Posts by: Michelle

Gulp.

I just looked at the date of my last blog post.  It has been 5+ weeks!!!! Gulp.  Swallow.  Gulp.  Biggest apologies to my lovely family and friends who read my updates.  Lots of GREAT stuff has been happening (hence the lack of blog writing time) and lots of super stuff is about to happen!  Read on to see!! Read More…

To Fringe or Not to Fringe

I am a lover of all things “cheap.”  Okay, not cheap, as in dollar store cheap (or in South Africa they call it “Chinese store” cheap.)  But cheap, as in recycled, reused, and re-loved!  :-)  I am in the midst of planning for a women’s retreat for our church and I was in charge of coming up with a craft for us to do.  With my favourite resource, Pinterest, I was able to find a LOT of great “cheap” ideas, but settled on making scarves from old t-shirts.  These are a few of the ones I made while practicing…. Read More…

Hobo Holidays (or Vacation Vagabonds)

Everyone dreams of going on vacation!  Holidays are such a fun part of life!  And we have been blessed to have gone on some pretty spectacular family holidays.  But living in South Africa on a bit of a tight budget has helped us learn to be creative with our holiday-making!  Today, I thought I would take you with me on a little tour of the last few holidays we have been on.   Read More…

Networking

We have been a part of a network of NGOs for quite a few years now called Soul Action.  It has been such a blessing in our lives both personally and professionally.  We have met some amazing people working in all different areas of community service; we have taken Soul Action courses that have challenged us, taught us, expanded our vision and opened our eyes to new ways of doing things.  Read More…

Look Again

Nate’s prayer over lunch today was something like this.

Thank you for my awesome family.

Thank you that we have enough food to eat.

Thank you that everyone in my family loves me.

Thank you that we don’t struggle to live.

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carrot woman

I was given a zulu name last week!  FINALLY!  After living in South Africa for 7 years, I have a Zulu name.  Nomphilo.  It means “to have health” or “to be healthy.”  Very fitting for me as I LOVE all things healthy!  I have quite a reputation around these parts for being the “carrot woman.”   Read More…

Filling Bathtubs

I was working a night shift on December 31, 1999, on a nephrology ward at a hospital in Edmonton, Alberta.  I remember clearly talking to my manager as I got off of work at 11pm.  She asked me to keep my phone on in case life as we knew it fell apart when that computer turned over to the year 2000.  Y2K. Read More…

Furlough schmurlough

Furlough – A word all missionaries are very familiar with and delight in!  A time to see family, to eat foods that are familiar and comforting, to shop in stores that seem “normal,” to hug family anytime they want to, to rest, to recuperate, and to prepare to head back to the foreign land they now call home.   Read More…

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