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the trip of a lifetime – South Island, New Zealand

The South Island, NZ I cannot believe that I am just now getting around to posting these pictures from the South Island. It has been such a whirlwind since Christmas! My parents were here for 2 weeks right after Christmas & the day they left we started hunting for a new house b/c we had…

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  • Kat - Well now that I’m bawling my eyes out because I miss you guys so much…:(

christmas card 2012

Many of you are very aware of my obsession over Christmas cards. Generally starting in Aug/Sept. is when I start to plan for my Christmas card but I think about it all year long – what the kids will wear, if it will be the whole family, where we will do it, the date to…

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  • joanne ellison - Words cannot adequately express how touched I was to read what you said about God’s masterpiece– your kids.
    Yes, they are an amazing tribute to the glory of God. And you are one amazing mother.

  • Billy Ellison - Wow, your words brought tears to my eyes! They are so precious.

  • Lauren Wall - Hopie – I am so glad I happened to be on Facebook today. I know just what you mean; the most important outcome of the photo is the memory of the feeling you were having when the shutter snapped. Your children are beautiful and clearly very happy. Love to you all this Christmas!

  • anne - these make me smile!

holiday

There are 2 things that I will miss the most about the schools here. 1. uniforms (they look so sharp in them & there is no fight about what to wear in the morning) 2. year round schools The kids go to school all year with a short summer break (6 weeks). They have 4…

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  • joanne ellison - I can hardly believe how breathtakingly beautiful that place is. The children look so grown up. Especially Ellie!! What an unforgettable year this is for you all. Miss you though!

  • Caroline - Wow! I am so sad we are not going to be able to come visit. Y’all look wonderful and I miss you lots!

  • Maggie - Oh my goodness, beauty beyond description for sure!!!
    Hope I am so sorry you had your wave of homesickness but so grateful for all of the time you have been able to spend together. Remember the early years of residency when you thought you couldn’t make it another day. You have endured so much and now you are right in the midst of the rainbow!!! We miss you all so much but LOVE your updates and seeing all the pictures that warm our hearts and make us smile!!
    Keep enjoying the beauty and excitement of your opportunity, knowing your loving family and friends are loving you from a distance and eagerly awaiting your return!!! Love you so much, Maggie

  • anne - love this post. we miss you! but such a crazy beautiful place you’re in. funny how you know the stages. i just want to squeeze that peyton! love the mommy and crew pic. framer!

waitomo glow worm caves

Now this was an adventure! Chase had his 7th birthday on September 30th. One of the things that he was dying to do even before we moved here was to go to the glow worm caves. So, I found this adorable little B&B online that we could stay at & we headed there last weekend….

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  • brooke - amazing!!! love the unexpected/solo farm adventure!! dying imagining your faces (or hidden expressions?!) when you realized you were in someone’s home. haha FUN!!

  • Maggie - OMG HOPE this is amazing!!! What fun and what MAGNIFICENT country you are able to witness and enjoy! You are truly blessed and making the most of this incredible opportunity!! So HAPPY for all of you! The kids look so precious, I miss them and you SOOO much!!!! Love and misss you all!!! Maggie

Piha

We visited Piha several weeks ago on one of our “adventure Saturdays.” It was cold & rainy & not the best day to go to the beach but we decided to go for it anyways. It was well worth the hour drive (and the cold) through some pretty rough roads! Literally right when we pulled…

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  • joanne ellison - The pics are amazing. But when I got to the last one with I love you Mom I lost it! What an amazing family and what an amazing God to create such beautiful things! By the way I heard Gungor sing that in concert last week (Beautiful things) Was fabulous!

  • Leigh Wey - Adorable and beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!