The first message tonight is a little special. When I was at the Australasian Quilt Convention I was delighted to meet one of our recipients when he came up to me during the dinner to congratulate me on being recognised with the Lut Da Award. I asked him if he could send me a photo of himself with his laundry bag and he sent me the following.
Enjoy his message and the rest.... they always make me smile. How about you!
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to let you know that I received the laundry bag that you made for me.
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into it.
The sausage dogs on it were my favourite! Reminded me of my two sausage dogs at home Milo and Daisy!
Thank you again for the time you put into making my laundry bag. Is definitely nice when we receive mail here.
Thank you so much for your letter. I really do appreciate the time and effort you have taken in both writing to me and crafting that laundry bag for me. It looks great :)
Once again, I thank you for the time you have taken to sew for me and write your letter. I wish you and your family all the best of luck for the future and hope that this email finds you well :)
I think that is enough about work, I would love to tell you about my family! I've been married to my beautiful wife now for nearly four years and we have a gorgeous little girl who is nearly 18 months old. I also have to mention we have a very spoiled dog, who has been an absolute sook since I have been away! My wife is also in the Army and as a mother yourself, I'm sure you can imagine the effort she has to go through when I am deployed! This is now my sixth deployment overseas and it doesn't get any easier, especially now we have our daughter. Although I am used to serving overseas, this deployment is a little different as this is the first time I have deployed as a father. Unfortunately I missed my daughter's first birthday, first Christmas and her first steps! I'm hoping I will be home for her first words!
Thank you so much for the quilt. I can see that it took a lot of your time and effort to create it. It gave me a good laugh when I saw it and my mates thought it was great too. I think my little fella back home will love it on his bed when I get home. I don't think he will understand the meme but I'm sure he will see the funny side of a dog dressed as spiderman
Hes only 3yo.
You guessed right, I do love dogs. I joined the Royal Australian Airforce when I was 19yo as a Military Working Dog Handler. After 13 years of being a Doggie my body just couldn't do it any more. Most of my fiends have had many injuries and surgeries from the rigours of being dragged along and attacked by 40kg dogs. I've now moved into the policy and administrative side of security in the RAAF. Its a nice needed change but miss the dogs.
I was very fortunate to Deploy in 2008 with my Dog to Timor. It was probably the highlight of my career so far. Deploying with dogs is not something that comes up very often due to quarantine issues and host nation sensitivities etc.
I've been overseas this time for 6 Months. I cant wait to get home. My wife(a serving RAAF member also), has been very busy selling our house and moving all of our things and two kids to our new location in Adelaide. She's had a pretty long and stressful time so I'm sure she cant wait for me to pick up some of the load back home.
The people over here really appreciate what you and the other Aussie Hero Quilters do. Thank you again
I hope this finds you and your family well.
I recently received your Quilt and I want to thank you for taking the time to make and send something to me that is so wonderful.
I have been over here in Iraq for just over four months now and to have a little piece of home here is great, and it will have a pride of place amongst my memorabilia when I get home.
Once again - thank you.
Till next time... have a wonderful day...
keep spreading the word and happy stitching!