Posted by: Matt | March 17, 2009

“We’re having too much fun!”

So, we’ve spent that last week-and-a-half traveling all over the South Island of New Zealand.  We’ve been hiking, touristing (doing all the things we considered “silly” while we were locals), and visiting towns along our way up the island as we slowly head North.  Oh yeah, we’re engaged too. ☺  I asked Liz to marry me a little over a week ago and she said yes!  We were up in the mountains in the little town of Kinloch preparing for a four-day hike when the moment struck me.

I’d been planning on doing it sometime during that week, but didn’t have the moment picked out.  As we were watching the early morning sun mix with the clouds over the lake surrounded by the Southern Alps, she said “we’re just having too much fun.”  I knew that was my chance, and I very clumsily managed to get the ring out of it’s hiding place in my pack and ask her my big question.  We had a great day after that, and we’ve had a great week traveling since.

Looking out over the lake on the afternoon we got engaged.

Looking out over the lake on the afternoon we got engaged.

We got snowed and rained on during our hike through the mountains, but it was amazing with all the snow-covered peaks.  Since then we’ve been in the more tropical destinations of Akaroa, a small French-influenced town on the Banks Peninsula and I’m currently sitting in shorts and a t-shirt in Nelson, totted as the sunniest place in the world.

From here we will continue on and head over to the North Island on Friday.  Friday night we’re finally going to catch our first rugby match.  Hope the home team wins.  We’ve got little more than a month left on our trip, but we’ve definitely made the most of our time so far.  Hope everyone is well, can’t wait to see you soon.



  1. Now that the news has been officially posted on your Songlines, I can congratulate you both.
    Liz, your dad sounded very excited.
    Enjoy your remaining time.

  2. Congrats again! Have fun in Welly. I’ve given my friends there a task to find out the gushy details of the engagement! Come prepared!

  3. Congratulations!!!!!!! So happy for you two, and can’t wait to see your smiling face! It’s been too long!

  4. “Too much fun” is a good thing! All of the Brodahls are excited about Liz becoming part of our family! The two of you make a great pair and it’s a blessing that you’ve found each other and have made this commitment to each other. And to the Milne family: Thank you for sharing Liz with us – we love her already!

  5. Congratulations!! We were delighted to hear the news.

  6. Congratulations, Matt. We knew she’d say yes! We are so happy for the two of you and so excited to have you become part of our family, too. Lots of love to you both, Bob and Mary

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