The last few days here in Johannesburg it feels more like Fall than it does Spring. The weather is rainy and chilly. It is a day made for fireplaces and pumpkin spice lattes. But since my access to either of things is limited I will return to reality and remind myself that a short while ago Peter was in the pool for swimming lessons. And soon the days will be warmer and filled with all things summer.
Last week we had a wonderful vacation about 45 minutes from our home. We have found a place that we can leave our caravan set up. This will allow us to go there over the weekend and get away. The cell coverage is not so great which is actually nice as it forces us to be disconnected. There are places where we can get coverage so a couple of times a day we would check in and handle anything that needed to be handled. Otherwise our phones were more used as cameras and a time checking device.
We had a wonderful time as a family just being. With no TV, internet, or phone services to distract us we were able to focus on each other and on the beautiful creation around us. We spent a lot of time outside. The caravan park has a pool, a river, a playground, a trampoline, sheep and dogs that roam around, and lots of big open spaces for running and playing. They also have a little “tuck shop” (snack shop) where they have homemade soft serve ice cream. Peter Loved that. In fact several mornings after breakfast he would take off towards the tuck shop for ice cream. We spent lots of time explaining that ice cream was for the afternoon. One day our goals for the day were to either swim in the pool or to go on a hike along the river and I am happy to report that we did both on the same day. J Joe set up our hammock which we all love. We had several different fires and Peter liked helping collecting sticks for the fire and just sitting and watching the fire. Peter had his first experience flying a kite, which he loved. We packed a box of toys for him just in case but we never needed them. It was a great week of memories that we will be adding to since a quick get away is now close by.
Unfortunately vacation was cut short a bit and ended with all of with various sicknesses and flus. But I am happy to report that thanks to antibiotics and other meds we are all on the mend.
Peter has started swimming lessons once a week at his school. We are getting ready for several events and visitors that we have coming. October will be a busy month but we are excited to see how God is going to work and move.
Until next time: If your son “helps” you mop the kitchen floor you may want to check for puddles before walking around in your socks. J