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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joy and gladness ⎮ 6 months

 Dear little one,

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How in the world did you get to be six months old? How?

How did we ever live without you? How? 

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 “You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.”  Luke 1:14

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big change

We took a big step this week. Booked plane tickets for seven people to the other side of the world.

I stand amazed at God’s provision.

Now that that leap of commitment is behind us, I thought I would share a few excerpts from our recent Christmas letter here.

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dear friends
 

 

… We are in our fifth year on the island, and it feels so much more familiar than when we first arrived. We have learned to love the towering trees, the green ocean, the raven’s squawk, the fjord-like Howe Sound with misty vistas. Learned to live with pesky deer and ferry line-ups. Learned the ups and downs of pastoring a small church.
And I think we can say without hesitation that we have been changed by this piece of rock in the ocean we have called home these last years, and the community of which we have become part. I think we are surer of our African-ness, confirmed in our need of community, stronger in our longing for belonging, tougher in our commitment to the Gospel, still aware that everything reduces down to relationships in the end.
In August 2015 our five-year work contract with Cates Hill Chapel will come to an end. Our hope is to return home, back to South Africa, back to teaching theology, back to engaging students and culture, back also to create a university-based space for Christian thinking/mentorship for the young leaders and culture-shifters of our country’s future. 

… It certainly will be a wrench to leave the island. Bowen is a special place, beautiful and unspoilt. We have been blessed here. We will dearly miss folk, and the freedom our children have to roam the island with the village looking out for them. …
 
… We are looking forward for them all to be closer to family, and to grow up in the sunshine in that crazy country at the south of Africa.
Please would you pray for us when we come to mind, as we are at the threshold of transition from one continent to the next, and at the start of a new and daunting venture in ministry?
We would love to hear from you, and how we may pray for you too.

 

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birthday girl

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Five years old at quarter-to-six in the morning, waiting for the ferry in the Snug (Bowen’s everybody-goes-there/generally life-saving, coffee-serving establishment).

Sometimes I wonder how we got to be the lucky ones to have this plucky little fairy in our family.

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four months old

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wee winter walk

Seriously, folk, there is nothing that is as good for the kids as getting outside in all seasons. Grows their brains, bodies, spirits.
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And there are few things I enjoy as much myself – it is like a mini holiday. 

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Speaking of mini holidays, that’s what we took when we got on the ferry and drove past Squamish to walk around beautiful Alice Lake.

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 It was interesting to see the lake in its winter garb.

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  Usually we are swimming in it during church camp!

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 Thankfully it was a mild day out.

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A passing hello to Miss Snow on the way home.

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Ah, so wonderful!

(It gets even more pleasant after years of working on the 3 basic rules for outdoor ventures:
No whining.
No complaining.
No bad attitudes.)

Thank you, husband of mine. 

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got to love …

… a Saturday morning.

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Hope your weekend is going well.

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