Sunday, 31 January 2010

.Family.

The day after Pop's funeral we were lucky to have an extended family get-together so that we could spend a bit more time with one another before those who live interstate had to fly home.
Uncle Kim and Aunty Deidre live in Nan and Pop's old house, but they have renovated it and done it up recently to be a beautiful, modern home. It was so lovely being able to meet there as it was our "old stomping grounds" for Triffitt get-togethers. Although the house looks different now, it still feels the same and was the perfect location for us to gather together.
Nan joined us for a few hours which was really lovely, I think she was well and truly worn out by the end of her stay though with so many crazy great-grandchildren buzzing around her!
It was such a fun day together - a BBQ, playing cricket, riding motor bikes, a hayride, a waterfight and lots of time to catch up with each other once again.
Carli and I tried to get an individual shots of everyone with hopes to make something (don't know what yet?) for Nan for her birthday coming up at the end of February. There were a few sneaky adults and busy children who I didn't manage to snap - I hope you go them Carli?! I love being a part of a big family. It is especially nice now that my cousins are all having children and that our little ones have a big network of people they can call family and trust and rely on and know that they too will grow up having the same strong bonds that I did with my cousins and aunties and uncles. Your parents and brothers and sisters are so important, but sometimes growing up you are too cool for them and I know that I wouldn't be half the person I am today without the support of my extended family to fall back on.
There is something special about family. It encompasses a totally unique, unpredictable blend of personalities, yet we have a special bond with one another and share a love and friendship that in many cases wouldn't exist if we weren't related.
I know that Pop would have been watching us from heaven and smiling as we carried on his legacy of faith in family without him here to guide us.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your best blog ever Toni.
Now that was PERFECT!!!!
I love you.
I think sometimes we just assume that everyone knows that, but I am going to make it a goal of mine to say to my family all the time that I love them, and that goes to our whole huge extended family.
It was a very sad day on Friday, but Saturday, was wonderful.
After the storm comes the sunshine.
Love Auntie Lorraine.
xxx

Jenny said...

Beautiful post. It's so neat that you thought to take pictures of everyone. I'm sure you will think of something special to do with them.

-Jenny

Country/City Boy said...

beautiful Tone, it was great growing up with lots of family and having the cousins around all the time to fool around with

The Kings said...

Excellent Post Tone except for that AWFUL horse photo of me!!!!!!!!!! How could you!!!!!!!!!!

Nettie's Blog said...

very special blog Toni that you have all the photos of your family and extended family..but even more special that you can all get together.....that you are all prepared to sacrifice to be together

Makayla said...

I LOVE the last two posts Toni, they are beautiful..
So is that picture of Lisa ;)

Sim-Dim said...

Ha ha Lisa looks just like Jai or is it Ardon 2 shots above her. We all look like the Brady Bunch.

That was so clever and thoughtful. I loved reading what Pop taught you and how you described the funeral.

It is so true about 'family'. Did you notice none of teh great-grandkids had any fights? They all played happily together, nosiy but in complete harmony. xx

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