Our Migration North

Sunday, November 27, 2011
I spent most of yesterday crying. I had to go next door and tell my dear, wonderful neighbours that we are leaving. And not just leaving our beautiful house, but leaving Christchurch and after 11 years, the South Island.

We are heading back up to the North Island.

Our decision has come about because of schooling. Having given up homeschooling a year ago, our thoughts then turned to where we would send our children for highschool. Homeschooling was still an option, but after a taste of school life, our children don't want to go back to homeschooling (yes, school has been a good experience, in the main, for all of us).

So we chose our school and applied, never thinking that we would get in straight away. We thought we would still have a year here in Christchurch to find a job and prepare the children and all of us, really, for a big move.

But the school we applied to rang last week to say that - by a miracle - places for all three of our eldest children had become available! And within the week, a job has been provided for my husband! It's truly amazing how God works things out when they are right! We have been amazed and very encouraged. So in two months time, we will be living in Tauranga. Our children will be going to school at Bethlehem College, with three of their cousins. We will be within 2 hours of our beach house and family in Auckland and within 5 hours of my parents and brother.

There are so many things I am trying not to think about leaving behind. My neighbours, who I love to bits and who I want to take with us. My beautiful house - I don't think we'll ever have such an amazing and big house ever again. My aunty and uncle in Marlborough, and the Marlborough Sounds. My childhood friend who is like a sister to me. And just being here in Christchurch as the city is rebuilding. It has been an amazing place to live in, and to experience. We have felt safe and happy here, and we've had snow. There's no snow in Tauranga.

So big changes afoot for us. The next two months are going to be crazy!


Julia said...

Wow! That is some seriously BIG changes ahead, Rachel! I am praying for smooth transition to Tauranga for you and the family {{hugs}} I'm sure it will be hard to say good-bye to all you have known in CHCH but with all the technology these days it sure does make it a little easier to keep in touch XX

Cottage Tails said...

The next two months are going to be crazy! ...

And very exciting for you all!

Love Leanne

Roz said...

Gobsmacked but really pleased for you that things have fitted into place so amazingly

Sandy Addison said...

Darling girl what changes are underfoot. How exciting yet bittersweet. What a huge couple of months ahead!
Will be thinking and praying for you over the next couple of months

Cate said...

Wow - Tauranga! How amazing that things have fallen into place for you all, and yep - a bittersweet adventure to embark on.

Will be thinking of you!


bettyl said...

Changes usually contain a bit of trepidation, but there is still that element of excitement! Good luck with your move. I know you'll all be fine! Let us know when you're all settled in.

Anonymous said...

May God richly bless all your activity these next several months! Very thankful for such clear guidance.

Ginny E

octabis said...

Good luck for the hard times of the next few months, but nice school, new job, new house and new place is such a great adventure ! I'm sure you will have a great time up there.

Heather L. said...

oh wow! I had no idea that you would move so soon. However, who can deny God's provision of a job and three openings at school!!! That is amazing, and certainly a comfort in the midst of sad partings. I'll be thinking of you.....and also looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your surroundings when you have time to blog.

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