It’s been 1 whole year since I left South-African soil…
1 whole year since I’ve gathered with my family or laughed with friends…
1 whole year since I sunk my teeth into a chicken licken hot wing smothered in ‘Soul Fire’ sauce…and while we’re here…1 whole year since I enjoyed a koesister after church on a Sunday – it’s been rough!!!
1 whole year since I’ve heard words like “aweh”, “dumelang” or “haaibo”…also, I never imagined I’d miss seeing people signal an Orange-Farm taxi…but here we are!
Despite the tears though…I’m having the time of my life!
“Now I’ve had the time of my life…”
I’m often just gobsmacked with awe and wonder! God has done exceedingly, above and beyond what I ever imagined! He’s gon’ and done it AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN!
New Zealand is an extraordinary place – you can literally be sunbathing on a stunning beach, skiing down a snowy mountain, watching bubbling thermal mud pools, hiking through lush forests, swimming in a hot water beach and so much more within a couple of hours of your front door!
People are laid-back (very laid-back…like seriously laid-back), friendly and generally very helpful. The most surprising thing for me was the diversity…people from all corners of the globe can be found here.
Life is a lot simpler, more…minimal and relaxed. People spend a lot of time outdoors, out on the ocean sailing their boats, fishing, camping, biking etc.
I’ve enjoyed immersing myself in the Māori culture too, watching my kids learn new languages and appreciating how different we all are is quite rewarding.
Overall – I’d say – the impact this move, our new lifestyle and new mindset has had on our family unit (especially our kids) makes every tear worthwhile. We’ve been tested and stretched in every way possible and we’ve grown from it but most of all our faith in God and each other has grown and that brings me peace!
Until next time…