30 October 2014

September's Journal 2014

And, one I did in January:

A mixture of watercolour pencils, pigment liners 0.1mm - 0.5mm, gouache, inktense pencils.


28 October 2014

We're going!

Ok, so in the last week I went up to Auckland, and back, with my Little Lion.  We had our interview at the US Consulate General, all up about 5 minutes worth.  It was awesome.  I was nervous.  I tried to look as 'normal' as I could but I think all they got was my best "nervous-wreck-but-trying-to-not-look-like-a-nervous-wreck" look.  Real cute.

The interview took place over a counter, between a couple of sheets of glass, and we communicated via a mike at the side and sound that came from everywhere and nowhere.  It was hard to hear everything they were saying, so I was all leaning forward and hearing my best.  LL was a champion, he was so well behaved and didn't mind the waiting between the initial 'hi, I'm here' and the interview.

In the waiting time, I was busting (that coffee I had).  While I had LL with me, mid-stream, the file-alarm started sounding.  The at-least-14-storey building got evacuated and everyone had to wait down on the street until the fire men had checked through the whole building.  It was a bit of an adventure inside an adventure.  But, afterwards, another hour-ish wait, we had our little interview and we were allowed to head off.

We went on a train, we wandered around a mall, we dined at a cafe, I bought a little cute bag for my crochet or pencils or something...  We took our time.  No rushing.  Everything was done.

It was awesome.

The following day we got back on a plane and headed back to Queenstown, preparing myself for the 2-hr drive afterwards.  I suddenly became aware of how blessed I felt that we have been able to visit beautiful Queenstown, live in Fiordland, and see these beautiful landscapes while we're here.  I was taking 'mental' photos the whole time.  Hoping that I can keep them in my memory for years to come.

Now, all our relevant paper-work for entering the US has arrived and we're allowed to go.  We have nothing holding us back anymore.  We can go.

We can go.

WE can go.

We CAN go.

We can GO!

Yes, you betcha I am counting down the days in sleeps!

25 sleeps to go and I see my total babe of a husband.  Not to mention 29 sleeps until we're over the Pacific and in the US!



12 October 2014

One extreme to the next

That's the speed of life these days.  We were chilling out on Monday (or Tuesday, I can't remember), minding our own business when we got notification of THE INTERVIEW DATE!  BEST.  NEWS.  EVER.

Instantly we were into cray-cray mode, buying flights, organizing a medical for LL and I (which had to be in Christchurch) and gathering [more] paperwork and supplies.

The drive up to Christchurch was "only" 9hrs, including a few stops.  We stayed at a friend's home in Christchurch, who happened to have kids, who had loads of fun toys for our Little Lion to play with, which kept him occupied most of the time.

The next day, the medical went smoothly (and the jabs, and the x-ray).  We had to go to a different location for my chest x-ray, but that was ok.  The weather was warmer than I was expecting so LL and I were a little hot and bothered (roll on Arizona weather, uh-oh).

I had coffee with a dear friend who had a gorgeous little baby to introduce me to.  Her baby was a bump when we left Christchurch in March, so it was a total treat to meet the smiley little babe.

I visited our 'old' pastors from South City C3 Church and was invited to have dinner with them.  LL was stoked (and so was I)!  More friends and more toys, they even happened to have left the vacuum out.  Note:  if our son comes to your house, don't bother getting the toys out - just have the vacuum out and he'll proceed to tell you all about how it works and if it has a blow-function.  Vacuum engineer in the making.

After dinner we went back to lay our heads down in preparation for the drive home the next day.

In the morning we went for a wander in town and took some photos before leaving - I'm so glad I did, just for our own keep-sake.

We made it home safe and sound.  I was loaded up on coffee.  I must say, The Thomas Green in Gore does make nice coffee.  I've been there a couple of times now, just for the coffee-to-go while I've been on a long-haul drive.  Do try that place.  It's a restaurant.  Nice green leather couches.  Gore.  Don't google 'Gore'.

I'm late with my 'Journal' post this month, but I promise I'll get on to it asap.  It's been a little cray-cray around here.

Praise the Lord.


03 October 2014


Atawhenua means 'shadow land' in Maori.  It's the Maori name for Fiordland.

LJ and I had cabin-fever.  We were sick and tired of being sick and tired (literally, we had colds) but the day was warmer than usual so I decided to go for a wander with my handsome boy down at the shore-line of Lake Te Anau.

I love the moody-grey-ness of these images...

I am going to miss this beautiful place.


29 September 2014

Visa News

It's such a long and complicated process, this immigration visa for the USA.  We finally got the 'letter-we-were-waiting-for' a week or two ago.  It had a certain number that we needed to send to the US Consulate General in Auckland, NZ, in order for them to request our case be forwarded to them direct.

That happened.  Then, remarkably shortly later we had an email from them (US Consulate General in New Zealand) giving Roy and I a list of things to do for the next stage.  Roy and I both have to gather a bunch of different papers together and post them to Auckland.  Roy's papers are done, the ones I'm sending can't go just yet as some personal information has to be requested formally and that takes a little bit of time to get done.

Once I have all the paperwork I'll send it to Auckland and then... then they will get back to me with a date for an interview (YES!!!!) and they'll tell me where to go to get an official medical done before the interview.

AND then (said just like on Dude Where's My Car), once the medical is done, and the interview is done, we'll hopefully actually have visas and we'll be able to book flights and, and, and then!!!!!

SO, potentially, in a matter of weeks, like, maybe, dare I say it, 6ish weeks, we might, maybe, almost be in the US, or we'll at least know something awesome.

But, in the mean-time, I'm going to choose joy, and sing, and praise the Lord, because He is good.

After I had written that way-too-intense blog post a couple of posts ago I began to change my tune.  On purpose.  I woke up a day or two later with a new attitude.  We got ourselves into this, we believe it's God's plan for us, we're going to do this and finish it!

I want to say a huge thank you to all my friends, the ones who commented here, the ones who didn't, the ones who prayed, the ones who still are praying, the ones who sent good thoughts my way, the ones who emailed or sent a card, the ones who I've never met in person.  I have felt so encouraged and uplifted by you all and I thank God for your support.

This visa story is far from over, but however longer it takes, we'll get through it.  We'll do this.  Even when I'm having a mad, mid-cycle, moody day (yes I did just say that) I'm not giving up.  We are in this and we are doing this.  "We," being Roy and I, and our Little Lion.

I've been really getting into drawing and painting and art and such - if you follow me on instagram you'll see much of what I've been up to lately.  I've had commissioned art opportunities (plural = happy dance) which I'll be sharing with you soon.  I haven't been very busy, but I've been busy.  The kind of busy that involves filling my days with things I enjoy, and things that challenge me, and things that help others - the best kind.

Thank you for all of your amazing support and happy words!  Watch this space, it's growing and it's changing.


26 September 2014

More Patience

September isn't over, yet, so I can't (won't) show off my journal!  Patience, my dears.

What I can show off is a cute necklace I made with my peach linen yarn and some pretty fresh-water pearls.  It's just long enough to be able to 'go around twice' if I want a layered look.

What do you think?  Good enough to sell?  Or, more importantly, good enough that people might like to purchase a necklace?


15 September 2014


I've been filling up my little moleskine journal lately with SO much prettiness that I just want to show you!  But... I have to be patient and show you in October in my 'September's Journal 2014' post.

But, also, because a lot of my patience has been stretched so thin right now (about me), I'm going to leave you with this...