Wednesday, January 26, 2011


We are a ONE car family!

Martin commutes to work with his Scott Mountain bike but due to the unpredictable weather, Anke and I drop him of in the morning!

Well this morning, it started raining on our way to work... We dropped him of in medium rain!!!

On our way home it started RAINING so hard that I could hardly see the road! Ooooeee scary!

Anke fell asleep! So here I am, home but stuck in the car! It's about 30m from the car to the front door but it is still RAINING!

So if you can't go anywhere, stuck in the car, with a sleeping baby and a BlackBerry... BLOG
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Project - Roman Blinds

Roman Blinds by a Perfectionist and optimistic Enthusiast...

Martin (the Perfectionist) help me (The Optimistic Enthusiast) yesterday to make the blinds I've been needing COURAGE for!

Our new rental has horrible windows, and you cant buy already made blinds. Her room is so light and bright that we are having a hard time napping in there. The Block Out material is so expensive, and due to the size of a Roman Blind, it just made sense to rather make some!

It was a fun project to do together.

So the project cost us just over R600. The blinds only about R250. We needed some tools for the project, that came out of the blinds budget. But next time the blinds will be cheaper :)

I used Anke's old green curtains, and saved even more.

I think she is happy with her new 'darker' room! and I think it looks BEAUTIFUL.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


The windows in our new house are weird!!!

I'm actually anoid by the fact that I have not one curtain that hangs perfect... Most of them are about a half meter too short!!! I know insane.

I might make Anke's green curtains, into Roman Blinds. I found a great how to... Now I need to find the courage.

She has a window from wall to wall, and from ceiling to half way down... The current green curtains are too short.
This picture is from the previous room!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Val de Grace - Birds

I got a Bird Guide for Christmas. Here are some of the beautiful birds I've seen in our Garden in Val de Grace, Pretoria.

1. I was sitting on the balcony. I could not get Anke to sleep, I was praying softly asking God to give me strength and patience. Suddenly I saw this beautiful bird with its rusty feathers in a tree not far from me... The Paradise Flycatcher! Needless to say, I felt better and it didn't take long before she was asleep!

2. If we open our bedroom curtains, it feels like we are in a tree. So last week, early one morning, Martin saw a couple of Red billed Wood Hoopoe's. We've never seen these before... it is a very cool bird :)

3. I spotted this little guy, the Black eyed Bulbul on Christmas, sitting outside with my dad. They call it a "butter bottem"... You will see why!

4. The Glossy Starling is a daily visitor.

5. Coming back from picking Martin up from work, I was a Black Gollared Barbet. Wow, first timer. Love living in this area!!!!

6. We have a couple of Olive Thrush birds, who are very regular visitors. They drink water in the garden and if you work in the garden a little, they are there to pick up any displaced bugs.

7. The Speckled Mousebird is so cute, it is as small as a mouse...

8. Cape White Eye birdies are beautiful and I see them daily! They make me smile! This is a picture I took of the "Glasogie" in our Tree.

We have 'normal' birds like doves... but we all know what they look like!!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011


I decided to drive to church early in the hope that Anke would fall asleep on the way... And now I have a couple of minutes to write a quick blog!

Let me give you a run down of our new Sunday routine - Get up before 6, get out the door at 6:25 to drop Martin at church before the rest of the tech and worship guys get there before 7.

Anke and I go home (10km drive), eat breakfast and get ready for second service at 10:15. We should be home around noon!

Afternoon drill starts around 15:30ish. Most people with small children come to first night service at 17:30. I'm not sure what we are going to do yet... Because Anke will be sleeping if we go home after first service, and I'll have to drive back to church to pick Martin up.

Anyhow, we should all be home by 21:00ish...

Full Sunday at Doxa Deo Brooklyn! Exciting times :)
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Friday, January 07, 2011

How are WE?

We've had so many people ask us how we are... So here we go!

We've been living in Pretoria, Gauteng Province for 3 weeks!

We've celebrated Christmas, our 6th year Anniversary and New Years in our new home...

Martin just finished his first full week at Doxa Deo Brooklyn, and he loves his new job!

He commuted 3times this week, about 10km one way! This is a good thing! There are a few (little) hills on the way...

Anke is doing well. She is learning to climb stairs, walking by holding on to everything and eats anything on the floor! We are anticipating her first tooth! I'm afraid she's going to have 8 at one time :)

We are planning a trip to Cape Town mid February. We have U2 tickets!!!!! We will stay with Martins family, we can hardly wait!

Schools open this week, so our lives are going to get hectic pretty soon!

I never did blog about Jon and Sara's visit! I will! I can say IT WAS FANTASTIC :)
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Praising Jesus

I stand in awe of my Lord today!

After many years He has over exceeded my friends expectation!!!!

I love you Lord, and will Praise you always, for YOU know the plans you have for each of us.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Great Friends

Today @ church (Doxa Deo Brooklyn) in the early pm service, Anke "followed" Iwan around...

She would crawl-follow him around.

She would crawl around him, find his eyes and smile @ him... The toy he picks up is the toy she wants, if he moved, she moved. They are so cute!

Only 6 months apart, and I just know they are going to be GREAT friends (just like their mommas :)...)

This picture was taken 6 months ago...