I can’t believe how much life can change in what is a relatively short time.

When I first introduced myself here, I opened with

“we are a long way from home at the moment

or as the case may be

we are at home, a long way away at the moment”

2000 days on, 5 1/2 years later, I’d put it differently

A couple of years in the UK has turned into a house and an amazing wee boy.

But a home is not bricks and mortar,

Home is where the heart is,

so to that end, my heart will always be split to wherever my whanau may live.

It’s easy to loose sight,

but the truth is, 6 years into life in the UK and things are going great.

I have a wife who I love dearly,

a son who makes my heart melt, and they both love me back.

A lovely small home in a beautiful English village

good friends, both here and abroad

and a job I am passionate about.

Sure, I wish we could be closer to our parents,

The last 2 months has made that even harder,

but I can’t escape the fact that right now, abroad is the right place for us.

Thank goodness technology makes it so much easier to keep in touch than it was even 5 1/2 years ago.

Life has changed a lot. It seems to keep changing week by week at the moment.

Even this week we have some more big decisions to make about where life will takes us.

I once would have called them life defining decisions, except I don’t believe that,

You define your own life.

After all, life is not about what you do. It’s about how you do it.

I can’t wait to see where the next 5 years take us.


I have a single gap in my blip.

I have a photo for the day, but I don’t yet have the words.

One day, I’m sure I’ll know how to express what I really want to say and I’ll fill the gap.