Louisa Claire

Read more posted in December, 2010

NYE 2010

One car, 2 parents, a toddler & a baby.
A 7 hour car trip
took took 11.
3 changes of clothes (per child!)
when I’d only packed 2.
Suffice to say,not a glamorous New Years.

4 years ago today, on another New Years,
I wrote my first ever blog post.
Sometime in the past week I wrote my 600th post.
What a ride!
Along the way I’ve met some great people, shared with you the highs and lows of becoming a Mum, witnessed groups of strangers achieve amazing things, bonded together through shared ideals and connected via the wonder of the world wide web. Over these 4 years I’ve created a space that I can’t imagine living without.

Thanks for being part of it! Your support, encouragement and friendship means the world to me. Here’s to another 4 years!

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Sometimes I Forget That She’s Only 2…

She’s tall…and I mean she’d be considered tall if she were three and a half, not the two and a half she is.
She’s articulate,
She’s determined and
She’s sooo incredibly independent.

And so I forget.

I forget she’s still only a baby,
that she doesn’t know how to manage her emotions,
her strength.
She doesn’t know how to control herself,
let alone understand herself.

Sometimes I think she must know
what she needs
what she wants
how she wants it
when she needs it.

She must! Surely she’s 5, 7 or something!
But no.
She isn’t.

She needs her Mummy.

She needs me to remember that I know
I need to remember too.


Merry Christmas To You And Yours…

Merry Christmas everyone!

Whatever your day has involved –  presents, food, family or perhaps, like ours, acrylic paint in places it shouldn’t be; from my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

And to give you a peek into our day…

I didn’t get to do a wonderful Christmas theme for Bliss this morning because the time I had planned to spend making Angels got taken up by something else this week. Instead we started the day with a simple birthday cake for Jesus and yummy breakfast. (and yes, the lazy award goes to moi – I didn’t even bake a cake but rather stuck some sparklers in the panetone. I don’t have a photo of the panetone with said sparklers alight because instead of heping HH light them so they all sparkled at once I stood waiting, camera in hand, for them all to be lit. This was not a good strategy)

We had to employ “operation distraction” for a while before opening pressies.

Mainly because certain presents were kind of obvious….

The day continued going well until I left Bliss alone downstairs for 10minutes.

She managed to get into her aunt’s room, find a tube of white acrylic paint and cover herself (& her brand new clothes!), the handrail walls back to the kitchen and then get it all over me (and my only summer dress!) and her Dad. She was not that thrilled with the clean up process….nor were we. (I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to get the stuff out of all our clothes!)

Meanwhile, Bear was just a bit perplexed by all the hullaballo…

Definitely a wonderful day, feeling very spoilt.

I’ll be posting sparodically over the coming weeks. I’m talking with Joan about whether there are ways to continue to supporting the children & families in detention on Christmas Island and I’ll post updates as I get them.

Just so you know there are still several boxes of toys in my house that couldn’t go in the delivery on Thursday for various reasons but that I will be sending in the coming weeks. If your house is now full of more non-battery operated toys put them in a cupboard and stay tuned…

God Bless,


btw for those who were following along with my advent series it obviously got knocked of the radar, though I’d like to think that as we talked to Bliss about the kids with no toys (a concept she grasped quickly!) that she learnt as much as if I’d been deliberately “teaching” her.


A Message From Joan

Good Morning Louisa

Had a very enjoyable evening wrapping such beautiful presents! Thanks a million to you and all your supporters. You will make many children in Detention here very happy. We were lost for words last night when we opened the boxes and saw all the NEW presents.

Blessings to all. Joan

If you’d like to keep supporting the children in Detention you might want to take one of these buttons (thank you Kate!) and post it on your blog, website or facebook. This is a simple way to let others know what you’ve been part of and to continue to stay in touch with what we are doing. It will link to the Christmas Island page I’ve set up on this blog.

I’d like to think that this Christmas has been only the beginning.

christmas island appeal

christmas island appeal

(Asking isn’t the done thing but it’s been a week of going against the flow so, if you stumble then it would be great to stumble either this post or the Christmas Island Appeal page to continue to raise awareness).

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A Great Big Thank You!

As I write this I feel a sense of complete disbelief that in a mere 72hours a group of people who had never met before managed to pull together hundreds of gifts for hundreds of children in need.

I’ve just had the call from Joan to say the boxes are in her car. Her gratitude at what we have all done humbles me.

When I finally escaped from my house this afternoon to do some errands I was met with aggressive drivers and rude people who reminded me a lot about what Christmas is like “out there” and I couldn’t help but think “why can’t people IRL be as kind as generous as people online?” Because what we’ve done this week is the sort of thing you think could never happen.

I’m so encouraged that our little Aussie community of bloggers and friends has pulled together in this way.

And so, I want to acknowledge all of you who made this possible!

Please stand up when your name is called,

Individual Supporters

Veronica Foale, Sleepless Nights
Kim Foale, Frogpondsrock
Glowless, Where’s My Glow?
Su Chin, Mott’s Island
Leisl Rampono
Heather Lipscombe
Kirrily Whatman, ERW Design
David Lee, Nuffnang
Deb, Science @ home
Melanie Kansil,  Customer Underground
Carolyn Filmer, The Truth About Mummy
Naomi Parry
Brenda Gaddi, Mummy-time
Marita Beard, Stuff With Thing
Kate Pickle, Picklebums
Rebecca Ballingall, PND – We Do Recover
Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook
Kelly Burstow, Be A Fun Mum
Bernadette Morely
Jodie McGill
Lani Miller
Kristin Brumm, Wanderlust
Naomi Murnain
Raelene Malloy
Nikki Parkinson
Lucy Pearce
Yvette Vignando,  Happychild
Tracy Williams
Alison Unwin
Tim Pyke
SueEllen Hughes, Transforme – Total Image Consultants
Howard Raggatt
Jo Hood, mainly music
Elizabeth Browne
Linda McIver
Tony Cosentino, The WordPress Guy
Fi, Calm Blue Ocean
Norlin Mustapha, Baubles, bubbles and bags
Jonathon McManus
Anne Bright
Kathleen Crone & Michael Johnston, Broadcast Builder
Rachael Rauch
Anna Giameos
Claire Chapman
Rebecca Leask
Kathryn George
Annette Fraser
Ian McDougall
Amanda Meade
Nicole Avery, Planning With Kids
Ann Patterson, Likes to Write
Tat, Mum in search
Lisa Fox
Seana Smith, Sydney for Under 5s
Rhiannon Walker
Nicholas Best, Happily Ever After?
Clare Collett
Lori Embelton
Kristin Whitingham
Anne, Forks in the Road
Linda Jackson
Sarah Wimpress
Sandra Gleeson
Melissa C
Melissa Irving
Lisa Tait

Tiger Tribe
Fairground Child
Virgin Blue
Just Like Us
Tree Top Toy Shop
A-R-M Architects

If your name is missing from this list, or listed here incorrectly or without a corresponding link please let me know louisa@everythingisedible.com so I can make the necessary changes.


We did it!!!

Joan has the boxes.

And now, I can take a long, deep breath. Say THANK YOU LORD and pour myself a nice glass of vino.