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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years wishes






Happy New Year!
We heal our minds whenever we let bad memories go;
We heal our souls whenever we pray;
and we heal our hearts whenever we forgive.
Let’s be more loving this coming New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The visit to Cape Town in review



The usual thing happened.  I/we planned to do many things that just did not happen.
  • On Friday 18 December we drove the +/- 700 km to Cape Town.
  • On Saturday, DH and BIL played golf and then went through to Pearl Valley in Paarl to follow the players in the SA Open.
  • On Sunday 20 December we went to Mark and Herlien wedding in Morgenhof.  Herlien could not ask for a better day for her big day.  The wedding was beautiful and enjoyable.
  • On Monday 21 December DH took me through to Uitsig wine estate in Constantia to meet up with blogging buddies Joanne and Melody. There is nothing quite like meeting the people that have become such great cyber friends.  I was thankful that I could meet Joanne before her move to the UK.
  • Tuesday Ansie and I took the little ones out and then had a leisurely meal at Southeys@Manuka where the boys could run after the chickens and the ducks.  William, aged 3, insisted that he could not catch the chickens because "me have no powers."   We giggled a lot and drank too much champagne. (the men went to play golf)
  • Wednesday we drove through to the Casino complex and had breakfast there.  DH and I then hit the shops for last minute Christmas shopping.
  • Thursday was spend in a place where it is always hot and there is no wind.  You can't guess?  THE KITCHEN WHERE ELSE? We cooked the chickens and the legs of lamb, made potato salad, trifle and pavlova for Christmas. (the men played golf...YAWN...)
  • On Friday we had 24 people over at Ansie and Willie's home for Christmas lunch.  A very pleasant time was had by all.  For the first time EVER there were no undercurrents and feelings between any of the family members.
  • Saturday saw us shopping at Somerset Mall.  My sister Anita and Stefanie drove through to meet us for breakfast.  In the late afternoon I met Meriel for coffee.  Yup...still at the mall:) (the men...by now you should know...played golf!!!!)
  • Sunday the 27th was my mom's 71st birthday and BIL, Colin's 48th birthday....so everybody gathered for a bring-and-braai at Ansie and Willie's home again.  The sisters giggled a lot and drank too much champagne AGAIN.
  • Yesterday we left Somerset West at 9:30, got stuck in Knysna...it took us nearly an hour just to drive the last 5 km into the town.  Next time we will take the Langkloof Road.
  • So you will see that nowhere here you see the words Kirstenbosch!!!!  Nowhere do you see that we drove from Sea Point to Strand along the coast!!!!  But the men saw the golf courses in the area 4 times.  Makes you think doesn't it?
Just want to share a snipped overheard in a conversation.  "Blogging is all about me...me....me!"  Needless to say it went right over my head.  Clearly some people have no idea of  the relationships formed through this medium and the incredible support we give each other.  Why read MY blog if you are not interested in what is happening in MY life?


What do you think?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas day


We had a gorgeous Christmas day at Ansie and Willie's home in Somerset West.  All the family came and we were 24 people.  It was the usual cold meats and salads...and naturally trifle and pavlova for desert.  We ate way to much and we were all very lazy after a lengthy lunch.

Kobus and I.

My sister Anita and her husband Colin.

The newly weds.  My sister Herlien and her husband Mark.

Youngest sister Ansie and her husband Willie.
My mom and dad.

We are five girls but my one sister lives in Australia.  Here is the four SA sisters.

I just had to share this photo of the beautiful Christmas cupcakes with you.  Shayne are they not the most gorgeous things out?  Here are a few close ups.




We had such a pleasant day with the family...I hope yours were as special.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The reason for the season




 Its about Jesus, not Santa!
Santa lives at the North Pole - Jesus is everywhere;

Santa rides in a sleigh - Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year - Jesus is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies - Jesus supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited - Jesus stands at your door and knocks.. and then enters your heart.

You have to stand in line to see Santa - Jesus is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap - Jesus lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, What's your name?" 

JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly - Jesus has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO - Jesus offers health, help and hope.

Santa says "You better not cry" - Jesus says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.

Santa's little helpers make toys - Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but - Jesus gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree - Jesus became our gift and died on the tree.


It's obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.

We need to put Christ back in Christmas!!

Jesus is still the reason for the season.

 
May the Lord Bless and Watch over you and your families this Christmas 2009
And may He prosper and bless the work of your hands in the New Year.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas with our children

We had a Christmas meal and giving of gifts with our children and grandchildren before we left Port Elizabeth for Cape Town...here follows a few pics of our celebration.

Lache and Dewan.


Leane, not wanting to get wet:)

DH with Christian and Lukas.

Wynand and Nadia.


Baby Christmas (aka Lukas)

The Oupa and Lukas

Kobus Jr., Lache and their little family.

Now that is how you open a gift....note what she is sitting on...this girl has style:)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Herlien and Mark's wedding day

Ansie and I drove through to Morgenhof  wine estate before 8 o'clock this morning.  Ansie baked the wedding cake and it had to be assembled.  She did a fantastic job...and it was truly death by chocolate cake.  Here is some pics of the "anatomy of a wedding cake":)



Cherry liquer icing between the layers...yum!


Dark chocolate ganache spread all over.


Dark chocolate sticks around the cake.


Beautiful fresh roses on the top layer.The view from above...the way nobody saw it:)


The beautiful, yummy completed cake....my sis is good hey?

The cake took 2 hours to assemble and then we rushed off to Somerset West to shower and get ready for the wedding.


Dad and Herlien walking down the aisle.



Mom, dad, Mark and Herlien, Herlien's children Stephanie and Shawn and the three sisters.  Anita, the bridesmaid, me next to Steph and Ansie.



Herlien looked beautiful on her big day.


Three sisters.

Ansie and Willie

Kobus and Moi.

The big cousins together at a table.

My pretty girl.
I was not in the mood to be the photographer today...so DH took over the duty.  Hopefully I will get some nice profesional pics from Herlien.

Friday, December 18, 2009

We are off...


We are leaving for the fairest Cape this morning.  It is a lovely overcast day so traveling the 800km will be lovely.  I am so ready to have a break.  Whenever we plan to go away there is just so much to do at the Mission before we can leave...that I worked myself into a frenzy yesterday to get everything done and plan for any thing that might happen in our absence.  We have lots planned for the 10 days in the Cape.
  • My sister, Herlien is getting married on a wine estate on Sunday.
  • Catching up with my sister Ansie, who I haven't seen since February.  We will be staying with them in Somerset West.
  • I HAVE to visit Kirstenbosch.
  • I HAVE to meet some of my blogging buddies:)  Can't wait.
  • We want to drive the whole way from Cape Town along the coast to Gordons Bay and take lots of pics of the beautiful scenery.
  • DH and BIL will be going to the SA Open golf at Pearl Valley tomorrow.
  • We will be having our Christmas celebration at Ansie and Willie's house in Somerset West.
I will be taking my laptop with me...so will be checking in on all of you and sporadically posting.

xx

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas party at the Mission


Today the children at the mission were blessed with a wonderful time, of playing...

...jumping on the jumping castle....



These two face painting clowns were kept busy with our many children...they all wanted their faces painted.



...from the youngest baby...



..to some of the grown ups.



 



 
Happy dancing William.



 
 
We have the most gorgeous and well behaved children.



At twelve o'clock all 116 children were bundled into the dining hall to receive gifts.



Father Christmas arriving to very excited children.



Happy children make me feel happy.  There is no way to thank all the wonderful people who supplied gifts and refreshments.  They are sowing on fertile ground...these little ones will never forget it.  In most cases these will be the only gifts they receive.