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Wishes

When I blow out birthday candles, break a wishbone, throw coins in fountains, or see the first star of the evening, like a child, I close my eyes and make a wish. My wishes are always the same. Of course. So with a heart full of the most immense gratitude, I can declare that my […]

The Looming Feeling

The Looming Feeling

I’m doing busywork today. Organizing old papers. Vacuuming. Fixing a picture-frame. Anything, really, that might distract me from the thought of Skye’s MRI on Thursday, July 21st.  This will be her very first one, and I’m dreading it. Contemplating Thursday morning has my abdomen tied up in knots. Do I have reason to believe that […]

Six Years

Six Years

Gavin, Skye and I spent the morning in the neuro-oncology clinic to go over the results of Gavin’s most recent MRI. Once again, I’m overjoyed to report that Gav’s scans were clear. This means that we have another 6 months to go until the next one, at which point they will become annual. SIX. YEARS. […]

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short

The Days are Long, but the Years are Short

Are there more grown-ups or kids in the world? – Bean My son asked me that a few days ago, and I spent a couple of minutes explaining that there are more grown-ups in the world, simply because we all spend far more of our lives being adults than we do being children. Plus, we’re […]

The Wonderful One

The Wonderful One

It’s Skye’s first birthday! 365 days have passed since she made her official debut. In all of those days she has brought me joy, laughter, comfort, and love. She is truly a gift to us and despite the frustrations that babyhood can bring, every day I try to enjoy her and not worry about the […]

Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer

Poof!  Just like that, we are into week 2 of school, with the golden gates of summer slammed shut behind us. It’s always a bittersweet time of year, with the swimming and ice-cream-eating over, and everyone bustling, busy and getting back to school and work properly. To-do lists are long and intentions are good. We […]

June 22, 2015

June 22, 2015

Today is Gavin’s grandfather’s birthday. Happy birthday, Poppy! Today is also the anniversary of Gavin’s surgery. 5 years ago, on Sunday the 20th, Father’s Day, we took Gavin to the hospital. On June 22nd, he emerged from the OR triumphant. 5 years that have been long and gone so fast. 5 years since my wee […]

The Turning of the Tide

The Turning of the Tide

“Fortune changes when the time comes.” Last Saturday, Gav and I were hanging around the kids’ discovery area of the ROM, our local museum, when I noticed this inscription written in Chinese on a large piece of serpentine. The placard advised us to run our fingers over the engraving, as it may bring us good […]

Hip, hip, hooray!

Skye and I spent the majority of the day today at Sick Kids. We went to have her orthopaedic hip harness installed. I’d managed to shove the fact that she had to get this thing far into a dark corner of my mind for a couple of weeks, but finally had to face facts today […]

In Sickness and in Health

In Sickness and in Health

At the beginning of 2015 I resolved to try to unhitch our lives from the constant round of medical appointments and hospital visits that has been our fate for the last five years. We visit Sick Kids on an almost weekly basis, and have other various appointments to attend. Between the two kids, I try […]