Ten Years

Ten years ago,

Kiss at wedding

We chose each other to be family

Since then, we’ve cooked in three kitchens

Kitchens montage

Travelled to Singapore so many times we’ve lost count

Singapore montage

Gallivanted through parts of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales

Travel montage

Farewelled two loved onesPhotos of Mum and Cuz

Made two beautiful babies

Children montage

Loved and laughed

couple montage

We didn’t get much chance to make it a big celebration this anniversary. Visits from family overseas and interstate was one reason. And then there was the rather tiny matter of birthing a whole other human being and being severely sleep-deprived as a result.

And yes, part of me wants to knuckle down and get real Deep and Meaningful about my marriage at this time of year. Part of me wants the big fanfare to mark this significant milestone. Ten years! It should mean something. I want to tell him how he’s changed me. I want to tell him how I never want some things about him to ever change. I want to tell you that there were rough bits and boring bits and tough bits, but they were few and far, faaar between the absolute comfort and joy and love and certainty and assurance I get to enjoy every day. Every. Day.

It’s been a real privilege being a wife and from that, a mother. Ten years! Thank you, God.

Bouquet of red roses

120 red roses over 10 years

Arddun playing with knife and fork

Some percussion entertainment while we wait for our anniversary lunch to arrive

Arddun close up

Atticus sleeping in capsule

Sleeping prince while we wait for the food to arrive

Arddun's apple juice

Arddun’s la-di-da apple juice


Arddun's gourmet carbonara lunch

Arddun’s gourmet carbonara lunch

Tony with long glass of beer

The man whose name I took as my own

Long glass of beer

Enjoying a long glass of ice cold

Close up of Tony's ring


Happy 10th Anniversary, Tony. I love you.

Photo of Tony Velle silhouette

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My three loves

Just some shots of our newly expanded family nucleus. Letting my n00b photography skills be the outlet for all my proud, mushy mamma hormones running amok. Sorry for high sappiness levels. I am a wife and mother in love.

Tony with Arddun

Snuggles with Daddy

Arddun leaning into Tony

You’re still my favourite girl

Arddun looking up at Tony with painted face

“What did you do to your face, Arddun?”

Arddun and Tony at doorway of master bedroom

DIY face painting

Arddun looking serious

Arddun looking concerned close up

Don’t be so worried, baby girl. This change will be for the better, you’ll see.

Tony looking at his son

Father and son

Arddun, Tony and Atticus

My three loves

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Welcome to the Family, cutie-pie

Tony and I are fairly isolated from our families, seeing how his are up north in Brisbane, and mine are mostly in Singapore. So it’s been just wonderful having our peeps make the long trip to welcome Atticus to the fold.

Arddun holding Atticus for the first time

Big Sister had the first cuddle

Jo-anne and Ah-yee comforting Atticus

Jo-Anne and Ah-yee with Atticus

Proud Nanna and Grant-aunt

Jo-anne, Shawn, Charmaine and Ah-yee

Nanna, second cousin “Uncle” Shawn, “Aunty” Charmaine, and Pee-Poh

Shawn, Charmaine and Ah-Yee with Atticus




Proud Nanna, Happy Nanna

Proud Nanna, Happy Nanna

Andrea with Atticus in bedroom light

Can’t stop grinning!

Andy with Atticus

Cuddles with Aunty Andy


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Atticus up close

Too tired and sore to blog in detail, but I thought we could end the month with a nice profile shot of the little guy.


Thanks for all your love, support and well wishes, everyone. God is good. xx

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