Thursday 21st October 2021

Share Your Snaps. 15/51. #LifeThisWeek. Golden Wedding Anniversary. Part 3/3. 45/2021.

Share Your Snaps. 15/51. #LifeThisWeek. Golden Wedding Anniversary. Part 3/3. 45/2021.

And here we are, at the third  of the photo-based sharing for 2021.

I call this optional prompt, Share Your Snaps. Snaps is another word for photos, pics etc.

Every 5th Week on Mondays


For this week and the past 2 Share Your Snaps, I  shared the recent Golden Wedding Anniversary memories for us. 50 years married on 23.1.2021.

Part One is here.

Part Two is here.

This is a LOT more wordy than usual for a Share Your Snaps but in keeping with my blog being part of my history it’s worth it for my records.

Where We Live(d): Bella Vista   Glenwood   Empire Bay (Central Coast Sth)  Gorokan (Central Coast Nth)  Hamlyn Terrace (Central Coast Nth) current residence.

Where We Worked:

N.S.W. Department of Education Schools:

Denyse:  Cherrybrook P.S.  Jasper Road P.S.  Seven Hills West P.S.  Walters Road P.S.  Shalvey P.S.  Rooty Hill P.S.  Richmond P.S. As Principal. More here as part of Telling My Story.

Kellyville Ridge P.S.  Hebersham P.S.

Adult Education:

Via in-home English One to One Teaching.  In Small Classes: Macquarie Community College

Own Business:

Denyse Whelan K-6 Education Specialist.  Writer, Presenter, Advisor for Families with Children  Entering School.

University Contracts:Western Sydney.  Masters of Teaching Tutor   K-6 Pre-Service Teachers Experience in Schools.

New South Wales Teachers’ Institute   External Observer

Receiving my Service Medal. NSW Dept of Ed.


N.S.W. Department of Education Schools:

K-6 Teaching

Turramurra P.S. Shalvey P.S.

High School and Special Education Teaching

Parramatta Diocesan Schools: Western Sydney.

Own Business: Cabinet Maker, Kitchen Designs.  Home Tutoring.

Volunteer: Lifeline: Telephone Support and Counsellor

My man…visiting me at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in July 2017.

Vehicles: More!  Toyota Van,  Corolla,  Commodore,  Corolla, Lexcen, Toyota Van,  Commodore Wagon, Holden,  Ford Van,  Falcon,  Magna,  Toyota Paseo,  Territory,  Avensis,  Nissan Pathfinder,  Corolla,  Nissan X Trail


Now that is out of the way…our proud legacies in terms of family.

Our children, seen in the last Share Your Snaps, went on to form relationships and in a couple of instances, married their partners, and “we” became the most fortunate of people…in our life anyway…Grandma and Papa.

How did those names get chosen?

My parents for their own reasons chose to have their grandchildren call them bu their first name. Hence, “Andrew and Noreen” to the four grandkids they had between my brother and myself.  B’s parents were Nana and Pop. So, I came up with “Grandma” for me and “Grandpa” for B. This was fine. Until, when Miss J (eldest) started saying his name as “Papa” we LOVED it. And as I had a much loved Papa in my life , it fit. I admit I got “Gummy” for a while, and now the adult grandkids refer to us as G-Ma and Pups.


Here they are: in order of arrival as our grandchildren….we are so fortunate! First one arrived late 1996 and the last one early 2015.

A few more memories, specifically from the Golden Wedding Anniversary:

We were very grateful to receive cards and letters of congratulations from various heads of state and government.

These can be organised for many celebratory occasions and the links are here and here if you are interested. I knew what to do because I had used this to get my parents’ Diamond Wedding Anniversary Congratulations Messages. Knowing your local (in our case, N.S.W.) member is also a way to apply along with sending in our case, a copy of our marriage certificate. The one lodged at Births Deaths and Marriages.

The Federal member for us also helped and very kindly sent her personal congratulations in a floral way!

And just a few more memories…it seems ages ago now but life is like that, right?

And that is it. The three posts commemorating our Golden Wedding Anniverary on 23 January 2021.

Thank you for reading and commenting.


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  1. Denyse, Beautiful photos and gifts for your Golden wedding anniversary! I love how your grandchildren call you and your husband. Thank you for sharing your snaps with us.

  2. Hi Denyse I’ve really enjoyed followed your Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations. That is silly how a big achievement and one you should be very proud of. Love the photos of the grandchildren.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks kindly Jennifer. I am glad you have enjoyed the posts. Grandkids change and grow and we miss some of their daily/weekly catch ups from when they were young but that’s life isn’t it?


  3. This was a great way to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary Denyse. I love the names Gma & Pups :). Beautiful photos and memories.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Deb. Yes the three adult aged grandkids started those two names and they have stuck for them. The younger ones still say Grandma and Papa more. At times, Miss 24 calls me “Grandmama”….for the dramatic effect!!


  4. Wonderful post, as always. Congratulations! You have both had such fulfilling and diverse careers.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Veronica, I am so glad you could see that too and shared your words so kindly.

      We are grateful indeed.


  5. Such lovely pics and so much to celebrate! 50 years is such an achievement, it really should be celebrated. Love the pics of your grandkids and how lovely are the blooms from your federal member?!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much dear Sammie. Yes we got there…and now we are further along. The grandkids might not be around as much because they are so much older and live further away but we know wer are loved and they do too, so that is important.

      I was stoked with the thoughtfulness of those flowers. And the gold colours in the arrangement too. Emma McBride is a very thoughtful and hardworking politician who has supported head and neck cancer since she came to my house to learn more in 2018.


  6. Hi Denyse – you always have such a great assortment of photos – it will be a wonderful legacy and history for you and your family to reflect on over the years ahead. My husband is a Papa too – I would find it really strange to have granchildren calling us by our first names – but everyone’s different I guess.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Leanne. I have recently printed off all of the Telling My Story Posts into folders for easy reading in the future…even if its just me.

      I had a Papa too. It was our eldest GD who when starting to say Grandpa (original choice) said Pa Pa that we both went “that’s it”.

      I have asked my father about the “why” of the first names from him and Mum and he reckons they were too young…at 46 to be grandparents and also that as our daughter grew she heard my husband call them by their first names so that was less confusing. Never got to ask Mum. But our children respect and love their grandparents very much.


  7. Photos bring so much joy and memories, don’t they Denyse. My daughter is 40 on Wednesday and we have been having little events rather than one big party. I’m hoping to put a small photo book together for her. Also, we used to live at Baulkham Hills so know Cherrybrook and Seven Hills very well. Thanks for the #lifethisweek link up, I’ve shared my Run around beautiful Brisbane city this week.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Sue. Happy 40th to your dear daughter.

      Our daughter will be 50 in August and I suspect she just wants life to move on….she is not someone who ever wants to be in the limelight. I was doing family photos recently and realised the most photos I have of her as an adult are of her with her children and their birthday cakes which she made.

      It is funny to think you certainly could have been around the same areas when we lived there.

      Yes Cherrybrook had only just started as a growing suburb and school, and now…well, it’s a huge area and there are more primary schools now too.


  8. Beautiful pictures! I like G-ma and Pups, short and sweet.

  9. I remember calling one grandparent gummy but me being me I took it a step further and called her gummy bear. Yes, as in the lolly 🙂

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      That is funny!!

      I thought when J (who was about 2) called me Gummy, she was mixing up Mummy and Grandma. I went along with it for a while.

      How ironic how my gums ended up causing me grief.

      Thanks Vanessa.


  10. Those are such beautiful memories Denyse. I am impressed by how much detail you remember and record, down to what cars you have owned! It is a wonderful legacy for your children and grandchildren. My father-in-law just turned 90 and I would have liked to have had the media there at the event but he’s such a shy introverted man he would have hated it! It was a big enough day as it was. Congratulations on your wonderful achievements, regards Christina

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh yes, I am the family rememberer but sadly, even that is changing. I tend as a teacher to remember the years by which schools I was at.

      Then as a Mum and Grandmother, I recall which child was born when & where..

      It’s my husband who remembers the cars we owned…

      My Dad wanted a big 90th birthday. It was some years after Mum had died, and he has been in his independent retirement place for 3 years. He paid for it all, my daughter did place card etc, I did a memorabilia table and power point presentation of his life, his two grandsons did a bit of fun roast, and others also spoke. We (a few of us) captured the event on video and photos. I put together an album for him.

      He did not get over the event in a physical and emotional sense for some weeks.

      However, as time goes by, he is quite incapacitated and is embarrassed by his appearance so I honour his wishes about drawing attention to him.

      I can hear the pride in your words at your father in law’s celebration of life too.


  11. I did not realize that you also have an InLinkz party. Thank you for allowing me to share Sunday Stills. I’d love to hand it back to Terri next week in great shape with lot of activity. I’m enjoying my preliminary study of your blog, Denyse. I love your Women of Courage section. You have worked very hard on this. 🙂

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Ah it is so nice to know what you are discovering. I sent you an email this evening (Monday here in Australia) with a little more history.

      Thanks so much for your interest and kind words, Marsha.

      The Women of Courage series is a good one, and I now have openings for the third series in 2021.

      Do let me know if you are interested!


  12. Beautiful photos and memories and stories Denyse. 50 years of marriage is a wonderful achievement. We had our 36th anniversary in January. It is incredible how quickly time goes! xo

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Min. I think 50th Wedding Anniversaries were things my parents celebrated and then BOOM it was us!!

      It has really surprised me to have so many kind and generous comments about it. We are so glad to be each other’s best friends, share a sense of humour, a shared history and we love each other.

      Happy 36th to you!


  13. Happy Anniversary!!

    Curated By Jennifer

  14. 50 years! How wonderful! You have a rich life Denyse. I am 50 years old and it’s hard to imagine 50 years of marriage. As always, a lovely post.

  15. My boys all ended up changing the names for most of their grandparents along the way too! Between my husband and I we have 4 full sets of parents and they all wanted to be grammy and grampy but we’ve had everything from papa to mimi to GG to grandma bad boys (she had kitties she always called bad boys), to grandma chickens (who raised her own chickens), to grammy and grampy woof woof (who had dogs), etc. Each new kid added to the family found a way to distinguish the grandparents and it was so neat to see how the names evolved over time and got adopted by cousins along the way as well.

    • Oh I love those kinds of stories about how family names evolve especially with the kids naming and re naming their grandparents.

      You so need to write about that as a post one day Joanne!!


  16. Beautiful photos of your 50th, Denyse. You are smart to get your history down in writing for your family. I wish my mom and dad had done the same. They lived such interesting lives, and I now have questions I would love to ask them, but it is too late.

    My husband and I are Mimi and Abo. Abo is short for Abuelo, Spanish for Grandfather. All of our grandchildren have mothers of Hispanic descent, so that’s why the Spanish name for him. It was easy for them to learn to pronounce when they were babies too!

    • Thanks so much Laurie. I had to be motivated to do it and there are times I know I just didn’t wanna…but I am glad I have now.

      It’s a lot like Telling My Story – the memoir in chapters. I am almost done…and I cannot wait to finish. Yes, I too am glad to have compiled a lot for our descendents and one day they maybe happy to read. I will ensure those books and photos go to the family member(s) who will care for them and share them.

      I understand about regrets like the questions that come up and there is no-one to answer. So far my 97 yo Dad is still around and when I think of something I tend to ask him as soon as I can.

      I loved reading your names from your grandchildren. We learn so much about each other via blogging!


  17. I love that you treasure your memories and celebrate your life and your past so much. I don’t tend to do that and wonder if it’s partially because I don’t have kids and that concept of a ‘legacy’ isn’t something I think much about.

    • Thanks so much Deb. I have always recorded things.

      So, photos are important of the people and events and used on-line diaries. I put together memories for my parents’ 40th, 50th and 60th Wedding Anniversaries from photos and memorabilia Dad had. He still treasures them

      Each of the first 5 of eight (eventual!) grandchildren got a Grandma-book about their lives before they were born and up to their turning 5 for school. It was a big job but I am a ‘do it for one, do it for all’….until I lost the mojo in 2012 onwards.

      Those ones born in 2012, 2013 and 2015 have a much shorter version added to our family scrapbooks.

      I am a visual person, I enjoy memories, and I like to think my recording of this – even from the blog- will help keep my life in someones memory and that of my husband’s.

      It is something I have the time for now and at times I have less than ideal motivation but I also like to finish things and now, almost up to date with my memoir, that feels great.

      For me it has had value. Not everyone thinks that I am sure.


  18. Congratulations, Denyse!! What an incredible milestone anniversary. We will celebrate 39 years in June and I know the roller coaster ride marriage can be 🙂 Wishing you many, many more!

    I adore this idea of “share your snaps” I am taking time now to review ALL the photos I inherited from my mom – as well as those I took as a young mother – in the hopes of putting together some kind of cohesive family history book that my kids will actually want to read. Once I get these sorted, I may try a “share my snaps” post too 🙂

    • Oh Molly, thank you for your kind wishes….and good luck with your photo project…I have attempted to do many and in some ways I guess I have. But it takes time, perserverence and patience. I also got waylaid a few times along the way.

      What I did, and am glad I have, is make my parents’ photo type scrapbooks for significant celebrations. I did not strive for perfection or I would never have finished. My Dad still enjoys looking through these. My first 5 grandchildren (and our two kids) have special memory albums from me and then I tired out. My final 3 granddaughters got space within a family album.

      I have many 1000s of photos from my years of using technology for photos. I do keep a section for each family member on my Mac. I also have little cut up pics for each child, grandchild and us in small see through bags so I can drag one or more of them out for use in a birthday card for example.

      Last week I FINALLY put the mismatched books of scrapbooks and memories into 7 large A3 Folders with ring binders. They are 12×12 in scrabook size but without the hassle of scrapbbook fasteners.

      Ended up sharing quite the story didn’t I?

      Hope you get your photos sorted but don’t wait before you decide to share some snaps. It’s a link up every 5th week.