Wednesday, December 12, 2012

we have moved

The Squiggly Rainbow blog has moved over to Wordpress.... you can find us by clicking


au revoir blogger

xox Rach

Friday, December 7, 2012

picture perfect








Milly cat, Christmas decorations - our paper chains and an IKEA heart from last Christmas.  Pencils in jars and a terrarium in respite.  Wrapping paper and our first Pierre de Ronsad roses in a creamer jug.  Miss G's stitching to give to her friend and Milly cat again sitting next to some rescued clothes of Master J's from my op-shop bag.  I decided I should keep some things aside, in case we get approved.

I spoke on the phone to a social worker, I wanted to make sure my diagnosis of depression would not hinder our application.  She encouraged me that it is the second most common illness on the medical forms submitted.  Good news.

The family is looking forward to school holidays.  Mr DCT is theorising and analysing about the purpose of a Christmas tree in the home of a Christian family and how appropriate it is.  This is mentally and emotionally causing me angst and I am praying for peace in this.

Rach xx

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

run forest? run in the forest

When my boys were little, they seriously reminded me of Forest Gump - I love Forest (Gump that is) - and yes, I do love forests!  We picked our first ever real tree this year - no more of the fake stuff.  It does appear the Mr DCT is not actually allergic to the smell of the tree - he merely broke out in hives preparing it in the bucket!




Measuring for size, yes we took our own measuring tape.  Mr DCT's logic is slowly influencing me!




Our cosy living room, excuse the mess.  Love my granny blankets too and the need to have my own terrarium on the coffee table.




Spinning wheel care of a lovely friend.  Nutcrackers were purchased at The Reject Shop years ago.  Candle glassware from IKEA.  Chrystal clock - my mums.  Teapot - antique Royal Doulton collected by Mr DCT to remind him of his late mother.  Shoe stretchers care of my Oma and Opa.  Tall apothecary jar - a chipped one I've kept to store the childrens rocks, shells and pine-cones they have given me over the years.



I picked this up last year at the Kallista market, made in Guatemala - it is the reason.

The new facebook page you can find here.

Love Rach x





Tuesday, December 4, 2012

garden journal


Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden. The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!

It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in... share the joy xx

Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx


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Just some pics this week of my first flowers from the garden and my first house plant! 





Rach x

Monday, December 3, 2012

and so it goes

I hit the enter key.  I sent the email, the one to put our family out there.  This is the start of that journey.  First we will see if we qualify.  I think we qualify, we have love, we have space, we have resources, but most of all we have love and that feeling, the feeling that it is right.

The more I hear of the goings on of the world around us.  There is not a better time for our family to step out in faith.  Hearing of abuse, kidnapping and knowing we are a safe place makes me feel like it is to be.

I will receive papers in the mail.  Then there is a phone interview.  Then we will see if we make the cut.  We will see if we qualify to be a Foster family.  It's the first step in our country I feel for adoption choices.  The adoption choices are so limited - did you know Australia has the toughest adoption laws in the Western world?

I'm so excited!

Rach xx

Sunday, December 2, 2012

how

Praying how, when... what action.  Watched this on Friday night with my Miss G.  It is disturbing, but real.  We are blessed, how that blessing is to be used I am focusing on.  Times ahead are exciting and I feel with the burden lifted of the closure of our last home - big things are in the wind.

If you have time, please watch the documentary.  Let me know what you think.  What does it prompt in you?

Rach x

ps. the blog is has moved to here.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

commission piece

I'm really happy with a commission piece to be 'Italian' themed.... This little number will adorn the counter at an Italian restaurant (the exact location I am unsure of).  Playing with picmonkey was fun too!



I love the lamp post!


Today we are off to Little Athletics and then to a couple of church fete's! xx Happy Saturday!



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

testing, testing... thanks Lea





Thanks Lea and thanks Picmonkey!  Simple solution to my problems... re-size your pictures when Blogger tells you you are at your 1GB limit and need to pay!

Rach x

ps... these were the pictures I was going to share for the last garden journal xx

a new blog?

Giving you a heads up everyone, I seem to have maxed out my blogger permission to upload photographs.  It is capped at 1GB so they tell me and if I want to keep the blog content here - I need to pay a monthly fee to upload pictures.

Not quite sure what my action will be, I have to figure out how I can navigate you all to a new blog - and the pinterest followers too.... complex for my squiggly mind!

Stay tuned - without pictures!

Love Rach xx

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Garden Journal

Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden. The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!

It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in... share the joy xx

Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx


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My week in the yard has consisted of being set up at market in other people's gardens.  Quite delightful really to be under the gums in Merricks listening to the kookaburra's sing and chat to me all day.

I did get a little spot of potting in last night which made me feel happy and inspired for all we need to do in our garden.  I keep reminding myself, one step at a time.  Bush gardening is quite different and something I need to get used to!

Blogger is not letting me upload my pics today, will try and sort it out later.  Looking forward to being back in the Australian Garden Journal loop again this week!  Love to you!

Rach x

Sunday, November 25, 2012

too busy

I have done this week what I never though I would do.  I neglected my children by working outside of the home.  I feel I've learned a lesson pretty quickly   However - am feeling blessed that all these years we have been in a position by our choices that I could be a full time Mumma.  By my choice to pursue making lots of terrariums and bringing them to market... by bringing them to a very exclusive once a year market.... many beliefs and thoughts were reiterated within my own heart.  I admire ladies who can balance both work and children, clearly I learned I can't!  Fitting my creating in school hours and one weekend a month is my max!



My two markets a month is plenty.  Stretching for that extra 'special' event - was not what I thought it would be.  I love being home with my family and today enjoyed cooking and cleaning and cuddling.  My mumma blessed me by cleaning and tidying my house from top to bottom while I was away - and of course Miss G was her helper!

I did however meet some beautiful people I had met online in the last few years.  That I must say was the highlight of my weekend!  Catching up with old familiar faces was delightful too!




I can't believe I have been so busy I even missed the garden journal last week - oh dear!

Sending love 
Rach xx

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

todays work

I managed to squeeze in some scene setting inside my little lands this afternoon.  I am so happy with the new miniatures!  Master S is still resting and doing a good job of keeping up his fluid intake.  I am still exhausted and considering retiring to bed quite soon.  Master J was given his cricket pack on the weekend and we have been enjoying a backyard spot of cricket.  Tomorrow I may get out for a bit and have some time to myself to do some running around picking up glassware and glue and dressmaking pins.  I'm also awaiting on the arrival of an ebay purchase of some designer ballet flats brand new for $35 including postage.  Do you shop online?  I must say it is becoming my preferred choice other than the regular trip to the oppy.








What did you do today? 

Love Rach xo

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Garden Journal


Join in each week to share your Garden Journal, sharing what you are up to in your garden. The link will go up every Tuesday and the link is open for the whole week!

It might be what you are planting in the garden...
... pet antics...
.... family occasions, get-togethers, picnics...
... hints and tips - family garden secrets (like how to keep wombats from eating your crop)..
but it all must be in your garden!
Link in... share the joy xx

Pop this button in your sidebar - I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Rach xx

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We are home from hospital, no news on any lab results.  My Master S is resting and managing to eat a little.  No gardening here - just some pics of the last month in our yard.  I'd love to hear what's going on in yours and please spread the love.  I'd love for this to be a wonderful community of gardeners! xx

Rach xx





Friday, November 9, 2012

Bravity

Master S is in theatre.  The bravest boy I know.  He was soothing himself by repeating over and over "I'll be asleep and then I will wake up, I'll be asleep and then I will wake up.

Bloods still at the lab.  Over 100 apnoea's in a 9 hour period.  Oxygen saturations dropping to 60.  He has no appetite and is sleepy in the day.  Airways obstructing, hence tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.

 Very interesting reading here on page 35 discussing obstructive airways in Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome.

I'm not feeling like vomiting now.  They will come soon to the parents lounge to tell me he is in recovery.  He is so brave.  Minky and Extra and Reco and Mr Whoo were able to accompany him into theatre.

I think I may right a post about hospital stay hints and tips.  There's lots to know... Especially that of how great the weight loss program is here.  It's called stress.

Love Rach x x

It's ten minutes later. I'm not feeling brave.  I feel like swearing which reminds me of the movie the kings speech.  I worry.  What if he bleeds out.  What if something goes wrong.  What if the bloods come back and his afp is through the roof.  What if his heart dropping to 47 means he does have a cardiomegaly like 35 percent of Beckwith kids and when I have requested they check his heart and don't listen to me shit will hit the fan. If I didn't video his apnoea they would not have believed me.
They didn't anyway.  Then they saw the video and agreed whole heartedly.  Shit.  He's still in theatre. My beautiful beautiful boy

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We are in a new ward now.  My boy is sleeping.  Tonsils were huge and sent to pathology for screening.  Adenoids stayed in, not as large as anticipated.

We are monitoring his heart and breathing, new nurses noted my concern of heart abnormality.

Xxx Rach

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Waiting

Yesterday we took the trip to the Royal Children's hospital.  Master S has been unwell for about five weeks.  Too long in my opinion.  He has a genetic imprinting on the H19 gene, kvdmr1, a code for a word I choose not to disclose in case he learns what it is.

I feel like an over reactive mother presenting in emergency with my quiet content boy who makes no fuss.  Do you have a medical background they ask me.  I must have the lingo down.  I have just read many a paediatric report on my child's 1 in 15000 condition.  I realised when he was about one, the doctors new little typically about his Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome.  It's my job to know.  So don't over look my concerns.

We were sent home yesterday after blood results and chest X-ray came back normal.  Then he stops breathing in his sleep.  He starts again, three breaths, stops.  I count, 18 seconds.  Another two breaths. Muted by snoring, stops for 20 seconds.

Thanks to my nurse friend on fb, I should not have doubted my concerns.  We are here again, back at the hospital.  More tests tonight as he sleeps.  I must remember to ask for another afp test.  They stopped them when he turned eight.  The worry is still at the back of my mind.  A parents worst nightmare, one an old friend is living at this moment.

I can't highlight and link in easily on the iPad, but Maxabella discussed what's the guts of your blog.  Not quite sure what mine is, maybe an exploration of my mental health while I raise three children, two with special needs.  Or maybe it's just a diary, of a fruit loop!

Rach xxx

Garden journal absence

Hello all.... Garden journal not happening from my end this week due to a stint in hospital with Master S.   xx Rach

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday

I'm still in my pj's, it's just after midday.  The house is a bomb, dishes and laundry to do. I think this is my only tidy pocket of the house at the moment. 



Market yesterday was lovely at Red Hill.



My boys and girl and Mr DCT and I are all still fighting off a lurgy, lots of tissues and vitamin c.  Coffee is finished, time to get cleaning.

I'm loving our games of monopoly with Master J.  It seems to be a new 'obsession' which is great that it is not 'screen' based.






Rach xo

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