fare thee well

























i have had this sitting as a draft ready to send and now finally can from the warm land of the USA…

it is the time to say farewell to our friends and family in korea as we return to new zealand, our home where our goal is to sow into our home soil and put down roots as a family.


farewell comes from the old saying of ‘fare thee well’; meaning ‘i hope you prosper’.


community has often been at the heart to our commitment of living in south korea, intertwined amongst the challenges and possibilities we face every day. this season away from our home has served as a teacher; edifying us as we manage transition and connecting with others from different backgrounds; developing commonalities and understanding. it really has been a significant time we will take with us.


community is what keeps you sane and what reminds you that you are not an outsider, when that is often the message you face in the streets you cross through. you have to have community, create connections, just ‘be’ with people. that is definitely one of the greatest things i will miss.


the challenge now is the intricate balance of holding on and letting go. i’m one of those idealists that like to have everything wrapped up with a happy ending. but sometimes that just isn’t so. i am thankful for being taught things that i would never have experienced, for my eyes being opened to new and exciting opportunities and for the acceptance and love even when I may have been falling apart or ‘shedding off my old skin’.























i recall a simple moment’s conversation on the school stairwell as i left a farewell function in my last week, my response to the common question of ‘how is everything going?’ was to burst out with worry and too many words about the future and how very confused i was feeling. my hand was held and sincerely countered by, ‘it is going to be AMAZING and FANTASTIC!’, i took a deep breath and smiled as tears rolled down my cheeks. trusting her and the whispers of my heart. it really moved me to remember that there is always new tomorrows and new moments that will make your heart lift and your soul continue to be inspired.


i imagine us all spread across the globe, still connected and being drawn together through our memories. the world really is a smaller place now in this age.

we have grown and been challenged in our time here and sincerely hold this place in our hearts. thank you is not enough by I will always be grateful for this time. always.


prosper well GSIS and loved ones. until we meet again, arohanui.

fare thee well

























i have had this sitting as a draft ready to send and now finally can from the warm land of the USA…

it is the time to say farewell to our friends and family in korea as we return to new zealand, our home where our goal is to sow into our home soil and put down roots as a family.


farewell comes from the old saying of ‘fare thee well’; meaning ‘i hope you prosper’.


community has often been at the heart to our commitment of living in south korea, intertwined amongst the challenges and possibilities we face every day. this season away from our home has served as a teacher; edifying us as we manage transition and connecting with others from different backgrounds; developing commonalities and understanding. it really has been a significant time we will take with us.


community is what keeps you sane and what reminds you that you are not an outsider, when that is often the message you face in the streets you cross through. you have to have community, create connections, just ‘be’ with people. that is definitely one of the greatest things i will miss.


the challenge now is the intricate balance of holding on and letting go. i’m one of those idealists that like to have everything wrapped up with a happy ending. but sometimes that just isn’t so. i am thankful for being taught things that i would never have experienced, for my eyes being opened to new and exciting opportunities and for the acceptance and love even when I may have been falling apart or ‘shedding off my old skin’.























i recall a simple moment’s conversation on the school stairwell as i left a farewell function in my last week, my response to the common question of ‘how is everything going?’ was to burst out with worry and too many words about the future and how very confused i was feeling. my hand was held and sincerely countered by, ‘it is going to be AMAZING and FANTASTIC!’, i took a deep breath and smiled as tears rolled down my cheeks. trusting her and the whispers of my heart. it really moved me to remember that there is always new tomorrows and new moments that will make your heart lift and your soul continue to be inspired.


i imagine us all spread across the globe, still connected and being drawn together through our memories. the world really is a smaller place now in this age.

we have grown and been challenged in our time here and sincerely hold this place in our hearts. thank you is not enough by I will always be grateful for this time. always.


prosper well GSIS and loved ones. until we meet again, arohanui.

Mother’s Day | 2014

I hope all you mums had a super special day on Sunday and were lavished with treats throughout the day! Taking a moment to soak in the blessings that you have as a mum is important to do as we navigate our way through the ups and downs of this precious position we hold. Also remembering that this day is a tough day for many, through grief and loss. You are deserving of this day too. x

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My Mother’s day was a great day of special plans and mini-adventures.
My boys spoiled me with a handmade card that I had been dropping the hints about for the week leading up to the day that I had no idea about 😉 I love these created collages and all the minute details Hubby adds, Isaiah enjoyed colouring the card with the highlighters and later in the day I realized his little legs too!

I was surprised with a gorgeous necklace of Isaiah’s silhouette that I haven’t taken off yet. It’s the perfect accessory for me. We then went on a bike ride around a new part of our neighbourhood, stopping for lunch and played in a local park: stairs and ramps are now Isaiah’s favourite. 
Thanks my little family, I am so blessed.

Mother’s Day | 2014

I hope all you mums had a super special day on Sunday and were lavished with treats throughout the day! Taking a moment to soak in the blessings that you have as a mum is important to do as we navigate our way through the ups and downs of this precious position we hold. Also remembering that this day is a tough day for many, through grief and loss. You are deserving of this day too. x

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My Mother’s day was a great day of special plans and mini-adventures.
My boys spoiled me with a handmade card that I had been dropping the hints about for the week leading up to the day that I had no idea about 😉 I love these created collages and all the minute details Hubby adds, Isaiah enjoyed colouring the card with the highlighters and later in the day I realized his little legs too!

I was surprised with a gorgeous necklace of Isaiah’s silhouette that I haven’t taken off yet. It’s the perfect accessory for me. We then went on a bike ride around a new part of our neighbourhood, stopping for lunch and played in a local park: stairs and ramps are now Isaiah’s favourite. 
Thanks my little family, I am so blessed.

things I’m loving – nami Island, south korea

for our easter weekend we decided to take a day trip to a new place we had never been to, a privately owned half-moon island in the middle of the han river – naminara republic. a very quick ferry ride across the river took us to this interesting place…

we traveled around the island on a bicycle cart where mark drove, i manned the horn and brake and isaiah held on… as you can see, our boy was a major fan and didn’t want to leave when we went exploring.

we also had to take a family photo at the heart sculpture but someone didn’t want to play happy families…

running, running, running…

being amongst the trees and the water was very good for the soul, the fresh air and breeze…

there was a lot of wildlife to see and birds to hear… we tried to capture the squirrels as we sat, but they were so fast!

i am so thankful we could take this trip and make special memories in new places. it is not long now until we move from the land of the morning calm so we want to make the most of it and this beautiful season of spring!
what are you loving?

Things I’m loving – Nami Island, Korea

For our Easter Weekend we decided to take a day trip to a new place we had never been to, a privately owned half-moon island in the middle of the Han River – Naminara Republic. A very quick ferry ride across the river took us to this interesting place. 

 We traveled around the island on a bicycle cart where Mark drove, I manned the horn and brake and Isaiah held on… As you can see, our boy was a major fan and didn’t want to leave when we went exploring.

 We also had to take a family photo at the heart sculpture but someone didn’t want to play happy families…

Running, running, running…

Being amongst the trees and the water was very good for the soul, the fresh air and breeze…

 There was a lot of wildlife to see and birds to hear… We tried to capture the squirrels as we sat, but they were so fast!

I am so thankful we could take this trip and make special memories in new places. It is not long now until we move from the Land of the Morning Calm so we want to make the most of it and this beautiful season of Spring!
What are you loving?

we’re heading home

Photo credit: Emma Penning

We could never have dreamed that God would have lead us through a season of four years in a busy, bustling peninsular in southeast Asia. He has given us the ability to endure some amazing highs and significant lows and we are thankful for it all.

It has been a bittersweet realization that our season living and teaching abroad in South Korea is now starting to wrap up and come to an end. The focus gradually shifting to finishing strong and returning to our homeland.

As I pause to acknowledge the season we are in and share it with you,  I know fully that the realization of how we have changed and what we will take away from this experience will become ‘real’ as we make sense of our next steps. We already recognise that we have learned lessons here in Korea we would never have learned back at home and how our little New Zealand viewpoints have been melded and stretched. We are so grateful. There is something very unique and poignant about living in an expat community; friends become family and your identity is shaped even more so by what you carry inside of you and is mixed with what you meet along the road.

We are thrilled to settle back home and see our little boy gain strong roots in his kiwi identity. Drawing closer to our extended family and friends. Initially, of course the unsettling feeling envelopes and you think, how can we do this?!; it has been one of the most overwhelming things to look ahead into this year and to be met with question marks staring back at you.

But with my Hubby’s super awesomeness, he has secured a permanent position at a local area school and we start back at the end of July. For the next six months I plan to transition with Isaiah and initially pick up teaching assignments where available. I don’t know where I fit yet and would like to continue to develop in the educational leadership field somewhere. That’s one question mark I am accepting right now. I am learning that question marks are also possibilities.

There are still the unknowns and adjustments and ‘Oh can you imagines’, the thrills of forgotten comforts. We sure will bleed some as we leave this place where lifelong friendships have been forged, sisters/brothers, and made memories that will last forever.

So, very hard.

But so right. 

we’re heading home

Photo credit: Emma Penning

We could never have dreamed that God would have lead us through a season of four years in a busy, bustling peninsular in southeast Asia. He has given us the ability to endure some amazing highs and significant lows and we are thankful for it all.

It has been a bittersweet realization that our season living and teaching abroad in South Korea is now starting to wrap up and come to an end. The focus gradually shifting to finishing strong and returning to our homeland.

As I pause to acknowledge the season we are in and share it with you,  I know fully that the realization of how we have changed and what we will take away from this experience will become ‘real’ as we make sense of our next steps. We already recognise that we have learned lessons here in Korea we would never have learned back at home and how our little New Zealand viewpoints have been melded and stretched. We are so grateful. There is something very unique and poignant about living in an expat community; friends become family and your identity is shaped even more so by what you carry inside of you and is mixed with what you meet along the road.

We are thrilled to settle back home and see our little boy gain strong roots in his kiwi identity. Drawing closer to our extended family and friends. Initially, of course the unsettling feeling envelopes and you think, how can we do this?!; it has been one of the most overwhelming things to look ahead into this year and to be met with question marks staring back at you.

But with my Hubby’s super awesomeness, he has secured a permanent position at a local area school and we start back at the end of July. For the next six months I plan to transition with Isaiah and initially pick up teaching assignments where available. I don’t know where I fit yet and would like to continue to develop in the educational leadership field somewhere. That’s one question mark I am accepting right now. I am learning that question marks are also possibilities.

There are still the unknowns and adjustments and ‘Oh can you imagines’, the thrills of forgotten comforts. We sure will bleed some as we leave this place where lifelong friendships have been forged, sisters/brothers, and made memories that will last forever.

So, very hard.

But so right. 

Thank you, Icheon!

One of my favorite festivals here in Korea is the Icheon Ceramic festival ~ held in a small town which is known to foster talent and creativity through this ancient art.

We ended up going twice this year! The return trip was to pick up a piece that will commemorate baby Hub’s first birthday which I will share at a later date.

The surrounds are just beautiful at this time of year, there is freshness amongst the hills which we don’t always experience in the city.

There is food to sample too, and on the second trip, I had to stop and sample a german-style sausage… Oh so tasty!

The people are very friendly and enjoy interacting, we had many people coming and talking with us while perusing the stalls. I love to see raw talent and individualism shown here, as quite often we don’t see that flair in other areas of society. 

It was a beautiful day to share with my boy and by the look of his tired eyes it was time for a nap in the car as we ventured home on the motorway.

Thank you Icheon, I hope we find another opportunity to visit soon!

Thank you, Icheon!

One of my favorite festivals here in Korea is the Icheon Ceramic festival ~ held in a small town which is known to foster talent and creativity through this ancient art.

We ended up going twice this year! The return trip was to pick up a piece that will commemorate baby Hub’s first birthday which I will share at a later date.

The surrounds are just beautiful at this time of year, there is freshness amongst the hills which we don’t always experience in the city.

There is food to sample too, and on the second trip, I had to stop and sample a german-style sausage… Oh so tasty!

The people are very friendly and enjoy interacting, we had many people coming and talking with us while perusing the stalls. I love to see raw talent and individualism shown here, as quite often we don’t see that flair in other areas of society. 

It was a beautiful day to share with my boy and by the look of his tired eyes it was time for a nap in the car as we ventured home on the motorway.

Thank you Icheon, I hope we find another opportunity to visit soon!