Dear Family & Friends: We are having so many new and exciting adventures to tell you about. We get up around 5:45am and go as fast as we can until bedtime, learning our new responsibilities and having a peek at this BEAUTIFUL country. We hope in this blog we can express how blessed we are to testify of Jesus Christ and serve Him in this amazing corner of the world! HAERE MAI* to our blog, we're glad you are visiting us!.....(*This means 'WELCOME' in the Maori language)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We've Arrived!!!

After 15 grueling hours cramped in tiny airplane seats, we arrived in New Zealand......... and mysteriously, we lost a day!  We left on April 18, and 15 hours later we arrived on April 20.  How exactly does that work?  (Yes, we know, but it still is strange!)
The airline restrictions are one check in bag and one 15 lb. carry on.  Are they kidding???  Most people couldn't cram everything they would need in that amount of luggage for a 2 week vacation, let alone for 18 months!  And we didn't.  Karen used her carry on for her camera gear, and then we paid 'an arm and a leg' extra for 2 extra bags!  Here we are with 18 months worth of junk, and below that is our first view of beautiful Auckland.



  1. What a treat to actually see you in person there. It's all been about faith up to this point. You don't look as tired as I'm sure you were. In fact, you look marvelous.