Hi Sharon & Nicky


How are you doing?


WOW!  I can’t believe we’ve been in New Zealand for one year already!  Feels just like the other day we were still scampering around to get all the needed paperwork sorted! This has definitely been the most amazing, wonderful, changing, challenging, exiting, blessed experience we’ve ever had! I still can’t believe that we are actually living here. It is just so amazing. Such a beautiful country & Christchurch is just gorgeous. Especially with Autumn in full swing & all the lawns covered with red, orange & yellow leaves. And the trees just look amazing!! And this morning we could see the first snow on the Alps ☺


Just want to quickly pop-in & let you know how things are going this side ☺


Everybody is doing really well.  Leon & myself are enjoying our jobs very much. The kids are more than happy in school – I still think it doesn’t feel like school to them some times. They are just loving it!!  They have made good friends & have settled in nicely. Our son sounds like a proper Kiwi when he speaks. It’s actually funny to think our home language is Afrikaans & he has picked up on the English & Kiwi accent so quickly ☺ Just adorable.


We also experienced a couple of earthquakes over the past 3 months. Our first big one was on the 14th of Feb aka the Valentines Day Quake.  Another big one struck on the 29th of February.  They were really shaky ones. It’s a funny feeling, but you get used to them, in some way I suppose. In another way it’s actually a bit exiting to feel the earth tremble & shake all over ☺


Our family is coming over for a visit in a months time. Hope they will survive our beautiful, white winter ☺ We are going out to Lake Pukaki near Mount Cook for a weekend away & hope to see an entire landscape covered in snow. Will send you some pics ☺


I just want to thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for everything you’ve done for us & assist us so much to achieve & live our dream ☺ We are truly blessed to have had your guys walk this road with us.


Have a blessed week.



Warm regards,

Leon & Marisa