Dormant??? No way!!!

Eventually I have had a little time to catch you all up as to what's happening in our lives. This year has been an extremely trying year for us, as we have been through almost every stressful change you can imagine...Glen changed ministries, I started working part-time, the kids started school, we moved and on top of all of that, we found out that we are yet again expecting another little one. This pregnancy is going well so far, and I am currently 17 weeks along...all praise to our wonderful God - who's timing is of course perfect!

I don't have more to report than that...just some pics to share...enjoy!

Jude is getting so big! little beautiful!

Jono and Eden playing basketball

My big helpers

Their latest treat - chocolate fondue

My beautiful precious Eden

Rachel - finally with her own beautiful smile (no pout)

My big girl!

The Lord has blessed us so much, and has brought us through this difficult, yet thrilling time...we can only give Him the glory for keeping us. Thank you Lord!

Family time

One of our favourite things to do as a family is have a braai outside. We usually spoil ourselves with a few packets of crisps and my famous dip while the fire is getting ready to cook on...mmmm....I am embarrassed to say that we literally pile around the little table and consume them like vultures...
(We don't eat potatoes often, so when we do get the chance to eat any form of a potato it's gone sooner than anyone can say 'Starch!')
Rachel is unhappy because her little brother just got dip all over her pants...he is happy because he got dip all over her pants!

My little princess

My little thug

My beautiful girls


My big girl and her daddy
Monkey Manda

Jude enjoying the slide

Look Daddy, I found a snake :-)
The chip eating is then followed with fun time outside, and then we eat whatever it is we have cooked...this time - hamburgers (with the bun - another luxury in our family :-))

Fear Factor

What do worms, fish, chilli, concentrate, baby purity, onions and dog food have in common? They were all items to be swallowed on our Fear Factor evening last Friday. Yuk!!!

Mopani worms eaten by Zani and Kevin - Kevin was the winner!

Ria eating chillie pilchards

Rachel waiting in terror to touch the next gross thing...

Vince playing the he got that smelly bone so close to his nose is a mystery to me!

Silvana up against Rachelle eating prune purity...Silvana owned this one!

John and Jeremy hat to eat the hottest Biltong in Krugersdorp

Real dog food

Emiel lapping up the dog food...Leah, his daughter on the left can't believe her dad would do that!

All I had to do was drink a glass of pure ginger beer flavoured concentrate - hectic!

Tuna with butternut purity

Vince desperately trying not to taste his most hated food...ONION

All in good fun hey? What an evening full of laughs! To top it off for me, Rachel even tried a Mopani worm at the end of the evening...crazy girl!


Amanda and Rachel still like to play dress-up at times, and this time they decided to get into their old ballet must understand that they haven't done ballet for at least the last 5 how they squeezed into those leotards is a total mystery. Kids will be kids...

Is it a bird? Is it Superman? No, it's a plane!

Nothing really special's just a plane...but it was quite cool to see these white stripes trailing the plane in the air. Not sure why it's doing that, but I'm pretty sure that it's not smoke from an engine or anything, but rather the plane cutting the air...I actually don't know, and don't have enough scientific knowledge to any helpful explanations would be appreciated. 

New Elder

I know, I know, it has been way too long since my last post...and this post is about an event which happened more than a month ago. So sorry - you know how it is with four kids and a house full of responsibilities.
On the 14th of April, Peter Gilbert was officially ordained as an elder at KBC. We are so thankful to God for raising up godly men in our congregation to pray for us, to teach us and to lovingly shepherd us. 

Eden and Zani enjoying some cake and fellowship after the ordination service.

Unit Celebration

At last - our first Unit Celebration! We decided to have our feast at the Emmerentia Dam - which turned out to be such a perfect setting for our event. You might be able to recognize a few Medieval characters, such as Robin Hood, Little John, and King Arthur...

The girls looked beautiful in their long dresses and garlands. Among them we have Maid Marion and Empress Theodora...


Who can spot the joker?
 Rachel gave a speech on 'Living in a Viking family',

and Amanda told us all about Marco Polo and his exciting adventures.

The other kids also gave speeches on various Middle Ages topics, played musical items and played games...and we all enjoyed wonderful fellowship and fun together! I can't wait for the next unit celebration - who thought learning could be so much fun?

Unit Celebration Preparation

We were all hard at work towards the end of last week readying ourselves for our Unit Celebration - A Medieval Feast! Part of the fun was making decorations, costumes, preparing items to show and then preparing and presenting the food! Crazy as it may sound, I decided to add a roasted pig's head as a table decoration, but these things you have to do yourself, and so what started out as a nice idea, was actually quite a stomach-turning experience. Thankfully Glen bought the head, Rachel cleaned it, Amanda basted it, and all that was left for me to do was get all the praise for making it :-) Well, I did still have to watch it being cooked and make sure that it was nice and crisp and looked it's best!

Even though it was quite gruesome, it did make in interesting conversation piece, and a few people did kiss it's crispy snout! What fun it was indeed!!!

Middle Ages

This has been our first term of our new curriculum, Tapestry of Grace. Our whole family has traveled the exciting journey together of learning all about the Middle Ages. Here are some crafts the girls made along the way, to help them understand different aspects of art and culture in the day.
Here we have a Byzantine icon...

a stainglass window...

a mosaic of Empress Theodora...

geometric art which started with the rise of Islam...

a coat of arms...

a castle...


diorama depicting the people of the Middle Ages...

and lastly, illuminations.

The girls have thoroughly enjoyed this first term, and after our last week we will have our unit celebration - a medieval feast, where we all have to dress up in appropriate attire...should be fun!