Friday, 13 July 2018

School Holidays: Carnival & Movie

Heading out with fun with friends is always a good idea.. After picking up Janai’s good friend Olivia we went to grab some dinner and then made our way to the Carnival for some good fun as a family. Jie opted for the fairy floss over the rides but the rest of the kids spent all our tokens on rides which has them spinning and swaying up in the air.. It was a lot of fun!

Afterwards we met Nat and her four eldest kids at the movies to watch Jurassic World 2.. 

It was nice to catch up with some friends and the movie was awesome.. 

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

My Thoughts Exactly

Two things you have never done but want to try..
I'd love to go on a road trip and stand under a waterfall.

One thing that scares others but doesn't scare you..
Creepy Crawlies.. Spiders, moths, cockroaches, bees, wasps etc.

Three things about this time of year..
Well at the moment it is winter here in Australia and where we live the nights are cold. So at the moment colds have effected 3 of the kids so far, the kids warm blankets are taken into the lounge room each morning and everyone flocks to the heater every chance they get.

Two things in your life that are changing..
The first thing would be my eating habits. I now eat three meals a day and snacks which is a huge achievement and the other thing that is changing is the expectations I put on myself. I am learning not to commit to things that are not important to me and to be okay with saying no to friends/community/DHS/family and just in general. I create my life and it doesn't have to be complicated. It's okay to look after myself and make me a priority.

Three little things that mean a lot..
Friends checking in on me, Dad's wisdom and time spent with my children.

One thing you're thinking about that you're just not ready to talk about yet..
My last holiday with my Dad.
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Friday, 29 June 2018


Being a part of the Lookout Program has been an amazing journey for me and my family. My four  children who are in out of home care have been able to be assisted in a learning program specifically for them and their circumstance. Education was far from these children's thoughts when they were in survival mode prior to coming into my care and so this program has provided extra support and encouragement as they let go of what was and dive head first into school. With gaps in their learning, fatigue and with court and access and just being away from the ones they love in their mind, not to mention a new home with new rules and new responsibilities, this change of lifestyle can hold kids back from getting the quality of education.

The Lookout Program ensures that these kids receive quality educational care as the go through their schooling life. It aims at bringing a holistic and realistic approach for the child and their education. It makes the department, the school and us parents accountable to the child by utilizing both school and after-school programs to see that these kids don't fall through the cracks and have the ability to achieve their dreams.

Being a part of this program has helped Jeanette receive tutoring and a modified learning program to assist her needs and abilities of performance. This program helped with Janai's transition from primary school into high school and helped Hiram gain confidence in reading and writing.

I hope that this program can and will continue for my own peace of mind knowing that I am not the only one wanting what these kids deserve. So that the kids continue to be the prime focus in their education and so that Justine may have the same opportunities that he siblings have received thus far.

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Jeanette on the Drums

I feel so proud of my niece Jeanette Hayes! She absolutely killed it out there on the drums last night and if she was nervous, she definitely hid it well.. If someone had have told me 3 years ago that I’d be watching my niece from the back row of a school theatre as she performed drums I would never have taken them seriously! But once again this girl breaks through the odds and shows me (and all the kids here at home) that you can do absolutely anything you put your mind to! Jeanette, I am so proud of you and loved being there tonight! I hope you’re proud of yourself too! There is nothing you cannot do.. 

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Janai’s First Youth Girls Game

Janai played her first game along side the youth girls with the Bacchus Marsh Cobras last Monday. Up until this point she had only played 1 season with the Under 13 girls side and unbeknownst to Monique and Janai (when this picture was taken) these two had no idea that they would be voted Captain and Vice Captain for 2018. Hopefully these two amazingly talented girls will carry their team into the premiership! Janai played three games this week. She played with the youth girls on Monday, her U13 team on Friday then again with the youth girls today! She loves Footy and I love watching her play, encouraging her from the side line. I believe in this girl and know she will go far with her footy.. 
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