• ADOPTION,  LIVING

    Home

    Well, we made it home! We are finally spending Christmas with this little guy. The one we’ve been praying for long before he was even born. I mentioned on Instagram that he didn’t know it but he is home, but truthfully, I think he does know it. He is so happy to be here, yesterday morning was his first morning here and shortly after he woke up he was running around the house yelling “yay, yay!” It’s how I’m feeling too. 🙂 We arrived home Monday night only to find out that none of our baggage made it (they managed to lose all 3 of our bags as well as…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    The Way Back Home

    Today we start our journey back home! I still have lots to share from our time here and I hope to do that in the coming weeks after Christmas. (It’s so hard to believe it’s almost Christmas! We’ve been focused on other stuff for so long we’ve pretty much missed the entire Christmas season.) Anyway, in a few hours we’ll be off to the airport. We have the same route as our way here: Durban -> Johannesburg -> Frankfurt -> Calgary -> Saskatoon. We are praying for uneventful flights and kids that sleep 🙂 For anyone interested in meeting us at the airport, we are currently set to arrive in…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    Recently Enjoyed Things

    A few more random photos of our time here in South Africa . . . watching the monkeys as they climb down from the roof and jump into the trees hello I know a lot of people expect South Africa to be more like dirt roads and chaos on the roads but in the city here it is very modern decorating the Christmas tree snacks at the market yay! windy day at the beach my guys monkey! technically this is not a great photo but I love it so, Jared gets a lot of reading done here (actually, he has, just not this day) smiles 🙂 where’s Ephraim? the place…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    A Quiet Day at Palmiet

    While we are here in South Africa we are trying to make an effort to find balance. We want to get out and see a lot of what the area has to offer but at the same time we want to make sure we don’t overwhelm Ephraim and try to stay around our B&B a lot of days. We’ve noticed that Ephraim’s personality definitely changes when we are in new places (the mall, the restaurant, outside, etc), he gets very quiet and serious. Though the longer he’s been with us the less time it takes him to warm up at each new place we go. Obviously we still go places but…

  • ADOPTION,  LIFE,  LIVING,  TRAVEL

    Looking Back on the Year

    ​2014. This has been quite the year for us (and there are still a few weeks left). I’ve loved 2014. My phone that I’m typing this on just auto corrected that to I’ve “lived” 2014, and I feel that is spot on. Looking back on this year makes me think of Ephesians 3:20: all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. My “one little word” for 2014 was do. Wow, did that ever happen! We visited California. And met some friends. We moved. Twice. We camped, a few times. We enjoyed nature, even…

  • ADOPTION,  AFRICA,  LIVING,  SOUTH AFRICA,  TRAVEL

    Our Little Canadian Citizen

    It’s now been about 3.5 weeks since we left home to come to South Africa and we now have just under 2 weeks left in our stay. In some ways it seems like the time is going slow and in others it seems so quick. Last week Wednesday (December 3rd) we got an email stating that this little guy (who can sleep anywhere!) is a Canadian citizen! Yay! The reason our stay is so long here in South Africa is for the paperwork. The three major things needed done are: adoption order – Canadian citizenship – Canadian passport. We’ve got the first two done and Wednesday afternoon our social worker…