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

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 

02-09-2009 09:47 hour
Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham ( Gold Coast , Australia )

Wish we could watch you at your cross country race today Sam!  We are sure your training will pay off - will keep everything crossed for you! Rory - thinking of you this week and hope it gets a little better as the days go on - keep being strong matey!  Lots of hugs and love to you both - Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham - xxxx

02-09-2009 09:05 hour
jane cunningham ( whangarei )

You run like hell Sam!
Leigh, i wish there was more i could do - so instead i jsut send my love and support and you are doing the right thing... you are wise and it is good to be mad at this crappy situation... just be kind to yourself through it  - you are too precious and crucial ...
kia kaha Leigh
kia kaha Sam
Kia kaha Sean

02-09-2009 08:08 hour

Thoughts and prayers with you guys. Go hard today Sam. Brenda

01-09-2009 21:40 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Poor Rory :( Run Sam Run tomorrow, Stella and I should be there to cheer you on (Providing I have enough voice leftover from Kody and Bens races!) My heart goes out to you Leigh being torn in two and I feel for you too Sean you probably feel overwhelmed by it all! 
We had another serious round of soccer on the table tonight and yes Kody and Ben both whip my you know what!!
I have happy memories of last years cross country Rory with you and Kody sprinting along the home straight, after talking and mucking around at the half way mark! We will miss you tomorrow but i guess what you are going through is like running a very very long, rocky, slippery cross country.  Go Rory Go!!! Super dooper good thoughts coming your way. Lots of Love The Johnstons xxxxx

01-09-2009 20:46 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

Hey there guys, thinking of you all during this separation.  Eeyooow Sam what was that in your room that mum found?!?!? Maybe it was one  of Rorys gross lunches he needed to stash!!!  I remember when Jamie had a big clean out in her room and we found a mummified lizard behind her bed!  And being a girl she was totally grossed out, however Korie thought 'yessss a lizard for my science table"!  But Jamie was not having it anywhere in the house and she sucked it up the vacuum!  Anyway the buzz is all on for cross country tomorrow, good luck Sam, I hope all your training pays off and if I don't need to head off to work I will try to stick around to watch your race too.  Take care all, hugs and wellness coming your way Rory,you are doing an amazing job champ, Love from Kathryn xox

01-09-2009 20:15 hour
Sandra Parker ( Waihue Rd Dargaville. , NZ )

Hi Rory
How are things going. Leah and Sean I hope you are getting some rest too. Hope everything is going well my friend. Things are going ok for me right now. You keep that smile on your face smiling. Keep well and keep on being a strong young man.

01-09-2009 16:04 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Gday Rory, well today it is raining.  Its the first day of rain we have had since April - 4 months ago!!!  Everyone is moaning that their washing isn't going to dry today.  I quietly smile to myself when I think of the many days needed to get the washing dry in Dargaville.  Even with constant wind to help.  I have to admit I am enjoying the rain though, its nice to have wet feet for a change and damp air.  Never thought I would say that.  Our lawn is a nice shade of brown, and doesnt need mowing.  At the moment we have beautiful pink and grey parrots in the trees above our house.  They are probably enjoying the rain too.  Take care buddy, you are doing a fantastic job, and we are all thinking of you.