"A rainbow is a promise of sunshine after rain of calm after storms of joy after sadness of peace after pain of love after loss.
A rainbow baby is a baby born following loss. These mommas are just 6 out of the millions that experience pregnancy/infant loss every day. Some speak out. Some stay silent. Some have lost many. Some try for months or years. Some meet their sleeping angels. All loved and never forgotten.❤️💛💚💙💜"
I just revived this message and photo from a Queen.
It's the best and I had to share.
Me and my husband have been quietly struggling to conceive for the last 19 months (yes I know 19 months isn't very long compared to some peoples journeys) but when everyone around you seems to be falling pregnant it feels like forever. Having ploughed our way through all the tests it turns out its my ovaries that don't seem to wanna play nicely. #marvellous
Tomorrow I start on fertility drugs so yesterday, before the hormones start raging through my body and turning me into a stressy, emotional mess, I decided to get this as a reminder that, despite my faults, flaws and somewhat broken reproductive system, I am a queen and I always will be. It's a personal pick me up for those days when I don't feel like I'm enough.
Babies or no babies, I am good enough for my husband and more importantly for myself and I shall try not to forget that. I wear my crown with pride! Just thought I would share.
P.S. My dads going to go mad 😂"
I FUCKING LOVE YOU ANONYMOUS QUEEEEEEN. Brave and Clever and just basically Queening through life.
As the sun sets on the first day of the Holy Month of #Ramadan we say Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim friends. We deeply appreciate the part you play in the rich diversity that is modern Australia. We appreciate your faith and faithfulness, we value the contribution you make to Australian society. We commit ourselves to walking with you into an Australian future that is characterized by a secular society in which people of all faiths are free to live their tradition under the protection of the rule of law. We acknowledge that you come from many lands and cultures all with their own unique expressions of the faith. We are grateful for the many threads that you weave into the vibrant tapestry that is Australia. In this Holy Month may your faith deepen, and your service to the community be celebrated and blessed. Ramadan Kareem Fr Rod.
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Our whole family came to Australia by boat. Sometimes in Iran, the government ‘disappears’ people and nobody knows where they have gone. Our father had already been harassed a few times, and we were very worried about what might happen next, so we made the decision to leave everything behind.
We were held on Christmas Island for just over 2 months, before being moved to a detention centre in South Australia, luckily, because just after we arrived, they started taking people to Nauru rather than to the mainland.
After we were released, we were on a Community Detention visa for two years, which didn’t allow us to work or study, and the only thing we were allowed to do was 6 hours of English class per week. So we spent most of our time just doing volunteer work in lots of different places. Even though we were happy we were safe, when you don’t know what’s going to happen in your future, that uncertainty that you or one of your family members might be sent back to your country still ruins your life - you can’t concentrate. Finally, we were found to be genuine refugees, and were all put onto the new SHEV visa, which gives us work rights. But this is a temporary visa for five years, so we are still thinking about what’s going to happen after that.
The perception of asylum seekers in Australia is so negative - when you say, 'I’m an asylum seeker', people’s faces change, which is hard for us. We decided to open Ayla's vegetarian cafe to show people that even though we're asylum seekers, we can work hard, that we can contribute to the community, that we are not the stereotype you know. We are not criminals, we are not here to take everything away. We came here for another reason. Nobody likes to leave their home town, their country. For example, our father is 45 years old. He grew up in Iran, he had his family there, his life was set up. Now, if he has to go to the doctor, he needs his son to go with him and translate. Nobody wants this kind of situation at his age. And nobody wants to put their children’s lives in danger.
It has not been an easy thing. In the 8 months since we opened this place, we’ve had just 4 days off and every day we’ve worked more than 12 hours. But everyone has helped – our cousins and friends lent us money to get started and our mum and dad and aunties help out in the café. Many people who are not family have helped us too. The landlord trusted us even though we didn’t have savings, and the person who used to own this place agreed to act as a guarantor for our rent, even though she had never met us before! And recently a guy from Strata offered to fix this place up for us. He said, ‘I see you guys in here before me and leaving after me every day, so I’m going to work for you for free.’
Sometimes there is something bigger than hope behind these things, some people call it God, some people call it religion or karma, whatever you call it, there has been something behind everything that has happened to us here.
We feel a great sense of welcoming.
Arian and Mahyar Iran Arrived 2012
If you live in Adelaide, pop into Ayla's cafe on Bent St for a great coffee!
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Did you know that new tobacco legislation laws come into effect on September 1 this year? The changes further reduce the areas where smokers can light up.
As the diagram shows, from September 1 smoking will be banned within ten metres of skate parks and playgrounds. Smoking will also be banned at public swimming pool complexes. This new law protects the health of children, parents and staff by ensuring they can enjoy these facilities without being exposed to harmful second-hand smoke.
For more information on Queensland’s tobacco laws, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or visit www.qld.gov.au
Waleed Aly is one of the best commentators in our country today. We need these intelligent well informed voices to counteract all the spin and misinformation. Waleed for Archbishop say; I know he is a Muslim but hey I'm sure God doesn't actually care, so why should I. But until then, give him the Logie and let's embrace the leadership he has to offer. Fr Rod. #WaleedAly