Brisbane Lions!

Recently Dan and Ali had the opportunity to see their first football game between Brisbane Lions and Sydney Swans thanks to Make-A-Wish® Australia – Brisbane South Branch and the businesses who support them.

The theme was to dress up as a cowboy which Ali was right into. Dan was thoroughly impressed by the sport and even had a football signed by a player. Their Dad had the pleasure of sitting back and watching the boys enjoy themselves.

I waited at home with an unwell Abbey to hear about their adventures. The biggest thrill is that they were able to enjoy a new activity with no constraints and just be in the moment. Both boys are playing footy each day.

We opened the box

So much love and compassion in one small box.

It would be inappropriate for me to simply list the beautiful people who have shared their love and compassion in one post. They deserve to be acknowledged fully, with individual recognition and detail as to how their actions positively impact our lives.

I hope you will assist us in thanking these small businesses by liking their Facebook profiles and consider using their services or products into the future.

Having a small business ourselves, we know this community is always full of generous owners who personalise their donations. Who, like us, started a small business to fill a gap, a change of pace or to find a better way of being. Its hard work being small, but so much more enjoyable when you get to touch the heart of another.


Thank you Pollinate Gold Coast for the beautiful flowers. I have enjoyed breathing in the aroma of the red roses while filling in paperwork for Abbey. Also trying to figure out what the green stalk like flowers are? The irises remind me of my mum-in-law and flowers I bought her so long ago. And the lilies remind me of all of the similar plants I have tried to keep alive past one flowering!
Thank you Tanya.

Words of Thanks that are Not Enough

Today, Courtney from Make-A-Wish® Australia – Brisbane South Branchvisited us again with someone,a generous spirit, from the community that surrounds this Foundation. This wonderful and ‘Thor look-a-like with a beard’ according to the boys, gentleman, has given us back time. His name is Tommy, and he and his ‘crew of Avengers’ have generously donated their skills to build the deck around the pool.

There are no words of thanks that are sufficient. The only words I can get out of my brain are WOW and Thanks. The rest is a scramble. Why? Abbey had 5 seizures last night and 3 more today. Things are upping again in intensity. We are all on guard and watch, as we don’t know why. This is the focus, and as always so much else is put aside.

When chatting to Tommy, I offered we are in no rush, whenever suits you. I’m loving his response of getting it done ASAP as we don’t know how long for Abbey. Of course I know this, but in no way do I wish to be a burden to another.

The pool deck is the next goal and James and I had hoped we will get it done in time. We both know deep down we probably won’t, but we keep fighting.

Tommy and crew will give us more family time and help us move other projects forward. It will give us more than inside family activities of movies that passively include Abbey. Now we can maybe plan a late afternoon BBQ and evening dip in a warm pool with Abbey, the small things will be accessible and easier, for the benefit and enjoyment for Abbey.

And still all my brain can say is WOW.

Courtney also gifted Abbey and family a small box of goodies from the community. I have not opened it yet, but will do when we can all be together as a family and Abbey has a moment to engage. Hoping tomorrow, at the latest Monday. I look forward to sharing with you the generous human spirit.

As always, I am amazed at what the smallest gesture can do for someone. When it’s on this scale, it’s a lot to digest.

Thank you Tommy. WOW.

Time to start finding some wetsuits for a winter dip!