last sunday

We said goodbye to our church family last Sunday.

I am so grateful for them.

They welcomed us, cared for us, bore with our shortcomings,
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surrounded us with love, prayed for us,
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sent us on our way back to South Africa with their blessing.

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We will always carry them in our hears.

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(Thank you, Carrie, for the wonderful pictures!)

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what got me through

We leave today, people!

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What got me (is getting me) through this stretching, stressful time of saying huge goodbyes, packing up a life, helping children to transition, keeping people fed and clean, loving on the teething baby, is this taking this to heart:

“We have time and prayer backwards.
We think time determines prayer, but prayer determines time.
We think our lack of time is the cause of our lack of prayer,
but our lack of prayer is the cause of our lack of time.”
Peter Kreeft – Morning, Noon and Night. 

Blessed be our God, who daily bears our burden, the God of our salvation.
Psalm 68:19 

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progress!

Things fell apart a bit after the shipping left.
The reason being, no books left in the house. Not one!

Life is back on track after a trip to the library. 

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Bedtime story restored.
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Getting there with the packing up.
Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

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transition

Ready to ship …
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Relief – all that stuff packed and gone!
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Unpacking it all on the other side? Blech!
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Exploring new spaces …
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Now the goodbyes are looming.
I am NOT looking forward to that! 

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beach

When we came to this island five years ago, it was hard to call the rocky, log strewn shore a beach. What do you mean you’re going to the beach?

But now we really miss the black pebbles, the bone white wood, the crystal clear green water, the trees down to the shore …

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rock rocks!

Yeah, we love rocks. Collecting them. Throwing them. Teething on them.

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Climbing them best of all.

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Camping across the lake.
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Happy little camper!
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From the bluffs …
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Sisters.
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Lunch!
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Little guy trekking along the climbers for days …DSC02316

Go girl.
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And you!
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Loved these.
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That’s my oldest baby up there!
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Big guy’s turn.
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And Boy’s.
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Not to forget Small.
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(Photo courtesy of Michelle, youth climbing team team coach extraordinaire.)

Campsite love.
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Hello car park.
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Thanks to Michelle for organizing an amazing weekend of outdoor climbing for the Edge climbing team!

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50 plus 11 equal love

A while back there was a double birthday in my house again. A special someone arrived eleven years ago on her dad’s birthday. Also her due date. And an hour after another wee one who was due that same day. It kept the midwife hopping. She walked in the door not a second too soon. Fun times!

So here we go.

Gifts!

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 Birthday breakfast!

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Birthday dinner! 

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Love.

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