catherinecbrown Sleepy Sunday afternoons. Naps brought to you by crisp autumn breezes. #oliverhamish 1w

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catherinecbrown 6 years ago le husband and I had the privilege of spending Anzac Day at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, Turkey. It was intense and extremely moving. There was also a very tangible sense of unity, not just with the fellow Australians and New Zealanders we easily identified with but also the Turkish.

It was an eye opening experience to be welcome to a country we had attacked and be treated so warmly and affectionately. The below quote is inscribed in sandstone at Anzac cove and it resonated with me, especially now as the mother of two boys. "Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours ... You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1934

Image via the talented @jasminedowling
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  •   tifanie_samala I was thinking a lot today of Justin & Righteous & thinking of the wives & mummas who had to say goodbye. So very emotional!!xx 2w
  •   poppiesforgrace Goosebumps. 2w
  •   jonteg Beautifully said! I too have been thinking about the wives too @tifanie_samala how so very heartbreaking but also a lot of them left and never got to see there unborn baby nor did the wife ever have the husband there at the birth or it's life. So sad. I can not comprehend how hard it would have been 2w
  •   catherinecbrown We worked/lived/travelled in 2009, absolutely one the best years of my life @sheloveslaughslives 1w
  •   catherinecbrown Crazy, right?! @reb.armstrong in a very eventful week in Turkey the quote has always stuck with me 1w
  •   catherinecbrown I think we walked passed Justin & Righteous on our way to the parade on Saturday @tifanie_samala. Too many mothers, wives and children lost fathers, husbands, sons and brothers so we could live in freedom. Such a high price to pay. 1w
  •   catherinecbrown Thinking about gives me goosebumps too! @poppiesforgrace 1w
  •   catherinecbrown It definitely makes you appreciate the sacrifice for our freedoms @jonteg 1w

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catherinecbrown The autumn sunshine is the perfect antidote to the temperature drop. My favorite time of year. #oliverhamish 2w

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catherinecbrown 11 Happy Months with this little star #oliverhamish

He's hard to keep still and would only sit if he had Sophie the Giraffe in his hands. He loves food, his brother, blowing raspberries when he's tired, being out in the sunshine, tickles from his Daddy, swimming and kisses from Mummy.

This also marks less than 3 weeks until I return to work which means less time on insta and more time with my boys x
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catherinecbrown Can you believe it's only a month until Mother's Day? We still have Easter Eggs in the fridge!
If you want something truly unique for your Mum, Mother in Law, Grandmother or maybe even treat yourself then you should visit my bestie @helenatlovehandmade for some stitchy goodness - I've already put my order in!
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  •   sarijanehomeaccents Gorgeous image 4w
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you @sarijanehomeaccents not 100% happy with my calligraphy attempt but I made this for my friend & she likes it so that's what matters 4w
  •   helenatlovehandmade It's freaking beautiful!!! Thanks so much for making it for me and 'plugging' my little business!! :) 4w
  •   helenatlovehandmade Oh btw, it's just cos you see where you'd do it differently or didn't turn out how you wanted it. No one else can see that!! It happens to me all the time!! 4w

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catherinecbrown This little love just came home from his sleepover at Grandma & Grandpas. I always miss him but am very grateful that he gets to build a relationship with his grandparents and we get some one on one time to spend with O and each other. Helps keep everything in balance. #willjbrown 1mon

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catherinecbrown Stationery and Sugar. Happy Easter to me 1mon

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catherinecbrown The cutest little egg cartons from @blankgoods + teeny tiny honeycomb balls from @poppiesforgrace = perfect easter wrap! 1mon

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catherinecbrown Too busy eating chocolate to smile. I can relate. #willjbrown 1mon

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catherinecbrown You have my whole heart for my whole life

Happy Anniversary my love x

#madelynholmesphotographics
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catherinecbrown These little legs are never still anymore. There is always crawling, climbing and exploring to be done and not enough time to do it in. Slow down baby boy. #oliverhamish 1mon

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catherinecbrown It was a hot and humid morning but we showered the beautiful mother to be @joannajames1 with love and lots of sugar. I hope you had a fabulous time and know just how special you and Baby James are to us! x #sprinklejowithlove 1mon

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catherinecbrown Hanging out in the shade before daycare pick up #oliverhamish 1mon

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catherinecbrown Some cute little DIY cake toppers for the baby shower this weekend.
#sprinklejowithlove
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catherinecbrown I missed #piday last week but had left over apples & blueberries to use this week.
#piesbeforeguys amiright?
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catherinecbrown Monday is like a new box of pencils, full of possibilities. Reminding myself of this because my Monday's usually look like the broken red pencil 2mon

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catherinecbrown We hit up the library yesterday, it was a crowd pleaser.

Also I was trying to help Will pronounce library correctly (of late he's been lazy with pronunciation) and after slowly repeating it a few times he looks at me and says "Strawberry, Blueberry, Liberry"
Close enough.
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catherinecbrown Looks like my productive week has gone out the window with a sick 2 year old who wants couch cuddles. Cyclones and sickness won't stop me from finally getting out @joannajames1 Baby Sprinkle invitations. Very excited to meet baby girl James! #sprinklejowithlove 2mon

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catherinecbrown Here's to the start of a productive week - Happy Monday x

Also many thanks to those who checked in on us after the cyclone. We personally had very little damage, though 4 days without power (long, hot sweaty days) & phone reception and two overheated little boys who needed entertaining did take its toll. It was nice to have an imposed break from social media and recognize just how blessed we were to come out unscathed, not all were so lucky. Our local council, SES, the Army and Ergon Energy have done a fantastic job getting our city back up and running in such trying conditions.
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  •   sarijanehomeaccents Well there you go! I live in Emerald! So close! And you well lucky with Marcia! 2mon
  •   catherinecbrown It was a long 4 days but many others went much longer so we were counting our blessings when it returned and happily shared our air conditioning @mama_stockwell x 2mon
  •   sarijanehomeaccents *were 2mon
  •   catherinecbrown Thank you @melia_kay I think quite a few people left town or hit up hotels, it was just SO still and SO hot! Bleh! Glad your sister could escape to yours x 2mon
  •   catherinecbrown Storm season has come quite late this year (doesn't help with bushfire a either!) @the_evilly the event itself is over so quickly it was the aftermath that required so much time & effort! 2mon
  •   catherinecbrown Emerald is such a nice town @sarijanehomeaccents the company my husband works for will be completing the flood levy in Emerald, it should make a huge difference come storm season! 2mon
  •   luxuryandopulence So lovely! 2mon
  •   mamaessy Oh sorry to hear you were in an affected area! Great that you guys were safe. X 2mon

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