Moving Right Along
Ah, the newness of the new year! New opportunities, new perspectives, new ideas…newness abounds. And we embrace it!
We welcomed-in the New Year from our campsite at Dragons Peak Holiday Resort in the beautiful Drakensburg mountains of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Good times relaxing and enjoying the scenery and company of family. Not as big a reunion and celebration as 2018, but a memory maker, nonetheless.
Here’s uncle Martin teaching the kids how to bait a pole, and taking them fishing. Then there’s the zebra and herd of horses that graced us with an early wake-up call and grazed outside our tents.
Unfortunately, the next scene isn’t so serene.
The tree we’re standing next to, in the picture above, decided to suddenly detach one of its limbs directly onto our car, just missing the tent where the kids were playing, and giving our Ruby a bit of a bang up. Thank God the back windshield didn’t break, or we would have had serious trouble driving through the colossal hail and thunderstorm that battered us on the way home. Ruby is all fixed up and better now, thanks to Outsurance and Hazyview Panel Beaters.
BACK TO SCHOOL
Of course, January also brought home-school back to the forefront. I am happy to say we have finally gotten into a decent groove with regard to curriculum and school routines. At least it’s getting smoother every term. You see, we don’t follow any outside curriculum, so it’s been trial-and-error, hit and miss these past three years that we’ve been homeschooling. It’s been a challenge, to say the least, especially with such grand upheavals for the kids as the death of their dad, and two international moves. Needless to say my psyche wasn’t left unscathed by these events either. It’s been a long road of healing, learning, and finding stability. If not for Cameron and our current lifestyle of simplicity and focused intent toward our mission, who knows where the children and I would be? I don’t think we could have kept up with homeschooling, that’s for sure.
CONGRATS TO TWO NEW YELLOW BELTERS!
Karate is now a solid part of the kids’ PE curriculum (we’ve also taken up swimming at the local rock pools. Cameron is their coach). At first I wrestled with the idea of the kids learning combat (as the song says, “Ain’t gonna study war no more.”) I still feel a bit uneasy about it, but the pros outweigh the cons. The elements of discipline, coordination, listening, connection with peers and other adults (especially necessary for home-schooled kids), and skill and confidence building is already evident. I don’t believe our children will ever use their skills in violent aggression, at least that’s what we’ve been teaching, but someday, those skills may prove invaluable. Plus, their involvement requires our involvement, and so we are getting to know more people within the Graskop community.