Warning: Photo overload!! Using some photos is the easiest way to share our amazing trip back to Albany so please scroll down if you like and share some highlights of our holiday with us...
...early Saturday morning wait at the Lae airport. Thankfully we had no delays!
...we spent our first weekend in Cairns with our amazing hosts Matt and Claire Byl and their great kids! We all had a great time together and the children just had so much fun playing together. Was a relaxing way to start off our holiday!
...early Tuesday morning we flew to the Gold Coast, where the first thing we noticed was the drop in temperature! Little did we realize how warm it still was compared to where we were headed (well our minds knew it in theory, but our bodies just couldn't imagine it getting colder). On these picture we are standing in front of Main Beach where we were staying.
....trying to soak up the early morning sunshine!
...on one of the main streets in Surfer's Paradise.
....whilst in the Gold Coast we treated ourselves to visiting some of the main attractions like SeaWorld. What an amazing experience...to see these creatures do these things was just priceless. I really missed that there was no acknowledgment of the awesomeness of our Creator God - not that we expected that acknowledgment, but there is so much glorying in the animals themselves, while as a Christian when you see these amazing things, your mind cries out: "What an awesome God we serve!"
...and we could enjoy some fun rides as well. Ashlyn was very smitten with these little cars and the bumper cars!
....a miniature train ride
...okay...can you guess where we headed next??? Sydney! We took a train ride from the Gold Coast to Sydney (took the whole day - early morning till 10pm or so), and then began to realise that the temperatures were getting even colder as we toured around on a local bus.
We spent the whole weekend in Sydney and worshiped at the PCEA on Sunday, where we also enjoyed lunch at the home of the Pastor and his family.
...On Tuesday morning we took the train again, this time to Canberra. On this picture we are enjoying Parliament house. This is a view from its roof toward the Old Parliament.
Ashlyn and Shiana - with the Old Parliament in the background.
...we also visited the National War Memorial which was a wonderful experience, not to be missed. This is a view from the Memorial toward Parliament house.
We all really enjoyed the displays...
...which were so realistic! The whole Memorial was fascinating and also a wonderful remembrance of those who have lost their lives fighting for our National freedom!
Our girls on some lookout in Canberra.
Kirilee and Ashlyn warming each other up!
Ashlyn and Shiana
In Canberra we also visited Cockington Greens a miniature style village with a section based on England and also an international section. We were all duly fascinated.
On Friday morning we flew to Perth where we were warmly greeted by my brother and his family as well as another nephew and a member of the mission board and his family who delivered "our" car (for the next 6 months) to the airport. Then we drove to Albany and arrived there at about 7:30pm and were greeted by lots of family members and a pot of Mum's delicious
chicken soup....on that note this post will end and I'll leave the rest for an upcoming, "settling in" post....stay tuned (or not!)