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Day 43

The Rock

This morning was spent doing some last minute packing before we headed out to breakfast with Ruth, Rodney and the kids. We are so blessed to have wonderful siblings who have looked after us over the past couple of weeks and it was certainly sad to leave Ruth, Rodney and the kids today. Before we left, Rodney took us on a tour of his workplace at the RFDS, fortunately for him there were no planes awaiting maintenance when we got there.
We left Alice Springs and made our way to Ayers Rock or should I say Uluru. I can tell you now that pictures do not do it justice. It is an awe inspiring place and you can see why the indigenous people of the area hold it as a sacred place.
Did I climb it?
When you get there, there are signs asking you not to climb along with a number of reasons why it is often closed to climbers but today the climb was open, so yes I gave it a go with Joshua. Noah went part of the way up, but the first section can be a bit tricky, so he decided that he would rather turn around and stay on the ground.
Joshua went all the way up and thoroughly enjoyed himself. As for me, I got about halfway up and started to develop some breathing problems. I stopped there while Joshua continued on and I had time to contemplate life while I waited for him. All I can say, is that my journey up the rock pretty much mirrors my life at the moment - all a bit of a struggle, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Physically, I've lost about 5 kilos on this trip which is great, but with shoulder and back problems along with the now constant cough brought about by my climb, I'm certainly feeling it a bit
Emotionally, I have had my ups and downs along the way and have found myself questioning whether I'm a good enough husband and father and whether it was selfish of me, thinking that we would be ablest fit so much into such a small amount of time.
Spiritually, I have found myself in constant prayer but somehow still feeling disconnected even as I look at all the things He has put here on earth for me to enjoy.
I'm looking forward to getting home which will take a few days so my next blog update will be when we arrive home.

Posted by JacquesFamily 03:40 Archived in Australia

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All I can say is I Love You......you are a great Dad/Brother/Husband who has given these kids a great adventure - which I'm sure is going to always be remembered!!!

by Syahn

Been really enjoying the blogs- cant wait to catch up with you guys soon and hear about it all in more detail!! I'd say it's decidedly unselfish of you doing this trip- the amazing memories you're making, seeing as much as you can with the time you have even though you're suffering a bit with all the driving. hope the shoulder/back hold out on the last leg of the journey. Miss you all - Elijah's already planning a play over with Noah when you get back! Love to you all xx

by kerry

Interesting to read your thoughts. Hard questions to ask and to answer! For what its worth, what I saw while you were here was a family that is already starting to recount stories of their experiences on this holiday. I reckon the benefits of what you are doing is yet to be really seen. You have certainly prompted discussions in our house about future holiday plans!

by Rodney

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