Hello Christchurch

My boys, my mum and I went on a little adventure in October to visit my sister in my second home, Christchurch, New Zealand. This place is just as stunning as it was when we left in early 2017, and a bit more exciting too with so much of the quake battered city coming back to life in beautiful and creative ways.

It wasn’t easy doing my first trip with two kids, sans Reece (who was off on a well deserved surf trip in Sumatra at the time). Thank the Lord for a mum & a sister like mine though, who were there to hold me & my boys when all the wheels fell off, and for my beautiful friend Kirsty who was there to debrief all my mess with over amazing food and to help me feel sane again.

I captured a lot of beauty with my camera in amongst the chaos. So much so, you wouldn’t even know the chaos occurred. The natural wonders of this place were so much of what made it feel like home when Reece & I lived there for almost 5 years. Those hills, that harbour, those trees and blossoms. They were still just as welcoming and comforting this time around.

And these incredible boys… I’ll never tire of photographing their magic little faces. Always grateful to be their mama & to share this big wide world with them. Yep they push me to my limits, but they are and always will be completely and utterly worth every challenge and every tear. I’m still totally figuring out this mum thing as I go but hey, that’s what makes it an adventure. Looking forward to our next trip. Never again without Reece though. Haaaa!

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July August 2018

Hello friends!
Well this post is a little bit about regular life at home and a lot about our Bali babymoon.
My biggest revelation whilst in Bali: home is the prize.
No matter how much social media might try and make us feel like holidays in paradise and all that come with them are the ultimate in life, I was reminded during our time away that what we are building at home is so much more valuable than that.

It was such a special trip and I’m so thankful for quality time with Reece before we embark on newborn parenting: season two. But I found myself at a point during our week long getaway, realising that I was actually putting way too much emphasis on cramming as many experiences into the time as we could, rather than just taking it all in and enjoying the simple things. Like Reece’s face.

I realised my compulsive planning of all things exciting and photo-worthy was rooted in the warped idea that holidays are the prize, that this was going to be the only chance I had to really enjoy myself in a long time before going back to my busy, repetitive, and often tiring toddler-rearing life.

But that warped idea is not my heart. My heart is that I would pour my life into motherhood for this short, sweet season & enjoy it to the fullest. That I would see the richness and beauty woven in amongst the everyday and that I would be so thankful for it, even when it’s messy and just plain. dang. hard.

I’m not sure where that twisted logic crept in, but I’m glad that I saw it for what it was & was able to realign my wayward mind with my heart.

So much of our experience of life is shaped by our perspective. And I want my perspective to be a grateful one: treasuring the things that grow and last, more than what might look like the dream but really is just a (well earned!) short pause to take a breath and refresh.

I think generally we are in danger these days of missing the real beauty in life, in our attempt to appear that we have the most and are having the most fun. I’m guilty of it, yikes. It’s a scary thing to realise, and I certainly don’t want to contribute to making people feel that way.  So today my beautiful holiday photos (well, I think they’re beautiful… probably because my husband is in most of them, ha!) come with a healthy dose of honesty, as well as some frames of our plain, simple life at home, which is actually the best gift we could ever ask for. The real prize.

Oh and newsflash… About a week after we returned from our babymoon, we went off to see how that baby is growing and to see what we might be expecting, gender-wise…
We are pretty excited to say, we are having our second boy! What a joyous, wild adventure that will be. Can’t wait to meet you our son. Three and a half months to go! xx

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