I am going home for Christmas. Home to New Zealand, to join with my Mum, Sister, Brother and their families and grandchildren and in-laws. I am excited to be flying off in 3 days. I haven’t had many extended family Christmases over the years. When married to a Pastor, that was our busy time and after those years, it was the most expensive time to travel – so it just didn’t happen. In the 35 years I’ve lived in Australia, this will be only my third Christmas home. So I am excited.
I have always referred to New Zealand as my home because that is my birth place but having lived in Australia significantly longer than I did in NZ, I know that Australia is my real home now. My Boys are Australian and I always find that as much as I love to visit my beautiful country of birth, by the end of my trip I am ready to go Home!
So I am excited for my visit but I can also feel the sadness creeping up on me, as leaving day approaches. This will be the first Christmas since we became a family, that I won’t be with any of my Boys on Christmas Day. Some of us have been apart previously, but I have always had at least one of my Boys with me. This year I could have had all 3 of them with me but circumstances prevailed. (Story for another post!) So my Boys will Christmas together and I will Christmas in NZ!
Not that I have missed out. We have already shared Christmas celebrations with 2 of my Australian families and their kids.
And I hope to share some Christmas cheer with my BFF before we go to spend An Evening with Oprah tomorrow night. Did I even tell you that? ….. Oprah and Me!!!!!! Bucket list ticking off happening right there!
But I digress … It was so great to see my Boys in the pool with our friends kidlets or twirling them around and around or just generally having fun. Backyard cricket was the game of their day – pool cricket was what they were taught by the 3 & 6 year olds last night!! Surely, it seems only yesterday that they were the ones being tossed in the pool or enjoying their presents.
So, I prepare for my journey home with joy and anticipation. Looking forward to making memories and filling my heart with love and blessings. But each day, I may just be caught in thought of what those gorgeous Men that Adrian and I made together, might be doing at Home? Knowing they are there for each other and totally enjoying their special Christmas together.
*Pavlova Christmas Wreath with fresh berries recipe here.