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28-07-2009 21:06 hour
Kathryn Milich ( Dargaville )

I miss you guys already, the last 5 weeks have had quite

28-07-2009 19:27 hour
Ngaere Tuhaka

Ngaere Tohaka and Kohai Renata are getting Maori on 31 in Thames in Victoria Park at 3 ocolck. Be there.

27-07-2009 22:03 hour
Denise Limby ( Whangarei , NZ )

Hi Leigh, I just wanted to say -your diary entries are so beautifully written , painful at times with their honesty but just incredible to read. Even though I can't begin to really know what you, Sean and your boys are going through, you do have a real talent for allowing glimpses into your life, day by day. Much Love, Denise

27-07-2009 14:39 hour
Auntie Teri & Uncle Graham ( Gold Coast , Australia )

Hey Sam and Rory - hope you enjoyed your time out in the kayaks - looked like a lot of fun!  Did you manage to catch any fish?  One question we do have - how can Dad walk around in shorts in the snow, but has to wear a wetsuit when out on the water on a sunny day??!!?  Take care and as always, lots of love to you all - Auntie Teri and Uncle Graham - xxxx

26-07-2009 22:46 hour
Vana Hamlin ( Australia )

Gday Rory, that sounds so perfect - kayaking with your family at the lakes.  William and Eva had a play on the beach this afternoon kicking the ball around and digging in the sand with their friends.  There are a lot of kids that live in the same street - the school bus only has three stops and then its full!!  It is so great cos they can all go riding their bikes together or play on the beach or gather coconuts to crack open.  There are heaps of coconut trees and the coconuts fall onto the lawn or onto the road waiting to be picked up... yummy!  Thinking of you all.

26-07-2009 20:23 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

WOW what an amazing weekend!  It must have been lovely up at the Lakes today the weather was beautiful!  Rory obviously feels very at home on a kayak if he can drift off to sleep, I would have thought one would get hypothermia putting any body part in the water this time of the year!  How lovely of Greg and Tracey to organise the wood for you, and of Greenways Trust to donate it!  I do recall telling you Leigh that we were only a phonecall away to help stack the wood!!! Your just lucky I lost my broomstick lastnight (along with all of my ugly witchy powers!) who knows what spell I could have cast upon the wood to make it stack itself!!  Sleep well and we will see you all tomorrow! hehehehehehe

25-07-2009 14:59 hour
Jeni Gorrie ( Dargaville )

Hi the Gardiners, I haven't written a message for a while. Sometimes it seems there's just too much and yet never enough, to say. The simple honesty combined with medical fact that you write Leigh, usually leaves me so humbled that I am lost for words. This morning I read Thursday's entry and saw that you and Rory have met Jacoba and Julie, I fully understand that it is hard for Rory to see why so many people are involved in his care. At community Health, I see Jacoba regularly in the team meetings we have with various departments involved in the care of people with various illnesses. It is always of utmost importance that families don't get overloaded with too many visitors or phonecalls while still aiming to provide the best possible care. In saying that, we all know that this can happen regardless of efforts to avoid it. I still get blown away by the complexity of it all and equally blown away by the amazing individuals that do the work in the medical and social fields. Although I work amongst these people, (I coordinate the Volunteer programme for Hospice), and have a good understanding of the whys and hows, I would personally find it very hard to let so many people in (as wonderful as they all are individually). You all do this with such grace, and if you think that everyone would do the same...no, not always. Through no fault of thier own, people find themselves in these vulnerable situations, and sometimes react in a very different way. They are loved and offered help regardless, but for a health professional to be able to work with a family such as yours, I'm sure they go home at night and know that they are the ones that are blessed. One day Rory will be old enough to find some sense of meaning to all of this, and if nothing else, I hope he will know that just by 'being', he has and will continue to change lives for the better. Of little consolation in the here and now, but the picture is always so much bigger than we can physically see.    Walking with you in our thoughts, the Gorries.
 

23-07-2009 22:07 hour
Denise and the Bad Boys Inc ( Whangarei , NZ )

Hi Leigh, Sean, Sam and Rory
Have not written for a while but thinking of you all through the school holidays. Me and the boys had a couple of days in Mangawhai -unfortuntely Andrew had to work, but of course it has been rather busy at the medical centre with all the piggy virus and other bugs! The boys had a great time racing up and down the Mangawhai sand dunes and I was remembering the great day we had there -chuckling to myself when i recalled all the wonderful kaimoana that Sean found -being a pom and a townie I did not even know you could EAT half that stuff! Anyway this was just to say we are thinking of you all and pleased Rory had a nice break from the hospital. When you are back in starship keep a look out for a nice young chap called Jackson who is also a friend of Cole's -he is a cool dude, recently started school and he has leukaemia but I hear he is being really brave with his treatments just like Rory. Love Denise, Andrew and the 3 trolls

23-07-2009 21:20 hour
Greg ( Waihue )

Go you greenys go.....
Shaun perhaps a Brazilian as well???

23-07-2009 20:49 hour
Trudi Johnston ( Dargaville , New Zealand )

Wowee I agree what an update!!!  I am sitting here typing my message trying to see the screen through the blur the tears have created!!!  I feel awful that Rory was left alone at lunchtime and that he lost his morning tea!  If it makes any difference I did a stalk the kids driveby of the school the other day and all the boys (Rory, Kody, Korie, Pete and some others) were sitting outside the classroom playing with that little ball, just bouncing it to each other.  Today I rescued Sams ball which had escaped out of the school grounds and I am ashamed to admit it (and in my defence I was holding Stella!) I threw it back only to have it hit the wall and roll back to me! ...embaressed...YES.  Luckly the boys didnt make a big deal about it..phew. 
Your adventure on Tuesday sounds like it was very cool.  I know you will enjoy the massage and now Sean has is very own one too!!  You both totally deserve it.  Brenda is amazing! 
I hope you are coping with the wind! It sure is blowing a gale here!  Take care and we will see you tomorrow xxx P.S I have managed to pull myself together now!