Well, hey, y’all. It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? How are you faring during the lockdown/social distancing/quarantining situation we find ourselves in? Oof. It’s a lot, isn’t it? I’ve thought about getting rid of this blog, but since my wish of returning to New Zealand to live is still VERY MUCH alive and well, I … More Kathy Goes Quarantine
Well, not really. All I did was turn this blog into a book. No new words were written (except when I had to correct a volcano name in a post), but I DID have to format the thing. Which was a total pain, but also a labor of love since, as you may have heard, … More Y’all. I wrote a book!
Kia Ora from the winter! I don’t love it – not gonna lie. We’ve been home for 16 days now, and that time has both flown by and stood still. I imagine that’s pretty normal, trying to deprogram from such an experience? Leaving Auckland was hard for so many different reasons. First, Auckland. Loved it and … More Reentry
It’s happening. Our epic adventure, the experience of a lifetime, is ending. We’re leaving for the airport in about an hour to begin our luggage transfer (since four Fergutodds AND all the luggage won’t fit in one trip). It still seems surreal and last night, after we’d said goodbye to some dear friends, I found … More It’s time.
We’re just about four hours away from 2018 right now – cannot believe what a year it’s been! Wishing all of you the gratitude and happiness I’ve had in 2017 – even half of it would overflow your hearts. We left Queenstown and spent a night in Geraldine at a great little Airbnb with 50 … More Thanks, 2017 – it’s been amazing
Where to start? We leave in less than two weeks (12 days to be exact) and GAH! I can’t even believe it. We’ve still got a LOT to do, but I know this train is speeding at us and there’s no way to stop it. Mom and Dad arrived in Auckland on 19 December, but here … More A speeding train
It’s really happening. The adventure of a lifetime is winding down. On Monday, 11 December, Gracie finished her Year 7 at St. Mary’s. While the first day was rocky (and leaving her with her Dean is etched in my heart, how hard that was) and she never really fell in love with her teachers or … More Endings
So as I’ve lamented here and on the Facebook and IRL (in real life for those of you not in the know on that), our time here is speeding to an end. We still have heaps of adventures coming our way, but we’re wrapping it up. And it makes me SAD, because there has not … More T-30 days
We head up to the Northland in just over a week, essentially ending our time in Auckland. We’ll be back to meet my parents for two days and then for another day before we leave for good, but our time actually living here is ending. So I find myself trying to memorize everything. Every birdsong. … More Commit it all to heart
Hope y’all had a great Thanksgiving. Onto Christmas now! After I posted on Thanksgiving, the Fergutodd Four trekked off to a local beach and had a pizza picnic for dinner, watching the sunset. Not even close to how we would’ve celebrated at home, but a pretty great way to celebrate all of our blessings during … More Gah! The goodbyes have begun.