So this morning at around 7:30 Terence and I got to the Albany bus station and caught a bus to the city. Got there and we had to walk around a block or so to get to the stop for the airport bus and because it was just around the corner we ended up running (with me in high heels) (we must have been such a sight!). But we managed to catch the bus and from there got to the airport with enough time to spare to have breakfast. They have a new system where you can check in online (although we thought that "check in" means you are actually at the airport and checking in before you get to the airport sort of defeats the purpose of the whole making sure you are at the airport, but who are we to complain if it makes our lives easier). On the Qantas domestic flights they sometimes still have business class seats although don't offer a business class service anymore and so because we checked in early we got upgraded to the business class seats. How cool is that? So we got to Wellington and as we came out of the arrival section the bus was about ready to leave and we sprinted (me still in high heels), but we made it. Got to the city and because our flights were slightly late we were at risk of missing our train and so once again, sprinted all the way from where the bus stops to where the trains are and what do you know? We missed the Johnsonville train. Walked back to the bus stop to see if there was a bus that would arrive sooner than the next train and we were in luck!
And so we arrived in Johnsonville promising ourselves that we would not be running anymore. As we came around the corner to where the chapel is we noticed just about everybody had a teddy bear and we did not have a teddy bear, so we ran to Pumpkin patch (who didn't have a good selection on display), then ran to Warehouse who had no teddy bears at all and back to Pumpkin Patch and managed to buy a really cute little teddy bear. (So much for "we won't be running anymore").
And then later when it was time to go back we ended up waiting for the bus to the city and had a bit of a wait for the bus to the airport and we made the airport in time to take a bit of a break and eat some supper. Got to Auckland, waited for the airport bus and then finally arrived in the city. So we took a nice walk to where we would have to catch the bus to home and suddenly we could see the bus arriving and we were still almost a block away - so there we went, running again!!!
Running in high heels, not good! Running when you are as unfit as me and in high heels, even worse! I am guessing I must have run around 1 km today and for somebody who doesn't normally run, that's a lot!
The service was absolutely beautiful, but so incredibly sad. Kyah's big brother read the most beautiful poem he wrote for Kyah, they shared a bit of a favourite part of a Winnie-the-Pooh story, 2 of Kyah's grandparents and Marg from CCF had a chance to give tribute to the bravest and coolest "almost three year old" and Marg shared a really nice story about water bugs (if I remember correctly) turning into dragonflies. And Shanell also read a beautiful poem. It was such a beautiful service. But I can't remember when last I was that sad (well, reading the update that Kyah relapsed and also that she passed away, that was very, very sad too).
Little Kyah, you achieved so much more than so many people would ever achieve. You brought together people from all over the world, you inspired us all, you taught us so much. I'm so happy that I have had the chance to have met you, and thank you for sharing your story with me. Little Kyah, we will miss you so much, but we will never ever forget you!!! Rest in peace beautiful little girl and dance with the butterflies!
Shanell, Jason, Kaleb and Jordan - thank you for sharing your journey with us. Our hearts are broken for you, know that we are always there for you!