Lost, replaced and gained

Hello everyone,

So hard to believe, but we leave lovely New Zealand next Tuesday April 25th. After 5 months in this great country, it is time for us to say farewell for now and begin the next leg of our journey.

As we return camping gear that we have borrowed, and start to consolidate our gear, I’ve found myself reflecting on what we have lost, what we have replaced and what we have gained over the past 5 months. Of course losing things while you travel is normal, and our kids have outgrown certain things, but I am ever so thankful for the things we have gained…


flip flops…(too numerous to count), t-shirts (mostly Jamey), underwear (again mostly Jamey) , teeth (that would be Becca) and a car…


a few t-shirts (Jamey, see above), underwear for growing kids, 2 wrist watches, some batteries for our headlamps, new running shoes for Jamey and Evan (not growing but replaced his hiking sandals), a bathing suit for me and new socks thanks to my sister in law Este, and 2 rear tires for our current ride…


sunglasses, scooters for Jamey and Becca, a new tent and some weight (ha!)…but these are just things, and while necessary, they too can be replaced.

What I am most thankful for are the experiences we have had, the friendships we have strengthened, the deep appreciation we have now for Evan’s homeland.

We have memories of spending Christmas in New Zealand with my sister’s and their families. Jamey and Becca have gained New Zealand passports, thanks to Nana (Evan’s mom). Our kids have bonded with their New Zealand cousins Daniel (10), Matthew(8) and Tristan(4) and forged a friendship that will never be forgotten. We will always remember sharing Easter celebrations together with Damon and Este, my brother and sister in law and their boys. We have gained the resilience to carry food and a tent and our sleeping bags into the woods, hike for miles and get to the destination with smiles on our faces. We have seen and experienced what mother nature can do and understand why we need to be good citizens of the earth. We have been treated with generosity and kindness by Evan’s numerous friends who are so dear they feel like family. 8 months into our journey, I continue to gain a deeper and deeper understanding of who my children are and for that I am forever grateful.

There are days that Jamey and Becca wish to be home, there are days that I wish to be home, but if we were home we wouldn’t have had all of these incredible experiences. Thank you New Zealand, what a special place. We will be back.

some pics from the last few weeks of our stay…

Next post will likely be from Istanbul, where we are heading for 12 days on April 25th, 2017. Again thanks for reading, thanks for keeping us in your thoughts. We miss you all!


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I am excited to be heading out to see the world with my husband Evan and our two, soon to be adventuring kids, Jamey and Becca.

15 thoughts on “Lost, replaced and gained”

  1. It was so wonderful to talk to Ev on the phone a couple weeks ago. Sounds like you guys have had quite the journey! I’m excited to hear about how the next leg goes! Miss you guys!!

  2. I’m so glad that NZ took such good care of you guys Nic. Love you all so much, please keep travelling safely on the next adventurous leg!

    1. ah thanks Pete, you know what a good place this is. Our next leg brings us closer to Canada Pete! I can’t wait to see all of you guys! Love you xo

  3. Not to add to the missing, but I miss you. It was deeply felt on Easter. Please keep the photos flowing. They make you all feel closer.

    1. ah thanks Noelle, we miss you guys as well. We heard this week that Becca is #4 on the waiting list for Sorensen for 5th grade this year…keep fingers crossed, I so hope she can get back in. Where will Jessalyn go next year? Good luck at the Auction, wish we were there to dance the night away with you all! Kisses and hugs xo

  4. Is that a short board Becca’s learning on?! Impressive!

    I love seeing your updates. Can’t wait to see what the next leg of your journey brings.

    Safe travels.

    1. yes Jessica, it was a short board. We borrowed it from a friend and it is tall for their kids, but she is so darn tall. She stood for maybe 3 seconds max but really gave it 110% when she was out there. So fun to watch!

  5. I love your updates, Nicola! Can’t wait to mark where you are on our map at school! Keep smiling and having those beautiful experiences that will never be forgotten!

    1. thanks Charlene, love that you are following along with us on our journey…please say hello to everyone at school. Miss you!

  6. Great thoughts, Nicola! Miss you all and love following your story. Natalie and Dan moved back this week. Both are working in Spokane! So happy to have them here. I’m looking forward to the next chapter. Love to all.

    1. I wondered if they were moving from some of her recent posts on FB…that is wonderful news for you Karen!! Happy Spring to you both, we are really looking forward to seeing our friends again soon…still have a bit more wanderlust to use up!! Say hello to Steve and of course a big hug to Barrett!

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