Michelle’s Blog

Eviction Notice

Thankfully we don’t have one of those!  An eviction notice…  My wonderful in-laws have let us wholly invade their space for the past 6 weeks while we wait for our tenant’s lease to be up.  And tomorrow is the day! Read More…

TCK – Totally Clued-in Kids or Totally Clueless Kids

To quote Elise, “I wonder sometimes if this really is my life now?”   This transition has not been an easy one for my teen and pre-teen children.  They were 4 years old, 2 years old, and 1 month old when we left the country of their birth and so now identify strongly with South Africa.  You hear a lot about “biltong” and “lekker braais” in my house.  The kids miss their country of familiarity.  They knew what to expect in South Africa.  They were confident and secure. Read More…

Family Ties

We have often been lauded for the sacrifice we made when we moved our young family half way around the world.  We left a safe, happy, Canadian suburb for a country that has been labelled by some as a “crime capital.”  We chose to live behind bars for safety and have our children “locked” in our yard.   All the South Africans that we met were astonished that we had moved there – as many of them were trying to leave. Read More…

One month gone

Since I last blogged, we have been through 3 countries, flown in 4 airplanes, rode the train under the English channel, experienced all manner of public transportation in London and Paris, and walked miles and miles around the English and French countrysides.   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…

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