I was thrilled to receive your lovingly crafted quilt the other day, thank you. As I lifted the quilt from the box with the back facing me the bag of snakes fell to the floor - these are favourites of my daughters and brought back many happy memories, they also didn't last very long :-)
I love the design! You have captured the significant factors in my deployment with my family, country, Air Force, trade and UAE represented. I realise that some of the images would have been a challenge to incorporate into the quilt, so well done :-)
The very first night I had your quilt I put it to good use. I sincerely had one of the best nights sleep I have had since being here. It was like a sleepover at your grandparents with an excess of blankets weighing you down, tucked in tight and keeping you snuggly and warm - perfect!
It was interesting to read about Jan-Maree's inspiration for starting AHQ. A bit of an anecdote regarding the treatment of serving members from early last year:
I was on my way home from work and decided to pick up a 6 pack of beer and a nice bottle of wine for my wife. I had selected the wine (red) and went to get the beer. My favourite drop was on special meaning I needed to spend a little more than I intended, but I was going to get twice the amount of beer for very little extra outlay. When I got to the checkout I had miscalculated what the total would be and was a few dollars short. I was about to return the beer to the shelf when a Tradie behind me offered to pay for all my drinks not just pickup the few dollars I was missing. He thanked me for my service and I was on my way. I have done over 30 years in the RAAF and genuine thanks from the people we protect is a very lovely and rewarding gesture.
Keep up the great 'work' at AHQ.
Finally getting some time to myself so I thought I would follow up my letter with an email. I am unsure whether you have my letter yet, the postal system can be quite funny here sometimes.
So I was the lucky recipient of one of your gorgeous quilts in Nov, but have been extremely slack in not making contact to thank you. It's been pretty hectic, but I should have made time so I am sorry. I was very excited when I received your package, and had a great time looking over it and setting up my bed. So much nicer now. I love the fact it is double sided, and I can't lie that I hope it will get extra use when I get home, by being my daughters first quilt (she is currently just over 2 years and for the moment still in a cot, but when I get home we will be transitioning her to a bed). I definitely feel happier coming back to my room between shifts!
I am now counting down the weeks. I think my wife is having a little bit of a tough time at the moment. Thankfully we have a good community so I think she is being looked after. My family had a great time on our ROCTFA, we went to Prague and Iceland, and although it was very cold we had a great time exploring ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers. It was my daughter's first trip overseas and she travelled really well for her mother.
When I return we will be heading back to the east coast after 4 years in the NT, so looking forward to being closer to family, especially with another one on the way.