Well over a decade ago, we got married and decided we wanted to start a family. Well, that road was rocky and bumpy and nothing like we expected. Over a decade of failed fertility treatments and failed IVF. A decade where we decided to start a family a different way. A decade where we went through not only the fostering process but the process of adopting 6 kids we can’t picture our lives without. A decade where we thought our family was complete. We got our dream of buying a house and downgraded our cars as we didn’t need car seats or a pram. On the 10th January 2021 everything changed with 2 little lines. After well over a decade we were completely shocked to find out a miracle was coming and we were pregnant. A short 3 day lockdown in brisbane where we saw 2 lines on a stick changed our lives forever. Who knows if the shock will ever wear off but it’s official that Baby Catto is coming September 2021!!!
With our family somewhat complete we decided to work hard towards adoption. It was important for us that the kids had some kind of understanding of what adoption meant and that the birth family members we had contact with understood Aswell. For us the birth family relationships we had formed were really important and we wanted them to know to us they are also a part of our family. They had worked hard to get to this point just as we had and we were very blessed to have their support to move forward. We especially let Courtney write her own journey. We love her to the moon and back no matter what she wanted and we never pushed her toward any decisions just moved forward with the 5 younger kiddies. They were all very excited. They would talk to anyone and everyone about adoption and what they wanted their names to be after adoption. We bought story books on adoptions and with all the case managers support and support of others we felt confident on our decisions. Seminars, meetings, contacts, appointments everything played a very important role on moving forward and showing we can succeed on our own and give each child what he or she needed (each child is assessed individually as per their needs). It was a bumpy road and there was lots of tears but we would do everything we could to make this a success.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better Courtney proposed to us with rings asking us to adopt her too.
Our hearts were so happy and our head were swimming. This will be our forever family ❤️
After we got back from the gold coast we saw some people had found some kittens and were going to take them to the pound. They were teeny tiny and no sign of a mumma cat for days. We estimated they were 2 or 3 weeks old. The both fit in a facewasher.
We just couldn’t let these cities go so home they came….
Tash and Thor.
We constantly lost them under the couch and behind the fridge but gosh we all grew to love them. The kids just adore animals.
So here we were 2 adults, 6 kids and now 2 cats. What can we say? We love the busy life 😜♥️😂
April 2015 we packed up the car and headed to lovely resort (11 hours drive away) to spend 8 days on the Gold Coast (Australia’s theme park capital).
We had to stay in 2 rooms as there wasn’t one big enough for all of us but it was beautiful. We stayed at turtle beach resort, we explored the Goldie, we went to dreamworld, movie world and SeaWorld, we went on the aqua duck, we walked along the busy streets and beaches, it was bliss.
Dreamworld wesaw some tiger cubs and got to pay them,movie world we watched all the shows and see world we learnt about all kids and sea life and of course the boys loved the jet ski show.
It was so nice to just do fun things together, get away from everyday life and just be a family!
It was a week of restaurants, ice creams, cafes, lollies, donuts and we had the most amazing time.
On the way home we decided to break up the trip and spend a night at light house beach in Port Macquarie. We got a cabin that fit us all and were right on the beach. It was pure relaxation time. The kids played in the sand and the water and we just soaked in every moment. This family we are creating is pretty darn amazing.
Of course when we got home mum and dad needed a vaca from the vaca. But it sure was work every minute ♥️♥️