Sunday, January 25

One Year On - Remembering my Dad

 Grief is like the ocean
it comes in waves
ebbing and flowing.
Sometimes the water is calm
and sometimes it is overwhelming.
All we can do is learn to swim.

The last year can be best described by the words in the poem above.  Living without a loved one who has always been there your whole life is hard, a piece of the puzzle is missing.  Some days you can sit and smile and other times you cry and desperately want him back and wonder why this had to happen, why did his journey have to end.  The sad reality is that this is now part of my life story that I will now carry with me on my life journey.  Life goes on without Dad here with us in the present but he will be forever in my heart.  Today we came together as a family not to remember that today was the day he passed but to remember his life. To remember we are all a part of him that still lives on, and that we will never forget him.
Love you Dad.

Catching up

I have had these photos on my camera for the last week and haven't bothered to load them not because I didn't want to see them but because I am putting off dealing with my computer storage dwindling.  Do you delete photos off your hard drive after you have copied them onto your external hard drive?  I am curious how others maintain storage on their computer.
Anyway back to the photos.  I took these last weekend when my little family and I went exploring Springbrook National Park.  We got up late as we frequently do these days with a teenager in the house and made the drive south.  Winding roads, overhanging trees, birds and the sound of fresh water, all those things make me smile and keep me happy. We walked and talked, we ate homemade sandwiches and they swam in the fresh water swimming hole, this is summer..
I will be back later with a special post, one to pause and remember my
Dad one year on.

Saturday, January 17

My 1000th Post!!!

On the 14th of January 2009 I pressed publish on my first post and I am so glad I did.  My youngest was just five and her sister ten.  In just a couple of weeks my youngest will turn eleven, those years have passed by so quickly. Never did I think that I would have learnt so much about myself, meet new friends and have some wonderful connections, feel a wonderful sense of support, be taught about many things that I didn't even release were just what I needed in my life that now are a big part of who I am.  I am grateful for this little slice of the web, for all of you who have stopped by and shared kind words thank you, thank you. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Happy 1000th post to me and to many more yet to follow.

Wednesday, January 14

Down by the bay

Our holidays are drawing to a close so I want to make the most of those long days where we don't have to be dictated by the clock.  So I packed up some homemade banana choc chip bread, fruit, almonds, dates and water and we headed out together for the day.  We went a bit of a walk together chatting and stopping for me to take photos then keeping with tradition ending our walk with food, fish and chips to be exact.  How can you go by the water and not have them?? So we sat down under the shade of the tree and watched as people strolled by, happy dogs who had been swimming trotting along with what looked like a smile on their faces, with a nice bay breeze to keep us cool.  Yes it was a good day, I like good days like these.