Friday, May 17, 2013

Poppa is 99 today.

How amazing and terrific is husband's Grandfather better known as 'Poppa' is celebrating his 99th birthday today.

I grabbed out my Stampin Up papers and card stock to create this card.  This is a photo of Poppa taken in March this year.  He celebrated his third year wedding anniversary in April with wife number three this year.  Sadly, he has outlived two of his wives.  I thought I would add some information about the year he was born.  This was a little hard as he was born 1914....the outbreak of war and everything I could find was war related.  The happiest thing I did discover was that the Hawthorne team joined the AFL (Australian Football League) that year.  Also it was the year of the lowest rainfall across the wheatbelt of Australia until 1980's. From Wikipedia (However, in the southern wheat belt May 1914 began a trend of powerful anticyclones and dry, easterly winds that was at the time quite unprecedented and not rivalled until 1982.)  I also found a list of prominent people that were born in Australia during that year.  I decided not to add any of these details as out of the list of approx 15 there was only one that was still with us.   So the more I looked into this year of Poppa's birth year the more impressed I was that he is he celebrating his 99th birthday.  It was only in the last ten years that he gave up his drivers licence.  He and his wife live in a Retirement Village in Sydeny together with nursing facilities available but they look after each other.

Imagine the changes that Poppa has had to adapt through in all those years.  

Happy Birthday Poppa.


  1. Hope you all have a wonderful celebration!

  2. Oh wow what a wonderfully precious tribute to one amazing person. You are so blessed to have this super special grandpa in your lives. Cant believe he was still driving at close to 90 years of age.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  3. How wonderful. Great page too.
    Linby x

  4. My congratulations Merry to you and the rest of the family. The card for "Poppa" is GREAT.
    Hugs Wilma

  5. How incredible to reach such an age Merry, he sounds like a very determined man.

    B x

  6. What a good innings as one would say, and still going strong!

    Great classic card!

  7. Oh this is fabulous Merry, what stories he can the card you made for him...please pass on good wishes from the UK...many happy returns.x

  8. I love your card Merry, I'm sure your Poppa will love it. Another idea is that you can get a lot of info on Trove, the Australian Newspaper Archive website. Best wishes from Faye x

  9. That's so clever, Merry! I bet he loves this! My grandma hit 90 this year but unfortunately she's immobile but at least comfortable in a good care home.

  10. What a lovely post that was... 99 is no mean achievement.
    Such a super card you have created. Loved the two kinds of papers.

  11. Love you LO!
    Very beautiful!
    What a sweet and special picture of your dad! Hope you all had a wonderful& blessed time celebrating!
    My grandmother just turned 92 this month.
    Yes I agree they had have a lot of changes though the years.

  12. brilliant card for your Poppa - best wishes Lesley x

  13. Wow how awesome is this, a big congratulations and happy birthday to 'poppa'
    lorraine x

  14. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man!

    I 2nd the Trove website. Here is the link in case you don't know - and you can even choose a particular newspaper if you want. I have done alot of researching of my family history by using Trove: Best thing is that it is free and they are adding newspapers to it all the time.



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