To these two peeps and to my American friends:
The love is strong. The love is still strong. I will be writing with an update on our lives very soon. In the meantime, God has been kind to us: we had already purchased a return ticket from early this year. (It was cheaper than a one way ticket, can you believe it?)
And we recently found a dirt cheap Air New Zealand one-way ticket for late November.
The upshot is that our family will, God willing, be having a vacation in the United States for a chunk of November. We will be with Dr Laurel's family in Atlanta (or maybe Louisiana) for Thanksgiving. But in New York City for a time too. That's the plan.
PS Your Summer is looking very good. I am about to enter my second winter in 6 months. God did not intend this...