Wednesday, November 30, 2016






One year married.

It's certainly not been the easiest of years for us and I don't often write more than a few words on this blog - but these are words I want to remember.
A year of various health issues for me .. constantly having to re-adjust our expectations and practice patience. So much patience.

Todd said it's almost like we knew we were going to be challenged.
Our vows we wrote and spoke to each other this time last year, under a gum tree in Margaret River;
whatever path life may take us on, let's make our steps clear so the other may see.
i'll wait for you, and should i fall behind. wait for me.

It's been a path that has hugely tested my mental spirit, constantly trying to remain positive and see the fortune in what has been a series of misfortunes.

You can get caught dwelling, wallowing, you can easily lose perspective and certainly the green eyed monster can come out strong. Envy over other people's lives and situations.
But it's become incredibly clear to me that life simply goes on and it's my life that I want, not others'.
My husband, my family, my house, my dog, my friends. My identity.
And my life is damn good.

Every part of me is so grateful for Todd. Together we keep walking this path, making our steps clear and pulling each other through.



Sunday, November 13, 2016












A few celebrations lately!
Steph's Baby Shower, James' "double denim" thirtieth and Sofie's thirtieth!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016



 
































I am so aware of how special these days are. Being able to spend time, us three Stokes girls.

Down south, just before the weather changes to warmer days.

Saturday, September 3, 2016













































Some winter moments ...


Coffee catch ups with Beth and Amy

Walks on the weekend in the bush with Todd and Rusty

Harriet up for a visit ... and lots of cuddles

Blue sky, cold mornings down at the dog beach

Setting the table for Steph Rayner's thirtieth birthday dinner

The naked cake!

Sarah's 21st

Cups of tea and our strange dogs


Tuesday, August 30, 2016



































So happy I got to meet and know Todd's grandad Jack.

John Roy "Jack" Thorpe
1921 - 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016




































A sunny weekend in Willagee made us happy spring was close by!


Saturday, July 16, 2016











































Bethany's baptism!
A beautiful celebration of Bethany and her cousin Jack up in Walkaway.
So chuffed to be god parents!