15-08-2009 20:22 hour
Kathryn and Korie ( Dargaville )

Hi dee hi Gardiners!  Firstly, Rory dude you are doing a great job at getting through this stage and I have to agree with the guestbook entry that refered to Nimo - 'Just keep swimming, just keep swimming'!  And secondly, we are home tonight after an 8 hour trip back from Ohakune (a tiny little town at the base of Mt Ruapehu) Korie skied down Ruapehu yesterday after only about a half hour lesson and a few trips down the learners slope!  We were totally blown away by the whole experiecne.  The sun shone on the slopes and the snow was so brilliantly white it took my breath away! Travelling with us was my trusty green Rory ribbon which we placed on our first ever snowman (photo will be in the post within the week)  However it isn't easy to make snowmen!  That was more of a challenge for Korie than skiing down the mountain!  Tee hee hee.  Korie and I rode on a toboggan together on Wednesday and we both giggled like school girls (well actually I did all the giggling) Korie was silent till we hit the snow wall at the end and nearly did a back flip!  Then he laughed so hard I thought he might pee himself!!!  As soon as he stood up he ran up the slope, fell over and smacked his nose on the hard snow!  (Snow looks soft but it blimmin hurts when you do a nose dive in it!!! He was a bit sore but there was no stopping him after that, he was full steam ahead for about 3 hours non stop.  Korie has just come in the door after going for a night ride with Gordon, they rigged up a head lamp on his helmet and did a ride down town.  
Anyway in the mean time keep being positive and strong, you are in our thoughts and prayers always.  Love Kathryn and Korie xox  PS hi to Mum, Dad and Sam.  By the way Korie had two uncles, his dad and Grandad Morrison at the snow with him and none of them wore shorts and they all had gloves on.  We can't figure out if your dad is a legend or crazy!!!

15-08-2009 16:30 hour
Heni ( Waipoua Forest , NZ )

Kiaora again,
Today i thought i would start from the beginning of both your journeys MUM & RORY and i am now up to the 18th of June. I am so amazed,overwhelmed on the things you's have been having to do. I'd love to see your beads Rory when you are back in Dargaville again. Anyway i will continue to read tommorow Kia Pai Ou Korua Haerenga.

15-08-2009 12:21 hour
Vania Hamlin ( Australia )

Yes, you are a Warrior.  Its a big mountain you are climbing and you are already half way up - how awsome are you!!?!  Thumbs up buddy, you are doing a great job!!

15-08-2009 08:01 hour
jane Cunningham ( Whangarei )

Rory te Toa you keep making those white bloodcells and the other ones too - you turn that corner ok?  There are better things around that corner and you are getting there...
Leigh kia kaha - sending you non eye shutting rest - look after yourself (even if it is just talking kindly to yourself when you have those internal chats) you are being supported
off to netball but have to put the guinea pigs back into the grass - it was too stormy for them last night and the lambs have been wondering what on earth was going on yesterday was their first real stormy weather and they were not happy!    

14-08-2009 20:14 hour

Hi Rory and Leigh. I thought I would give you a lamb update!! DAvid insisted on them sleeping in the Laundry last night!! @#$%$#@!^&* is what I thought of the idea and @#$%^&^%$#@! is what faced me this morning when I had to go to the loo!! The lambs names keep changing, first is Ethan called his Suuky, then Suuky Pants, then Sam Suuky Pants, now it is called Sammy Bammy, Rueben called his Chocolate ears, eventhough he has a brown nose!! They are putting on weight with milkshakes too, you can't see their hips anymore. Tonight they are sleeping in their own house and David has instructions to put them somewhere else if he wants to keep them warm!!!! Can you tell I am into high maintenance of one's self over being a farmer??!! So, I really hope you have a better night and things get better, I check on you several times a day and am sending you both lots of strength and warm fuzzies.  Brenda 

14-08-2009 19:04 hour
Sandra Parker ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Hi Rory
Hows it going down there. I hope you are feeling a little better.Well the wheather here is raining again. Thats right it always rains in the weekend so the lawns wont get mowed again this weekend. I was back at Auckland Hosp on Thursday but after you have seen Drs all you want to do is go home. So i,m sorry I did'nt get to see you. Leigh how are you doing. Keep smiling my friends. Dont forget all your friends are thinking about you. 

14-08-2009 15:44 hour
Heni ( Waipoua Forest , nz )

Kiaora Rory and Lee B, Its been a long time since i was on this site and just i'm just catching up with everything of what you two are doing. I see you have some bands so looks like i have to go and get me some too. I also know that i will have to try and check the site more often aye!! Luv you's both.
Ma Te Atua Hei Tiaki,manaaki me awhina ia Korua

14-08-2009 15:31 hour
Janine ( New Plymouth , NZ )

Leigh, you amaze me daily with your strength and determination, this is the first website I check each morning and even Michael checks it daily too.  Briana and Kenzie love the photos and often ask how Rory is. Our family would love some Kia Kaha bands I will email you soon.  Keep up the great job you are doing Leigh our thoughts are always with you and your family, Big hug to Rory and Sam. Love Janine

14-08-2009 13:02 hour
jane ( Whangarei )

Well Rory - i picked up my Kia kaha Rory bands this morning and i am glad to be able to be reminded to send you some good energy at  a time when it sounds like you really need it....
bloody cancer
(surely a little swearword is ok?)
you are a strong spirit Rory and you have the best support in the world... i don't know if you are a  Finding Nemo fan but in the immortal words of Dory  " just keep swimming"   
Leigh - i keep sending you love and strength - i don't know where you, or Sam or Sean get the courage  from but just know that you and your family are never far from my thoughts and i send you healing and love    

14-08-2009 09:47 hour
Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham ( Gold Coast , Australia )

Hey Rory - you have been so incredibly brave and strong with what you have to deal with.  This is the last big hurdle to get over to get better and you are nearly there.  Uncle Graham and I are so very proud of you and although we can't be with you right now, we are sending you all our love and positive thoughts, and think about you every day.  Keep fighting and be strong Rory.  Lots and lots of love and hugs - Auntie Teri - xxxx