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    MEET THE MAKER – ZENDE HANDMADE CREATIONS

    When Jabu first walked into our home and saw my vast collection of baskets she said “Wow Jess you sure do love grass”. It is this mixture of humor, creativity and sheer determination that makes Jabu the strong and driven woman that she is. I hope that you enjoy reading a bit about what drives her, her background and her passion. Who makes up your family? My three children and my two grandchildren are who I consider my family. Describe yourself in three words? Ambitious, creative, tenacious. Tell us about you brand? My products are handmade by myself using natural materials. Tell us about the inspiration behind your brand? My…

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    MEET THE MAKER – DELICIOUS MONSTERS

    Meet the beautiful, passionate and driven mama of Irish twin boys  behind the trendy Delicious Monsters brand, Sarah Oakley. Who makes up your family? My husband, Matt; my Irish twin boys, Ford and Steele and my two rescue cats. Describe yourself in three words? Loyal. Creative. Dedicated Tell us about you brand / Tell us about the inspiration behind your brand? As a full time fashion merchandiser I have a good understanding of local manufacturing and a passion for locally made products.  I was pregnant with my first born and was disappointed by the lack of edgy and fashionable carrycots available.  I had seen amazing products on my overseas buying…

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    A LETTER TO OUR ONE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER

    Dearest Holly  I can’t quite believe that today you are one. I cannot believe that we have had a whole year to get to know you, to figure out our way as parents of two, and to fall in love with a little girl. If I am completely honest with you I was petrified to become a mum of a daughter, for some unknown reason I always saw myself as a mum of boys.  On the 8th of January 2018 when you entered the world, you were all that we needed and so much more.  You have taught us so much this year. At times it has been tough, but…

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    2018 – THE YEAR THAT WAS

    As 2018 draws to a close and we embark on a new year, I can’t help but look back at the year that was and reflect on the achievements, the highlights and the lowlights. January started off with a bang with the birth of our little girl. Holly Rose entered this world on the 8th of January with a feistiness that has not left. She is a tough cookie and this characteristic I have no doubt stands her in good stead for her own life path as well as the fact that she has a sibling with extra needs. I have no doubt that she will be Luke’s biggest advocate…

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    INTERNATIONAL FEATURE – OSCAR – NEW ZEALAND

    Kia Ora from Auckland, New Zealand! My name is Pip and I’m mum to Oscar. He’s the youngest of four awesome boys, and our little surprise! We had no prenatal testing and only found out that he had Down syndrome at birth. In fact, when Oscar was born there was much anticipation in the delivery room (and with family at home) as to whether he would be a boy or a girl. After 3 boys we were expecting a girl! The girl’s name was sorted, the boy’s name not so much. I remember the obstetrician telling us that we had a boy and my husband and I realising we need…

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    THE ROBERTS’

    Who makes up your family?  We are the Roberts’. Jon the husband, a north coast local, entrepreneur and part time pilot. Myself Jess, Maritzburg born and schooled. I studied in the legal field, before working in retail for the past nine and a half years. I have recently resigned to allow for some flexi time and to concentrate on Luke and his cause. Luke our first born is two and a half, his interests include school, kicking the soccer ball and Macklemore, he also happens to be born with Down Syndrome. Holly our daughter is 9 months old. Her loves include her brother Luke, Derek the cat and mielies, in…

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    THE HOLDING’S

    It’s no wonder that Lee-Anne is a ballet teacher. She is graceful beyond measure and she has that air of elegance that all ballerinas exude.  Dave and Lee-Anne were told that they would battle to fall pregnant and when they did, little Rhys was their long awaited gift. Spend even one second with them and you will see their deep seated love for their little boy in every fiber of their being.  Rhys has some of the most incredible balls skills that I have ever seen on a little boy and you cannot help but fall in love with his gentle nature and cheeky grin.  Thank you Lee and Dave…

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    THE WACHER’S

    The Wacher’s and the Robert’s go way back. Both Sam and Bruce were at junior school with my husband and his siblings and they are entrenched in our local community. Sam and Bruce, I don’t think you quite know what an inspiration you have been to our little family.  We have been able to witness first hand the deep seated love that you have for your little Eva Bug and as your family has grown in strength (and female numbers – watch out Bruce!), you truly have set an incredible example for us and so many others in our community to follow and learn from. Enjoy reading Sam and Bruce’s…

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    THE WHITFIELDS

    Karlien reached out to me via Learning from Luke after receiving a post natal Down Syndrome Diagnosis and I am eternally grateful that she did. It has been an absolute honor to watch you and your beautiful family grow in strength and in love and I cannot wait for what is in store for all of you. Enjoy reading Karlien and Mark’s touching journey and fall in love with Oliver’s beautiful soulful eyes.  Oliver is dressed by The Little Closet All images are by Derryn Schmidt XXX   At any moment my paediatrician will tell us that he is looking at the wrong file, that he has made a mistake, that he…

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    INTERNATIONAL FEATURE – WHATS THE STORY RORY – U.S.A

    Who makes up your family? Our family is made up of myself (karin), my husband jeff and our three beautiful children Finn, harper and rory. Rorys diagnosis.  This was quite possible the most painful yet prevalent moment of my life. I opted not to have any testing during my pregancy to rule out any medical issues. Reason being was the answer to the tests didnt matter and would not change the outcome, that being said no one ever expects not to have a healthy child but i stand firm in my choice that no matter healthy or not my child would be kept and loved. My ultrasounds throughout my pregnancy…