Thursday, June 28, 2012

Congratulations Sophie and Jeremy

My beautiful cousin Sophie got married two weekends ago, down in Colac, Victoria. It was our last big Digby family event before we head overseas, and it was special to spend the weekend with family and witness the marriage of such a super couple.

I almost choke up seeing that photo of Sophie dancing with her dad. My mum was telling us how she cried all the way through her sister Susan's wedding (Sophie's mum), because she was newly pregnant with me at the time and her pregnancy hormones got the better of her. I think both Mum and I teared up the whole way through Sophie's wedding, it was just too sweet.

Oh and a funny coincidence. Sophie's new husband Jeremy has two sisters, Laura and Kate. What are the odds?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Kenya countdown

So, here's the follow up details to last month's big announcement. I've got a 12 month internship opportunity based in Nairobi, Kenya. I start in August and we're flying out of Brisbane on July 26.

Will will find a job once we hit the ground, though I'm secretly hoping he'll become a house husband like he's been joking about the last few weeks. My house husband, more specifically. But if that gig falls through, he'll be looking for the right opportunity, perhaps a 1-2 year contract. We're planning for at least a year away, but maybe more.


It's a bit of a strange time at the moment, to be honest. I finished work today and Will is finishing up next week. We're incredibly excited about what lies ahead - the professional opportunities, the new culture, the friendships and even the anticipated challenges. There are a lot of late night conversations about where we'll be living, what our work will be like and how we'll defend ourselves from the lions strolling the streets.

We've both spent the last few years studying, volunteering and working hard towards an opportunity like this. It's very surreal that in a few short weeks we'll be landing in a foreign country and setting up our lives there. What's more, it's very surreal to have the opportunity to follow a dream, and do it together - I have to keep pinching myself to check that this is real.

But, as excited as I am to be heading to Kenya, I'm not excited about the fact that our family, our friends, our church and our dear Smurf Haus are staying firmly planted here in Brisbane.

As excited as I am to go, to go also means to leave, and we are leaving so many special people behind. As we sacrifice the comforts and friendships of home, our friends and family are sacrificing their time with us to let us follow a dream. That's a big thing, and it's a big thing to us.

So we'd love to catch up with as many friends as we can before departure date. We've cleared our schedules to see family, see friends, clean up our house and pack. And eat as much Max Brenner and Thai food as we can. If you're keen to catch up and eat Max Brenner and/or Thai with us, we won't even make you help clean Smurf Haus. Just promise to stay in touch once we're gone, because we will miss you all!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

may snapshots

When I flick through my iPhone photo albums, I tend to have two thoughts.

One, I need to get better at remembering to take photos of people, and not just scenery and items. I miss so many great moments because my camera is lying in the bottom of my bag.

And two, life is rich and full and worth savouring. 
Everyone needs a piggy bank for memories. 
I think this blog is turning into ours.

Some little May moments to savour...

And now that it's June, we're excited/nervous/delighted/overwhelmed that we're moving to Kenya next month (late July). Time is flyin' by.