Looking back at 2012

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We kicked off the year by getting hitched on the most beautiful summer’s day in Auckland New Zealand. Then we travelled around Europe for our long anticipated honeymoon. We fell head over heels in love with Paris, ate lots of tapas in Barcelona, experienced snow in Rome, met the friendliest non-English speaking Italian host in Florence, roamed the hidden alleyways of Venice and sled down a mountain in Switzerland.

I came down with a cold once the entire year which made me the healthiest in our home for the year. He got his full bike license and we rode to new places around Sydney, filling us with much exhilaration.

I found cheap flights to Tasmania and we drove around Hobart, Richmond and Port Arthur in one fun filled weekend.

We hosted families and friends from New Zealand and Malaysia and those times brought us deep joy and made the year more memorable.

We took up French lessons for 20 weeks and met some very interesting people who like us, found the language to be extremely sexy and confusing all at once.

He celebrated his birthday by flying a plane, I celebrated mine by eating the most exquisite dessert by the harbour, true to my style.

We never stopped exploring Sydney and ventured a few times beyond the city to find canola fields, hike in mountains and watch sunsets by the beach.

Behind the scenes, we wrapped up the year at work successfully and felt accomplished as we toasted wine at work christmas parties.

I began writing for WeekendNotes as a hobby,  which opened up a whole new resource for me to tap into.

Our friendships grew, both old and new. And they were never short of laughter and heartfelt conversations.

We were blessed with permanent residency, and I passed my NSW driving test in one go after much anxiety. These things reminded me of God’s favour and constant goodness.

We ended the year with a trip back to New Zealand. Christmas at home, reunion with old friends and revisiting old favourite places tied up all the loose ends of 2012, if any.

2012 was initially thought out to be the year of delayed gratification, so to speak, as we prepared for our big plans in 2013, but the year has proven to be one of blessing, faithfulness and fruitfulness.

Happy New Year to all my readers! Wishing you the very best in 2013!

“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance (Psalm 65:11)”

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