Dear friends, on the 25th of October we embarked on the journey of our lives. People are constantly hitting me with the following phrases "I don't know how you are coping", "How are you managing?' We are managing because of the following people.
One of my favorite sayings is that "it takes a village to raise a child" in our case it has been a 'village' that has kept our family together. People feeding us, moving us, people holding me up, messages from friends and family, that have got us 'thus
far' in a marathon of a journey. In 16 days time, for the first time in three months, Joshua gets to go home. He's going home to a new house, because of the love and support of good friends and family. So Mike and I think that this is a timely place
to say thanks to all those that have helped us. John Key may not have called you to say you were on the "New Years Honors List' But our Honors list goes as follows:
(1)Firstly to my Mum, who has been the unsung hero. Mum was the first to raise the alarm, the night before Joshua was diagnosed, she was there to meet the ambulance and she's been there ever
since. Thanks for being my backbone, Mum. You held me up in the days I couldn't hold up myself, even though someone who is incredibly dear to you as well was very sick.
(2) To Grandad Gordon and Aunty Clare. Who dropped everything and ran to our
aid, looked after a sick little girl, packed up a family and bought them to Auckland. To Aunty Clare, who was there on my worst day, kept me from hitting the floor, and has been at the end of the phone ever since.
(2a) To All the wonderful people back
at home, who kept our business going, whilst we vanished like a whiff of smoke... Sharon and Glen, Tristen and Pete, Judy, and to our loyal staff Karen, Huri, Hine and Sam who have kept on keeping up. Also to Ian and Jyl, who paid Tristen and Pete while they
worked for us. But Tristen kept our boat sailing with much of her own time given, when she was in a new job herself... thanks Babe!
(3) To Daniel who is simply the best brother in the world.
(4)To Dad, who is simply Joshua's next best mate after
(5) To Aunty Kimmi, who regularly treks up to Auckland, has sometimes had to step in and do the hard stuff, (Like stitches without local) when I havn't been capable. Every Wife needs a Wife, she's mine.
(6) To Aunty Becs who was also there a lot at the worst of times.
(7) To Kerry, Monique. Great Nana Joyce, Joes Mum and Dad, Joanne and all the other extended family that made and sent food, we so appreciated it and we still do.
For The Move
(8) To Tania and Irene, who worked tirelessly packing up and moving us.
(9) To Des, Bryce, Simon, Joe, Richard and Pete, who helped us move,
and paint. Thankyou so much!
(9a) To Nana Cheryle, who came for a week and unpacked my house. Thank you my lovely mother in law, Mike would have been poked without you and because of you, I can go home and continue to look after Joshua instead of staring
at a mountain of boxes. Hope to see you in Rotorua again before we come back to Auckland.
(10) To Cate from Ronald McDonald for taking such an interest in us.
To The Smalls for taking us under their wing.
(12) To Uncle Patrick and Aunty Millian for being our bolt hole.
(13) To the 'Sea Cow' in Mission bay, for providing the best fish n chips in Auckland. It s great to take Joshua somewhere we know
he will eat.
(14) To Jignesh, for everything.