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The Waiting Room

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Is it too cliché to say, “Now that was another term that didn’t quite turn out like we planned!”? February was a great month of catching up with family and friends in the Waikato and enjoying being back in our own space and place after a long time away. It was nice to have our own beds and possessions again, the kids particularly enjoyed having their lego and duplo.  We celebrated Caleb turning six with good friends back at Lake Arapuni. He is now officially a homeschooler, as you don’t legally need to be at school until six years old. This kid is fun, confident, crazy, smart, determined, extroverted and pretty much talks all day long.  The smile of satisfaction from rainbow jelly on your 6th birthday We shared in our last blog that we had flights booked for March 30 to Fiji but that all changed pretty quickly. First Air NZ had a change in flight times, so they shifted our flight until April 2 and then we had a new hurdle to jump.  If you have been reading our blog a while you may reme

Summer Highlights

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Our summer has been full of family, friends and lots of swimming… in beaches, rivers, lakes and lots of swimming pools.  Jumping Photo 2.0... now with friends We arrived back in the North Island on December 20th and enjoyed a week in Lower Hutt with family before a few weeks house sitting in Waikanae. We are grateful to have stayed in two houses with swimming pools over the hot days of summer and also to be close to the beach and river. We enjoyed going to our home church and helping out with the Food Share at church again. It was great to catch up with so many people. It is a bit surreal how we can so easily walk in and out of different worlds. A classic Kapiti sunset In January, Roy was able to fit in a two week job in Lower Hutt working for Ignite Sport . This is the first place we did a job away with MMM back in July 2020. At the time, they were only just starting this large renovation project and we were keen to return there to do what we could. They do some amazing work in youth

Northland to Southland in a Year

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We have been on one crazy journey for the last term… summing up a total rollercoaster of a year, far different to what we could have ever imagined. But we know God’s plans are far above ours. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory…” Ephesians 3:20-21 Visiting the 'Centre of New Zealand' in Nelson. From November 2020 to November 2021 we managed to explore from Northland to Southland.  We have been as far North as Waitangi in Northland to Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park in Southland, which ironically is further North than Dunedin and Queenstown where we also went.  We decided to plot on a map all the places we have been.  Just looking at the shapes on the map may seem a little crazy and overwhelming to you, just picture it as my headspace some days.  We have experienced some amazing adventures, stayed in a lot of places, our kids have seen more of New Zealand in the las