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How to save on rent…


Yep, that’s what we’re doing, so everybody should do it, too, am I right?! Haha, nah, I doubt everyone wants to go through the hassle, and if we’re honest, neither do we! Alas, it’s not really up to us as hubby is going from a good paying job to minimum wage, thus the necessity of change.

As I’m sure that all of you are faithful followers of my blog because you hit “follow” last time you were reading my ramblings, you will have read the post about my husband losing his great job recently. Here’s a link to the beginning of the story, and this blog will be an update to calm your curiosity! 😉

10563199_651968334911588_5123040647543176932_nSo I wrote that post about a month ago now, and we received four weeks notice from his work, so thankfully we’ve been paid until now. God is so good, and we are thankful for His provision! It worked out that hubby basically had two months off over summer- completely paid! Albeit it wasn’t the most awesome way to spend summer…the uncertainty, anyway! We got in a lot of family time, though, and that WAS awesome!

Hubby applied for and got a job at the local gourmet burger place- Burger Fuel…pretty much our favourite place to eat. 🙂 WIN! He starts on Monday and we’re so stoked that he has work already! As I mentioned in the previous post, he had gone more than a year without a job last time because of his ridiculously amazing qualifications and superman skills, so it’s a huge answer to prayer that he got this job so quickly! THANK YOU for those who have been praying for us!

We realised once he lost his job that we would need to move as our income would very likely go to minimum wage, so we started looking for a new house over a month ago. Nothing was ever quite right, and the one place we were super keen on had an agent that just would NOT get back to me for anything. (I can see the blessing in that now!) Yesterday, after ever so slightly bugging a real estate lady, we were able to view a place that had potential and we confirmed that we wanted it. It is $115 a WEEK ( A WEEK!!) less than our current rental! I know those of you living in other countries may not pay much in rent, but over here in the most beautiful country in the world, our rent rates are dumb- I guess we’re paying for the views. 😉

We will miss our hillside home that backs onto the gondolas (as seen here!) and has lake and city views, but for that savings, we praise God for His provision! And you know what?! When we went to see the house, we realised that the views were beautiful there, too! Oh, how God gives over and abundantly above all that we ask or think!  Check out the view from the new place!!!


Tell me you aren’t impressed with that view?!! I was so amazed! We have loved our last two houses as they’ve been on hills so we don’t feel smothered from a city atmosphere, and now I don’t even have to look at houses! Sure, there are houses on both sides and behind us, but WOW! What a view! And do you know what is even BETTER?! We are directly below the flight path- and only about one kilometre from the end of the runway as the crow flies! My boys (all three of them. 😉 ) are going to LOVE that! I love it! There’s a reason aeroplanes is in the name of this blog!

Part of why the house is so cheap (only $195 a week!) is that it’s on quite a dodgy road…sometimes considered the worst road in the town. I talked to a close friend (who owns a house two doors down and has had it for twenty years) to get his opinion. He assured me that this part of the street is fine, so you can breathe easy now! (in and out, in and out…sloooower…that’s better!) Do you know what? We’re not afraid!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim 1:7

Everywhere we’ve gone over the past few months, God has given my husband and I amazing peace in choosing the homes we’ve chosen. We’ve seen His hand of protection in the bad areas that we’ve lived in (pretty much the only areas we can afford!) The safest place we will ever be is in the centre of His will, and we have no doubt that we are there now- and will be in moving to this new home.

We look forward to getting to know our neighbours, and we’re sad to be leaving the amazing neighbours we have now. Check out this welcome home note from our neighbour, Lisa, that we found when we got home a week ago…


…there were even “footprints” up to the door! My three year old was tickled pink! He adores our sweet Lisa! Yes, we will definitely have to visit her regularly!

So that’s the latest anyway! We’re moving- AGAIN. We have been in this house for FOUR WHOLE MONTHS now, after all! That’s how long we were in the last house, six months in the one before, and seven and a half months in the one before that. We hope that this will be that last move for a while! Maybe a year?! Dare we hope?!

How many times have you moved? Do you like change or detest it? We are obviously not too phased by change and probably thrive just a little bit too much on it, but I am sure that some of you have stayed in one place much longer than we ever have! I would love to hear your stories in the comments below! Maybe some moving tips?! Pretty please?

The ramblings of the crazy woman who is packing up her house yet again…and the mama of this adorable boy whose face shall go instead of mine this time!

He was having fun on the swing at the playground just across the street from the new house!
He was having fun on the swing at the playground just across the street from the new house!

LydiaPs. Here’s a song that always encourages my heart…


My Grandma- my kindred spirit.

Anyone who has ever read or seen Anne of Green Gables will understand the term kindred spirit, and perhaps wonder at the term being used in relation to my grandma. If you knew us, you’d understand.

Our husbands get it. They see our similarities and love for adventure, yodeling, Bing Crosby, and live shows. They see our fun-loving, zany sides and our sincere and crazy love for them.

My grandma is hilarious and fun to be around, and she turns 80 today. You would never guess that by looking at her, though! She is so beautiful and adventuresome and happy that she looks AT LEAST a decade younger!


My beautiful grandma and my Great uncle grandpa when we were exploring Milford Sounds on their last trip to NZ.
My beautiful grandma and my Great uncle grandpa when we were exploring Milford Sounds on their last trip to NZ.

She was married to my handsome grandpa for over 50 years, and they were amazing together. We loved spending time with them and they always made the effort to come visit us. They have always lived in a big farm house in Michigan, but they didn’t let that stop them from visiting us when we lived in Florida, and later they made 10 trips to New Zealand to spend the North American winters down under, basking in the sun and warmth (that we are currently enjoying- sorry!!)

Several years ago, I had the privilege of flying back to Michigan with my mom to help grandma take care of grandpa in his last weeks of life. It was a sobering, precious time that I treasure. Grandpa was so special to all of us grand kids. My fondest memories of him from my youngest days come from when the cousins would stay the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Grandpa would always tell us a wildly hilarious story of his youth and then pray with us and kiss us goodnight. It was precious, and I felt so loved. You can see why I am thankful to have had those last weeks with him.

Grandma survived his passing with the peace of God that passes all understanding, and God provided her with another wonderful man a few years later. God has a real sense of humour, because she married my awesome, widowed Great Uncle (he was her brother in law by marriage) and they are so delightfully in love! I may or may not have greatly encouraged that marriage as I have always has a special love for that particular Great Uncle, and I have photos of him and I when I was just a little girl.

My grandma is the only, and I mean it when I say ONLY person who has ever asked for me to “yodel some more!” haha. She gets a real kick out of it while everyone else cringes…she’s awesome! 😉

I love my grandma, and I am so thankful for her!

Do you have any awesome memories of your grandma? Is she on Facebook as well? My grandma is so onto it with these things! I love it!

I’d love to hear your stories about your grandma and your memories together!

One spoiled girl,


Beautiful South Island lake views!
Beautiful South Island lake views with my parents and Grandma and Grandpa D.