well no doubt you didn't get much sleep last night. I hope that the day dawns bright and cheery to help things along. Nearly half way through the chemo, that must just about be 3/4 of the way through this whole process, the end is near. I can't find the right words of encouragement at the mo, but I am thinking of you and sending you positive vibes, strength and warm fuzzies. Brenda 

02-09-2009 21:00 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

My goodness Leigh.? Everyday must be like a roller coaster of emotions.??Being a part of?DPS Children and Parents on such a happy high with not a care in the world, (well poor Sams kidney was a bit of a worry) in the morning, to your reality.? It hurts to know you all have to endure this unfair roller coaster everyday!?
To take your mind off things for a while (Sam might mention this too) not many people could hear the prizegiving today, Stella had finally had enough and let everybody know! Kody and Ben were very happy afterards going to show Nana Bens certificate (proud as punch he was) and stories of the days events.? While in Nanas shop they met up with Patrick (his Mum works up in the arcade as well) and Ethan (who was having a hair cut) and then the noise started! In the Arcade noise echos all around and boys LOVE that!??They ended up getting a telling off from me after one of the Beauty Therapists had to come out and ask for quiet!!!! Someone had paid good money for a relaxing treatment which was being drowned out with boys noises!!!!!!!!!...It was time to head home.? We were all pretty burnt out.?
I hope you have a better night and day tomorrow.? And remember not too far away you can say 2 down 2 to go!!!! Halfway whoop whoop chickkawow wow! or something like that.
Lots of positive vibes, healing thoughts and maybe a great transfusion tomorrow!! (never thought I would say that!) Love The Johnstons xxxxx

02-09-2009 14:20 hour
Brenda

Tangowahine Tales
Crawfords are fabulous calf rearers, but we suck at rearing lambs. Yeup we are finding out all kinds of things today at the cross country that we have been doing wrong. The two new lambs seem okay, Ethan went outside to brush his lamb before but couldn't get it to sit still long enough. Rueben is on the computer playing games and Ethan is too tired to concentrate on anything. Crawford boys are not runners. They have trained hard at school but unfortunately couldn't do as well as some of the other Tangowahine School Children, some of them rock! Both boys ran particularly well when they heard us yelling for them, you could see them pick up the posture and run a little harder. The weather is a typical spring day, warm one minute then cloudy and cold the next. Thinking of you today. How did you get on with cross country Sam? Brenda
 

02-09-2009 10:06 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Cross Country today!!  How exciting - good luck Sam I am sure you will do really well esp with all your training.  They close the golf course here and use that for cross country.  Its just not the same without all the mud and rough ground we think!
Heya Rory, all the very best with this week, we are thinking of you every day.  You are so strong and brave, and your mum dad and bro too.  Each day is a day closer.  Take care xx