Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I received a call on Sunday morning. I church 'partner' of mine, had picked up a 19 year old, white girl who was on her way to a shelter on Saturday afternoon. (Some back ground on shelters in our area - WE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH!!!!) This colleague, decided to be this young girls shelter for the night. She was being Jesus. She brought her to church and then tried to reconcile this young girl with her foster family... She gave this homeless girl HOPE.
I can say many things - one the South African Welfare let this girl down! (I can't give any detail about this case). If someone cared enough for her (10 years ago), she would be able to write, read and have some sort of an education. But now, she is hopeless. She can barely read. Who will take her in?
This morning I was reading Stefany Heads blog, and I so wish she could be one of the Doxa Deo's Partners... do yourself a favour and go read her entry!!!
May the desire of our hearts be to be like Christ in this time!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I received a TEXT saying: I'M ALIVE!!! That was after 3 ½ hours, I cant help but be proud of of Man.
He is becoming a great cyclist, and with it comes a great body :). Even though he was half dead yesterday, the trip was a very good lesson. PRACTICE MORE.
I love you, my MAN!!!
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
We have our second OB visit on Thursday. So excited. Our 8 week visit was great, once again - no.words.to.explain.
My man has been great!!! I love him so much. Can hardly wait to see him grow as a DAD. Martin is currently busy remodeling the cot he slept in as a baby. Oupa Bob made it 32 years ago. So excited. I'll post pics later.
To all my other pregnant friends - Monte and Amy, Iska and Etienne, Chris and Rachel, Elsabe and Johan, Cornel and Coenie, Charnette and Andy. CONGRATS and ENJOY.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I lived here from age 7 to 12 with my parents! I have the best childhood memories here. Ben and I played for hours in the dirt, kraal, dam any thing farm related. Our last two family members where born during our time here...
The house was changed some, but the basic grey tin roof and white washed walls are how I remember this house. My dad grew up in this house, and there are two graves on the farm. It is my great Grandparents Potgieter.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I have been Hannah Montana'fied the last couple of weeks. Stickers, cellphone sock, wallet... the movie!!! I'm telling you I'm even singing along with the CD.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
Since Ilze arrived, we have been so busy! The pic
She was so brave and loved the airplaine experience! She talks about the family constantly, but calls home when she misses my mom. She is a very brave little girl.
Wednesday night we had dinner with Anique and Pierre. I realized that Ilze is used to taking a bath after dinner… she wanted to take her bath at their houseJ!
Thursday: we spent the morning at my mother in Law and were spoiled! Ilze watched an Afrikaans TV Kids Channel the entire morning. A friend of mine let Ilze borrow her childrens DVD’s while they are on vacation! She got to pic more than 10!
Friday morning we spent coloring in and watching Heidi! In the afternoon we said hallo to the babies at Thembiso. Spent some time at the library and Ilze had a great idea to have dinner at KFC!
Saturday morning we got up early and drove to Canal Walk. There we saw a show – SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. We loved it. They sang, so Martin did not come with us J (not surprised…)
Ilze is crazy about Hannah Montana! We will go see the movie on Tuesday and maybe buy the soundtrack (the thing is so expensive)!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
We are ready Missy!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Martin preached that Sunday night, and this always stresses me out! The preparation happens to late, because there usually is no time because of all the other things going on in a week. You know Martin, this just doesnt work for him.
Preaching is not the last thing he did - he actually married a couple last week! I know God is stretching him way more than we ever thought he could be stretched. We had to rent a suit, and borrow a tie... I'm telling you, it was a stretching experience. Bernard took the photo's so it was fun to have the brothers at the same wedding. See Bernards photo's of Fred and Frans wedding!
To make all this worse, Martin had to get a Voltarin Shot on Monday. His neck went into a spasm! My poor man! But that evening we went to a show at the Barnyard Theatre. It is was a fundraising event and Pierre, one of our dear friends drummed at the event. It was great. The theme was French Connection.
The most exciting news is that Ilze is coming to visit us (me)!!! God provided a ticket and she is flying by herself! She will be here from July 1- 16th! This will give my mom an opportunity to take a break and relax for a few weeks. I can hardly stand it, we are going to have so much fun!
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Baby M found a forever family and was placed on Saturday! We praise our Lord for hearing our prayers!!! He has two sisters and a brother!
No child should ever be lonely or abandoned!
Thank you for your prayers! Our God is faithful.
- Open a savings account! Yes after being back in South Africa for more than one year we had to listen to Dave R. and just open the thing. We had to save R10 000 to open it so it took us a while.
- Join the gym! Because of winter, we can not ride our bikes in the morning because it is to dark. So we decided to join Virgin Active!
- Ride our bikes - We did some Mountain biking on a winery, we did some entry level roads between the patches of wine land. Durtopia is its name. It was beautiful. I'll post some of the pictures!!!
- Visit my parents for a week, saw Ilze ride! She is amazing on a horse and I am so proud of her. We saw Ben's second son, Vian at 2 months and my baby brother Johan who played rugby one day, so we saw that!!! A fun packed week.
- Visit with Martins family! Ons Easter Friday, we ate cake at his parents with all his grandparents and the grand baby, Reichard!! It was awesome. To have all four your grandparents no matter how old they are is a blessing!!! We enjoyed our time with them!!!
- Visit the Aquarium - WE HAD TO DO THIS. Martin often wakes up with dreams of his tanks... I think this was one of hardest things he had to let go off.
- Do some gardening - we finally found a Japanese Maple Tree!!! We planted it in a pot so it will move with us one day if we can buy a house. It was only R125.00 (just over $10!!!) We had to buy it.
- Watch the Borne Movies in a row - Visit my pregnant Iska friend - Buy a coach - Visit with friends - Day visit to Franschoek a little town in the 'boland' (highlands).
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
She is loving, caring, fun, true and a ray of sunshine in my life!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Baby M is doing much better. I visited him for about 2 hours yesterday. He wants to sit and talk which makes me believe he is going to be just fine! I'll be there again this afternoon - doing my Cheerleading.
We are starting the Young Adult ministry tonight with small group and a hike & picnic on Saturday. Please pray for this ministry!
The Beth Moore women's bible study is starting next Thursday. We have 31 women, in counting. Everyone is so excited about this study. (They are in for a surprise!!!) Thank you to each one of you that helped us with getting the material!!!
Sometimes I feel like a chicken running with my head chopped off. Sometimes I forget my life is not mine. Sometimes, most of the time, I remember, He is in control, He has a plan, I'm just walking one step at a time...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I arrived at the hospital as Baby M was coming out of surgery. The nurses let me go to the recovery room. We stayed there for the first hour after surgery so that they could insure he was stable after the surgery. As I was sitting next to his bed, holding his little hand, I was almost overwhelmed by God's favour on his life. This little boy is so perfect.
He was born with a bag (almost like a balloon) above his nose, between his eyes. After the first surgery they closed the hole in the skull on the forehead. Brain fluid was leaking into the bag. Yesterday they removed the access skin when they opened him up to clean the infection! He looks amazing.
My life will never be the same! Sitting next to that little body as he was waking up, crying out of his dry throat, I wanted to sob with him. All I could do was Cheer him on, comfort him, talk and pray with him.
Please continue to pray!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I have to say my emotions are so up and down over this little guy. He is so brave! He is a fighter and he has a calling on his life! Please trust God with me for complete healing and a forever family for Baby M!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We could not have done it without amazing friends and family! Rian and Wanda came at 2ish with Romans Pizza - FANTASTIC. Bernard came a little later and Mario brought a Bakkie and trailer to finish with the bigger things at around 6ish. THANK YOU guys!
We woke up in our new little duplex to the singing birds (in contrast to the rushing interstate) - lovely. All that is left is unpacking and cleaning the old apartment.
Please read Baby M's update!!!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
We are finally moving into Bakersfield tomorrow! We worked in the garden on Saturday. Martin's mom gave us a car full of plants; ferns, Agapanthus, wild garlic and some little grass bushes. I'm so excited to have a little garden we can enjoy and spend time in - pictures to follow. (We missed Sara in the garden on Saturday.)
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
Martin & I are training like crazy and I'm finding that my 'behind' is looking better after each ride (Aren't you proud Amy!). (The other realisation is that my paths are getting tighter, not so good...) I love it. We get up before the sun (5o'clock ish). Everything is clean and quiet. Just you and the mountains and sometimes the wind. Saturday on our long ride we did a 3 and a half hour (83km) ride. AWESOME.
Martin's youngest brother, Bernard came with us this morning, and he rocked! Our average was over 25 (almost 26kmph) on a 35km ride!!! YSTERBENE (legs of steel) is what I call that!
We found a little duplex in Sonstraal that we love, two minutes from church. It is called Bakersfield, there are 50 units, and we are number 21. It is a two bedroom, one bath, with a garage and garden. The living room is tiny, but we are excited to move there. We will move within the next week or two. Pictures to follow.
Anyway, love y'all and have a great first month of 2009!