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What a month! A very full and action packed, busy month!

Our family has just spent a full month at home, in Australia, from The Africa Mercy in Madagascar.  We have spent time with Chloe (our oldest daughter) and other family and friends. Dave and I even got to have dinner at Alison and Rob’s house with Shelley and Keith while they were also in Australia. It was the first time that Alison and I had actually “met” so that was very exciting!

We traveled between Tathra and Sydney twice. Organised new passports for the girls, renewed a visa for me and completed lots of other admin tasks that couldn’t be done from the ship.

Fortunately, there have been lots of little pockets of rest and relaxation and we have had a great break in between all the running around.

I brought my “big” camera, carried it with me everywhere and hardly used it! I have loved taking little snapshots on my phone every now and then, but mostly I have enjoyed the simplicity of being technology free, most of the time, and just being in the moment. There have been some beautiful moments too. While we have been here, we have had a great-nephew be born, Dave and I celebrated a wedding anniversary in Sydney, we attended a wonderful wedding of family friends, another great-nephew was dedicated and we have got to share some of the amazing experiences from our last year with many lovely people.

All of us will be sad to say our goodbyes to family tomorrow as we begin our journey home.  However, we are all excited to be going back to our life on the ship and getting back to some sort of routine and normality.

First stop Durban to meet the ship and then in a couple of weeks we will be sailing back for another 10 months in Madagascar.

Just looking back over these photos, I see a few common themes.

  • Favorite and familiar places and people
  • Coffee and food
  • Blue skies and oceans … lots of water
  • Art galleries

Lots of our favorite things and just further proof that we have had a great time 🙂

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8 Responses to Blog: Living in the moment

  1. Jan says:

    I know you enjoyed your visit home, Justine! So glad you made the most of it! xx

  2. adakallen says:

    Glad you have had a rest at home! Will be praying for another great year on the ship!

  3. Alison says:

    It was so lovely to finally “meet” you and Dave, too! Your month home must have felt a bit like a whirlwind – so glad there were some good restful times in there too. Safe travels!

  4. Sandy says:

    It’s amazing to see a DPS that doesn’t have any words. It is still possible to “read” the story behind it. I see a lot of love, family, relaxation and memories made during your visit home.

  5. Ruth Bell says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and following your adventures!

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