New Zealand


New Zealand I’ve fallen for you. Literally. I’ve jumped off a bridge, falling forward to reach you as earth races up at me. All that momentum pushed into my fingertips reminded me of the near touching hands of Adam and God in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Fresco. My finger stretched out to the ground – like Adam’s finger towards God; a touch that will give life to Adam as well as to all mankind – for a touch that will give me fresh life from this land.

New Zealand your greenery rolls through thick forests to slopping pastures. With hills like ocean waves rippling out into the distance and wild flower scattered meadows sprawling out into an enchanting kingdom. You must be God’s waiting room for us when we die. At least I hope so.

The glow worm caves that turn day into a starry night as we reverently drift in our boat became a spiritual moment for me. Our Maori guide sang the soothing song of Amazing Grace, how sweet his sound and I felt the overwhelming notion that none of this could have just happened by chance. There are very artistic creators of this world. Who knew that the more variety in land and people the more beautiful it would be.

While in New Zealand I held my hand up to the cavernous sky and down towards the growing earth and felt my place in the Universe. Where my chest rises and falls with the waves of Crete and my footfalls slap like the rain in Copenhagen. My breath stills like the rising steam in Iceland and my hair wraps around me like the desert air of Israel.

The goodness in people is the same from location to location, something that was once lost on me.

But now it’s found

was blind

But now

I see.

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  • Olga Pekalska
    Posted at 13:44h, 27 January Reply

    Ok, that has to be one of the best posts to me. I can totally envision everything you describe and feel the emotion and sentiment. Just makes my dreams of going to New Zealand that much more real. Thanks for sharing and allowing us to share all this with you. You are wonderful. I really hope I get to meet you one day, somewhere is this wonderful world.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 00:32h, 28 January Reply

      Really! that’s a huge compliment that I am honored to receive from you. Excited for you to experience it someday and hopeful that we get to meet as well

  • Sandie Tillotson
    Posted at 17:38h, 27 January Reply

    Fantastic description M’Kenzie of an awesomee place. Thank for sharing – almost feel – and see the places as you describe them!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 00:30h, 28 January Reply

      Thanks! Glad you could get a sense for the place through the blog

  • Michelle Jilk
    Posted at 22:01h, 27 January Reply

    It is wonderful that you have found goodness in people. It can feel like a big lonely world out there but your family gives and shares so much as you journey through and you deserve great experiences.
    I enjoyed reading your description of the glow worm caves. I too felt like i was there and it sounds like a fun site to see.
    Have an excellent time in Fiji.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 00:30h, 28 January Reply

      Thanks Michelle! It can feel like a lonely world at different times of our lives but i’m learning it doesn’t have to

  • Bobbi Heaney
    Posted at 04:16h, 28 January Reply

    Beautifully written! You moved New Zealand right to the top of my list!

  • Nicci Price
    Posted at 12:53h, 28 January Reply

    I don’t normally hop on your blog but I definitely will now! This post gives a stunningly beautiful word picture and touched my heart. I’m not sure what your beliefs on God are or if you are a Christian but what I do know is your post gave me a little more love for my God the creator of the universe. May we all seek the face of the one who did this all! Thank you!

  • Rosanne Lami
    Posted at 16:01h, 28 January Reply


  • LaNae Overman
    Posted at 04:04h, 29 January Reply

    Kenz, that was beautiful in so many ways. Thanks for tugging my little heart strings tonight. Missing you lots and grateful for the windows you open to the world for the rest of us!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 08:01h, 31 January Reply

      Thanks LaNae! It was so great spending time together in Hawaii. That should be an annual thing of ours

  • Trina Sheranian
    Posted at 13:07h, 29 January Reply

    Awe…. the majesty of divine creation ❤️ Hallelujah… xox

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 08:00h, 31 January Reply

      Let’s take our kids here!

  • Laurissa
    Posted at 16:38h, 29 January Reply

    So glad to hear that you loved New Zealand. I spent 3 months there last year, and completely fell in love with the place & all of the kind hearted souls that live there. The kiwis truly are wonderful.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 08:00h, 31 January Reply

      They are the nicest people for sure!

  • Annie
    Posted at 19:08h, 29 January Reply

    Your my favorite writer! Beautifully poetic.
    Love you honey.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 07:59h, 31 January Reply

      awe thanks!

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