Holiday Time

We're in the midst of packing and sorting stuff ready for our annual holiday on Wednesday. No doubt there'll be the usual last minute panic with something forgotten or the sudden realisation that certain things no longer fit or work, but regardless we're really looking forward to some time out from the busyness of life.

Thankfully the house sitter is well sorted so at least Rosie will be well looked after even if we forget something else important.

I was just in the garage servicing the boys bikes and getting a few bits ready like the bike rack for the car and got to thinking about how different our holidays are here in SA compared to how they were back in Blighty.

20 September 2013 will go down in history as the day the earth lost a precious lady, a woman who spent her life giving and serving, a woman who loved Jesus with all her heart, all her mind and all her strength, a woman who loved her family and pursued unity at all costs.

Aunty Poppy was one of my first real friends in South Africa, very quickly she won her way into my heart and before long I regarded her as my South African mother. She loved me and my family with a passion and could never wait to see any visiting members of my own family from the UK, particularly my Dad!   She was a giving and encouraging member of my very first ladies' Bible Study group, always quick to pray and to laugh and to hug and to cry with others. Her love of Jesus no matter what her circumstances taught me so much; she would never give up rather constantly going to God with her requests and seeking her hope and her answers from her precious Father in heaven. Her eyes would light up when family members walked into the room and no matter how much noise and "trouble" her grandchildren gave her she would never have been separated from them! I learned so much from her about family and adoption and was so proud of her when she took in a wider family member from a rural area just to give her more of a chance in life.

Today we celebrate 22 years of married life and to celebrate, albeit a day or two earlier, we had a night away in Kalk Bay.

It was great to take some time out and just chill, free from distractions and the busyness of life. It was also great to reflect on the adventure God has taken us on in those years. There is no way we would have ever thought we would end up living overseas leading a church and doing the things we are. It all adds up to show just how awesome our God truly is!

This is the sunrise that greeted us on Friday morning in Kalk Bay.

"His splendor was like the sunrise" Habakkuk 3:4

Family On A Mission Together

We had a very pleasant and enjoyable afternoon in Mitchell's Plain on Saturday with some of our close church family. It's a joy to know that we're serving our awesome God with some truly annointed people.

We're also excited about some of the changes being brought about amongst us and we can't wait to see what God has in store as his plans unfold for us all.

Exciting times!