LIFE can bring you a lot of surprises, but in her 100 years, Joyce Morton's reunion with the twin brothers who were adopted out as babies is right up there as one of the good ones.
Joyce, who celebrated her 100th birthday with her friends at the Bonville/Boambee VIEW Club last week, was just nine years old when her mother passed away shortly after the twins were born.
While Joyce and her father tried to care for the babies, it was too great a task for the man working to sustain his family and the little girl, and, not having social security in those days, the boys had to be adopted out.
In recent years, welcome contact has been made with her brothers, much to Joyce's delight.
Joyce was born in Bankstown in 1914, and moved to Sawtell with her late husband Ted 36 years ago. Ted passed away six years later, but with a mantra to take life each day as it comes, with lots of smiles and laughter, it's only been in the past 12 months that Joyce has moved from her home to the Mater Christie Hostel, which she describes as "being part of a big family".
Joyce and Ted had two children, Joy and Ted, resulting in four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Joy recalls her mother as being a happy lady full of smiles and laughter, and always whistling around the house.
Not much has changed - rumour has it that Joyce and her friend Iris are always at the table full of the most merriment - and naughtiness - at the VIEW club meetings.