A Guide to Durban, South Africa

    Since we’ve been to South Africa I’ve had a lot of parents contacting me asking lots of questions about lodging, things to do, and just wanting general information about South Africa, which is awesome! I’ve wanted to share information with our adoption right from the get-go. I keep telling everyone that asks that I’ll make a guide to Durban for adoptive families so here it finally is! Just a few disclaimers: I’m going to share a few of our favorite things and places, but to be honest, we didn’t do as much as some other families. I know some families do every touristy thing while they are out there (many…


    Tala Game Reserve

    One thing we knew we wanted to do while in South Africa was see some animals! When we were in Uganda a few years ago we saw nothing (well, except birds but those aren’t all that interesting) and so we didn’t want to leave Africa a second time without seeing some big animals. While we were in South Africa we only had a rental car for the first few days of our trip and then after that we got driven around by Tezz at Bonana Tours & Transfers, we asked her where would be the best place to see some animals and she recommended Tala Game Reserve. When she picked…


    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…


    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…


    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…


    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…