Last week we had our 6 month celebration and things got a tad emotional when we received letters from home.
Dear Steph,It has been inspiring to follow your travels and adventures, and hearing first hand about your experiences has been nothing short of amazing. The photos, stories and captions you have shared show the progression of you becoming a stronger, more independent and well-travelled individual, and knowing you well – it’s already pretty clear how much of a positive impact this trip has had on your life- not only in the short term, but the far reaching effects it will have on the remainder of your life.Opening yourself up to travel is something that’s never been hard for you, but I know a trip of this length has pushed you outside your comfort zone and in to a space that may sometimes seem scary. I know you’ve been homesick- you’ve handled that amazingly well with face time chats and venting through beautiful photo captions. You’ve dealt with a tough situation with your family, and even tossed up the idea of throwing in the towel and coming home to support him. This in itself is a testament to your incredible nature. You pushed through every tough time and came out a stronger and more resilient person.What has made this journey even more special was having the opportunity for me to share some of it with you, even if only for a week! When we finally met up for the first time in 5 monthsyou know that my smile said it all! Our first horse and cart ride along the beach will be a memory that I will cherish forever, along with you teaching me the alphabet, helping me learn the numbers from 10 to 20, teaching me to pat goats and most importantly; how to say words like ‘Bintang’ and ‘nasi goreng’.I want you to know how proud I am of you. This experience is changing your life for the better, and if you ever come home I know you’ll be my favourite babysitter because you’ll have a thousand and one stories to tell me before bedtime.I wish, more than anything, that I could jump on a plan and come visit you again as I know you have so many more amazing countries to visit, people to meet and of course work to do… but unfortunately I don’t have a credit card and I still need someone to change my nappy. Could you instead just keep up the amazing posts, photos and sharing of experiences?Hopefully one day when I’m older I will get to do exactly what you are doing now, inspired totally by you.Mum still makes me practice saying your name every day, and sometimes she cries when I get it just right!I miss you so much!Lots of love from Everly, (and probably mum and dad too)