My "middle" sister Claire, together with Pete, Ben, John, Annabel and Zara arrived with us from Australia on Sunday 25th of November... hence my very quiet spell! I took them back to the airport in Johannesburg yesterday, and will never be able to share all of the news, happenings and experiences. It's been a very busy three weeks.... good in every way! My staff have been amazing, and as I reflect on the goodness of our Father, I am reminded again how privileged we are to be able to celebrate family.
My "oldest" sister Jenny, together with Derek, Michael and Kyra were able to join us for a week too, at the beginning of December, so we had a very special time. Sadly Derek and Pete both had to get back to work, but it gave us 3 sisters and our 8 children, sufficient time together to reconnect!
Needless to say.... the children kept us busy - ranging in age from 15 to 4. I'll be working through all of the photos, and will post the highlights! I think that our four young lasses are the most beautiful little ladies I have ever seen, and all four young gents have to be the most handsome of men. What a privilege to be part of such a special and treasured family. It will take some time for me to quit crying... I don't know when we will all be together again. It all seems to empty and quiet now, and breakfast for only 4 seems hardly worth it!
We also had my Dad's brother and his wife, plus two of my cousins join in with their families for a weekend... so we really and truly had bums in every bed, and much laughter and competition around every meal. A full house is truly a blessing from God, and the laughter of children to be treasured above all.