why don’t I do it more often / feast

Sometimes impromptu invitations and a bring-what-you-have-and-we’ll-throw-it-together menu turn into the best of feasts.  
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So relaxed and easy. Great food and great company just like that.

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It makes me wonder why on earth I don’t do it more often?

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homeschool moment

There must be people who breeze through their children’s education.
I am one of those who stew and wonder and second-guess everything.
And pray. A lot.
But not enough. 

Today I clicked everyone as they were busy at school (or not).

[Do not be fooled by this little face. It was a real you can’t put me down for a second kind of morning.]

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What I love about this homeschooling gig?

They are around. We talk, think, laugh, share. They learn. I learn.

That is when I’m not stewing.

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little buddy

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Hey little man, we love you so.

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some days

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Some days all we have is the present moment, and God.

We have had a time of constant sickness, pressure, post-moving adjustment, uncertainty. Very ordinary, very hard days.
God has been a very present help where I have often felt at the end of myself.
I know that where we end is where God can begin. 

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God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (ASV) 

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landing (the long version)

Well folks, I think the reality is that moving continents is not for sissies.
And it has become apparent to me that I might well be a bit of a sissy.
From packing up, to saying goodbye, to long flights with a wee one, to 10 hour time shifts, to everything upside down … 

But as they say, the only way out is through, and I have been reminded not to neglect giving thanks every day, sometimes moment by moment, to bolster my sissy-heart.

Here are a few snaps of some of the gifts I give hearty thanks for …

Bags packed and ready for the airport!
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Lovely fellowship in the ferry line-up, and sunshine for our last ferry ride.DSC03520

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A very sweet surprise goodbye.
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Looking back (goodbye Snug Cove!), for everything we have gained on the island these five years.DSC03522

For the adventures I’ve had with this guy.
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And for another fabulous goodbye surprise on our way to the airport,
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and precious loved friends …
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For a flight and some tears behind us.
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Airport mercies while we wait for the next flight …
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and an outside view from the airport lounge while the hours ticked by.
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First breakfast back home, at Oupa and Ouma’s house.
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Our old haunt revisited.
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Family!
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Cousins!
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Grandma!
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For rock and fynbos …
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and gorgeous coke-a-cola mountain water, perfectly drinkable.DSC03676

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A Saturday morning breakfast ritual, thanks to Oupa.
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Rock and blue sky.
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For Cape mountains and my people.
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Africa baby!
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For that big guy (behind the camera), and that I still have a little guy in my life,DSC03757

and for being around for significant family celebrations.
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Birthday breakfast – homemade Snugwiches of course.DSC03850

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For siblings, and made-by-big-sister-birthday-pants,
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and a one year old in the house!
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PS: Have I mentioned cupcakes?
I am thankful for cupcakes.

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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 my people fed and clean, loving on the teething baby, and getting it all done before the plane leaves, is 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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