Brothers and Sisters in Arms…Lest We Forget

Re-posted in honor of those who have fallen so that we might have a better life….

Remembrance...

Remembrance… (Photo credit: Rick Leche)

 

 

I am sitting watching the sun rise over the horizon. My husband and son are out at the dawn service for ANZAC Day, and I am feeling grateful for all those young men, and women, who have served our country. Those who have fallen, and those who live on to tell the story.
My grandfather served in the 1st World War, and fought in the trenches of France. My dad in the 2nd World War as a Pilot in the RAAF. My mum served in the army during WWII as well. I thank them and others who were selfless in their service.
For my friends who don’t know what ANZAC means, it stands for Australia, New Zealand Army Corps. Today, April 25th, marks the day we give thanks for those soldiers who have fought together for the freedom of our countries. Many men and women from both Australia and New Zealand have stood together to achieve the freedom we have today. For that I give thanks.

ODE OF REMEMBRANCE

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
LEST WE FORGET…

My Return

Private Beach on a Motu (small island) off Bora Bora

As some of you may know I’ve been absent for the last two weeks because my husband and I have been celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary in the South Pacific. I had hoped to be able to contribute here while away, but access to the internet was severely limited.

After watching the classic movie ‘South Pacific’ at about the age of 14, I set my sights on visiting the Tahitian Islands one day. You know that thing you do when you are young – you develop a dream and know that one day you might just realise it?

Well, about 20 years ago my husband began a job where it required him to travel to Tahiti once every year or two. The realisation of that dream seemed to be within my reach all those years ago. So, I went out and got a picture of one of the Tahitian islands and stuck it up on my fridge door.

It sat there for 11 years.

In that time I never gave up hope that I would get there. Over the years, and many relocations later, that picture has been lost. But not the dream. It has been faithful and stayed with me.

It seems that the stars were in our favour this year as we anticipated celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. Work schedules aligned with study and home responsibilities. A window of time appeared and, just when we thought it wasn’t going to happen, we secured passage on the M/S Paul Gauguin, and spent a week floating amidst the jewel of the pacific and then another week exploring on land. Much fun was had, with lots of snorkeling, swimming, eating and sightseeing. We even relived our youth at one stage and hired a scooter to explore one of the many tropical islands for an afternoon.

A 40 year dream had finally come true…

On the Island of Moorea, with the Island of Tahiti in the background.

Now back to reality, I am left with some amazing memories and photos. Over the next couple of weeks I will share some of those images and memories on my personal blog ‘An Aussie Girl Meets Aotearoa’. So you are welcome to visit me there and maybe even develop a similar dream.

M/S Paul Gauguin

Mormons in Australia

From MMM I would like to wish each of you a happy Easter, and hope that you can take time over this weekend to ponder on the significance of events that took place over 2,000 years ago. I am so grateful for the sacrifice of our Saviour, who has allowed us the opportunity to live again.

I have  included a video here on the 2012 World Report on ‘Mormonism in Australia’. So if you have some time please have a look at it. Missionary work here in Australia has come a long way, and I am proud to be a part of it.

Some of those people highlighted on this video are personal friends, and my families associations with them have extended back to well before my childhood.

Thanks for visiting…and I look forward to reading your comments.

Bringing Depth to This Blog

So I have now officially launched this blog, and to give it some depth I have published a facebook page as well. Come what may…

I kicked it off with a link to a great video clip by Julie B. Beck. Did you know that the principle of blogging is taught in the scriptures, and it was taught by a women? Hahahaa, I love it!

I also love that our church leaders are embracing social media, and encouraging us to do likewise.

But I will let Julie B. Beck explain what blogging should be all about for us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Julie B. Beck on Blogging