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...
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...
worried

worried

As a strong, independent woman, I feel fearless. Bring it. For real. I dare you. As a mom, in the US, I feel scared. All the time. I worry about my kids … all the time. I tell them to text / call me anytime they get anywhere. I worry about the jerks in the cars...
After the Holidays

After the Holidays

I worried a bit about the summer holidays, and the Christmas holiday leading up to summer. I’m always on high alert when it comes to my kids – will being away from family on Christmas be too much? Would it feel too lonely here? Would they be sad? And so we decided to...
School’s Out for Summer

School’s Out for Summer

We are way behind in our blog writing – not just because the weather here is glorious and we’re finally getting to spend all our time outdoors, but rather, because there was one massive thing I completely overlooked when moving here. In the U.S., I refer to the month...