19 December 2011

In Memory of an Amazing Woman...

This afternoon family of Natalie Murphy said their goodbyes to a beautiful woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.
Natalie was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer last March and has died truly so beautifully with such grace and peace. My heart and prayers are with her family, especially her husband Greg and wee son Jackson. I never met her, but I've followed her story with great interest since the beginning.

You can visit her website here to read her story and find out how strong and amazing she was. She always believed that nothing could stop her from living the life she wanted. Sadly, just weeks before she planned a New Years day renewal of vows and a celebration of her life she has gone. I feel so sad she never got that day after all the planning she's been doing for it.

As well as feeling sad, I feel so blessed and strange all at once. She died, and I'm still here. Natalie was diagnosed at the same hospital and same time as I was, yet our treatment paths were different, our prognosis very different. My brain is still trying to process how that happens.

What I do know though is that her story has touched many hearts and a lot of people have been reminded that this life is precious. I was listening to an interview on the radio with her the other day and she said she was initially angry (and so understandable) but had to relook at how she was spending the rest of her life, when her husband told her he wasn't going to watch her die angry. So she changed to making sure she left this life doing the things that were important with such grace and beauty.

I for one am giving my kiddies one extra squeeze and kiss when I put them to bed tonight.

Again, I'll say what I've said many times. Cancer sucks.

I'll leave her words to finish this post.

"I wrote about my journey to raise awareness of Breast Cancer in young women and encourage them to check themselves from 20years old, not 40! I also want to encourage people to appreciate what they have and live their lives to the fullest. Life is not about our jobs or the things we own. It’s about relationships and appreciating those we love."

Rest in Peace Natalie.

13 December 2011

Happy Birthday Baby

Happy Birthday to my delicious new 7 year old today.

Love you baby girl!

12 December 2011

Tea Party

Oh my goodness...this is my 300th post on this blog. WOW!
I know I've been absent for a while but there is A LOT going on which in time will make it to the blog but not right now. There are changes afoot....exciting ones though.

Instead here are some photos from my daughters 7th birthday tea party on Saturday. It is SO much fun setting up a little girls birthday party. The last few weeks I've been collecting bottles, making paper decorations, stealing ideas via Pinterest and scouring for pretty girly things to add to the table. Then I got busy making mini cakes, cupcakes and layer cake, marble cake. We were caked out!!
I was really pleased with how it all came out, but when Katie came out to look at the table she teared up and said "I am SO happy!". So that made me pretty proud.
Five little girls dressed in their best dresses drinking "tea" (actually just raspberry fizzy drink and orange juice), eating cake and cucumber sandwiches and decorating cupcakes was actually a really relaxed, fun and easy birthday celebration. And so civilised...until Johnny came crashing through! Haha!

Cupcake decorating...

The finished cupcakes...aren't they fantastic?!

My sweet birthday girl...