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I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Let them fly!

With all the changes happening around here, I don't know where my head is some days. I wish to thank each and every person who has contacted me wondering when I was going to begin blogging again...After dealing with Mum's estate; It's time I did something for myself again.....Well I guess now is that time.....

Please understand: I've been putting it off because I didn't want the most important post I've published, moving down the blog line.....and that was when I wrote about the recent death of my dear mother. It's taken some time for me to realise; and lots of tears, but I know that mum would want me to keep blogging. So I've moved some things around to keep some very important people at the top of my blog.... 
There will be more changes to my blog (slowly) as I get back into the swing of things....but they'll all be good, I promise.
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How does that saying go? If you catch a butterfly, let it go, if it comes back, it's yours....Something like that ....the point is...you have to let them fly!

Being a mother to two completely different boys...I often look back at all the one-on-one times with each of them. You know; the times before they decide they want to hang out with their Dad more..or hang out with their mates..you know before they discover girls? My boys are growing up, turning into fine young men too I might add. They've both now gone through all those stages and are both now preparing for their future. 

DS21 is slowly moving into Mum's unit (on our property). Sometimes we call it 'his place', but it will always be 'Mum's place' to me. His girlfriend is moving in with him after Christmas too which is such an exciting stage for a young couple. I'm glad they will be close, as DS21 still likes to come to me for advice, comfort and security. Since Mum has passed away and Hubby works away from home I've realized just how much I depend on the company of my boys. It's a big change for everyone having mum gone, and it's something we are slowly working on...and it's definitely a quiet change I wasn't predicting in my near future. 
Before Mum passed away I had made the decision to allow K to move in with DS21 into his bedroom and that they are welcome to live with us until they save a deposit for a house. I'm at peace now with the decision I made to move them into mum's unit; I know that Mum would agree with me. A young couple needs their space...they would have been rather cramped in his little bedroom....Mum was always looking out for her grandchildren and always wanted what was best for them. 

DS21 will be starting his 3rd year of his apprenticeship (Mum would be so proud of his top marks at TAFE) as an Overhead Linesman Electrician for CityRail and K (his girlfriend) will be begin studying as a Veterinarian Nurse in the new year. It's a big move for K living away from her family (10 hour drive)...but don't worry K's Mum...I know I will look after her as if she was my own. It will be good to have another woman in the house too.

DS17 (18 in the first week of January)  [to soon I might add] has also had some changes with his world too. While he played a big part in his Nan's life, he has had some good distractions to help him cope with her death. DS17 recently obtained his licence and is able to drive a car on his own now. I've bought mum's car for him from her estate and it's a comfort knowing the history of the car and the maintenance that my hubby and boys kept up on it too. Last week DS17 approached the same business where DS21 first started employment and came home with the offer of being accepted for a trial shift. While it yanks hard at the heart strings, I'm pleased and mighty proud of my boys for the growth they have made over the last 12 months..

I guess his trial went well (I knew it would though), because last night DS17 had his 2nd shift at Sam's Pizza delivering the best pizza's in town. Being offered a bright snazzy new uniform I guess he is part of the team now. So now he is part of the workforce now too. He looks so grown up......

Sam's Pizza - DS17 Delivery Driver
This is new to me too, as I'm not used to being on my own for meals, and evenings....another change I wasn't counting on anytime soon.....While I know that this is only a temporary position for him, I also know that he is reaching higher with possibly a trainee-ship in the Army. That's a whole new change I will deal with if/when  the time comes. For now, I take one day at a time!

We all have to start somewhere...I started with babysitting...like lots of my friends at the time...then moved on to a take-away shop on the front counter and on from there......
Looking back...Mum had watched my sister, then my brother both leave the nest and marry....then my father died, then I left the nest....I wonder what things mum did to help her cope with the loneliness, the humm of the silent house?  It must have been tough for my mother to let me go, being the baby of the family, not having the love of her life to grow old with......I wonder how she coped with this "Empty Nest feeling"?

If my mum hadn't let me go...I never would have learn't to fly.....
It's not only my boys who grow from the decisions I make...It's me too! 
I'm letting my boys fly now too!

17 comments:

  1. ahh it warms my heart to see you stretching your own wings and thinking about flying again. seasons come and go and we must enjoy them even when we think we'll never ever laugh again,
    big hugs
    Sue
    xxx

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  2. nellymary - Letting go is never easy, and it looks like you have your fair share of that at the moment. It sounds like you have given it a lot of thought, and are now at peace within yourself.

    I love this description of children:

    "Your children are not your children.
    They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
    They come through you but not from you,
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you."

    If you'd like to read the whole poem by Kahlil Gibran, is is here:
    www.katsandogz.com/onchildren.html

    Take care, nellymary. You are not alone :)

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  3. Lovely post Narelle and it's great to see you back blogging again ;0)

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  4. Love and hugs to you Narelle - I've missed your posts XO Let them fly, indeed...

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  5. Hello Narelle,
    lovely to see you back blogging and with such a lovely post too! Keep flying,

    Cheers - Joolz

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  6. Dear girl it is so lovely to have you back here again :)

    Cheers, Karen

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  7. Hello Narelle, this is such a nice post. Sadly life goes on, but for the ones left behind, it can be so hard...the memories are yours to keep :)

    xx


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  8. Lovely to have you back Narelle. It´s hard to let our children go into the world. My husband also works away and my son who was still at home, has now moved out into a rental to be closer to work, as from our home he had to travel almost 40km each way. He does come to dinner once a week...but I also find it very lonely.

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  9. Narelle it is very good to have you back blogging again and with such a lovely post.

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  10. I am glad you are back blogging again - you always had such interesting things to share. It is hard to let our children grow up and leave, but then it is wonderful to see the men and women they become.

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  11. So glad to see you blogging again. I missed you

    Donna

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  12. Oh I have missed your wonderful ideas, and I truly understand your time of healing, good to see you back and doing what you enjoy.
    Enjoy your Christmas with your family.

    Lyndal

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  13. I am so glad to see you back. All is well. The circle of life progresses. Sometimes that is hard. I missed you.
    Melissa

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  14. Oh Narelle, miss checking your blog for a few days, and you come back to us. Wonderful. Your Mum will always be with you in your heart and your memories, and she will be very happy with how you are healing and spreading your wings and encouraging your boys to grow and spread their wings as well.
    hugs Lorraine

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