Well, the past two weeks has been an absolute whirlwind of energy and emotions! I’d say it feels like we haven’t stopped but that’s because we literally haven’t as we attempted to pack in 18 months worth of quality time into 21 days with our nearest and dearest. It has been so wonderful to be back in the place we called home for so long and seeing the kids with their grandparents again has made this experience absolutely worth both the dollar and distance and not just because we’ve had babysitters again!!!

Ste’s parents still live in the beautiful 18th century cottage where he grew up and its been wonderful to watch the kids run around the stone bricked gardens and create havoc amongst the original features that Brenda and Steve have so lovingly restored. As the house is now for sale, we made a film to remind the kids of the house and the fun they had during our visit and it’s here if you’d like to see it….

I haven’t heard the kids laugh so much in a long time. Seeing them being loved and admired by people other than us has done wonders for their confidence and for our peace of mind as now we know even though we have moved to the other side of the world, reunions like these aren’t as impossible as they felt at one point. I have so much to tell you about the past few weeks, I will work through these hundreds of pictures and share them with you ASAP!

Love from Leyla

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