2013 in review

What a year! It is with lots of joy & good memories that we look back on the past year.  Although it has been hard at times, we are thankful every day for the gift God has given us in Gabriella & its amazing how much our life & photos have changed as we have spent our first year as parents!    Aside from the normal milestones a baby will bring, our lives this past year has been full of family, camps & an around the world trip!

We have continued running holiday camps each holidays (expect July) and really enjoying the team that comes together each time & the children that come & are changed.  More info, photos & our camp reports can be found on our website: www.lonsdalechildren.blogspot.com

In February we had 5 awesome days in the beautiful Opononi with my family in our 4-yearly family reunion.  It was great to catch up with 4 of my 5 siblings & their families, along with my parents.  We enjoyed fishing, boating & jet skiing with some great food & discussions thrown in.  I am thankful for the legacy of a loving Christian family. 

The end of June saw us taking to the skies firstly to the States to celebrate my brother Jono’s wedding.  We spent a lovely week in Washington State (near Seattle) taking in all American culture we could, including Independence Day complete with a great fireworks show.  It was very cool to be a part of Jono’s wedding & really enjoyed the great US service & warm hospitality from Marie’s family. We then travelled on to Ukraine where we stayed in our house for a month & caught up with lots of friends & enjoyed being back where we had lived for about 3 years. 

We are still in the process of renovating parts of our house in Kaitaia.  We have completed the lounge, guest room & Gabriella’s room.  Our summer project is to work on the new bathroom, slowly but surely.  It didn’t help that we found a 60 year old concrete fireplace in one our walls that we had to demolish! School has been quite hard work for Jon this year, he has taken on a few extra responsibilities which have taken up extra time & effort, especially as the school has been without a Principal.  He is looking forward to the new year & the direction a new Principal will bring.  Playing at church has also kept his busy, along with music students, the odd gig & perfecting his coffee skills. 

As we look forward to 2014, I will be starting a new business (After School Care) which should keep me extremely busy.  We are also looking to carry on with camps – registering them with OSCAR & expanding to 4 camps per year.  We love having people over for a coffee or to stay a night or two, so if you are in the area, please feel free to pop in or contact us.  
Have a great 2014 & keep in touch.