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...
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....
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...
Go with the flow

Go with the flow

Like any kid, the idea of no homework and no tests or quizzes seems like a dream come true. But in fact, I have missed the academic challenges of Mater Dei. So while I’m here, I’ve decided to embrace the other sorts of things that I’m learning in New Zealand. For...
Good Living

Good Living

I’m there. It’s taken some time (as you know,) but I have adjusted and learned to really love where we live and how we live. I’m sure this ridiculously cute beach house had something to do with that, but hey, no one wants to know *why* mom is in a good mood. It’s just...