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our long journey to austin: part one

Hello there! I hope you’ve all been having a lovely summer (Northern Hemisphere) or winter (Southern Hemisphere) 🙂 The season is quickly coming to a close and this update is long overdue, but nevertheless, here it is.

I mentioned ‘The Big Move’ in my last update at the start of the year and we have finally made it! There was an unexpected hold-up with Kevin’s visa which kept him in Australia from April 5th to June 29th, but it was a glorious day when I heard the news that his US visa had arrived on June 27th.

Before I get into what’s happening now, let’s back up a little bit.

In late February, Kev, Josiah (nearly 6 months at the time) and I left Australia and spent one week in Hawaii on our way to Louisiana, where we would spend time with my family over the Easter holiday.

Hawaii was stunning, of course. Our experience had a few kinks, including an Airbnb booking where construction was taking place (um, really?), loads of rain and lack of sleep due to a jet-lagged baby boy, but we still had a wonderful time and are thankful for all of the beautiful, big-hearted people we met along the way. Here are a few of our favorite moments from the trip (photos taken with our new Canon 6D):

Our friends Dave & Sav (fellow Aussie/American couple who love to travel) had just been to Hawaii and told us about this sweet little hidden beach with sea turtles. I couldn’t get a good photo of the turtles, which were absolutely amazing, but you get an idea of how special this spot really was.

little bird

sea turtle bay

baby j

The Pillbox Hike was the perfect size for climbing with our little man in the carrier.

pillbox family pic

twin mountains

pillbox hike

We drove around most of the island of O’ahu and came across the cute little town of Haleiwa (which is also very famous, which we discovered later). We stopped for garlic shrimp at a food trailer hub in the area and ended up hanging out with a cool local guy who was selling coconuts. Josiah couldn’t get enough of the fresh coconut water. A bit later, we happened upon Matsumoto’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice. They were MASSIVE! And no, we didn’t give Josiah any of that sugary frozen goodness 😉


coconut guy


The vibrant flowers and rock formations off the coast were reminiscent of Tahiti, where Kev and I honeymooned back in 2011. There were little gems like this everywhere we turned!

vibrant flowers

holy rock

On our last day, we were driving around once again and saw this food truck just near Diamond Head Crater, a famous hiking spot on the Southeastern tip of the island. What was a simple decision to stop for a little snack turned into making some very fun new friends! We hung around for a while and chatted with the young men who started the business (called Banán, check them out). They are three high school friends who scattered across the States for college and then moved back to their hometown to start the food truck. Being an entrepreneur myself, I was super impressed and left inspired.


Part 2 of the story coming soon!

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6 weeks in the motherland

From late March to early May, I visited family and friends in the US, specifically Louisiana, Texas and Los Angeles. Here’s a recap of the highlights!

The morning after arriving, I surprised my mom with the news that I am “with child” 🙂 I gave her a ‘Happy Easter’ card from Kev… Of course, it wasn’t really an Easter card, but rather an announcement including a photo of my first ultrasound. Her response was priceless! It was definitely a great way to kick off my visit.

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LVTW: Copenhagen

Last September, we bid farewell to two of our closest friends, Andrew & Celina. They would soon be moving from Sydney (where they met, got married and had their daughter, Annika) to Denmark (far, far away) to help establish a new room in the Hillsong global house: Hillsong Copenhagen.

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LVTW: Sweden

If I had to choose one word to describe our time in Sweden, it would be family. I have endless memories of summer adventures driving up the coast, when my Dad would drive for hours. That time on the road was always a bit rough, but once we arrived to our destination, we would have the best time. Sweden felt a bit like that. A long journey getting there, but completely worth it.

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LVTW: Norway

Oslo is one. sweet. city. It wasn’t on our original itinerary, but we waited a bit too long to book our flight from London to Stockholm and ended up finding a more affordable flight to nearby Oslo. Our buddy Daz lives there, so Kev got in touch to see if he would be around and up for hosting us. Just minutes later, we got an excited ‘YES’ in response. Lerv it.

To give you a quick intro to Norway, have a look at these houses with grass on their roofs. It provides excellent insulation in the long winter months. Some people even chuck a goat up there to keep the lawn trimmed!

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LVTW: England

England [aka the Motherland] was a fitting start to our 8-week European adventure. I mean, where would the world be without the British Empire? I certainly couldn’t call Australia home if it weren’t for the clever chaps in the 18th century that sent Captain James Cook on his quest to find new lands. To boldly go where no man has gone before… or something like that.


We, of course, have other reasons for visiting Europe. Being part of a global church has brought about some amazing friendships with people from all over the world, who you’ll start to see more of in our ‘Lingberries vs The World’ posts. London and the surrounding areas seemed like the perfect launching pad. Continue reading

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Lingberries vs The World: Uganda

After an amazing time in South Africa, Kevin and I took an early morning flight up to Uganda. We hit some mad traffic on our way into town and it took nearly 3 hours (compared to the usual 1 hour). Welcome to Uganda!


Our friend Derrick from Watoto picked us up from the airport and kindly drove us throughout much of our week-long visit. It was wonderful getting to know him better and we are grateful for his generosity in taking us around. Continue reading

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Lingberries vs The World: South Africa

Just last week, Sydney & I launched on our 15-week journey around the world, which we’re calling our ‘Lingberries vs. The World’ trip. What better place to start than the beautiful continent of Africa? Our first stop – Johannesburg, South Africa.


The lovely Harwood family hosted us during our stay in Jo’burg. Sydney first met Sue & Gary in Uganda 4 years ago and they have maintained a great friendship ever since. We were so blessed by their hospitality and cannot thank them enough for opening their home and hearts to us.

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