Hello there everyone! It sure has been ages, hasnt it?
We are now about 9 months into our new life living and working at Ellel ministries and it surely has been a roller coaster ride. DD Claire started high school and has settled in very well to her new school. She is loving living here 'on base', especially at the moment as our neighbouring farmer's cows are all having calves which is SO CUTE!!! She has also started horse riding this year and I cant tell you how proud I am of her, she's taken to it like a duck to water! Currently she is riding a large Clydesdale which sure takes some stopping as he's such a big animal and she's handling it so well and is so relaxed with it. MAJOR step forward from loving horses but being too scared to get on one just a few years back. She has a go at her first gymkhana next weekend - just a fun one for the riding school students.
DS hasnt had a great year - new school not so bad but being apart from old school friends a very tough road when you are in Year 11. Also has had constant illness all year, and looks as though may require some nasal surgery to correct a problem which means that everytime he gets a sore throat he cant shake it, and then gets bad heads because his sinuses block up. Despite not being as fit as usual, his club and rep basketball teams have both managed to win their grand finals, and he is now working part time at Paintball, which is just about every boy's idea of a great job to have. He's up to about 110 hours of the 120 he needs to go for his 'P's, which he can do in Feb when he turns 17.
DH and I are loving being here. I love my job and it's such a beautiful spot to live in - all the roads around are so picturesque and pretty. The addition of our little kitten has been such a blessing, we love our little Quiver and even DH can be seen regularly giving her lots of affection. after all his talk of not being able to bear cats.
I have also been given quite a few opportunities to scrap as part of my job which was unexpected but so amazing. I can remember telling God a few years back that my ideal job would involve being paid to scrap - and it has come true!
I cant believe it. Given I certainly had my misgivings about moving here, God has said that a time would come that I would be happier here than I had ever been, and He's kept that promise too.
However, life is not always a bed of roses.
Back in May my grandmother was placed in a nursing home
It is quite simply one of the hardest things. I try and visit her twice a week, as the nursing home is a two hour round trip for me - I wish I could go more often. It has been exhausting, but nothing compared to how it is for her. It is very hard to watch the downhill slide and her sadness at it all.
So, all in all it's been a pretty full on year. Sorry I havent been around much in this new season - but I'm still 'here'
I'm Tracey from Sydney, married to Cameron and mum to Andrew (17) and Claire (13).