A good-bye…

January 19, 2017

Our wonderful shuttle driver today reminded me that home is where the heart is.  Well now my home is in two places and in 2 hemispheres!  There’s a tug as your kid turns 18, and begins a life of adventure.  Good thing I’ve got 30 hours to process this.  

Below is a picture of the family who is taking Mikayla in tonight and driving her to Tauranga tomorrow.  Thanks Deanna for getting us in touch with these beautiful people John & Rochelle and Emielia.  


The adventure continues on the black sands of Raglan area…

January 17, 2017

Geothermal wonderland 

January 15, 2017

A visit to the Shire …

January 13, 2017

Inspired impulses …

January 13, 2017

The surroundings are overcoming and I didn’t know I still had the urge… 

Mikayla enjoying a swim…

Picnic at Whale Bay Photo credits by Hilton (:

If I rise on the wings of dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me…ps 139:9,10

January 11, 2017

Our paths were meant to cross with these beautiful people Melva & Hilton.  Sweet conversation, beaches, sand spits, more beach, dingy ride, more sweet conversation around fresh organic food, our hearts are full.  Sad to leave them this morning but better because we’ve met them.  

Mikayla and Hilton gathering mussels for our dinner;  delicious!

Ngunguru, Northland 

January 10, 2017

“When we see the beauty of a sunset over the ocean …we are delighted with the things we see.  Yet we see something more when we see God in the things he has made.  The natural world becomes a window or a door into God’s presence.  When this happens, we see with a kind of double vision.  We see the sunset..as itself which is delightful,but we also see through to the presence of God, who is within this and beyond this;  and this is a further joy…”

January 9, 2017

Leaving our hostel by Posonby (not sure my spelling is correct!) and yes Mikayla is doing ballet/gymnastics moves as she packs!  

Arrived at Riverbank…these people are amazing!  They sailed on the ocean for 15 years.  Now they run a B & B, grow 90% of  their own food…build boats, boardwalks for the public and generally are incredible people.  Here’s Hilton with Mikayla and pic of Melva will be tmrw.  

Tmrw Mikayla goes scuba diving in Tutukaka!  Yikes we better get to bed…tmrw will have lots of sealife in it!

Praise him for his surpassing greatness…ps 150

January 8, 2017

No words to describe the kiwi hospitality by Michelle and her family and no words to describe the breathtaking views…

Michele from NZ showed us around!  

January 7, 2017

Blake my cousin had his friend from NZ connect with us.  Michelle is incredible showing us kiwi hospitality.