Stu in Grenada, Nat & Kids at Nanny’s!
Hi family and friends, so good of you to drop by. Here I sit at mums place with 3 sleeps to go till we finally head off on our adventure! Thought I’d try my first blog, never done it before so here goes. I have loads of mixed feelings, one moment I am up then a bit down the next (very dependant on sleep and how much is left to do on the seemingly endless Grrrrrrr list!). Man I think its just time to get on that plane and what hasn’t been done doesn’t matter.
As most of you know we flew to the USA in January and brought a boat. We actually walked away from it without making an offer, but they came back with a much lower offer, so we got it – cool. We were so so so so incredibly excited, I thought I was going to explode from it, just jumping out of my skin (so was Stu). As the months went by, and the many challenges of fitting out a boat from the other side of the world, renovating and renting the house and many other challenges faced us and the hours, days and weeks of research to get anything done was upon us, it was much harder to stay pumped like I initially was. It was very much like hard work, but no pain no gain – right! We didn’t see friends pretty much for the whole time, our spare time was spent on the boat, it was a little like we were already gone.
It is a strange feeling to leave everything you know for a place and lifestyle that is unfamiliar to you (especially home schooling, different languages, climate, potential dangers etc), but my catch cry is “hey we will figure it out”. I must say leaving the mother dearest is probably the hardest part of all this, she’s not allowed to be sick in any way and must visit us at least twice! Also lots of little things like seeing little Malachi almost sitting on Alexs lap during their last assembly together, does get you thinking as a mother does. I have added some shots of the little darlings (its definitely time they saw their father again!), as I know all the children (ours, friends and family) will change so much while we are away. The kids have really been great, they are all reacting to these big changes in their own ways – its now been 2 months since they have seen their dad and they have a very busy mum not able to give much attention to them, we threw most of their toys away or put them in storage, not living at home etc. Thank God for Mum, Bev and Roy just been absolutely awesome and supportive (they would prefer we just stayed here though), but I must say da Mumma is coming around and even getting a bit excited for us at times, yay. Mum has had some weird night mare dreams about us in our boat, strange how the subconscious works sometimes. Ange had been awesome helping me set up this blog, camera, magnets etc such an amazing help. Dave and Waltz have been great popping around most weekends, helping with the kids and Dave helping me move some pot plants to mums, Pete also helped with slinging our bed over the balcony to take to mums 🙂
We have had so many people wish us well and truly excited for us, its really touching to hear, thank you.
So I have 4 flights with 3 kids to do by myself, one flight is 13 hours. Am I happy about this? – well no. Am I nervous about this? – well yes. I am determined to change this stinking thinking of mine and get excited and know this can be done and to think of it as part of the adventure! So going to church this Sunday was great, all about trust and not giving up when the going gets hard. I believe many God things have happened for us to have this opportunity to have this adventure, its super awesome.
Stu is in Grenada and we are very excited to see him again. He had been working like a hot, sweaty, unshaven, food poisoned, rum swizzling feral pirate of the Caribbean. He also managed to dodge a once in a 100 year hurricane called Matthew! Thankfully, it was just a named storm wind force when it passed over Grenada (though had us all quite worried back home, not sure that Bev (Stus mum) got much sleep that night). He is meeting so many people, other kid boats (hooray) and he tells me all the people in the boat yard have nic names, his is Pastor Stuart (a puppet you tube home made series by people in that region, funny and a bit wrong!). He has made some good friends Phil and Ben who work at Grenada Marine, they opened their sturdy concrete home to him during the potential hurricane, of which I was very appreciative.
If your looking for a totally grammatically perfect piece of literature, well this aint the place to look! I’m just getting it down on computer fast, so please excuse any errors.
I woke this morning very fuzzy (late to bed again) and now waking up. getting so incredibly excited now only 2 sleeps to go.
1 sleep to go – Wow this is actually happening really fast now! So you know how you have those last minute unplanned things pop up just before your about to hop on a plane to move country (for a while, we are returning mums). Here are some of the things that have popped up for us in the last 3 days ontop of the lovely list required to be done – Sienna got a splinter under her nail bed that in 1/2 way up the nail, we tried to remove it ourselves and she would not have a bar of that so off to the GPs we go. So around 3-4 hours later splinter removed with a ring block (2 needles into top of finger to totally numb it so she would allow GP to remove. Very proud of Sienna as the other alternative was to go to Emergency so they could give her gas to remove the splinter! She is a very brave 5 year old. Another last minuet unplanned thing was me tweaking my neck/shoulder last night after doing some strengthening exercises and realising I needed a hard core lets release those dastardly knots caning session called a massage – Rianna to the rescue again, thanks so much Rianna ( my amazing pilates teacher). Another little fork in the road was Sienna waking in the night with a fever and also the same today not a happy little sailor. So off the the GPs again, Abs just in case but it seems like its a virus. So loads of hand washing and fess up the snozes to avoid us all having high temps on the plane! I’ll tell you one last hitch, a swarm of bees have gathered at our place (now being rented), they decide to make a new home in the only area the tenants can’t access (our looked shed), so off I go to give them the key! Poor bees, I tried to save you but the tenant has little ones and wanted them gone for good.
Stu, I hope you have a big hug awaiting me when I finally see you 😉 Its all good thought, parents are amazing.