Before I start, I know I've been pretty slack with this blog. Sorry. 2018 sure had a lot of trials and I felt my attention was needed purely on my family. 2019 has been a new start and I'm happy to report through the grace of God, my family is safe, happy and healthy.
God has and always will be a huge part of my life, I may fail him daily, but his love for my family and myself is everlasting and its a great comfort to hand over our trials to God and watch him work in our lives daily.
I will write about our deployment journey in my next post.
for now though, lets talk MALDIVES.
Can I get a HALLELUJAH for ROCL military term for ''Relief out of country leave ''
Honestly ROCL is what got me through the harder days of the first period of this deployment.
The ocean has been a huge part of me. It's my absolute favourite place to go. Since I was 2 years old my parents had jet skis and we'd spend every weekend out on the water. Camping on the beach, fishing off family friends boats, going to the Wharf in Darwin for fish and chips followed by ice creams.
When I was 7 my family relocated to Queensland. Ironically for a family who loves the beach and the ocean we did not live in a coastal town. That never stopped my parents for taking us to the beach all the time, or tropical beach holidays. considering we didn't live near the ocean we spent a lot of my childhood at the beach. My parents love for the beaches and oceans defiantly rubbed off on my sister and I.
My parents have been to many amazing beaches around the world. Greek Islands, Fiji, Thailand, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tahiti, and of coarse the Maldives! Lucky ducks have visited the beautiful islands of the Maldives twice now. Ever since they came back from their first trip to the Maldives it was put straight on my bucket list! the photos they showed me, the way they spoke about the place had me sold! I was going to go there one day!
So with that, it was never a question where we'd go for ROCL we already knew that this was probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to make our dream come true.
Fact: I have a fear of flying. take off and landing are the worse. Ask my mum or my husband, there hands have lived through those traumatic times. clenching onto them like no tomorrow quietly praying my heart out! I wish I could say the more I flew the better I got.... Not the case.
After 24 hours and 3 flights we finally arrived to our beautiful island
SUN AQUA VILU REEF - Highly recommend FYI.
From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with fresh coconut water and a UPGRADE!! a beach villa with a PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL!!
I can't even explain the beauty of that island. I literally stood in shock jaw dropped to the floor. "this place can't be real" "I can't believe this is real life".
I don't think I could ever describe the place. It is unreal. My parents warned me there is nothing quite like it and you can in no way describe it. It honestly didn't feel real. But it was real and it was AMAZING!
Yes, the Maldives are expensive. I can tell you now it was worth every single cent. An experience a journey and adventure of a life time.
From waking early to watch the sunrise, to walking around the island finding hidden beauty. Swimming with reef sharks, stingrays and turtles. The vibrant colours of the fish, so many fish! Snorkelling on our last day and coming across a pod of dolphins, followed by a turtle. I'm going to say it, swimming in the Maldives reefs are better than the great barrier reef. The amount of sea life is astonishing! The sunsets were magical. the sharks fish and stingrays were living it up too! they knew exactly when it was time for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I couldn't resist but share my food with them.
One of my all time favourite beach activities is stand up paddle boards. paddling over that crystal clear water seeing the sharks swim right under the boards. Ive always had a fear of sharks but these sharks were not in anyway threatening. The sharks were not even interested in us swimming around,
not a bother in the world. In fact the turtle we found was the most feisty! trying to take a snap at me.
I could go on and try to explain the place, but its simply somewhere you have to see.
The memories we made will last a lifetime. I am grateful for the experience.
It truly was a trip of a life time...
Ps. I highly HIGHLY recommend considering THE MALDIVES for your next ROCL. I promise it won't disappoint.