24 April 2010

a post for my husband, my handsome soldier on ANZAC Day

Greetings all,
How many of your husband's have to read your blog to stay in touch with you??  Well mine does, along with the odd phone call & email, he finds the blog a bright & happy snippet of what we're up to.  So this post is dedicated to my handsome soldier who is far far away & no doubt needs some happy memories & images of his pride & joy - his family!! 
I won't waste time on the negativity of how many people see ANZAC Day as an opportunity to sleep in or for some, a long weekend . . . have you completely forgotten what the point of ANZAC Day is??  Clearly!!  For many of us, we have loved ones in war zones this ANZAC Day, so it's a fierce reality of what the day represents.  I'm all about positivity & believe my time & blog is better spent showing sunshine & happiness, good times & family . . . so enjoy some snaps of what we do when Daddy is home & we're a proper family . . .
Mount Selwyn 2008 - we laughed soooo hard that trip!!  Anyone else think my husband looks like an assassin using a family as 'cover'??  Like father like son - they are so close, warms your heart.
. . . we love roller blades, bikes, bush walks, dogs & picnics;
i love that my husband seems oblivious that our son is actually standing IN the fire they just built . . .
. . . eventhough we know at least one child will end up IN the Tumut River, we still let play by it;
our adventurous children doing what they do best, running free & playing at a park . . .
. . . they never can walk in a straight line, always climbing over something, log tracks off Cotter Road, Mount Stromlo National Forest; the children outside the 5th house we've lived in . . .
Well they say girls marry their 'fathers' & i seem to fit that mould, yet i hate being told what to do by a man??  Maybe the two main men in my life (father & husband) have incredible respect for woman & know i'm to stubborn too argue with.  Anyway, here is my Dad, retired career Naval Commander & from all those medals - apparent trouble maker!!  Married 55 years to my lovely Mum, who was in the Women's Royal English Navy as a volunteer when they met.  They married less than 6 months later, had 4 children (2 boys, 2 girls) & 14 grandchildren (7 grandsons, 7 granddaughters).  They like symmetry & order!! 
I hope this gives you some insight into ANZAC Day from the family of a current serving member.  We love you handsome soldier, come back to us soon.  Have a thoughtful weekend everyone, love Posie

27 comments:

Michelle said...

We will be at the parade tomorrow watching my husband march in place of his father, who died far too young.

Melinda @ Here We Go Loopy Lou said...

Thinking of you and your lovely family this Anzac Day x

yardage girl said...

Thinking of you and you family, and many others who live with the reality of the meaning of this important day. Nic x

Heidi said...

Oh, I don't know how you do it being apart you are an amazing family and a big thank you to your husbands service to us all...what a sweet family you have CUTIES!!!

Jennie said...

What a lovely post Jennie.
Thank you!!

Corrie said...

oh you're going to make me cry. Anzac day has special significance for us and thank you for reminding everyone that it means so much to the families left behind while their loved ones fight for our country

you're a gorgeous bunch and yes you do have a handsome soldier!!!!

hugs and kisses to you all and keeping you in our thoughts on monday
Corrie:)

Ruby Star said...

Hey there Posie & handsome soldier, what a lovely family you have. I'm sending big hugs your way. Being an army family too, Of course we will be at dawn service this year. I have so much pride for our current and past soldiers. I'm sure the ones who see it as a long weekend have absolutely no idea what the soldiers (and their families) actually go through. Thinking of you guys. xox

Steph said...

I'm all teary reading your beautiful post...your hubby is a lucky man with such a wife and family. Thinking of you at this special time and very thankful for all that our service men and women both here in Australia and abroad are doing to serve this great country. Enjoy your littlies :)
Steph :)

Brenda said...

Your family will be in our thoughts when we march tomorrow, as will many families.

I'm sure your husband will enjoy this post on your blog!

Missy_Minzy said...

I love and enjoy reading your post about your family & your handsome soldier, Jennie! What a lucky man he is to have you! And, your children are all so pretty! Thinking of you guys. X

Jo in TAS said...

Lovely post and what a lovely family you all make! No public holiday in Tassie on Monday, ANZAC day is ANZAC day. We'll be at the march, as an ex-army family my husband has done many dawn services and marched in many parades. We're very proud of him as you would be of your man and father too. Enjoy this very special day, and I hope your man returns home to you soon!

Little Ted Canvas said...

This is really touching. Sure is a harsh reality for you & your lovely family. I always find ANZAC day a very emotional day & want my kids to know & understand just what it's all about. Thank you for sharing, your pictures are lovely & I will think of you guys tomorrow as we head off to the Dawn service in our town & the parade to follow...

life and the memoirs said...

Posie it saddens me that some people seem to have forgotten the significance of Anzac Day. For many it is simply a day off. A day to shop.
Here's to passing the message onto our children :)

Gilly said...

Thankyou Mr Posie for being a soldier.
Thank you for the sacrifices you make for the rest of us.
I will be thinking of you, your mates, your families and all our past service personnel on what is one of the most important days in our year.

I will be at a service tomorrow with my family.

Lest we forget.

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

Beautiful family!

Violet and Rose said...

And if your handsome soldier husband gets as far as reading the comments - thank you. You do an amazing job and on behalf of my family, we are eternally grateful for people like you, Mr Posie.

Kate said...

This post is one of the reasons I love being part of the blog world so much. Thank you so much Jennie for reminding us of the meaning and importance of Anzac Day. I'm sure your man loved reading your post. X

Freckled Sparrow said...

What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing this :)
x

Lizzie said...

Thanks Jenny, for sharing a snippet of your precious family, and to your handsome soldier, thanks for keeping us a free country. Have a safe, quiet and peaceful Anzac Day.....

We do remember..........

Lizzie
xxx

Christina said...

A lovely post for a beautiful family and two special men. Thinking of all the men, like your father and mine, who served and all those still serving. We shall remember them.
xx

Kylie said...

No sleep ins here (but then you already know that) A day of ANZAC Traditions (starting with Gunfire Breakfast - who's bright idea was it to wreck a good coffee - not that you drink it anyway)

Home now and kids fell asleep watching the parade on TV and playing see if we can spot Daddy.

Hugs to you and yours. Lest We Forget. Mr Posie will love this post.

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Hi Jennie,
that was a really touching post, and one I'm sure has bought the 'reality' of those in service home to us.
Lovely pictures of your lovely family.
x

Kerri said...

A beautiful tribute to Anzac day and hope hubby comes home soon. Thinking of you and your family this Anzac Day

Posie Patchwork said...

Message from my husband . . .
can you please put a post saying thank you to everyone for their kind words and thoughts. It was great to see all those pics of the children. It just made miss you even more.
Thanks everyone, i couldn't have said it better than him, love Posie

Annette Piper said...

I can understand, my husband is ex-RAAF and was on active duty in the Gulf. I'm glad he's out of the services now (we're farmers now!) and I have him around all the time. Hope your hubby comes home soon.

Stacey said...

How lovely that your husband read all the comments and sent his thanks. Surely the thanks should come from us to him??
My boys marched with my Dad (Vietnam Vet) on Anzac Day. I cried my eyes out and still tear up thinking about it.

Sally said...

Was thinking of you and your family over the ANZAC day weekend. A very special time indeed. Your post made the day seem so much more real for me - a better understanding of the sacrifices being made by entire families - not just soldiers.
My love to you and your family.