I guess I should throw in “Happy Thanksgiving” as well since It has been a while since my last post.
The Vawters have left the water (not for good… don’t worry). After we settled Banyan into her slip in the marina near Whangarei, New Zealand, we quickly packed up our duffel bags and headed back across the date line to California via the big metal bird. In just 24 hours door to door we covered the ground it took us 42 months to travel.
We spent two wonderful weeks in California visiting family and touching base with some work projects in Napa. The days were filled to the brim with the celebration of my Grandmothers 100th birthday, Isa’s 10th, Thanksgiving and connecting with old friends. My brother visited with his family from Hawaii and I got to see tons of cousins. It felt fast and furious and I wish we had had more time in California.
The reason we are back in the Northern Hemisphere is entirely due to the winery we helped to establish in 2016 in Canada. A few key employee positions have been recently vacated so Cameron and I have come up to fill in and also hunt for replacements. Cameron is back in the General Manager’s seat and he is doing a wonderful job. It is a joy to see him tackle the job with such grace, compassion and skill. I’ve stepped into the Winemaker position which is a fairly easy thing to do with the wonderful staff of women in the cellar who know their business well. I’m splitting my time with the girls homeschooling, the winemaker role and construction; which is mainly communicating with the construction team as we build the main winery and answer any production questions they may have as it relates to the design and the move into the main winery this spring. Phantom Creek has a great instagram page here showing lots of images of the growing brand. They also have a wonderfully done blog and website.
Today though, we are in Indiana for the Christmas. The holidays are pretty bright here with many family and friend gatherings, games and goings on. We have been thrilled to meet our new niece, Cameron’s brother’s new daughter. She is beautiful, bright and brings a new energy with all of us making goggly faces at her.
We will stay here through the New Year and then head back up to Canada where we will jump back into work and homeschool. We are staying in a condo attached to a hotel right on the lake which is fully outfitted so our accommodations are comfortable and we have vehicles to get around. The weather is cold this time of year, but usually not too much snow. I’m hoping we will be able to visit my sister in Whitefish Montana as well as get some snow skiing in when we find some free time.
Our adventures continue but they will be a bit more land based for a few months. We don’t have an end date in Canada as it hinges mainly on finding replacements for our roles. So, we are keeping things loose. We do have some European plans in the works which would include French classes, the 75th Anniversary of D-day in Normandy and some quality time near the Monet Gardens with my sister and her family. Fun will be had in 2019 and I’m really looking forward to our homeschool plans as we have so many resources while we are land based.
Thank you so much for following our journey. May God’s love shine on you in 2019 and may your new year be filled with learning, fun, growth, joy, health and love.
From all of the Vawters on the Water
P.S. If you haven’t heard, I’ve added photos to a few of those older posts. You might enjoy going back over a few of our adventures and seeing the photos that went with them. You can look back at our posts about Niue, Suwarrow, Isa’s Bird Island post, Adelaide’s Reef Walk post and our arrival into New Zealand.