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Things We Love About Mum

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S: WITH LOVE FROM CAMERON

BC: Mum this book was put together by me for the specific purpose that you realise how much you are loved. You always told me 'if you want to give me flowers, give them to me before I go because it will be too late after I have gone as I won't know about them!' So this book is your flowers. Love Helen - 2013

FC: THE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT | Mum

1: FROM Helen, Dave, Ian, Julie, Erin, Lisa, Luke, Talon, Phoenix, Scott, Krystal, Jason, Josh & Joe.

2: YOU ALWAYS MADE THE BEST LEMON MERINGUE PIE EVER! | Mum this is a little book to let you know how much we ALL love you. You are a person of great warmth and kindness. You make the world a better place. Your kindly and empathetic nature endears you to all who meet you. You hold the key to ALL our hearts!

3: THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS LOVED ME, NO MATTER WHAT! Helen

4: Nana, we wish you all the very best for your 95th birthday! What a wonderful gift it is to have you with us and teaching our boys to be generous and caring. Talon and Phoenix love visiting you as much as you love having them visit. We love you very, very much. Love from Lisa, Luke, Talon & Phoenix. _________________________________ Mum,we wish you happiness and love. It is wonderful that you are with us for your 95th birthday. Lots of love from Helen & Dave ________________________________ Mum, we wish you the best of wishes always but especially on your 95th birthday. You may get that telegram from the Queen yet! Lots of love from Ian & Julie _______________________________ Lots of love and best wishes for a happy 95th birthday. Lots of love Joe | 95th Birthday Wishes

5: Nana, we love you and wish you all the very best on your 95th birthday! Lots of love from Scott, Krystal, Jason & Josh ______________________________ Nana, Wow.... nearly a century! You are the youngest 95 year old I know. Love you lots and will celebrate together all your other birthdays to come. I love and appreciate you more than you will ever know. Lots of love from Erin _____________________________ | 95th Birthday Wishes | I know that all your family in Queensland send you their best wishes for your 95th birthday. I am sure that your mother and the ones that have passed would all like me to wish you all the best for getting to the 95th year! I can hear Neville and Allan saying 'good on ya Sis'! And Doreen sending her love to you. Marie, Les, Beverly, Joy, Audrey, Diane, John, Nerida, Stan, Gwen and all their families too! Helen

6: I'm sure if your good old friend Jess Olive was here she would say 'Jeanie you have reached a milestone, good on ya girl!' | Gwen & Neville from WA wish you a happy time! | Remember when Jess Ol would write you a letter sometimes she would just stop the sweeping and sit down and put pen to paper! What a wonderful friend she was to have had in life.

7: Mum, I remember you told me years ago that you had a special place in your heart for your beloved grandmother. You lived with her for a time and you said 'she was a gentle soul and you decided then that you wanted to grow up to be like her'. Well mum, I never had the privilege of meeting her but you seem to have taken on board her kindly ways and love of others in your life as she did. I remember you saying to Ian and I many times when we were growing up 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. Helen

8: THAT YOU LIKE TO TAKE PART ON DAYS LIKE REMEMBRANCE DAY & ANZAC DAY AT QUEEN VICTORIA GARDENS. ON THE ABOVE OCCASION IN 2012 YOU WERE ASKED TO GIVE YOUR PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON REMEMBRANCE DAY. YOU EXPRESSED YOUR THOUGHTS FOR THE NURSES THAT WENT TO WAR AND MANY OF THEM YOU NURSED WITH AND DID YOUR TRAINING WITH WHO LOST THEIR LIVES. Helen

9: I Love | Mum, I admire your courage in adversity, your strength and your dedication to prayer and its positive affects on our daily lives. You are a person who believes in God and has been a good church goer. You are a person who practices what she preaches. You are a real lady. I have never heard you swear or take the Lord's name in vain! Wow, that is thing in itself! You have your Bible close at hand always.....as it is right now. People have come and gone in my life but you have been simply amazing......your courage and strength have been admired by many people for as long as I can remember! I love you! Helen

10: WHY WE LOVE YOU NANA-JEAN Jason: - Because "you are a nice lady". - Because "you are a grandmother & a great-grandmother". - Because "you are very nice to Erin and us". - "You are Nanny's mum". - "You are very good at sewing (ages ago!)" Josh: - Because "you give us chocolates when we visit you". - Because "you give us stuff". - Because "you give us kisses and cuddles". _________________________________ Photo of you with Santa at QV.

11: THAT YOU ALWAYS LOVE XMAS TIME AND THAT YOU SHARE THE EXCITEMENT WITH YOUR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. THEY LOVE THEIR NANA-JEAN! | WHY WE LOVE YOU NANA-JEAN Talon: - Because "you live in a very big house". - Because "I love Nana Jean so much, Nanny". Phoenix: - I am a little young to tell you why but when I walk into your room my little face lights up when I see you. - You always greet me with a smile and such excitement to see me when I visit you.

12: THAT YOU ALWAYS LOVE EASTER TIME AND THAT YOU SHARE THE EXCITEMENT WITH YOUR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. THEY LOVE THEIR NANA-JEAN! | Nana-Jean with Talon, Phoenix, Jason, Josh, Lisa & Helen.

13: Four generations: Mum, Helen, Lisa & Phoenix.

14: THAT YOU LOVE YOUR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. | TALON, PHOENIX, JASON & JOSH

15: HAVE A GREAT DAY!

16: I Love | WHY I LOVE YOU NANA - WHEN YOU HOLD MY HAND YOU SQUEEZE IT. - YOU ARE GENTLE. - YOUR ENERGY IS SO PURE & LOVING, I ALWAYS FEEL HAPPY WHEN I AM IN YOUR PRESENCE. - YOU MAKE ME FEEL SPECIAL. - I THINK YOU ARE ONE OF THE STRONGEST WOMEN I KNOW. - YOU ARE ALWAYS POSITIVE. - YOUR FAITH IS UNWAVERING. - YOUR COOKING.....of SCRAMBLED EGGS, LEMON MERINGUE PIE, LAMBS FRY & BACON & CAWARRA STREET CHIPS - memories. - YOU TAUGHT ME TO BE GOOD AND GENUINE TO EVERYONE. Love from Erin

17: WHY I LOVE YOU NANA - I remember Nana you always had your keys safety pinned to your belt loop. We always knew when Nana had arrived because we could hear your keys jangling in the corridor followed by you calling "oo-ooh" when you walked in!!!! - I remember when you visited us the kitchen sink was always full of disinfectant water and chux cloths, and everything smelt like Dettol and Pine O'Clean. - I remember if we had a sore or splinter (which wouldn't come out or rose thorn) you would put Black Ointment (Icthamol) and a bandaid! - I remember if dad came home after work and started to sneeze without warning, he always knew that Nana had been there and sprayed fly spray. "Jean's been here, hasn't she!" - I remember you always used Oil of Ulan (aka Olay). Love from Lisa

18: Well mum, we both wish you love and happiness on this your 95th birthday! We are happy to know that you are happy that we have found each other and that we look after each other like we know you are happy to hear! Julie & Ian

19: Yes mum and Aunty Joy.....this is you both in bed at my place and you were both talking and talking and talking. I took a couple of cups of tea into you both and you were laughing and giggling like school girls. It was a very memorable occasion because it was already 11.00am in the morning!!!!!! Good grief, you two could not believe it and you never thought your kids would believe you could ever stay in bed for so long. But you both did! Mmmmm...... Helen | REMEMBER ??????

20: HAPPY EVENTS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TO | Lisa & Luke's Engagement & Wedding

21: HAPPY EVENTS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN TO | Krystal & Scott's Engagement & Wedding

22: WE LOVE YOU NANA BECAUSE..... You showed us at a very young age what it is to be grateful for everything we have in life. I'll always look up to you as one of my most powerful role models. You did such a wonderful job in raising my mum and Uncle Ian, and teaching them what it is to be good role models, that I hope that Luke and I can do as good a job in raising our kids as you have done with yours! Love Lisa | - You are full of love. - You are kind beyond words and always think the best of everyone you meet. - You love your children, grand-children and great- grandchildren. - You are the Queen of the 'Guilt Trip'. :) in lectures.

23: Ellen would love to wish you a happy 95th birthday. | MEMORIES

24: WHY I LOVE YOU MUM - BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS ENCOURAGE US TO LOOK FOR THE GOOD IN PEOPLE. - BECAUSE YOU TRIED YOUR BEST TO HELP ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE AND WE YOUR FAMILY ALWAYS. - BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS PUT OUR INTERESTS AHEAD OF YOUR OWN INTERESTS. - BECAUSE YOU ARE WISE IN SO MANY WAYS. - BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS VALUED AN EDUCATION AND WANTED FOR US ALL TO ACHIEVE OUR VERY BEST. - BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH YOU OFTEN SEEM SERIOUS YOU HAVE A REALLY WONDERFUL SENSE OF FUN AND HUMOUR. - BECAUSE DESPITE MANY SET BACKS IN LIFE AND HURDLES TO OVERCOME AND DESPITE THAT WE HAVE NOT ALWAYS SHOWN OUR APPRECIATION WHEN WE SHOULD, YOU HAVE KEPT ON GIVING, REGARDLESS. - BECAUSE YOU GAVE US GOOD VALUES THE MOST IMPORTANT OF WHICH WAS THE GOLDEN RULE: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' - BUT I REALLY LOVE YOU MUM, NOT FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE OR GIVEN, BUT FOR WHOM YOU ARE. Love from Julie.

25: WHY I LOVE YOU MUM - Because of all you have done for me in my life eg the driving me back and forth to Penrith High School at night to get my HSC. You also drove me into town each day so I could get a better HSC mark. - All your support while I was doing my Law Degree. - For your patience and love when I was born. - For the care you and dad shared together in looking after my well-being and the love you expressed. - Thank you for all the sleepless nights you spent by my side in my early life when I had fractures. I cannot say enough 'thank yous' for the gentle care you gave me. - Thank you for coming over to Lane Cove each week and helping Julie and I with some chores and bringing over fresh Salmon for our dinner at night! - I can't thank you enough for being such a great mother and standing by me with all my adventures........learning to drive, driving around Australia, moving to Queensland for a few years, travelling the world, moving to the USA.....but I did bring back a wonderful partner in Julie! - I love you. Love from Ian

26: I Love | WHY I LOVE YOU NANA - BECAUSE you have a kindly nature and you make the best of your situation. - BECAUSE you always love to see the boys when they come to QV to visit you. - You are a lovely lady like my own grandmother. Love from Krystal | WHY I LOVE YOU NANA - BECAUSE you have given us some great memories of taking us to the Easter Show, making Cawarra Street chips, making Lemon Meringue Pie and Anzac Cookies. - BECAUSE you are a very special Nana and I love you! Love from Scott

27: WHY I LOVE YOU NANA - BECAUSE You have been a good mother-in-law over the years. - BECAUSE you are kind and a loving person who lives what she preaches. Love from Dave | WHY I LOVE YOU NANA - BECAUSE You are a lovely lady and you love your great-grandchildren. Love from Luke

28: WE REMEMBER YOUR RECIPES - Lemon Butter - Caramel Slice - Anzac Biscuits (soft & hard) - White Christmas - Porridge Scrambled Eggs - Stewed apricots & stewed prunes - "Ploughmans lunch" (wholegrain bread with butter, not margarine, ham, chicken, sprouts, pineapple rings, lettuce, tomato & carrot)!

29: Allan, Doreen & Neville would have wished you well. Diane & John I am sure send their best wishes too.

30: ALL YOUR SISTERS SEND YOU THEIR LOVE & ALL THE BEST WISHES FROM THEIR FAMILIES!

31: THAT YOU ARE ALWAYS THERE TO GIVE KIND WORDS TO YOUR FRIENDS eg Jean Nixon. | Jean, Robyn & Suzie wish you a happy 95th birthday.

32: THAT YOU ARE A KEEPER & THAT YOU KEPT LETTERS WRITTEN BY OUR FATHER WALLACE BRUCE IRWIN TO BOTH IAN & I WHEN WE WERE ON HOLIDAYS IN 1957!

35: THAT YOU ALWAYS HOLD ME REALLY TIGHT FOR A LONG TIME WHENEVER YOU HUG ME. Erin

36: Jean | Joe | Joe wishes you a happy 95th birthday celebration.

37: THAT YOU TREAT EVERYONE REALLY NICELY AND MAKE ME WANT TO BE THAT KIND OF PERSON TOO. THAT YOU EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO LOOK AFTER JOE IN HIS DEMENTIA. YOU ALWAYS EXPRESS YOUR THANKS TO THE - NURSES WHO LOOK AFTER YOU - THE RN'S & EN'S WHO LOOK AFTER YOU - YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE 'LITTLE GIRLS' AS YOU CALL THEM WHO ARE BEING TAUGHT THE ROPES & ARE NOT FULLY QUALIFIED YET - THE CLEANERS WHO CLEAN YOUR ROOM AND EMPTY YOUR BIN - THE LADIES WHO EMPTY AND REFILL YOUR WATER JUG EACH DAY - YOUR GRATITUDE TO THE COOKS IN THE KITCHEN WHO DO A GREAT JOB - YOUR THANKS YOU TELL ME ABOUT THOSE WHO RUN THE HOME, YOU ARE GRATEFUL TO AS WELL! Good grief......you are always thanking someone for something because as you say - a place cannot be run without any of the above, it all takes team work. Helen

38: That you are my mum! Helen

39: Mum, you have told me on many occasions how you never dreamed you would reach the age of nearly 95 years of age. Well, I guess no one ever knows what age they will live till. We lost dad early in our lives and things were never the same.....for any of us three! Were they? But you have raised both Ian and I with a good sense of right and wrong of good and bad behavior and we have stuck to it. You have showed us how to care about others and empathize with others. To accept others for who they are and show kindness, love and caring. We are so very grateful for your longevity. We think of you every day and pray that you are as happy as you can be under the circumstances. Helen

40: Talon above & Phoenix below. | Jason above & Josh below.

41: That you love every one of your grandchildren & great- grandchildren. | I Love | ERIN | Scott | Lisa

42: Memories of a loving, caring mother and father. A father who was taken from us far too early!

44: Mum, in 2007 you ended up in Nepean Private Hospital and then into Rehab and then back to hospital and then back to Rehab. After a couple of lengthy operations you 'were off with the fairies' for a few months. Joe was at the hospital most days. I was there most days too, but after work some days. You were moved around in beds and we (Julie, Ian & I) kept a strict eye on you because we knew you were not getting the proper nursing, doctoring or sorting out of your problems that needed to happen. From late November 2007 till the end of January 2008 you were still 'off with the fairies'. I remember clearly one afternoon walking into your room and you looked up at me and said 'Oh, here is my daughter!' I knew THEN, you were back!!!!!!

45: I was sssssssoooooooo elated and happy I rang Ian, Julie, Joe, Lisa, Scott & Erin and gave them the great news! We were determined to bring you out the other end because we knew that you were not suffering Dementia and you went into this 'disappearance mode' and it was not like you at all. Some of the Dr's and nurses did not understand what you were like before and you were coherent, with it and we were like dogs with a bone.....we did not give up till you came back to us. Some of the nurses who saw me that afternoon said they had NO idea mum was so 'with it' as they didn't know she could even talk! We said we knew that and that is why we persisted! Helen

46: After your recovery in Nepean Hospital we were told that you could not go back home as you required 24 hour care. It was a blow but you took it all in your stride and with dignity. We managed after more than 6 weeks, to get you into Queen Victoria Memorial Home as it was then known. Unfortunately, after a short time there you contracted an infection which was not detected and you climbed to the end of the bed early one morning around 5.00pm and fell, breaking both your legs. You were transferred to Campbelltown Hospital and did not return to QV till the legs were operated on and splinted etc. During this time the one thing that kept you going with sheer determination was that Lisa was pregnant and you wanted to see her new born baby. And you did! Helen

47: Below was your first meeting with Talon.... It was your sheer determination that you lived to see this precious bundle! You said "you just could not go on and not see this special little soul that was coming into the family". So here you are .....!

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