Family Archive

5 Feb 2021

My Dad taught me…

On 13 April 1935 God sent a very special angel to earth and on 12 October 2020, after a full and happy life, that angel’s time on earth was done. After 63 years of married life my
20 Jan 2021

The Present your child wants most

The flurry of paper ripping and squeals and giggles is still fresh in my mind. Christmas, the time of year for gifts, has just rolled through. Everybody loves presents, every child especially loves them. But would you believe that there
25 Jun 2020

This is…

THIS IS US… Most probably one of the best written and edited drama series I’ve ever seen, or at least in MY opinion. For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, This Is Us according to Wikipedia is
27 Jul 2019

‘n Warm Wolmus

Kyk, my ma is nou nie wat ek die naaldwerk en kleremaak tipe sal noem nie. Gee haar eerder ‘n verfkwas en sy sal vir jou wys hoe dit gedoen moet word, of laat haar in die
3 Feb 2019

Eating humble pie

There it was again…  I was in the midst of another mad clean up – trying in vain to create some sense of order in this little boy chaos. One moment, relieved to find the camp-pack-list that
17 Dec 2018

The Sharpest knife in the drawer

I know what you’re thinking . . . this is going to be a heart-warming story about someone overcoming suffering or prejudice, or both, with some celebration of the human spirit and a happy ending, leaving the
4 Nov 2018

Is dit hoe die hemel lyk?

  Die pad lyk bekend, soos ek ry sien ek bekende bakens uit my kindertyd in die Laeveld. Tussen Hazyview en Sabie kies my motor self  ‘n afdraaipaadjie wat links tussen die piesangplantasies op kronkel. Ek besef
28 Oct 2018

In love with a tree

There was a distant hum in my brain, but I subconsciously dismissed it, put it down to more building work close by. The drone continued, finally pushed its way into my conscious mind which lead me over
30 Oct 2016

Bloom where you are planted

After a long, extremely busy and stressful winter, my favourite season of the year made its appearance a few weeks ago – Spring (although it feels like mid-summer here in SA already!) Spring is a season which
13 Jul 2016

The Promise of Blue Cheese

Have you ever craved something so badly you could actually taste it in your mouth? You knew exactly what it was supposed to look, taste and smell like. You could even determine how that one thing would
31 May 2016

A different kind of normal

As most of you probably know, April was world autism awareness month. A month dedicated to educate and make the world aware that autism is indeed real and that the numbers of kids diagnosed are on the increase
23 Feb 2016

The unspoken heart ache

The beginning of a new school year… media, news bulletins, newspaper headings, morning radio shows are all flooded with the same thing, first day of school, pictures of happy kids in their brand new uniform, shiny shoes
14 Feb 2016

God fearing parents

It is not something I used to think about while I was growing up.  It’s one of those things that you take for granted until you’re old enough to realise how privileged you are. My mom and
2 Feb 2016

A breath of fresh air

Have you ever drowned? Or rather, almost drowned? The feeling where you are gasping for air, lungs burning, every time just getting enough to keep you going for a few seconds before the need to gasp for
1 Nov 2015

No greater love

There is a saying in the autism community that goes: “If you want to know how to treat a child with autism…look to their sibling, they will show you.” I totally agree, there is no greater love
13 Sep 2015

You always have a choice

Since I could remember, I was a sucker for any inspirational movie, sport stars with an inspirational success story behind them, stories of people that overcame great barriers in life to be successful, in fact I still
16 Aug 2015

Old Big Foot

  This one is for all of you who don’t fit the regular mould, literally! Whose feet or thighs or arms and legs or behind are just not the “right” size or shape. That size and shape
4 Aug 2015

Angels along the way

  The words of Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Jesus will meet you there” touch my heart every time I listen to it, maybe because I experience it every day on my journey with Gian. “Whatever road this
26 Jul 2015

The Big Move

Moving around is not in my blood. I come from a line of farmers who stayed in one place their whole lives. For the first seventeen years of my life we only moved once when I was
7 Jul 2015

Home is where the heart is

They say home is where the heart is and that the kitchen is the heart of the home. I fully agree with this. But, the heart needs a pulse, something that makes it alive. An empty kitchen,