Monday, December 27, 2010

27 on the 27th

I went to a friend's blog today and it seems that on the 10th of each month she and other friends make a list of 10 things they've done recently. has been 6 months since I've written on my I figured I had enough to do 27 things on the 27th! Hopefully, this will catch everyone
up on what has been happening in our family and on our side of the world.

1. Went to World Cup Soccer matches!

2. Participated in ministry during the World Cup.

3. Made proper rusks for the first time. Rusks are like biscotti but bigger...hard biscuits that you dip in tea or coffee.
4. Decided to homeschool Joshuwa.
5. Rode Ivy in a Quadrille with Ruth Anne and two other young ladies.
6. Made a beautiful cake for Ruth Anne's "Going Away" party.
7. Celebrated Kurt's return from Japan.
8. Forgot to celebrate our 21st anniversary on 19 August...
9. Put Ruth Anne on a plane for the USA on 20 August!
10. Helped Bellevue Baptist start a tutoring program at their church
11. Ran a 4K race with King's School.
12. Went to Cape Town for Spiritual Retreat.
13. Found a lump...but had it drained. All is well. God is so good.
14. Celebrated Kurt's parents' 50th wedding anniversary in the USA.
15. Saw my parents. Saw Ruth Anne!
16. Found a wonderful hair product! Now my curly hair is my friend. It's the little things in life!
17. Watched Josh play the drums at a school assembly! Now he practices almost every day!
18. Rode Ivy in a Pas-de-Deux.
19. Won the Quadrille with 3 other wonderful young ladies (and our horses)!
20. Got a new freezer!
21. Got my oven fixed after 6 weeks (learned to cook many meals on the stove and in crock pot)!
22. Decorated for Christmas. We have nativity scenes from all over Africa and from the US.
23. Hosted 5 people in our home for a week. Baseball players that came to teach baseball and share the gospel. About 50 people accepted the Lord that week!
24. Took Josh ice skating with Joburg kids that are also being home schooled.
25. Sang Christmas carols all through December (because I led worship)!
26. Celebrated Christmas eve with friends and Mexican food!
27. Enjoyed a lovely Christmas day. Went to church, opened presents, spent time with friends and talked with family.

That brings us up-to-date. I will be doing a much better job at writing on my blog. I'm sure a lot of entries will deal with Josh and home schooling! Should be fun!

I hope you all have a happy New Year!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Winter's Top Ten

Well, it is obviously the first day of winter here in Joburg. The low this morning, with wind chill, felt like 26F!! The wind is gusting fiercely outside and the temperature inside the coldest house in Joburg (our house) is 45F at 12 noon! Ouch!
So, I've decided to compose a list of the top 10 in expensive ways to keep warm this winter, since it's only the beginning. If your house spends the day at less than 50F (10C), try some of these ideas!

10. Drive your car to a really sunny place and park there for awhile. Bring a good book, even your computer...but keep an eye out for carjackers!
9. Go to the shopping centre (mall). It's always warmer there. The shops might even have heating! At least they don't have windows. And, the cappuccinos there are wonderful!
8. Layer, layer, layer! Wear 3 pair of socks, thermal underwear, at least 3 long sleeve shirts, a sweater (jersey), gloves and a hat!
7. Wear your pajamas all day (with a robe) or wear your clothes to bed that night. That way you only have to change clothes once a day!
6. Take a hot shower for an hour! But, expect your family to be upset that you've used up all the hot water! And, get ready for a blast of cold when you get out.
5. Wrap up in blankets. Don't forget your hot water bottle. When it cools, you can recycle the water; heat it up again!
4. Go to the gym. Work hard, get hot, sweat. At least you'll be warm for 30 min to an hour!
3. Drink hot tea all day long. Eat soup for lunch and dinner. You may want to keep a small heater going in the bathroom (loo) because you will spend a lot of time in there!
2. Snuggies are in style in Joburg! They are no laughing matter. Use it!
1. Go visit a friend. Their house will be warmer than yours! And, it's always fun to drink tea with a friend.

In case it seems like I'm bellyaching too much, here are 3 things I love about winter in Joburg.
3. You don't sweat! So you can take less showers and you can wear clothes more than one day before washing!
2. Hot tea and soup. I love them. I love normal black tea, rooibos tea, flavored tea. My favorite is (ok, it sounds weird, but it's delicious) grapefruit and lavender!
1. The clear, cloudless blue sky. The bright sunshine! Winter in Joburg is beautiful!

Whatever the season where you are, enjoy it! God created the seasons and they are to be enjoyed!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ice Skating Party

Joshuwa is 8!
Wow! I can't believe it. Time is really flying!
He wanted to have his birthday party at the ice ska
ting rink. He loves skating.
We had it on a Monday right after school. It was the perfect time, because the rink was practically empty.
The kids skated for nearly 3 hours! Two fell pretty hard at the beginning, but got back out there and did great.
My indoor pictures didn't turn out very well...but I've put them in anyway.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


The other day at the mall, I went to draw money from the ATM. As I approached, a black woman came up to me and asked me to help her draw money. This was the first time she had a ever used the ATM. When she was finished, she looked at me and said, "Thank you." Then she added that she had been waiting for a white person to help her. She said that she didn't trust black people; that they would cheat her.
This made me very sad. A person can't trust someone from their own culture. It is a stereotype, because I know many people from several cultures in South Africa that are wonderful and honest. But, crime is very bad here and that makes it hard to trust anyone. Shame.
South Africa is a beautiful country with lovely people.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Baby

Friday morning, Josh wakes up and comes into the kitchen all "worked up." He's talking about seeing something white running in his room. "Hurry, come see it," he says. And then he adds, "It's freaking me out!"
I thought it was some kind of bug (he absolutely hates them) a big lizzard or grasshopper. Kurt goes into his room to see what is going on. Josh finally calms down. He returns to the kitchen to tell me that our guinea pig had a baby. I rushed into his room and sure enough, there it was! A little white piggie!
If you've read my blogs at the beginning of the year, you'll
remember that while we were in the United States, our "piggie sit
ter" told us that one of the piggies had a baby. Unfortunately, it was deformed and had died. She said that happened about a week before we returned from the States. It took us another week or so to find a cage (at a decent price) so we could separate our piggies. Well...I guess that was a little too long!
Also, when it comes to determining the gender...don't ask me! All along I thought Spikey was a boy and Popcorn was a girl. I even looked at the pictures on the internet that shows you how to check and what it should look like. I got it all wrong. Spikey is the Mama!
We are hoping that the baby is a girl so we can keep them together. Oh...if it is a girl, Lacey will be her name.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Making Sushi

For my birthday, in January, I got a sushi "kit." I got 4 plates & bowls, a bamboo mat, rice spoon, chop sticks, and 2 cook books. I do have a tendancy to put things off, especially if I've never done it before.
So, Friday, I went out and bought smoked salmon and seaweed. We finally pulled out all the ingredients for sushi tonight (Sunday). I decided to start with veggie sushi that way if it didn't go right, I didn't waste a lot of money. I didn't get it rolled quite right, but there was promise.
I made a few adjustments when rolling and the next ones came out well!!
Josh, Ruth Anne & her friend, Chene, enjoyed it. So did I!
The only thing I wish is that I let Josh help. He really wanted to do some of it, but I was caught up in getting it right.
So tomorrow, I'm going to let him make some for his lunch!

Monday, February 08, 2010


Did I say my Sunday evenings were lazy? Where did this one go? And the last Sunday evening?
Oh yeah...2 Sundays ago I was cleaning the guinea pig cages...yes...cageS!!
We got back from spending a month in the States over Christmas and the young lady who took care of our guinea pigs told me that one of them had a baby! Yikes!
So, I checked into getting one "fixed." The cost R900 (that's about $120)! It only cost R50 ($6) to buy one!
So, we bought another cage and separated them. Now, I have 2 cages to clean each week! Fun!
But, Josh often says to me, "Thank you for buying me guinea pigs." Awwww....who can resist that!! :)


Sunday, January 17, 2010


Well, it's a new year and time to make resolutions. A resolution is a "firm decision to do or not to do something." It seems that everyone makes them in January, hoping they will see them through in the new year. "Hoping" doesn't sound very firm. But that is exactly what I'm doing. My friends are so good at keeping up with theirs. Many movies depict people blogging and doing a great job keeping it up. That is what I am resolving to do. So, I am planning on using my lazy Sunday evenings to update my blog. 2010 New Year's resolution! (At least one of them!)

Christmas 2009

Our family spent Christmas 2009 with family. We had a wonderful time. Our holiday lasted a month. We spent most of the month with my family, going between Houston and the Rustic Star (near Schulenburg, TX). Of course, shopping was done in Houston, but Christmas day was spent at the farm. We also made an overnight visit to Baylor. Kurt's parents met us there and we all went to a basketball game. The next day, Ruth Anne went on a tour of Baylor. She had a great time and loved the campus. It was wonderful being with my family and, of course, I loved every minute at the farm! I really enjoyed going to Mom's and Dad's new church in Schulenburg.
We left the day after Christmas for Susan's house (Kurt's sister). We spent a week with all of Kurt's family there and at his parent's lake house. When we got to Susan's house, there was some leftover snow in the backyard. Josh was able to make a snowman with the help of Uncle Kent (Kurt's brother). Ruth Anne went to an all-day concert with her cousin, Kaitlyn. Everyone took turns playing the Wii. We also played 'Apples To Apples' until midnight one night! Grandpa took Josh duck hunting one morning for about 45 minutes. Josh told Nanna that he and Grandpa waited for 10 hours to shoot a duck !!
Josh got plenty of opportunity to ride his quad-bike and Ruth Anne drove Papa's truck every chance she got. We all took turns riding with her.
Enjoy the pictures!
Blessings for the New Year!