Monday, October 05, 2015

Thank You!

This is both a hard and joyous blog post to write. It will be the final entry to "The Baynhams" blog.

The blog was started in August 2005 and was intended to be a way to keep in touch with friends and family in Ireland and the UK as we planned our emigration adventure Down Under. Over the last 10 years I have written and published 2,300 posts and countless photos of our life as we adjusted to a new culture, made new friends, welcomed countless overseas visitors and celebrated amazing milestones. It has been a fantastic experience and I have met some truly wonderful blogging friends along the way.

Today we celebrate the 10 year anniversary since we landed in Sydney airport with three kids and eight suitcases. The kids are now teenagers and I have gone from being a stay-at-home mum to working as a nurse once again. Like everyone else time is a precious commodity and this year it has been an ever increasing challenge finding a balance between all the many jigsaw pieces of our family life. I realise that I have had less time to post here on the blog and I feel this is a perfect time to bring it to a close.

And so to everyone reading this post. Thank- you so much for being a part of this wonderful adventure with me. I have truly appreciated the friendship you have shown me, the comments you have left. I wish for you every happiness. The last ten years have been a roller-coaster ride and I'm so happy you have been a part of it!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Life begins at 40.

These are the beautiful Irish coin cufflinks made in Ireland for my brother. His face lit up when he opened them but then even more when he realised that the coins were the actual year of his birth!

Friday, October 02, 2015

All Wrapped Up!

On the same day as we celebrated my sister-in-laws 40th birthday we also celebrated the other 6 family birthdays that have taken place since we last got together! One of the birthdays was my brothers 40th. I was so excited to give him his gift which I had found online hand-made by a lady in Dalkey, Dublin. You can see her Etsy shop here. I had ordered them at the beginning of the year in plenty of time for his May birthday but it took till this month to actually meet face to face so we could enjoy celebrating and watching him open them. I will post a picture of them here tomorrow...