Saturday, April 19, 2008

Blessings in Paper

A simple doodle that became a card. It's just waiting for the baby to be born, so it can go with the gift I have set aside for "it's" mama. I hope she likes it. It felt good making it.
I think the mama is due in the next week or so, and I am starting to get really excited. Mmmm, fresh new baby smell, milky newborn grins.
This mama inspires me. I know she'll birth boldly with pure bliss.
~Kia Kaha~

Friday, April 18, 2008

Hearing Your Silence

Hearing Your Silence
(For All Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech) by Donald Robin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
We don't understand when we hear your silence We cant see behind your frustrated eyes when you plead for our attention We are unable to feel your awkwardness when you try to speak and the wrong sounds emerge We cannot be inside you to will your tongue to move when it struggles to find the roof of your mouth We don't understand the fear that consumes you when you are on the playground when you should be having fun We are not privy to your brain that creates a world of words only to have your muscles stop their meaning We do not hear your mind communicating freely only to have us look quizzically and ask for repetition We cannot sense your joy at moments of clarity only to have it rapidly disappear again and again We do know who you are when you look into our eyes We can hold you tightly when your fists clench and tears fill your vision We will struggle with you each day and night when you practice your speech sounds with great deliberation We are proud of your trying when we might just give up We share with you your pain when your mouth is tired and slow You know that we will love you when you are little and when you grow You know that we will be there for you when all seems dark and cold You know that you are special and what you want to say You know you are our children and who you are each day You know your world is full and how to find the way You know we hear your silence You know, we hear your silence You know we hear your silence

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Equality Wheel

Healthy Partners: Healthy Relationships
What makes a relationship healthy?
Two people who value and respect each other are a good start. Here are some characteristics you may want to consider in a potential boyfriend or girlfriend. He or she:

Supports your relationships with friends and family members.

He or she spends time with your friends and familyto get to know them yet will at the same time gives you space to spend time with them alone.

Maintains his or her own friendships and wants you to get to know his or her friends.

Continues his or her own interests in outside activities, such as sports, clubs, groups, jobs or hobbies.

Asks your opinion and respectfully listens to your answers.

Is comfortable with you having different opinions from him or her, does not take it as a personal insult if you disagree with them.

Cultivates a safe atmosphere where you can share your thoughts, feelings and emotions with Accepts responsibility for his or her own behavior, thoughts or feelings.

Apologizes when he or she is wrong, and accepts your apologies when you are wrong.

Considers your relationship a partnership.

Shares decision-making.

Expects both partners to control their own money.

Does not use manipulation (financial, emotional, etc) to get what he or she wants.

Treats other people as well as himself or herself with respect.

Is supportive of your friendships with people of the opposite sex, does not get jealous or possessive.

Trusts you and is trustworthy.

Encourages you in your goals and dreams.

Makes positive statement about your strengths and achievements.

Is complementary; does not criticize the way you look or dress.

Is someone who you feel safe with.

Resolves conflicts through clear dialogue without using insults, threats or violence.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Baby Saved By Donated Breastmilk

See video here.

Baby saved by donated breast milkApril 11, 2008:

Women across America have been donating their breast milk to keep a premature baby alive after the death of her mother.

Weekend Waffle

Thought it was about time I did another photo update. We had a mishap with our camera (again) so I have just lost another 3 months worth of photos because of a stupid memory card error, and I couldn't find the data cable to transfer all of them off the camera. BUGGER!
So anyway, Andrew won a new camera at work, so I have been testing it out to see if I like it any better, and here is the results. I don't think it works as nicely as my previous camera (the Canon Ixus 75), but this one is water and shock proof, (Olympus u790SW). Having these boys of mine, I like the safety aspect of that. I will have a bit more of a play with it and see if I can get a better picture... but for now here's a few of the crew.

A cute pic of Daddy and Twistie having a tickle. Mr T is chewing on his hands a fair bit, teeth coming in now. He's got two beautiful pegs on his bottom gum, and they've not been much of a drama coming through really.

Mr Lolo. We've got some great words happening at the moment. Plane and rain, wait and the best one yet... He can count to 5!!! It comes out UN, OO, EE, OR, EYE. He is really loving his one day a week at daycare. He gets to spend time in the room that Will is in, and then he has some time in the Big Toddlers room, and then Will comes to join him in the afternoon, so he is always allowed to have access to his big brother as a security blanket, but Will is also allowed to have time away from Lochlain to play with the bigger kids. We have to be really mindful of not expecting Will to take on a carer role for Lochlain, which he is so far inclined to do, not that it's not healthy for Lochlain to have Will watching over him, but that level of responsibility at four years old is far too much for Will to take on board. I have spoken with his carers and they are agreeing that it's ok to seperate them for Will's sake when he needs his space. Lochlain is still held and looked after, and he is coping well. And after all, it's about 8 hours a week, so it's not entirely dire.
I can't get any photos of Will, he runs away from the camera. Shy monkey that one! He is on a playdate today with Big Brooke's Tully, his best mate. He took his tool bag with some extra toys, and they'll be back later this afternoon. He was revved up and ready to go though as soon as he knew there was a chance of hanging out with Tully! Off to feed the T man... Lochie is asleep on the couch covered in hand drawn tattoos... Have a great week people!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Drawing For Winter Approaching....

Just want to show you all what I am currently working on for the Winter JOY cover.
It's still got a way to go before it's finished, but I am liking where it is going. The best thing about freehand drawing is that you just get to go with the flow of the pen. As it marks the paper it cuts it's own path and guides your hand. You really have no control over it.
The colour version will be the final edit I am hoping. Although I really like the black and white, I may do a full Black and White crisp version for my own wall.
I really need some canvas and new brushes desperately. And I would kill for some watercolours.
I feel my 'inner self' poking out through some cracks in this work.
So here's the halfway done piece.