A very busy year and unfortunately a year in which I have been tested by the unexpected. My beautiful Mum was diagnosed with aggressive stomach cancer and I made the decision to nurse her at home. Nurse Maude were amazing and I was heartened when our lovely nurse said if she was ill she would want me to nurse her. During this time I continued to perform weddings and was touched by the warmth and understanding shown by the couples I married around this time.
We had to sell Mum’s house, and every family it seems has one member who has different views. My best buddy moved to Wellington and she lost her Mum, and I did a lovely funeral service for her about a month before my own Mum’s funeral.
After two years in September we returned to our completely new home on our old site. Surreal coming back to a house which is new but essentially the same old house. Unless you have had the experience I really don’t think you can understand the bizarre feelings. So after two years in the small rental just in time for Amelia’s 10th birthday with 12 little girls here to celebrate.
The street is still one way in part, and David has counted 13 houses as having been demolished. Another 7 to 9 probably still to be demolished. Only two families are back in their rebuilt houses (we are one of the two) and 3 other rebuilds are currently underway. Unfortunately, one is taking so long because the builders are only on site about one day a week. So that is 40% of the houses in our street demolished, or to be demolished. There seem to be parallel universes operating in our city, and it really saddens me that so many people are living in expensive or sub-standard housing, and that the government doesn’t get the insurance companies & EQC to lift their game.
Buttons the rabbit was the only one not very settled, and has escaped so many times we have lost count. She is a mistress of escape. She recently surprised us with baby rabbits and they are indeed cute, and also seem to have their mothers desire to escape.
Our daughter developed pneumonia and that was challenging, as she was really unwell and had quite a bit of time off school. We are now on the alternative health path and I am so impressed that almost overnight she came right.
A nephew in Perth got married and has had a beautiful baby girl, super cute Sophie. And my beautiful niece has announced her engagement to Richard.
Throughout the year I have had a very busy time marrying wonderful couples. I’ve had lovely brides and beautiful dresses and handsome grooms. Fun wedding parties and in all manners of locations. Wineries have been popular and lots of home based weddings as well. A few surprise weddings which I love and of course the overseas couples eloping. Not just overseas couples mind you. The greatest challenge would have been three couples changing the start time of the wedding and not telling me. It is most disconcerting arriving at the rehearsal to learn the time of the ceremony is starting an hour earlier or later than I thought. So sometimes my days are a little more challenging than I had planned. “Smile and carry on” is a wonderful line in which to operate.
Making history on the 19th of August with Warren and Tony was very special and being in the paper and on the 6.00pm News as the lead story was a first. My cousins told me on Christmas Day that they seemed to always be seeing me in the paper. I have had some other amazing same-sex couples to marry and feel very blessed to be chosen. Another highlight would be Bruce and Kevin who are after 36 years together came to Christchurch to get married. Such a wonderful couple to have the pleasure of being the celebrant for.
So thanks to every couple who had the belief in me as your Celebrant. It was my honour to be with you all. Rock on 2014!