Grateful Season

Years back, I read a quote by Heracletus, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”  Looking back on a decade of life in South Africa, and the end of our season at Seed of Hope, I see how much we’ve changed.

These past few months, we’ve shared a lot of our preparations for returning to Canada, and some of the day to day experiences of wrapping things up.  We’ve had a healthy amount of time to reflect on all that’s happened in our lives since that pivotal decision to move our family in 2007.  It’s led us to a deep sense of gratitude. Read More…

And we are down to one week….

Sorry about the lapse in countdown, folks.  But we are back!  Today I am going to show you a few pictures of the farewells I planned for my kiddos.  Trying to help them end this chapter in their lives well (and hoping they won’t blame their parents for ruining their lives and talk about us in therapy…)  So we celebrated their friendships and were absolutely overwhelmed at all the beautiful friendships they have!  Read More…

It’s Countdown Time Again

I might be hyperventilating next time you see me (or sobbing my eyes out)…  Less than 3 weeks now!  The official good-byes have started and that feels a bit overwhelming, but yet good at the same time.  Hope you enjoyed reading the kids’ viewpoints for the last couple of weeks.  You may hear from them again before this countdown is over, but for today, it is my turn.  Read More…

Olly’s Point of View – 4 weeks from today

Hi there, my name is Olly and I am Marae’s most trusted companion, her watch.  I go with her everywhere – to school, to swim training, to the beach.  I must say, I don’t like the beach very much.  I always get sand in my buttons and then they don’t work well.  Marae loves the sea though, so I begrudgingly go with her. Read More…

Countdown – 6 weeks

So much has happened in the last two weeks, it feels like it has been months since I last blogged.  I am completely aware (especially since a few friends politely reminded me) that I missed my 7 week instalment.  Oops.  But by the end of this blog, you will understand why.   Read More…

Countdown – 2 months to go

And that truck is carrying 15 of the most important cardboard boxes in all the world!  At least that is what my dear children believe to be true!  In my last post, I had hoped we would be able to fit into 15 boxes – and unbelievably, we did!  4 book boxes, and 11 standard boxes… filled with all sorts of treasures!  At least that is what we call them…   Read More…

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