Michelle’s Blog

“Will you be my friend?”

Elise has started school this year – kindergarten, or Grade R as they call it here in South Africa.  She is at a lovely little pre-school just up the road from our house.  Most days she comes home with fabulous stories of crocodile games, art class with paint everywhere, songs about toothless monsters, and playground tales.  Elise is 5 and a pretty easy-going child, but she has quickly learned about “girlfriends” and “bff”s and the roller coaster of friendships! Read More…

Bugs

I live in a country that one must live in peaceful coexistence with the insect population or one might go mad. The tropical climate that we enjoy is also enjoyed by a multitude of flying, crawling, inching, squirming, squishing, sliming 6-8 legged creatures. Read More…

Call Me Hope

Fun little video I found while reading some of my missionary blogs I follow.  I loved it!  Especially the end….  stop the pity.  unlock the potential.  Awesome!

 

Recovering Homeschool Mom

I have been a homeschooling mom for the past 5 years.

And this year, it all changes!

We have decided to put all 3 of our children in local schools, for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one is that after nearly six years living in South africa, I really feel drawn to spend more time at Seed of Hope.   Read More…

Sad little girl update

We still didn’t get much of a smile out of her, but she was discharged from the hospital just in time to come to our Seed of Hope kids Christmas party.  We made sure there was a present with her name on it.  She stood in the queues to get some love from Father Christmas and receive her gift.  She tried to join in with games as much as she could or stood to the side to watch the festivities when she didn’t feel up to playing.

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Risk

South Africa holds the distinction of being ranked #4 in a list of 2012’s most dangerous countries. Sadly, we also hold the title of rape capital of the world with 118 rapes per 100,000 people, and the murder rate is among the highest in the world.

Most of the time, we don’t really focus on these troubling statistics or even think about them at all.  However, Carl does occasionally send me e-mail links to newsjust to help me stay alert.  We do not live in fear…but sometimes when the crime strikes close to home, it causes you to evaluate where you are and why you are here.   Read More…

Inches and Kilometres

I recently read a story about a little boy who had just learned about inches in school.  He and his family were going on a road trip to Capetown and he wanted to know how many “inches it was to Capetown.”  Well, the family lived in Durban, which is 1750 kilometers from Capetown!!  The Mom tried to convince him that he shouldn’t measure such long distances with such a small measurement, but he was determined to know the inches!

I was struck with how we do the same thing – we view our life and our circumstances with what we know and understand – our own little measuring stick…

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Mondli

A face that has graced Seed of Hope’s grounds from the beginning…Mondli. He is now in high school, facing the peer pressures of drugs, sex, crime, disrespect, etc… but daily he is at SOH by 2:45pm, so that he is on time for our 3pm After School Class. He is usually the first student there. Read More…

Born into Weeds

Some days just stand out in your mind more than others.

Today was one of those days.

Most of my days I am with my children, homeschooling, guiding, scolding, loving, playing….  I love every part of raising my children and take that job very seriously, but my part-time work at Seed of Hope fuels my fire for people, for God and for making a difference.  It also enables me to be a better mom, because it gives me an outlet from being with my kids 24/7, and helps me handle the insanity of educating one’s own children. :-)    Read More…

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