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One of Boy’s first words was ‘duck’. We havducks and the word sounds like ‘truck’ which he can also say. He can also say, ‘rock’ and more recently, ‘mum!’ when he really wants my attention. 🙂 We went camping last weekend and we drove past some sheep on a hill in the distance (pretty typical for NZ haha…). Boy pointed and said, ‘duck! duck! duck!’ It was funny because to him, small white animals in the distance are ducks… We don’t see many sheep where we live every day, so this is understandable. 

Anyway, we went to the park a few weeks ago to feed some ducks and he thought it was just hilarious how they dove for the bread! 

In other news, for those of you that we haven’t told yet, or who haven’t heard, we are expecting another baby! Due November 1. I’ve been feeling the early pregnancy nausea for about a week now, but thankfully, it’s not as debilitating as last time and I’m able to function pretty well. Looking forward to 6 weeks from now when it will hopefully start going away. Baby number two is currently about the size of a lentil! 🙂

Included below are some other recent photos.




So far, Darren has started building the kitchen cabinets and he bought some great seats to put in the front. They are from a BMW and should have cost $800 but Darren found them for $45! They have electric buttons to adjust the seats. He also picked up a three seater van seat for passengers. It folds down when not in use which will help with our space.

I found a recipe for making your own wood stain using vinegar, coffee grounds, and steel wool. Its amazing because when you paint it on, its takes a little while to look like the finished look since a chemical reaction takes place with the tannins in the wood. I love the way it’s turning out. Below are some in progress photos so you can see the dark weathered look compared to the natural pine. 


 

Mud


Today, Boy had fun in the mud while we were inside. I could.see him from the kitchen window. I went out to check on him and found he was more dirty than I thought. Ha! Even tried to eat the mud it seems.

We bought a bus!


So, we looked at two buses, decided not to buy them, waited a while longer, then saw this bus advertised on a Monday, Darren flew to see itnon Wednesday then drove it home and was home Thursday. We barely got it too, because another couple offered more for it, but we think the sellers didn’t like them, and gave it to us since we inquired first, when it was their right to accept the higher offer.

It’s a 1985 bus, 8 meters long. We are going to put the lounge, kitchen, and dining room in the bus and then pull a trailer with the shower, toilet and beds.

We are so excited! It will probably take at least a year before its all done, but in the meantime we have moved to Darren’s parent’s farm and are living in their bus, which they don’t use. It’s quite cozy and we are enjoying being on the farm. Below are some photos of the bus we bought, and the bus we are living in currently. The last photo is of Boy playing with a toy Darren made for him two weeks ago. It has buttons that turn on different colour lights.


So, our big news is that we are renting out our house to a friend from church who has been praying and looking for a place she can afford in the country and our offer to her has been an answer to prayer as the perfect solution. We will be moving into Darren’s parents bus that they have on their farm and living there while we look for and do up our own bus. We will stay there about a year and then hit the road, staying with friends, and family all over the country and finding new friends and favourite places. Darren will cut back on work so we can spend more time together as a family. Its not what we thought we would be doing two months ago, but the doors have opened after much prayer and we are certain that this is the direction we should go. It will be good to minimize our stuff and focus on what’s really important. I’ll be sure to post a picture of our bus once we find the right one! 😀

Also, below is a video of boy. This is a few days after he took his first steps. Now he’s walking all over the place. If you can’t see the video in your email, click the post title and it will open in your browser.


There are about to be some big BIG changes for us as we begin a new chapter in our lives. I will leave you to feel the suspense until my next blog. 😀

Things are about to get really interesting!

I wanted to get some of these up before I blogged about anything else, which is why you haven’t heard from me in a while. It kind of bogged me down instead of being able to blog as things happen. Hopefully I’ll be blogging more regularly now.

If you want to see any of these photos larger, just click on them, or click the title of the blog to open the post in your web browser.

 

 

Just a reminder


 If you are having trouble seeing photos or videos that I’ve posted and you get this post in an email, make sure you click the title of the post to bring it up in your web browser. This should make it all work properly for you. For example, the title of this post is, ‘Just a reminder’. The last one was, ‘A couple videos of Boy’. Hope that helps!

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