My personal life, of late, has been somewhat chaotic.  Our world was turned upside down in July this year when my husband was offered a position in Switzerland, only a few days after we had been asked to relocate temporarily from Melbourne to Brisbane.  After much soul-searching & thought, we made the decision to do both.  Our initial two to three month stint in Brisbane stretched into almost six months, and we are now booked on a big jet plane to head to Switzerland in early January.  The amount of work that goes into temporarily relocating a family, and then relocating one overseas is, quite simply, daunting.  And to do both at the same time is borderline insane.  But hey, all in, right?  We have been back & forth between Melbourne & Brisbane more times than I care to remember, we’ve packed up our home and had to say some sad goodbyes.  I feel like I have been stretched in a million different directions for the past five months, and have hardly had any time to sit back & just enjoy things.

This is where this little project comes in – my PAD (Photo a Day) for December & January.  I’ve done a PAD a few times before (once for an entire year!), and I always find it a lovely way to document the little parts of our lives.  This time around, it will be all the more poignant as it documents our final weeks in Australia, and also our first few weeks in Switzerland.

Now this little person isn’t strictly ‘mine’, but he’s certainly part of my Melbourne family.  I’m fortunate to belong to an amazing Mothers Group, still going strong over three years after we first met in the local council community centre.  Over that time, our kids have grown close, and we’ve also become good friends – not just ‘Mums’.  I’m incredibly sad to be leaving them.  I know it will be difficult, as I’ve already missed our little group just being in Brisbane!  On Saturday, Matthew & I had the privilege of attending the wedding of one of my Mothers Group friends, Emma.  This was actually the first wedding I’ve attended since 2004, excluding the ones I’ve been there to photograph this year.  I’d forgotten how much fun they are!  It really was an incredibly special day & evening, and I feel so blessed to have been able to be there.

Emma & Blake’s son Kaine was just about the cutest little ring bearer you ever did see, and strode down the aisle with more confidence than should be allowed in a three year old.  Love him!


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