Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
For many months we all prayed for this little guy to be placed in my cousin's arms. You see,there were times when we wondered if Joshua's biological mom would be able to give him up for adoption. God is good............ and Josh is so blessed in his new family.
He's already got one avid fan ............. CoolDude!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
MrGee and I both have our parents alive and active in our lives.
On Easter Sunday I had them both over for a delicious roast. MrGee's parents and mine hadn't seen each other for 11 years(they live in different provinces) so it was quite a moment for them. We all had a wonderful time....... and the two sets of Grandparents got on marvelously!
TanziPanzi differentiates between the two grannies by calling them the 'white granny' and the 'black granny.'
Below is my mom....... the 'white granny'...... because of her grey hair!
And this is 'black granny' with her dyed grey hair!
Your Grandchildren love you all dearly!
Friday, March 21, 2008
My other Mom and Dad are great! I get on so well with them. Things are very uncomplicated and relaxed........ we always have a wonderful time together!
Here are some pics from today.........
Tanzi peeled potatos.
Grandpa helped with a bleeding toe, and WizzKid administered a local anesthetic!
Granny and Grandpa had a workout! They are exremely fit......
So nice to see that she freaks out when other people brush her hair! Go Granny Go!
We are having a wonderful time together!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
So why are we feeling the need to fly out of this country so quickly............ FEAR ?
It IS becoming apparent, that things are starting to fall apart here, with regards to municipal services, education and a major increase of crime due to lawlessness! MrGee and I love this land and do not want to run from it..... but we are still worried about our kids future here.
This morning our electricity went off from 8:00-10:00am. The "load sharing initiative"(better name=power-cuts!) forced me into having a quiet time with the Lord!
I opened the Bible at James 5 and read about letting God plan your life.
Some of you say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay a year,do business, and make money." But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away.So you should say, "If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that." [James 5:13-16]
I began praying and thanking God for this word and gentle reminder to trust Him as he knows our future. Yes..... our Heavenly Father knows.
I felt lead to open 'The Womans Devotional' by Jill Briscoe. I turned to todays date..... the heading was "The Greenest Grass." The scripture to go with it was .......
" Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and staff protect and comfort me.[Psalm 23:4]
Jill Briscoe continued with a story of how she felt extremely alone and afraid when her husband went away on a 5 week trip. Her children had left home, and her pet dog had died a couple of years back. She was alone.......... and afraid espescially whenever she heard the creaking of floor boards or the scratching of branches against the window pains. She started to stay out later at night so that she could avoid feeling that fear.
One night she said she'd had enough of this fear...... She simply put her hand in her shepherds and said,"Help me walk through this valley with you." Jesus replied, "STOP RUNNING! You have been sprinting along, intent on getting out of this situation as quickly as you can. Walk slowly and take a long look around. See here is some green,green grass."
Ah-ha..... the greenest grass is always in the valley!
This word has really encouraged MrGee and I. We are in Hillcrest for a reason. Even though things are looking bleek for our country we know that this is where we are meant to be for now and we are excited for what God is about to unfold in our lives.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
It has been good. The boys have been able to compete in many swimming events and WizzKid just missed being the Victor Ladorum(in swimming) by 1 point. He got to compete in a major gala and won 1 Gold, 2 Silvers and a Bronze. CoolDude made it into the Junior Tennis Squad and did his first oral(in front of 25 other kids), and got 85%. (I was so proud of him!)
Both have made new friends and are very happy! BUT........................
My concern is that they do very little work at school! The standard is much lower than home-education. The maths they are doing now, they did 2 years ago!!!!! CoolDude keeps reminding his Class teacher ...... "I did this along time ago Mrs Perks!"(.....oops.)
WizzKid is going to grade 8(High School) next year and we are not sure what to do. He loves his swimming and is so good at it. His goal is the Olympics!!! But we don't want to compromise his education. And of course there's the other issue of leaving this country that is a big influence!...... urgh!
Any suggestions? What has/what is working for you?
I'd love to hear your suggestions and advice.
Love n' Hugz Fee
Sunday, March 16, 2008
We went doll shopping for little miss Tanzi. She could choose from a red head, a brunette, a blond ........ but she fell in love with "bl@ck Chiara"(her name choice!). She has two little African girls in her class whom she is very fond of.
You would never have found a doll like this in the old S. Africa ......... one positive/good change for my country! Yahoo!!
The look says it all...... "Get that flashy thing out of my eyes, and let me sleep!"
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Oh my that contrived smile.................. delightful! teehee
They also asked me to make a " Baker Baker outfit.......... so here she is with CoolDude getting in on the fun
Friday, March 7, 2008
Since he has been at his new school, he made it into the school team, then he made the provincial team, and today, he made it into The South African Christian Schools Swimming Team. (Yahoo...... rah,rah!)
In the 13 year old category he won silver for 100m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke, and Bronze for 50m Butterfly. I will post the pics when we return home.
Tomorrow he has 3 other events........ just do ya best son ....... and then a little more!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I saw this at Coffee Mom's blog I loved it so much I had to post it here! Thank you Kathleen! We are not homeschooling AT THE MOMENT, but I know we will return to it sooner than later! Yes, it is of a VERY strereotype homeschool family, but I had a good hearty laugh! Enjoy.......
Monday, March 3, 2008
The teacher got an occupational therapist to come in for the day as there was a little girl that needed an assessment. The O.T told the teacher that Tanzi was extremely well co-ordinated and very strong for a 3 year old. I have been speaking to MrGee about putting her into a gymnastic group for a while now. She is so confident on the biggest of jungle gyms..... I battle to watch her as she swings across the monkey bars and dangles by her legs!!!!
My baby-girl is growing up too quickly. The other day I heard her singing a rather unsual version of our national athem. Neither MrGee or I are very patriotic so we knew she hadn't heard it coming out of our mouths....... especially since I'm not too sure how it even goes...... oooops!
"Where did you learn that?", I enquired. "At school Mom, my friend Mat sings it all day..... but I sing it better!"
So here she is........... if it sounds like she is swearing in any one of our 11 official languages....... please remember she knoweth not what she sayeth!!!