Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lest we forget.

Anzac day 2011 was the last time I saw Ash. We shared a beer at breakfast and a few too many at the RSL before we headed back to his olds place for a few (A LOT) more drinks.

My best mate Dale and his brother Ashley were heading to Afghanistan in the coming months.The best way to catch up before they left was showing my respect to them and the past service men and women was on ANZAC DAY. At the end of the day I wished them safe travels and headed home.

It wasn’t long later that I saw them on the news in their QLD State Of Origin jersey’s in the middle of the desert playing footy. The next thing I know Ash is being interviewed by Channel Ten (from memory) about being in Afghan with his brother and what it was like serving overseas together. 

Another few months went by with next to no contact. It was starting to get close to the time when the boys were due to return home… I was woken early one morning by a phone call. It was my best mates partner… She spoke to my wife and I could tell by the look on her face it wasn’t good. She was ringing to say Ash had been shot and killed in Afghanistan…

I will never forget that day for as long as I live. I have heard stories from my uncle who served in Vietnam, as well as on the news BUT you never think it will be someone you know.  

I have lost my fair share of people in my life but I cannot start to begin to understand how my best mate would have felt and still feels today having lost his brother and best mate. I don’t want to be a burden but I want him to know I’m always here and happy to help with ANYTHING. 

I was asked to speak at Ash’s funeral which was a huge honour. I had NO IDEA how I would but somehow I got through it. Somewhere from deep inside comes strength, a feeling that you have a job to do and you get it done. I saw the same determination on my cousin’s face when he spoke at his dad’s funeral. 

So 1 year on from my last catch up with Ash. Just a week after what would have been his 23rd birthday it is ANZAC DAY again. I will today attend the dawn service and I will give thanks to those who have served our country BUT today will never be the same again.

I am honored to have known Ash and to call him a mate. I am proud of all those men and women past and present who serve this great nation….and particularly grateful to those who fought and died in the service of this great country and to their families left behind. I raise a glass.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them. 
This is now my ANZAC DAY storey…

Who are you proud of?
Who do you remember on this day?

Friday, April 20, 2012

So I'm Back

After what has been a very hectic almost 2 years since my last post I’m BACK…
I have been inspired to try again by my sister and her super popular blog suger coat it…(and the fact she is getting free sh#t to review LOL) 

Here’s the run down….

Finished our house 

Moved in just in time for Jess to prepare the nursery before…
Arleigh Jade Walker was born on the 21/11/10

2011 was a massive year of study (now a qualified Financial Planner), work, sport, friends & family life really…. THEN BAM it’s 2012 and before you know it Jess is pregnant again, due in July (this time a boy I’m told). What a journey… So I’m back, all the worries of how good a parent I will be, what to buy and what not to buy etc. seems like a distant memory…Then we are about to do it all over again. 
I have been busy painting and getting Arleigh's room ready for her to move into a bed and get the nursery ready (AGAIN) for the new arrival. Now if you ask me we still have ages to do that but don’t dare tell a pregnant lady that…


From now on in I've promised I will post every week for the rest of this year and see how it goes… As you can guess the year ahead is looking massive and is quickly disappearing so I’m hoping I can share the journey and have something to look back on at the end of this year (Unlike 2011).

Who’s with me?

What’s on your TO DO LIST this year…(I’ve even started writing a 100things list inspired by Seb and his journey at 

Till next week…
See ya bye

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