home soon

Monday, 15 October 2012

I haven't yet mentioned it here, but Paddy's been working away again. This time he's working in central Queensland in an underground mine, and despite only being a few hours away, I've never felt more distant from him. There's no mobile reception, so he is uncontactable from about 5:30am to 7:00pm every day. I know he's feeling extremely isolated and misses us both like crazy.

Tonight, as I hugged Lalie tightly before putting her down in the cot, she said to me...

"Wan(t) Dadda home... soon".

My heart seemed to shatter with pain and burst with joy simultaneously. I ached desperately to know that she missed him... and I was overjoyed to know that she missed him.

But there's (literally for Paddy) an enormous shining light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm hanging on to the promise of togetherness and the exciting family adventures that are just about to unfold.


  1. Oh Claire - I've cried! Love Lalie.. bless her beautiful heart. Hope he is home soon.xxx

  2. Oh Claire, that really must be so hard to be away from Paddy - for all three of you!
    Hope he comes back soon...
    Thinking of you all!
    Ronnie xo

  3. p.s. Beautiful photos as always.

  4. Oh darling heart!

    That is the sweetest thing I have ever read!

    Sophie xo

  5. You're breaking my heart Lalie-bug!

    Lots of good things on the horizon for you girls.

    rachel xoxo

  6. I'm sorry, that sounds like a really crappy situation. May it be over as soon as possible.

    Also: sentences!

  7. I don't know how you do it. T was away for four days last week and it was too long.

  8. Oh lady, I hear you. Shane is working 7 days a week at the moment and is just a man who sometimes sleeps in my bed lately (and usually with O in between us anyway!). Olive's only seen him twice in the past 8 days or so .... hip hooray for our holidays! Love to you and Lalie. Kellie xx

  9. I feel your agony Claire! My husband is gone for almost 4 days every week. He commutes to school and stays with his brother during those days and comes home for the weekend. It's challenging that's he gone but, so rewarding when he returns : )

  10. your words and these images capture so much beautiful emotion. I can't wait for your honey to get home to you so you can commence your vacation to my beloved part of the world!


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