After lots of traveling it was incredible to put away the suitcases and begin to settle down! I discovered meat pies, new friends, and pukekos.
I fell in love with the New Zealand countryside and scenery. I'm still madly in love with it. I hope one day to move out to the countryside and I hope I never take this beautiful scenery for granted.
The Mister shaved off the moustache.
He regrew the moustache.
He grew a beard.
I think he's super handsome with or without facial hair. But he DOES grow an incredible moustache and beard. He has moustache and beard growing super powers.
We bought a house. We made a home.
We made an announcement. We watched my belly grow.
Phil quit work on the orchard and started a new job.
Our friends threw us a baby shower and we got ready for the arrival of Baby vdW.
We waited. I knitted this and that. We waited some more.
Then finally the day came. She changed our lives forever.
We watched Audrey grow so much in the last 6 weeks.
A lot has happened in a year. We have been blessed so richly. We have so much to be thankful for. We have so much to look forward to.
I love you, Phil. Thanks for being my husband. Thanks for introducing New Zealand to me. I love our life together.
This Texas girl has settled in quite nicely.
Though I do miss Texas BBQ. And cheap Mexican food.