Thursday, 31 December 2009

A Huge Surprise and A Happy New Year..........

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas however you celebrated. Firstly, thank you to everyone who sent greetings and wishes for me and my family in the comments over the last couple of weeks, I have been really slack with answering for a few weeks, but please take this as a communal answer. Thanks for your friendship this year, blogging has become a large part of my 'craft' life this year and I know that 2010 will only see that continue!
As to the HUGE surprise, it needs a little background info. Back in September of this year our beautiful youngest daughter, Sarah, was devastated when her husband of 13 years walked away from her and their four children (he decided that he really wanted to be single after all!!). Now, they live 4000kms away in Western Australia, so it's not just around the corner! This was always going to be a hard Christmas for her, the kids were going off with their dad Christmas day afternoon for a week. She told us that friends had organised her time for her, that she wouldn't be sad or lonely so we had to accept that!
Boxing day we always have an open day here, chill out after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, friends, family, lots of good food and good company, always a good day. Around one in the afternoon our eldest daughter and her family arrived - with her sister !!
Bec had bought her sister a plane ticket for Christmas night two weeks before!! She said that she couldn't bear the thought of her sister being alone without her family for five days, but the deal was that mum and dad (us) couldn't know, it had to be a surprise for Boxing day...........it was!!!!
And yes, I did cry! So for the first time in (I think) eight years, all my chickens were in the one place at the same time. So as the ad says..............price of an airfare - $700..............the look on our face's - priceless!!!!!
So, with a huge amount of pride, I would like to introduce to you, left to right.....................................
..............eldest son Dave, me, youngest son Chris, youngest daughter Sarah, John (he who works) and eldest daughter Bec. (and of course Miss Martha)
I am so proud and grateful for my beautiful family, thank you Bec for bringing everyone together.
Now for some more happy family shots of our Christmas....................
Caitlin introducing Miss Martha to her newest pet, Mio........

............hmmmmm, the boy child, Ryan, after racing his sister to the phone on Boxing day night (he lost), a tiny, tiny fracture in his foot. Strapping, ice and crutches for two weeks - as you can imagine, his mother is overjoyed!!!


Toasting marshmallows with Aunty Sarah after a day in the pool.....................

.......................band hero's................

.....................baby Tom (family friend's) at 11 weeks old...................

.....................Ryan discovers that the littlies noodles are 'Wiggles' colours.............

................Caitlin trying to stay away from all the boys..............hmmmm, I wonder how much longer that's going to happen???????????
All in all, the best Christmas for a few years. All the family, perfect weather, good times, what more could I ask for?
Happy New Year to you all.
See you next year.







21 comments:

Christine said...

What a wonderful surpise.
Happy New Year to you all.

Christine

Julia said...

What a wonderful surpise....I'm so happy for you Lizzie
Happy New Year to you all... it will be a good one!
Julia ♥

Margaret said...

Lizzie, what a wonderful surprise! Your family is so beautiful. I'm so glad you had such a special Christmas. (Too bad about the crutches!) I hope your New Year is a wonderful one as well.

Deb said...

Hi Lizzie, Great photos and what a wonderful surprise. It must have been just wonderful to be all together. Wishing you a fantastic 2010.

Fiona said...

Sounds like a beautiful christmas Lizzie - You had a tough year let's hope 2010 is a great year for you and your family. It has been so much fun geting to know you.

Hugs - Fee XX

Corrie said...

oh you've made me cry! what a wonderful surprise! just lovely.....how beautiful to have all your children there!!!

you all look gorgeous

Corrie:)

Sue said...

I'm thrilled for you. What a terrific surprise. That's one gorgeous family.
Wishing you a great 2010

Pokey said...

How great for you, family homecomings are the best! We were able to surprise my husband's mom on her 80th birthday this year, in a whirlwind 4 day trip from Ca to Nebraska. It was, the correct feeling, PRICELESS.
Here's wishing you and your family a blessed 2010!

Kate said...

Wow! My first visit to your blog and here I am crying. Sounds like you have the most wonderful, thoughtful and loving children. I hope you have the most fabulous new year and that you are all together again before too long. XX

Kim said...

Happy surprise indeed. Good you all had this family gathering at this time. The new year has got to be better for Sarah and the kids, I do hope. Being with her mom and dad had to do her a world of good right now. Thanks for the family photo ~ a nice line-up you have there! Happy New Year to all!!

Janet said...

What a fabulous surprise, and I can imagine how wonderful it was at your house with the brood together. I hope you and your family have a great new year.

PatchworkRose said...

So Happy for you Lizzie :-)
Wishing everyone all that is wonderful for 2010
Cheers
Lynne

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

that was just the best! Wishing you and your family all the best for 2010

Julie said...

What a lovely surprise.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful family you have Lizzie and how wonderful you could all be together for Christmas, a gorgeous surprise for you. xo

Francien said...

Your year is already a winner Lizzie !...with a wunderful surprise that you all could be together this Christmas.lovely pictures!!...thanks for your lovely comment on my blog...hope your dreams may come true too...we are not asking for "much" do we??.just happiness an health for our kids änd ourselfs and a quiltstore or two...lol... and i am looking forward to read your posts here and your other blog and the great pictures you always take...
Have a good weekend...
greetings ♥ Francien.

Linda said...

Sounds like the best Christmas gift was your daughter. Such a sweet thing for her sister to do.

taylorsoutback said...

What a special surprise for you! Being together at Christmas means so much...our son was with us (he lives in Alaska) and we just put him back on the plane this morning.
Wishing you and your family a good New Year's and hoping your daughter finds a happy new direction in 2010.

beck said...

What a beautiful post! My favourite Christmas post, so beautifully written and the photo's are gorgeous too. Your blog is lovely, I'll be back to visit soon xo

Micki said...

How blessed you are! Your family is wonderful and it was so nice to meet them all through the pics.
Micki

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