17 December 2011

the calm, after the storm . . .

Greetings all,
Quite the tumultuous week & now the calm.  I'm a talker, my husband is not, he used to say "you don't have to externalise every single thought" but it's how i roll.  Blogger beware!!  Saves a lot of baggage too.  I tell him exactly how i feel, no games, no faking, just raw honesty.  90% of the time i'm coping brilliantly but with end-of-school children who are tired & emotional, i'm exhausted & my aching hands are plain annoying, we're not ourselves.   
After a teary late night phone call from Afghanistan, talking about Christmas apart, selling an investment property & buying a farm . . . i came home from Athletics this morning to this on my door step. 
 Eric from DesignABunch (the stunningly good florist next door to Shop Handmade in Canberra City) called to say he had just left flowers & i passed him in my street, big waves & smiles!!
 The card was so beautiful, to think a tough soldier can phone in from a war zone, such beautiful words for a florist to relay . . . i truly married a special, thoughtful guy.  I don't like mushy romance, to have my husband sitting with me beats all the views in Paris, dinners in Italy & resorts in Singapore.
 Christmas flower arrangments are now sorted, look at those glorious long stem roses.
 Look at that red velvety goodness, i'm so lucky!!
So here is to cruising into the last week before Christmas with rested happy children & mother.  I close my Shop in 5 days, some huge savings in there people, up to 60% off including Christmas table accessories & stocking fillers.  I've removed all the 'sold out' items weekly to make it even easier to shop.  It's a serious sale, i'm closing my entire business down (after 11 years) in Easter 2012, with a massive remnant sale in February when school resumes.   
Don't miss out on the Donna Hay & IKEA GIVEAWAYS on my side bar, both close tomorrow night. Good luck folks, i hope you're as lucky as me, love Posie

31 comments:

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Lots of people fall in love and get married but not everyone stays in love like you two and it lovely to see. I would say you are lucky but I don't think it is luck - I think it is the result of a love nutured with care and communication in spite of the distance and other challenges. I am sorry you two can't be together for Christmas but you two are more together than lots of other couples I know! Enjoy Mr and Mrs Posie - I think you are both really "lucky"!

Jennie said...

Jennie, what a wonderful hubbie you have! So hard for you guys especially at this time of year. The flowers on your table at Christmas - superb!!XXX

Hot Fudge said...

We are both so fortunate to have wonderful husbands, aren't we Miss Posie. Just think of the Christmases to come when you will all be together. In the meantime, have a very happy Christmas with your gorgeous children.

mel @ loved said...

Emotions run high this time of year, for you it must be 10-fold! They're just gorgeous Jennie, what a beautiful man you have. Love to you & your family, have a happy & safe Christmas..xx

Mum on the Run said...

They're beautiful - and well deserved.
Happy weekend.
:-) x

PinkPatentMaryJanes said...

Now that's put a smile on my face - just lovely x

Tania McCartney said...

He's a good, good boy. Kisses. xx

supermac said...

Your husband is a great, great guy. Hugs to you and the rest of your family. Hats off to the all the soldiers stationed during the holidays in Afghanistan.

designed to a T said...

How beautiful Jennie...All the best for Christmas and everything else that's happening in your life...T

Catherine said...

Jennie I think that you and your hubby are both very special people who truly love one another. I think there always needs to be someone in the relationship that is a talker or things just wouldn't work, I'm the talker here too. Communication and understanding are the key to a successful relationship and someone who is caring and thoughtful. Those roses are just beautiful and will make you smile each time you walk by thinking of your hubby. Take care and enjoy a relaxing week. xx

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Aahh... he's a keeper for sure Posie. He may not say much, but his actions speak louder than words. I hope you are feelign a littel better now and may you and your gorgeous family have a relaxing and very special Christmas.

Jen R said...

How beautiful!!

Teresa said...

Oh crap, I got a bit teary seeing this/thinking of the distance between you and your beloved and brave husband at Christmas. You are a legend you know, and so deserving of such a beautiful surprise. xo

P.s Am totally heading over to your store to see the sales!

Sarah B said...

What a gorgeous surprise! I'm sure they cheered you up quite a bit. And not to mention that colour! Xx

Shelley @ My Shoebox Life said...

Those roses are beautiful. I'm sorry that you have to spend this time apart. I can't imagine how hard it must be. You are a very strong and amazing woman with a very strong and brave husband. Much love. xx

ClaireyHewitt said...

Such beauty in something so simple.



I think you do an amazing job coping so well on your own. I would say that you deserve flowers like that weekly, but I wonder if they would be so special if you got them all the time.

Paula said...

Sorry you won't all get to spend Christmas together this year. Distance is so hard but then again, some couples live under the same roof every day and still feel worlds apart. You two are obviously rock solid and the roses are such a beautiful gesture. What a wonderful hubby (and wifey too)!

ally said...

What a gem he is :-)
Look after yourself this week
xx

Leonie said...

beautiful flowers!! what a wonderful hubby you have.

Calico Child said...

What gorgeous flowers I hope it will keep you strong & I wish you all the very best in 2012.
Looking forward to hearing all the news about the farm when you will all be on a great adventure together :)
So sorry about the shop closing will go take a peek xxx

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

What a lovely and thoughtful man you've got there! I tend to do the same thing when communicating. Say it like it is, get it all out there so there is no room for error, no second guessing. This time of year is full on! I love and dread it all at the same time! Thinking of you xo

TexWisGirl said...

you have a wonderful man! :)

Vic said...

*bawls*

Beautiful. xx

Amanda said...

Such a full on time of year isn't it - even more so for you guys with all that you have going on. How sweet of hubby to send those roses x

Tas said...

Oh, he is a keeper! :)

Maxabella said...

He seems like such a wonderful, wonderful man. All the compassion and passion of his missus. It's no wonder your children are all so contained and confident, Posy.

I hope Christmas is great for you, regardless. x

Rosalind said...

Good on you Mr Posie Patchwork ;p xx

polkadotpeticoat said...

What a guy, indeed!
My kids have been crazy too!
I wished they could have stayed in school till Friday, oh well you have those beautiful flowers to look at and yes they do make us happy!
P.s. I bought myself carnations to lift my spirits!

latebloomerbuds said...

Timing is everything dear Posie. What a guy you have . Your solider is a keeper and you are an amazingly strong woman. What a combo. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Margie

Felicity said...

I've been absent for too long and missed out on lots of great happenings at the Patchwork household - but what a delight to see this beautiful example of love to brighten the busy days before Christmas.

To you, your gorgeous husband and truly adorable offspring, I wish a season of good health, safe travels, lovely surprises and peace.

xxxxxx

Posie Patchwork said...

Thanks everyone, he's pretty ace!! Love Posie