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 to move out of ours. Seven days before we were due to move we found one & then school started, etc. Somehow “normal life” took over our blissful vacation life here. Now we are busy getting ready for Chris’s parents to arrive here on Sunday – we are SO excited!
The South Island was absolutely amazing & I have truly never seen anywhere like it in my life. Queenstown is my new favorite city in the whole world! We went Whitewater rafting, Jet boating, took a gondala ride, went down The Luge, visited some hot springs pools, & took a train all the way across the span of the country while we were away. The kids were EXHAUSTED when we arrived back home. They were thrilled the day we got back to just chill out on their very own St. Heliers beach which has become home to them. I really missed my parents when they left – cried a lot that day. However, a few days later it was back to our daily life here which is really pretty amazing!. It is hard to believe that we only have a few short (and very busy) months left here. After Chris’s parents leave, a few friends from college arrive for a visit. Then early April we go on holiday in Fiji, late June we are off to Australia, & a few days after that we return home:)
We will be SO sad when we have to leave New Zealand. It has been such an incredible adventure not only for Chris & I, but for our kids as well. They have learned so much – how to be adaptable, how not everyone is exactly like them, & how different countries/cultures may be different from us but that is not a bad thing, just a different thing. Chris & I keep saying “it’s all about the people you meet – that is what makes it so hard to leave.” We have moved around so much in the last 10 years & every city/country has a special place in our hearts. However, it is not usually how beautiful a place is or how good the weather is that makes us miss it when we are gone. It’s the people. That’s what we will really miss about New Zealand too – the people. God always manages to put just the right people in our lives everywhere we have lived. How hard it will be to leave the friends we have made here! They now have (& will always have) such a special place in our hearts. Thank you, God, for caring enough about the details of our lives to send us people who will be special to our hearts forever – no matter how far away. The right people at the right time – that’s our God. Cheers Cheers everyone!