I am finding it quite difficult to stay in touch with everyone, especially those of you that don’t have Facebook. As well, I’m finding it hard to keep this blog updated with my continued thoughts, reflections, and growth as we settle into life here in Australia. I can’t seem to let go of the blog and still strive to stay connected with y’all, so I’m going to try to just post on the blog more often with little updates versus proper personal growth posts. My hope is that we can be a part of each others’ lives that way. So here goes our long awaited response to those of you who have lovingly wrote me by email, FB, and snail mail! Please know I love you and think of you and wish I could be just as beautiful as y’all with making time to connect.
Adapting to Australia: Life is pretty nice here as I’ve always mentioned. It’s amazing all the different activities going on and how I never run out of parks to visit or things to do. It’s so beautiful here and the culture embraces families and being physically active. This past December the family fell ill except for me, and that threw us into a bit of a funk. It seems we have a yearly funk come December. It’ll last for a few weeks up to a month. Then come January and it’s as if the clouds part and a beautiful rainbow appears. I’m thankful to say January has been an uplifting month for us. I guess that’s all about adapting and supporting one another through the journey.
Business: Daniel on boarded a new rent roll this past November (this is his second one). It was a busy time for him, but all very good since he had been waiting for a rent roll like the one he came across. Recently he also acquired more rental properties, which arrived as an unexpected blessing. He’s also selling properties too, so as you can imagine, he is a busy bee. I’m very proud of him and we are progressing well with our family dream goals.
Kiddos: Azalea is six months and Zane turned three in Nov! Time flies. A is a delight; always smiling, has a beautiful laugh, and already is showing a fiesty yet chill personality. Zane started in a family daycare once a week for six hours and is loving it. He is very verbose, has a huge and thoughtful heart, sensitive, and full of energy! I’m very thankful to stay home and raise the kids and observe their developments. There are many long days and tough moments but I’ll never look back and regret our decision for me to take time off work to commit to this endeavor.
Friends and family: We spend tons of time with family. It’s nice to finally have family close by when we were so independent for seven years. My parents visited for two months and that was beautiful as well. I wish they lived closer. Our friends here are a treasure as well. We have found ourselves a community that cooks us meals during tough times, cares for Zane when I need a break, and in general lifts us up and are fun to be around. What more could we ask for?
Myself: with two kids, I barely have constructive time to achieve something, and even if I get time, I’m too tired to do anything. With that said, I do find time to meet up monthly in the evening with some of my mom friends. And Daniel and I do date time a bit even if it’s candlelight dinner at home (with Azalea). I started yoga again, and this time am challenging myself more with it. I’ve started walking more. My daily endeavors now include cooking healthy dishes for my family, limiting our use of plastics around food, and limiting our use of chemicals. I made my own bread today and recently I made my own all purpose, stain remover, insect repellent, and glass cleaner sprays! I’m amazed at how much I’ve changed since being a stay-at- home mom! I guess the researcher in me manifests differently in this role and my brain is always utilized.
Faith walk: we regularly go to Newlife United Church in Robina. Love the people, sermons, and style. In a year, Zane will start preschool at a local Christian school, King’s Christian College. I’m thankful Daniel and I both are on the same faith walk. As I write this, he is at his men’s group at church.
I think that sums up our life update. Like I said, going forward, I’ll try to just write little posts to keep you updated. You can respond by commenting or writing on FB.
Love you all!