December started with the the ending of one year and yet the beginning of another. So much has been happening to help finish the school/business year. We have thrown break-up parties for schools, sunday schools and other courses we run, the whole time making plans for when and what will start first things next year. We even held a kids club at the Westville Hall for not only our own members kids but some local kids too that was a huge success. So many planning meetings discussing what we’re currently doing, how things will end and when and what the new year will hold has had my head in a complete spin that whole time having all the personal things to focus on too.
On the 5th of November, we found out we had been approved to stay another 12 months. This in itself was a huge moment. Realising your time here is no longer coming to an end but in actual fact it has just begun, is very daunting. The other realisation was the positive pregnancy test i held in my hand with that realisation being, this child would not ben born in the comforts of my own country but would intact be part of this next year with cubs number 4 due to arrive in June, right in the middle of our year. Realising that we now needed to find a home and try and settle in to that home for the sake our our children and family. It has been a roller coaster of emotions. I have so many dreams and visions for next year as to what I would like to do as well as why I feel God has bought me here and I get excited to start my next working year surrounded by all the wonderful friends,brethren and sisters we have made and met here, while on the other hand accepting the fact that I will miss out on yet another year with my family, friends and ecclesia back home. It’s hard. This year I will miss out on many birthdays, weddings and my little sister’s first child being born while I am all the way here in Africa, while at the same time with everything that has happened I undoubtedly know that this is where God needs and wants me to be and while at times that is very comforting my human nature (emotions) make me wish I were going home.
I can look back on this year and see how far not only I have come as an individual but how far my family has come and we have made ourselves a life here in South Africa. We have built relationships both in friendships and ecclesial life. People here are inspiring and I have learnt so much from them both within ecclesial life and day to day life, the lessons of resourcefulness are my favourite 🙂
I am forever grateful for the blessing God gave me and my family by sending us here and trust that he has just as many things for us to learn and do next year.