Been away from home for over month, meant I had a lot of time to think…about things.
The awesome thing about spending a month in Auckland with family, is that it’s not like a ‘normal’ overseas holiday. We aren’t rushing from one tourist site to another, it’s far more relaxed. We almost get to experience what life would be like if we lived there. We go do grocery shopping, collect kids from school, meet the neighbours, fight with morning traffic, do school shopping, we watch the news, and regular TV every night…those kind of things.
We’ve been home for a week now…and I thought I would write down the things that have been running through my head since we’ve been back…just random stuff…
I have married into the most incredible family. I have no idea how I got so lucky. I don’t see them as ‘TF’s family’…I love them like they are my own.
Dear South Africa, you shall not complain about food and petrol prices ever again. We can complain about internet prices though.
The shops in NZ have improved so much, and the shops are very similar to SA. The first time I went there, I remember battling to buy stuff…this time…no such problem.
Having family living on the other side of the world….is heartbreaking. I hate it. I wish we all lived in the same city, on the same street. I wish our kids could grow up together. I wish we could pop in for coffee. I wish for so much more…
TF and I, are each others worst nightmares at airports…we both triple check everything…every few minutes. We drive each other insane.
What a privilege it is to see and experience other parts of this place we call earth.
I missed work. I missed the normal routine of every day life. I need to remember that as the year goes on.
No matter how different we seem, no matter how far we are apart…I realised that we are all dealing with the same issues, problems and stuff…in varying degrees obviously. But after watching the news, chatting to people…it’s all the same…everywhere.
I am so much more grateful to be living in the same town as the rest of the family. I need to treat them better, and appreciate the everyday stuff we do together.
Because of this trip, I have dealt with three government departments in the last two months…nothing but excellent service. Good news.
I am so ready for this year. This trip has me all rejuvenated and motivated. I cannot wait.
There is no place like home.
I am so very blessed.
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