Sunday, September 18, 2011

Goodbye Leonie

Quite some time ago I started reading this blog called Kiwi At Heart. I think THIS was one of the first blog posts I read. The lovely Leonie had left some very heartwarming comments on some of my more depressing posts and so I started following her blog. And boy am I glad I did.

In February the wonderful Jacksta-B organised a bloggy get together with some local bloggers. I didn't know anyone, except Paisley Jade whom I went to Primary School with 100 years before! (ok maybe over exaggerating a little there) But I was pretty nervous. I didn't realise that Leonie was going to be there. I had read about her moving back to NZ, but didn't know it was close to my home. So I was pleasantly surprised and really happy to finally meet her. Now the fame of our AWESOME bunch of Whangarei bloggers has spread far and wide (hehehe) but it is completely true that we all get on so well and everyone of those ladies I can call my friend.

Leonie is a pretty special lady and I am so so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know her, and have her as my friend. So when things didn't work out for her family in NZ and she made the decision to go back to Australia I was pretty sad to have to say goodbye to one of my favourite people.

Us bloggy ladies had a farewell dinner for Leonie at The Fat Camel and we had a blast. It was so much fun, even though it was tinged with sadness.

{this was such a great night I'm gonna do a blog post all about it soon}

And the night I moved into my new house Leonie and two of her adorable children came and ate fish'n'chips with us on the floor! I am really glad she got to see the house (and was my very first official visitor!) and that I got to have an extra bit of time to say goodbye.

I am going to miss you Leonie but thankfully because of the Internet you will never really be that far away!

Another one of our wonderfully talented Whangarei Bloggy friends Neetz made this video clip for Leonie ...

Love and miss you loads Leonie!!!


Cat said...

waaaaaaaaaaaa I miss Leonie too

jacksta said...

lovely post Trace

Leonie said...

oh wow Tracy, through a flood of tears and goosebumps I am reading this thinking how enormously blessed I am!!
You, my friend, are one of the most amazing people I have ever met and I am missing you so much.
I am so honoured to have you as a friend.
I love that photo of the fish and chips...hehe
Wow, us Whangarei girls really have something special dont we!!
Such awesome friendships, such love and understanding and most of all we support, listen and encourage each other. Something so special and rare.
Now Im off to have a little cry ....missing you xx

Stace said...

beautiful post Tracy Im sooo sure I need to move to Whangaz jsut so I can go to bloggy get togethers and make sock monkeys!!!!

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful post Tracy - made me miss Leonie even more!! I think we all need a bloggers catch up again real soon so we can cry on each others shoulders. 100 years! haha - totally feels like it aye. xoxo