Thankful Thursday : Homesick

Thankful Thursday

What are you thankful for this week?



I’ve been a little bit homesick lately.  We’ve planned a New Zealand holiday for the Xmas holidays but to the North Island, not the Mainland (or South Island as it is otherwise known).  I’m really excited about this trip, but I only get to catch up with one bro and my mother and her husband.  Most of my family live in Christchurch.



The two year anniversary of the first big earthquake that changed Christchurch forever more was this week, and I got some sad news that my Granddad has recently taken a turn for the worse.  My big bro (I’m the eldest but he is the eldest brother) has just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and is soon to become a step-granddad for the second time.

Plus, I just miss my dad and my bros and my grandparents and my lovely little nieces.

I miss Christchurch too.  I’ve been putting off a visit because I’ve been worried about aftershocks and further earthquakes.  But I have to be honest.  I’ve been employing delaying tactics because I just can’t bear to see my beautiful city all beaten up and desecrated.

The lovely Welshman did some research and booked Boyo and me some cheap tickets and a hire car, and we’re off for a flying visit to Christchurch next week.  We fly in on Friday afternoon, and leave Monday afternoon, but it is more than enough time to give everyone a jolly good squeeze and hug and kiss and just breathe them in.




We will not do much else other than drive, sit around chatting, drinking tea and eating, eating, eating, but that is just exactly what my soul requires right now.

Boyo is beside himself.  Not only does he get two days off school, but he gets to see some of his favourite people in the world.  It is so sweet to see him so excited about seeing his grandpa and uncles and cousins.

On Thankful Thursday, I’m thankful for family.  I’m thankful for the chance to say hello before we have to say goodbye.  I’m thankful for husbands who recognise that homesickness needs to be cured with a couple of plane tickets.

What are you thankful for this Thankful Thursday?


  • Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye - 13 September 2012 - 5.26 pm

    What a good fella 🙂ReplyCancel

  • […] week, I’m thankful for the opportunity to say hello before I have to say goodbye, when I visit my family in New Zealand.  I can’t tell you how […]ReplyCancel

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo - 8 September 2012 - 6.45 pm

    A good man you have there.


  • Tessa White - 8 September 2012 - 9.24 am

    Homesickness is the worst.. I am a London girl and have been here for 12 years now.. our last visit was nearly 3 years ago as it just gets too expensive with 4 of us on full rate fares now.

    Don’t worry about what your hometown looks like , you will love it all the same xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 9 September 2012 - 6.10 pm

      It costs us $10K to go to the Welshman’s home and there’s only three of us! We try and go every three years, but I think next year we’re going to the States instead.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine RodieBlagg - 6 September 2012 - 9.14 pm

    I really get this. I can really relate to the stuff about homesickness. It’s been years since I’ve been home and will probably be years before we make the trip (I can’t bare the thought of a 24 hour flight with my two pickles). It is so great that you were able to organise a flying visit xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 8 September 2012 - 6.09 am

      We’ve gone to the UK every three years since Boyo was 11 weeks old. It’s not as bad as you think it will be. My tip is to get the two seats next to the window for you and the kids, then get the aisle seat across the aisle for your husband. It gives you so much more room and a change of scenery for when the kids move around.

      I think it’s worth it! xReplyCancel

  • Seana Smith - 6 September 2012 - 8.08 pm

    So good that you can go. I can very much relate as my family is all in Scotland, too far. It’s important to listen to the heart and soul and just go when you need to, if you can. Good.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 8 September 2012 - 6.09 am

      I’m really lucky that they’re so close. The Welshman’s family is not so close. Of course, for both of us, this has its pros and cons! 😉ReplyCancel

  • B - 6 September 2012 - 8.02 pm

    So good that you get to have this visit. Seems everyone needs it… Good work Welshman, good work… I hope the time refreshes you and allows your family to get a good dose of Kimba.

  • Mumabulous - 6 September 2012 - 7.31 pm

    If I had to move away from Sydney I’m sure I would miss it terribly. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. By the way, that’s a great action photo of the kids. Priceless.
    Love MumabulousReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 8 September 2012 - 6.10 am

      There’s a whole series of the action shots and not one of them has all four kids looking remotely normal at the same time! I had so much fun with them though. Gorgeous little girls. xReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 6 September 2012 - 6.03 pm

    Oh, lovely post Kimba. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family next week. The Welshman sure is special. Rxx ReplyCancel

  • Carly - 6 September 2012 - 6.00 pm

    What a thoughtful gift. I understand the homesickness feeling well. It is amazing how much a hug, shared meal and some laughs can get you back on track. I can’t wait to be home with my family for christmas this year xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 8 September 2012 - 6.13 am

      I haven’t had Xmas with family since I was 20. We’ve (and I’ve, before I met the Welshman) had orphan Xmas events. Since Boyo was born, we’ve just had the three of us on Xmas Day and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We absolutely love it! x

      I am hanging out for some proper Kiwi fish and chips. YUMBO!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 6 September 2012 - 10.45 am

    Have a great time! Thankfully the furthest my family live away is 50 minutes by car (although my sister is moving 4 hours away come December when she gets married which totally sux!) so U can jump in the car and see them as much as I want. I would hate to live so far from my Mum and the rest of my family.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 6 September 2012 - 1.11 pm

      I think an hour might be too close for me! I’m happy you have such a great relationship. xReplyCancel

  • Lisa A - 6 September 2012 - 9.04 am

    It’s time I went back for a visit. I am thankful that I spent 18 years living in beautiful Northland, so I know that NZ is one of the best places on the planet. The Coromandel Peninsula is just out of this world, as is the far north. I was in Christchurch for a one day business trip, and liked what I saw, in the early 80’s that was. Have a great holiday, both now and at Christmas! ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 6 September 2012 - 1.12 pm

      We’re spending a week on the Coromandel Peninsula in January. We have a bach opposite Hot Water Beach and we cannot wait 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sonia // She's Sonic - 6 September 2012 - 8.29 am

    That sounds like an awful lot to be thankful for…even if it is bittersweet. I hope you have a wonderful time with your loved ones. xxReplyCancel

  • ColoursofSunset - 6 September 2012 - 8.28 am

    I can’t imagine what it would be like to see your home town destroyed like Christchurch has been. 🙁 I hope the short trip is wonderful and helps with your homesickness. xoReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 6 September 2012 - 1.13 pm

      I’m quite nervous about it, which is ridiculous! None of my family, apart from my grandparents, live in the houses I grew up in so it doesn’t feel like home as much as just Christchurch does. xReplyCancel

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