New Zealand. Day four.


That morning we were all in great need of relaxation. The past few days were go, go, go, and our bodies needed a break. We slept in, had our traditional NZ breakfast of juice, toast, and yogurt, and just were lazy. We took the kids to the school across the street to play on their playground. I walked W all around the schools campus and tried to imagine if we lived there. The school was so small but unique. Several sections were joined together by one common area outside. After playing and exploring the school, we went back to the house for naps. By mid afternoon, we were ready for a bit more site seeing and headed to Kariotahi Beach. Otherwise known as, the hottest beach on planet Earth. I'm not kidding. I had burn marks on my feet thanks to the black sand. But, it was crazy beautiful. Once we got close to the water, the sand was much cooler. C had a serious meltdown. The kid hates sand with a real passion. Thankfully, we found a giant rock to sit on and eat a snack. Why can't we have beaches this beautiful at home. It's not fair one bit.

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  photo IMG_9400.jpg photo IMG_9404.jpg photo IMG_9420.jpg photo newzealand-063.jpg photo newzealand-060.jpg photo newzealand-065.jpg^trying to convince C to walk on the sand. He just wasn't having it.  photo newzealand-064.jpg photo newzealand-061.jpg^still offended by the sand and cold water photo newzealand-062.jpg photo newzealand-066.jpg

  photo newzealand-070.jpg photo newzealand-071.jpg photo newzealand-068.jpg photo newzealand-067.jpg^I remember asking Josh to snap a pic of me and W with Ocean. C had stolen the show with his fit, and I needed a minute to just stop and enjoy the ocean, the view, and as always, that furious NZ wind. I looked both ways and saw nothing but beach for miles and miles. I turned around and saw nothing but Mountains for miles and miles. Beach on one side, Mountains (or giant hills) on the other. I couldn't help but be in awe of the artistry of our Creator and just how small I am. So humbling.

Job 12:7-10 : “But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.

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And then we found a giant rock. C was happy his feet weren't touching sand. Momma was happy to sit and rest. Daddy happy to eat a snack. W happy to finally fall asleep. Mudgy happy to be with C. It was a good moment.  photo newzealand-072.jpg

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The sand may not have been my favorite, but overall, I loved this beach. Surprise, Surprise. You can see in the pic above some cars parked on the sand. At one point, one car was practically in the water. The sand is so dense you could easily drive on it. And although C wasn't a fan of the sand, I still wish I could go back to this place daily. On the drive back to our NZ I took a lot of Go Pro film. I tried so hard to take mental pictures of the rolling hills and a lush green farm land. I'm so glad I made myself pay so much attention, because as I type this, I can close my eyes and still see it all. I can remember the wind beating against my arm hanging out of the car. OH goodness, take me back. (yeah, I will probably end every post with that sentence. I just miss it okay.)

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