Thursday, August 30, 2007

Joshua's Choir Competition On Video!

I know I already posted pictures from his choir competition but I finally got the right cable to download the actual video. Don't they sound great?!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Celebrating The Big 3-0!

Well, today I entered my thirties! I have to say my husband did an awesome job making my day special. This morning I was pampered by a new do and some highlights. There’s nothing like a fresh cut, tea, and a head massage on S. African prices!

The Pampering

Emma Grace with Mommy sporting her new do!

After the pampering we were off to Elmswood to buy a kitchen table and chairs (this was about the only thing we didn’t put on that container!) The best part is that they delivered it for us (for only $7 extra) the same day!

After the big purchase another surprise awaited me. Lunch with all the ladies at Courtyard Café! It was such a lovely day and sitting under the big tree outside made it perfect. Thank you, ladies, for celebrating with me!

Next I was picked up by Jeremy for a little date, just the two of us. The original plan of watching a movie backfired because the projector broke (this is Africa after all!) but instead we went to the mall and had a coffee and walked around. It was great to just be together!

After the mall we returned home and Jeremy fixed a lovely meal of roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, and salad. The best part about it was eating on our brand new table with our friends, Michael and Lindsey. (Don't worry...the rest of the chairs are coming in about 3 weeks.)

Me and the kids...

My 30th birthday was definitely special. Thanks for all the emails and messages from my friends far away. You guys also made today extra special for me!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Witrivier Preprimer Takes 1st At Eisteddfod Choir Competition!

Thursday Joshua’s school went to a choir competition in a neighboring town. Jeremy, Emma Grace, and I went to hear them sing and support Joshua. They all looked so cute in their school shirts, denims, and no shoes! That was Joshua’s favorite part. The memo specifically said dress attire was NO SHOES!

Getting Ready For The Competition

They sang three songs: “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” an Afrikaans song that I don't know the name of, and “The Skunk In The Hole.” They were by far the best. It was no surprise that the winner was…Witrivier Preprimer!

Joshua And His Friend David

After the competition they celebrated with an ice cream from Wimpy!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Joshua…Growing Up Too Fast!

Joshua continues to amaze us in all the ways he is growing up. As he tries to discover himself, our prayer is that he will be confident in the love God has for him. I love how he is understanding more and more who Jesus is and what He did for him. His childlike faith is amazing!

One of the new things we are doing with Joshua is giving him an allowance. But with having an allowance he also has to do certain chores. He really loves putting his R2 in his wallet. It’s encouraged him to save his money and if there’s something he really wants then he can purchase it with his money or save for it. He’s one smart kid!

Emma Grace…Girls Are SO Different!

What’s new with Emma Grace? Well, we’re doing potty training - take 2! Her incentive is that if she goes she gets a smartie. I think she goes just so she can get a pink one! We’re doing pretty well but still have a ways to go!

I’ve been amazed at how different our two kids are. Emma Grace is definitely more emotional and if she doesn’t get her way, she can be very stubborn! This usually results in one of those 2 year old tantrums!

The sweetest thing about her, though, is how she loves to care for her babies. She sings to them, puts them to bed, and feeds them. She’s also very good at making a meal! She gets the table all set then invites us to her room for dinner. As soon as we sit down she puts a napkin on our lap. Amazing to see how God has wired her!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Crossing The Border...

Three month visas seem to end too quickly! Our S. African visas ran out the 4th of August so this past weekend we had to leave the country! We decided to drive to Swaziland to visit the YWAM base and also renew our visas. What was supposed to be a 2-3 hour drive turned into a 6 hour drive. Between a bad map and unclear road signs we ended up on a red, dirt road through a mountain pass for 3 hours. Early on in our drive we asked a guy who was working on the road if we were on the right path and he assured us that we were on the road to Swaziland. Well, we were on the road to Swaziland but apparently no one in their right mind takes that road. I think in the 3 hour drive we passed maybe 2 cars. We saw a sign that said Wild Frontier and felt that about summed it up. It was definitely an African adventure that felt like it was straight out of a movie! All that effort and they only gave us 30 more days!

Chef & Future Chef?

Jeremy’s youngest brother just spent 2 months in Africa visiting us for a month and visiting Jeremy’s other brother, Zach, in Zambia for a month. The kids had a lot of fun with Uncle Caleb – especially when he dressed up and played with them. Caleb is a chef in the states so one day him and Emma Grace put on their aprons and chef hats to cook! Uncle Caleb was nice enough to roll out of bed at 6:30 AM to say goodbye to Joshua the day he flew back to the states. (For those of you who know him, you know that’s nothing short of a miracle!)

Hands To Create

One day Emma Grace decided she wanted to be artistic so we got out the finger paints and she painted a masterpiece. She follows in her daddy’s footsteps with that. It was cute to see her dip her finger in the paint and then clean it off to use a different color. It seems as though she’s a painting perfectionist!
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