{This is Life} Someone killed this baby. He is gone now and we could have saved him

baby riley

I am so angry. Upset. Frustrated.

Riley John Hughes was just four weeks old. One month.

He got to live for one month only.

This tiny, little baby is gone now.

His mother and father held him in their arms while he passed away. He finally let go after having such a strong battle.

He fought hard in a war he just couldn’t win.

His mother held him safety inside her for nine months. Yet in one little month she couldn’t protect him from the world. A world filled with selfish, ill-informed, self-centred morons.

If you haven’t been vaccinated make an appointment now. Riley was too young to be vaccinated. He didn’t even have the chance to live long enough to be protected.

Whooping cough initially presents with cold-like symptoms that rapidly becomes a violent cough. It is horrendous. You cough so much you vomit. Your lungs shut down. Your body gives up.

What makes this worse it that little Riley’s death was preventable. He could still be here staring into his mother’s eyes. He could wrap his tiny hand around his daddy’s finger. Someone out there has selfishly stolen these moments from his parents.

Riley’s death was the fifth from whooping cough in Western Australia in the past decade. There have been 252 notifications of whooping cough THIS YEAR ALONE.

I am naturally a researcher and I have examined so much material related to why people do not vaccinate themselves and their children. I guarantee that I have considered your argument and the reason why you choose not to. There is no definitive reason not to be vaccinated. This is not some kind of scheme. This is not unnecessary. This is protecting our most precious asset. It is saving our children.

Someone out there is a murderer. You have taken a child from his mother. You have stolen this little boy’s future. Without you and your choice not to be vaccinated he would still be here.

If you are not vaccinated you need to.

It is not just parents or grandparents, aunts or uncles that need vaccination. It is EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US. If you have ever passed an infant in the street, if you shop in a supermarket, if you breathe you need to be vaccinated.

Please save those that are too little to save themselves.

You can find more information about little Riley on a Facebook page that was set up by his extraordinarily brave parents. You can find it here -> Light for Riley


{This is life} Love yourself, it’s most liberating

So there is this fantastic girl I know who actually went to school in B-town.

She has now moved to Western Australia to pursue a successful career in radio.

Heidi Anderson is a Bathurst girl done good.heidi anderson

She has been writing articles and voicing her opinion for Perth Now for a little while and this week’s article is pretty powerful.

Heidi Anderson: ‘Love Yourself, It’s Most Liberating’

This is worth grabbing a cuppa, a quiet space and having a read.

It’s honest. It’s raw. It’s inspirational.

Happy reading Nesters x

Fly-in-fly-out ~ a wife’s story

Admittedly, husbands can be annoying. They often leave the toilet seat up and have been known to leave wet towels just laying around, but even with those problems I can’t imagine him not being around. They are great for catching spiders, for reaching really high things and just for a nice cuddle at the end of the day.

So what happens when you only see your husband for two weeks at the end of every two months?

Manda and her husband Scott

Manda and her husband Scott

Here, Amanda tells us what it is like having a fly-in-fly-out husband.


Amanda Reeks, 29 has been with Scott on and off for about 16 years and were married 5 ½ years ago. They are both born and bred locals and have four children, Charlotte 10, Lachlan, 7, Hunter, 4, Oliver 3 weeks.

Fly-in-fly-out occupation:

Scott is a Quad Road Train Driver (4 trailers) out of the mines and back to the ports at Port Hedland.


Pilbara, Western Australia.

How often is he away?

Scott spends eight (8) weeks at work then has two (2) weeks home.

What is the hardest part of having your husband work away?

Not having him to fix things when they break and heavy lifting. I most definitely miss his muscles the most! Not being home for birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas is tough, but we make up for that by creating our own special days.

Why did you choose as a family for him to work away? Why not find work closer to home?

A new adventure! Scott is a born truckie, and it is a natural progression to go from the small Pantechs and to dream big. Driving road trains has always been his dream and unfortunately there are no opportunities to drive quads in the Central West. The opportunity presented itself, we spent many hours weighing up the pros and cons, and the pros won. We are an extremely goal focused family and life is too short not to live out your dreams.truck

How long has Scott been flying-in-flying-out?

He is currently on his second swing, so we are still newbies really

What would you like people to know?

A lot of people have asked me, how do you live without him? Well truth is we don’t. Granted he is on the other side of Australia, but with Skype, phone calls and the like, we see him and talk to him everyday. Without Skype I think it would be a little harder on the kids, especially Hunter.

It is not something for the faint hearted. We have a lot of trust in our marriage and know where our lives are heading. We are extremely close, he is my best friend, soul mate and my rock. I always knew we would spend our lives together.

I also have to keep myself extremely well organised, if I don’t the kids and I would fall in a heap and it would be very chaotic.

During his last stint I was very sick with my pregnancy and if it wasn’t for my family especially my mum and dad, I seriously think I would have fallen in a heap. I have an amazing family, which helps a lot.

To put it in perspective, while he was here driving semis, we saw him every Sunday. He would always be tired and run down, but would still spend that day with us as a family. Now we get to spend a whole 2 weeks with him, every 8 weeks, which means we will actually be able to start going on holidays as a family which is something we haven’t done for 5 years. It works for us, I wouldn’t have life any other way.family


Thanks for sharing your story with the Central Nest. You definitely are a brave and capable woman looking after four children while your husband works away! We applaud you!