Saturday, July 16, 2011

Special Needs of a 7 year old...

My sister (19) stayed with us this week while my parents took some time off, camping in the Kruger National Park!

2 years ago Ilze visited us in Cape Town, for almost 3 weeks! I was not pregnant then, and I didn't have a 16 month old demanding all my attention!

I have a new appreciation for my Mom! Having a mentally disabled child in your home, 24/7 can be challenging and draining!

A few things I've learned, noted or thought to write down this week -

1. Buy cheap mayonnaise, and no matter what or how you season your food, a spoonful of Mayo will be added... LOL

2. Double check that if/when sister makes two min noodles she adds water to the bowl before turning the microwave on.

3. Keep the schedule the same as much as you can. Over explain quick changes or delays...

4. Don't expect a 7 year old to act 19...

5. If you will pamper me, you can get away with lots of smiles, hugs, kisses and I Love You's...

I love my special needs sis! She can do so much for herself, in that regard we are truly blessed!

To more visits in the future :)
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Sunday, July 10, 2011


Monday morning Anke started saying A-Lu-Ya...

No I don't walk around singing Hallelujah all day. At church on Sunday the worship band did a song that repeats Hallelujah a few times! Anke and I go to big church and that is where she heard it!!!

I love how even though we sit in the back and play with blocks, Anke picked up a word so significant!

I will never again say Church at this age doesn't really have an impact!!!

Today she is singing Alle-Luya, very proudly!
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Monday, July 04, 2011


I love that my brother is now blogging.... Just look at his cute little boys on the farm! I just love them!!!

He tagged this blog as the Future of BenJoe. He is a very proud dad... (And I'm a very proud sis)