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!
DSC03502

Lovely fellowship in the ferry line-up, and sunshine for our last ferry ride.DSC03520

DSC03508

A very sweet surprise goodbye.
DSC03511

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.
DSC03516

And for another fabulous goodbye surprise on our way to the airport,
DSC03526

and precious loved friends …
DSC03531

DSC03536

DSC03541

DSC03561

DSC03558

For a flight and some tears behind us.
DSC03569

Airport mercies while we wait for the next flight …
DSC03571

DSC03580

and an outside view from the airport lounge while the hours ticked by.
DSC03574

First breakfast back home, at Oupa and Ouma’s house.
DSC03583

Our old haunt revisited.
DSC03602

Family!
DSC03612

Cousins!
DSC03621

Grandma!
DSC03627
For rock and fynbos …
DSCN4760
DSC03642

DSC03656

and gorgeous coke-a-cola mountain water, perfectly drinkable.DSC03676

Mountain gifts …DSCN4819
DSCN4803

DSCN4822

A Saturday morning breakfast ritual, thanks to Oupa.
DSC03713

Rock and blue sky.
DSC03724

For Cape mountains and my people.
DSC03738

Africa baby!
DSC03745

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.
DSC03791

Birthday breakfast – homemade Snugwiches of course.DSC03850

DSC03852

DSC03854

For siblings, and made-by-big-sister-birthday-pants,
DSC03871

and a one year old in the house!
DSC03885

PS: Have I mentioned cupcakes?
I am thankful for cupcakes.

DSC03902

Posted in life | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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,
IMG 3254
surrounded us with love, prayed for us,
 IMG 3256
sent us on our way back to South Africa with their blessing.

IMG 3258
We will always carry them in our hears.

DSCN4269

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

Posted in life | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

what got me through

We leave today, people!

DSC03464 
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 

Posted in life | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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. 

DSC03292

Bedtime story restored.
DSC03294

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

Posted in life | Tagged , | Leave a comment

transition

Ready to ship …
DSC03251

Relief – all that stuff packed and gone!
DSC03254

Unpacking it all on the other side? Blech!
DSC03256

Exploring new spaces …
DSC03265

DSC03271

Now the goodbyes are looming.
I am NOT looking forward to that! 

Posted in life | Tagged | 4 Comments

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 …

DSC03121

DSC03113

DSC03117

DSC03105

DSC03101

DSC03055

Posted in outdoors | Tagged , | 8 Comments

rock rocks!

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

 DSC01776

Climbing them best of all.

Gorgeous rock at Skaha Bluffs.DSC02281

Camping across the lake.
DSC02280

Happy little camper!
DSC02282

From the bluffs …
DSC02312

Sisters.
DSC02270

Lunch!
DSC02268

Little guy trekking along the climbers for days …DSC02316

Go girl.
9263B215 12E9 47DC A4FE 4D1ADEC265A8

And you!
DSC02332

Loved these.
DSC02341

That’s my oldest baby up there!
DSC02345

Big guy’s turn.
DSC02307

And Boy’s.
DSC02273

Not to forget Small.
549D927E DEFB 4152 8A70 368738D9796F
(Photo courtesy of Michelle, youth climbing team team coach extraordinaire.)

Campsite love.
DSC02355

The conclusion of solid days of climbing.DSC02350

Hello car park.
DSC02354

Thanks to Michelle for organizing an amazing weekend of outdoor climbing for the Edge climbing team!

Posted in outdoors | Tagged , | Leave a comment