And yesterday we were extra-aware of the blessings God bestows on us, even though we actually deserve nothing. We went out to Karekare, one of the rugged west coast black sand beaches and climbed a big cliff (well, it wasn't exactly Everest, but the first hour was straight up up up and the half hour return trip was an effort in bringing your upper torso down at the same rate as your feet!) J12 thought my toes were going to pop through my sandals as I scrambled down down down!
The view from the top was spectacular. We could hear the waterfall away in the distance on one side and the roar of the ocean rolling in on the other.
When we got back to the bottom we thanked God for giving us such a beautiful place to live and for the picture-perfect sunny autumn day.
If you want to know more about this adventure and see more pictures, there's a full account on the kids' blog.
Then we zoomed over to the Angove Seniors' new place for a delicious lunch, inspiring conversation and generally relaxing afternoon - thanks guys - we love you! Your hospitality, your interest in our family and your authentic openness constantly bless us.