Saturday, July 22, 2006

finding my feet.....

This was the stunning view that I wake to most mornings here. Totally gorgeous winter mist.

It has been raining several cats and dogs too though. Driving around on the farm bike in the rain through the mud has prooven to be a great way to spend ones time, and ensure that you have no clothes to wear for days afterwards. (Can't get any of the washing dry - and over here, it's all about hanging out the clothes on the line to dry. )

I got home from a job interview, and mum had gone to Auckland to check on a horse, so I was left to feed out. Got up to the cows, and wohooo - there was our first calf! It had just been born, and was so cold and wet. (Raining again this day!) And I had to get it out of the paddock with the other cows. So... zoomed back through the MUD to get the trailer and dad, who had just got home to do our little rescue mission. Managed to get it out with only one other cow who jumped the fence, and up to the stable paddock. Excitement plus! hehehe.

Calf is now doing super well, and we've picked up another one to keep the mother busy. Hopefully it won't be long before she accepts it as her own, and the rest of the cows are calving too.

The job interview - first since I moved up here, went really well. It was for a company that I worked with previously, so I know the ins and outs pretty well, and it would just be absolutely perfect for me right now!
I have a second interview on Monday - and just really praying that this is the ONE! :) I know God has it all under control though.... if it's not the right job, can't wait to see what is the right one. hehehe.
(I'm trusting, along with my family that this is the right one though!!)

There has been a little chaos in the family, but the fact that I moved up when I did has just shown me that God's timing is so perfect. :) You know that whole... take a step, and I'll begin to reveal the plan that I have for you - but you have to take that first step. I guess I forget how God needs us to show our faithfulness before he can start to move. I read somewhere that he knows, if he were to show us, or tell us the plans he has for us, we'd run a million miles away, because, as a full picture it looks way too scary, but when he shows us bit by bit, as we're ready, and as we're walking it out - we can then handle it all!
Makes alot of sense.

Just cooked up a huge feast, which of course means I have a big mess to clean up. So I'd better get to that.

Hope everyone is doing super well!

Prayers and peace.


Sunday, July 09, 2006


All of my stuff arrived today. I hadn't even been over to the other house to see how I was going to fit it into the garage.

I was woken by mum this morning asking me to come and help with a horse which was going to be used as an example of a Morgan at a Judging clinic with a Judge from Kentucky. I was awfully blurry eyed.

My brother's 21st was last night, and he'd gone out to pick up a Keroeke machine for the night. It was hillarious!
Of course, mum was all worried that we would be kept awake into the wee hours by the kids. Hmmmmm.... interesting thought. As it happened, mum and dad were the last two to put down the mics at 2:30!

After putting all my stuff in the garage, I came home and picked up JJ and we headed into town to check out my old favourite. yes, Metropolis is back in my life. It was probably one of the first cafes to win me over back when I was 15. It's changed a wee bit over the years, but still amazingly good food! And resonably priced to boot.
It lacks the view that my CUP has.... so I don't think this will become my new Sat morning hang out.... but it was still good to head into the big smoke. Feels funny to know this is my new home. I don't think it's really sunk in yet - since it's been so busy since we got here. Next week will be slightly more interesting. Especially since I have to get serious about the job hunt.

The last potential job crashed last night. While the manager was impressed with my CV, they are wanting someone based in Tauranga - and I'm just not prepared to pick up and move, even if it is only an hour away. God's put me here, so here I am! I know something else will come up, and they've already said that there are always jobs opening up, so maybe that one will still work out?

Right... off to go see horses, and try to figure out who is who?!

Seems strange not being able to post a pic - but my computer is happily stored now.... so for now, it will be words only.

Be blessed!
(Thanks so much for all the encouragement and prayers too!!! Most appreciated)

Friday, July 07, 2006

the path home....

Arrived up at the farm tonight!

This week has been absolute madness... think I've had about 10 hours sleep for the whole week, working, packing, cleaning, driving, saying goodbyes.....

Tuesday night was a huge blessing. To hang out with close friends, and laugh till we were crying, and eating yummy dessert - how could it be wrong. Jacx wrote me a poem, which of course brought more tears, but was so beautiful.

The drive began, pretty much on schedule, got down the road and realised I'd left my duvet behind (Having packed my sleeping bag).

But from there, it was a sweet drive. There had been mutterings of snow on the way up, but all good. Arrived at the ferry - which had been closed all of the previous day due to 7 metre swells, and was abit worried that today would be more of the same, or that there would be a backlog of people trying to get across today. All good though. We were late, and the rocking was significant - but I loved it! The waves crashed up on the windows alot, but didn't feel sick at all.

Arrived to torrential rain in Wellington, and huge winds, which is pretty typical. Was supposed to meet a couple of friends for drink after work, but the ferry was over an hour late - so that didn't happen. Instead it was off to dinner with another friend. We decided to get brave and walk...... minus an umbrella - because they are just a waste of time in that city! Would someone like to come up with a blow proof umbrella?

Italian was the order of the day, and WOWEEEEE, what an amazing meal! Company was of course quite brilliant too! Crawled into bed, only to get a call from Shane to ask if we had a spare bed.... there had been another slip on the highway home for him, and he was stuck. he of course couldn't turn around... and in the end, only sat there for 45 mins while they cleared the road. Poor guy... today sounded quite tough too.

Today...we woke to beautiful sunshine. Absolutely opposit to yesterday. Quite blissful. Walked around to meet the friend that I was supposed to meet the night before, and had a scruptious coffee... really good catchup. Couldn't have asked for a better time in Wellington. (there was massive flooding further North... with alot of slips, and rivers overflowing, several people being moved out of their homes... it's terrible.)

From there it was pretty much straight home. We stoped for more coffee - not so great, and gas.... and made it up here in about 7 hours.

The animal smells met me, Mandy rolled in something especially for my welcome - and it just feels like home.

Jiljane and I talked on the way about God's purpose for our lives, and how this next season is pretty huge, but also about the peace, and the excited, scared feelings - but also the not too worried one. I know this is the next step. Step to what - that I don't know?!

BUT.... I'll figure that one out as I go. A ship cannot be turned while sitting still....

More to come... but for now, bed.