Beautiful Aydon Jarrod De Beer

My big sister gave birth to her first born on the Tuesday the 18th December 2012. Little Aydon only weighed 2.95kg. He is the sweetest little guy!!
Our prayer is that he will grow up to know and love our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Quick Catchup...again

Silly Amanda...

Silly Rachel...

Rachel with ther play-dough-snow-man.

You know who...

And Byron - Glen's cousin, who gave his heart to the Lord on the 17th of December!!! Praise God Almighty for His amazing grace!!!

Sunday School Christmas Play & End of Year Function

I genuinely can't believe that we are at that time of the year again, this year has literally flown past! Our Sunday School had their annual Christmas play on Sunday followed by their annual Sunday School End of Year function. This year there was no water slide as usual, as the weather didn't permit, but we had a wonderful time of fellowship anyway, and the kiddies got some lovely party packs which Liliana put together for them with SO MUCH LOVE!! Thanks Aunty Lil!!!
A very enthusiastic poplar tree going over his lines for the play

Rachel - a little helper who brought the gift of love to the congregation

Amanda getting her make up done by our famous makeup artist, Rachelle

Eden was supposed to be a gift - but the costume didn't stay on long...neither did Jude's or Connor's or Samuel's

My sister didn't have a role in the play, but she did attend it, and this photo was just to show her preggy belly - almost ready to pop - can't wait!!!

Aunty Liliana handing out party packs

The most handsome little boy in the room - my little Jude, with his first tooth

The second most handsome boy in the room - little Samuel - cutie pie

Year For Life Graduation

On Friday we had our Year For Life graduation service. Dr. Kevin Roy was our speaker, and preached on revival - we were all so blessed and are longing for God to come down and pour out His spirit on South Africa.

Zani was our only full-time student this year, and so she was really lonely, however she received God's guidance as to her future, and has decided to study early childhood development. Alongside this she has learned so much in the courses that she did, and has grown in her understanding of the church - in the few years that I have known her, I have witnessed her growing in leaps and bounds in her love for the church and her love for her Lord, Jesus Christ. I look forward to see what God has planned for her. Well done Zani!

This is a picture of all those who did a course in the Year For Life Programme, all barring two who couldn't make the graduation, so there were 9 members of our church in total who completed a course this year - well done to you all! We encourage all of our members to do a Year For Life Course - we hope to have more next year!

Here are the books/resources used for the different courses:

Church History

Bible Overview

Systematic Theology

Bible Readthrough Plan

Fruity Christmas Tree

For Granny Time this last week, Granny Zan brought along Selby and Kelly to make these fruity Christmas trees. The girls enjoyed 'sticking' their tree together, but I found them rather frustrated (especially Rachel) with not having the end result look the same as the picture. 

I think they all looked lovely, and so Granny Zan has decided to use this tree idea as a centre piece on her table at Christmas time. Practise makes perfect!


One of Eden's favourite things is having an 'iceceeem'. Amanda and Rachel occasionally send her to me to ask for one, because they know that when she says it she just melts my heart and I am so tempted to always say 'yes' - realising their ploy I have become much more careful of giving in to my weakness and in keeping the consumption of cold lollies down to a minimum.
Doesn't she just melt your heart?

Cutie pie!


After much waiting, Rachel's birthday finally arrived...I say this because Rachel always battles that she has to wait soooo long for her birthday to arrive after Amanda's - a whole 18 days!!! I have tried to explain to her that we all wait a whole year for our birthday to come around, but those last 18 days for Rachel are almost unbearable...

Happy Birthday Ray-Ray - may the Lord continue to build into your life and teach you more and more how to be a godly young lady!

Birthday Dinner

This year, for the girl's birthday celebration we decided that they could go to dinner with a friend. So Amanda invited a new friend Kyra, from choir and who also does Tapestry of Grace (the curriculum they are starting next year) and who will be part of the co-op with them next year. Rachel of course invited Leah. So on Saturday they had a huge treat - they went to the hairdresser and had their hair cut and styled and their nails painted (all this was a gift from Debbie in our church - Thank you so much Debbie & Cynthia), and then when the time came they got to dress up in their beautiful dresses and shoes and earrings, which were all gifts from their grannies. To top it off, they all got to have a table to themselves, and we had our own table around the corner out of sight.

From what we could tell the girls all had a ball ordering their own drinks and giggling about whatever they were giggling about all evening...

Thank you to everyone who made this evening so special for our girls!

Redeemer Tree Calendar

We are so excited to finally have finished our Redeemer Tree Calendar. We have been working on this project all year with my mom during 'Granny Time', and finally it is completed. This calendar will be used along with our Redeemer Tree, which we have revamped and made our own from the original 'Jesse Tree'. Glen has put together all the readings for each day, and we have chosen the pictures to be reflected on the tree on each given day...from the 1st of December till Christmas morning. These little pictures will be found each day inside the pockets, with the reading of the day, and will then be hung on our Redeemer Tree. Each day will unfold more of the story of redemption from Creation to Christ's coming to make all things new! Isn't it pretty? We are so excited to have this become our new family tradition at Christmas time, and we hope to inspire more families to make Christmas a more Christ-focused memorable time!

Double digits for Amanda

I can't believe that Amanda is already 10 years old...she is growing very quickly into a beautiful young lady. Her birthday was a reminder to us all that we all have a beginning, and therefore we are not God (who has no beginning) - Amanda is made in the image of God, and so is special to God and to us. She has also been made for God, and so we enjoyed celebrating her purpose in this life - to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. I long to see God's continued work in her life as she grows more and more into the woman God wants her to be!
Amanda woken up with a song and candle-lit birthday cake - I think she was awake secretly for a while though...who looks so happy so early in the morning?

Ponies, Giraffes & Elephants

My dad and Sylvia dropped in the other day to wish Amanda and Rachel a happy birthday - the puzzle and the paintings were part of their gifts. I thought it would be nice for them to see the completed projects.
Icelandic Ponies built by Amanda and Rachel, with a little help from me :-)

Giraffes painted by Rachel

Elephants painted by Amanda

*Please note, the outlines on the paintings were already there, they just had the blessing of mixing the colours and painting them...I think they look beautiful! Well done girls, and thank you Opa and Aunty Sylvia!

Catch up #3

Finally here we are at our actual holiday destination - Seasons Sport and Spa. This was our view from our beautiful, spacious balcony...

...and here you can see what we spent most of our time doing...braaiing....

We didn't really get many photos...which I guess is not such a good thing, not that many memories...however it does show that we were really relaxed...which was a really good thing.

Catch up #2

The second part of our holiday was a visit to Alberton to see my little sister and dad. Here again we enjoyed a braai and a swim, good food and company! Sooo relaxing!