Tuesday, 8 October 2019

My family and friends are the only ones who read this little blog of mine and yet, I still feel bad for not keeping it updated.

The internet can be funny like that. You know that there are a million and one other people on this big wide web wanting to share their opinions and daily adventures with the world. You know that no one really reads this stuff anyway BUT you still feel the need to keep your imaginary audience up to date.

It's a little bizarre but here I am none the less.

The last time I updated this blog was in January after my new years trip that I took with a couple of my friends. I've gotten up to quite a lot since then and visited a few pretty places in little old New Zealand.

The first I thought I would share is from a trip that I took to Blenheim in April with the Pukekohe Elim kids team.

We flew down to go and help out at the holiday programme that they run at the Elim Church there. It was one of the best weeks I've had all year. We got to take a week out and invest in over 300 unchurched kids. I was inspired, I laughed till I cried most days and I made so many genuine connections with the kids.

God really reiterated my calling to kids ministry that week too. I left with a new found appreciation for my job, my church, the kids in my program and my incredible team.

It was sad goodbye but I left feeling full.

The holiday programme finished up at 1pm everyday. This meant that after setting up for the following day we had all afternoon to adventure and check out all the touristy spots we liked. It was the best.

On our last day we headed out to Nelson as that was where we were catching our flight that evening. This meant we had the whole day to check out whatever we wanted.

One thing led to another and we ended up deciding to go to the center of New Zealand, which we now know is in Nelson.

What we didn't know was that it's actually like a PROPER hike. Long story short, yes, I hiked to the center of New Zealand wearing those shoes.

...and as you can see, Lisa and I were stoked about it.

XO, Danielle


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