It just takes time

It just takes time

It’s Friday morning here and the kids are giving me grief for not submitting my final Gisborne blog post (!). We have been running around trying to see friends and say our goodbyes, while also getting the house packed up and things ready on the home front for our...
She’ll be right

She’ll be right

I can’t believe it. Our year abroad in New Zealand has flown by, and now we’re getting ready to head home. As a family, we’ve gone through so much, learned so many new things, and become closer than ever. This year has made me into such a better person, and I’m so...
Hard to say goodbye

Hard to say goodbye

Friday is my last day of school in New Zealand and to be honest I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not going to lie, I’ve made much better friends here than I would have expected.  Since I’ve been little, my Mom has always been telling me about when she went to...
Whether to stay in NZ

Whether to stay in NZ

On a weekly basis, people ask me whether we would want to stay in New Zealand permanently. Or they ask whether we wish we’d come for longer than a year. Or they wonder how we will ever go back to living in the United States after having lived here. It is a valid...
Deja Vu

Deja Vu

Perhaps it is due to the change of seasons, or perhaps for reasons I don’t know, but one thing is for sure – things have changed again. This one crept up on me; I was so proud of how well we were all doing here, how well we’d gotten used to our new lives in Gisborne....