Sunday, August 22, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
She bakes the best Christmas cookies EVER. And nowadays, she sends the best handmade Joplin chocolates from the Chocolate Factory for Christmas!
Friday, August 13, 2010
I want to share my letter with you (it was a post in 2006, and therefore I can share it) –
Dear Miss Alice,
It was 1995, and you were an English teacher at my high school who passionately taught British English to the Afrikaner Boertjies. (English was my second language).
Your class was fun and interesting. You taught us more than just English. You had lived in Russia over the last few years and had so much to share…
You told me about your life in Russia and how you were searching for something to fill the void in you. I understood those emotions. You told me how you went searching one night in Moscow and miraculously found your friend’s apartment where she introduced you to your Savior. You told the story with so much passion and peace. I realized I wanted to have what you had – passion and peace for something or Someone that was true and right.
You knew I grew up in the church. You knew the church’s history and how apartheid had taught our generation lies since we were little. You knew that religion and racism went hand-in-hand in my school, in my community, and in many of your students’ homes. It could not have been easy for you to ask me about my feelings towards black people. I did not really know what to think myself… I do know I was confused during those early years after the ‘94 elections when the government went through major legislative changes...
Jesus changed your life in a God-forsaken country, and I remember thinking to myself how awesome it must have felt – the God of the universe sought you out and found you and made you His.
You spent time with me and answered all my questions.
One day you asked if I would be willing to give up my Winter Vacation (3 weeks in June) to go on an outreach (missions trip) to a remote area close to Johannesburg! I felt honored but scared. How could a white Afrikaner make a difference in a rural community? You told me that we are never too young to tell people about Jesus.
I attended LSA (Love Southern Africa) ‘95, and that outreach to Manarandt changed my life. I saw people being transformed because of my God. I would never be the same after those 3 weeks!
You showed me how to fast with focus and how to pray diligently for the lost 10/40 Window in Africa. You gave me a passion for the truth and a passion to find the people beneath their colored skin. You introduced me to our Lord and helped me discover my passion for missions.
I’m thankful you took time, Alice. I’m thankful you did not give up on my rebellious teenager mentality. I thank the Lord that in 1995 you came along and changed my life!
I’m forever thankful.
Your friend and student,
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Elita Maliepaard is my cousin. She is married to Pieter and has two daughters, Elisha and Annemi. They live in Perth. This picture is a little outdated...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Elize Prinsloo is my mother's sister.
Aunt Elize has a wonderful husband, Bert. They have 4 daughters, 2 son in laws, and 2 granddaughters. Their entire family live in Perth Australia.
Aunt Elize is CRAZY about her husband, they are one of the best roll models of how a marriage should be (according to me). They LOVE going on vacation, and will always do it style (even if they go camping).
Aunt Elize ran the Comrades Marathon, and finished. She made my Cousins wedding dress. She can decorate for any magazine and cook on any show...
Things my Aunt taught me - Love and serve Christ. Love your family. Love your children. Be good to your body. What you put in, you get out. Use gift wrap paper that is big enough and ‘new’ (even if it was used) to let the receiver know you really care! If you visit with friends be home before your husband, and make him feel like the KING of his castle! Live in the NOW.
Thank you for taking me with on vacation all those years. Your family installed so many core values in my life. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU.
This picture was taken in Paarl in 2008. They visited Cape Town, and took Martin and I for lunch!
Monday, August 09, 2010
Sunday, August 08, 2010
We became friends in our junior year in high school. Now people will meet us separately and say we look alike, talk alike even laughs alike… I don’t know what they are talking about.
Iska knows me inside out. We’ve had endless hours of life experience together… Eating, camping, driving, swimming, walking, sleeping, laughing, studying, dreaming, tanning, philosophizing, praying, praising, crying…
We love to wear each others clothes, drink wine, drink coffee, eat chocolates and sushi!
She knows who I kissed first, she knows how I got the scar on my knee, she knows what my real singing voice sounds like and she knows how I feel about most things in life. I can honestly say, Iska knows me just a tad less than Martin.
She LOVES Jesus.
Iska traveled extensively, and has seen more of our world than I think most of us... Thank you for coming to see me in the USA in 2004 Issa!!!
One thing Iska has taught me is to make Lemonade our of lemons. Thank you for sharing your Van Voorst family values with me. I LOVE YOU!!!
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Ida Louise Potgieter is MY mother.