Well Hello Again!

So clearly I am not going to win any awards for my blogging skills….especially since its been months from my last post.  But I will attempt to be better at this, no promises but I am going to try! 

I still can not believe that we are almost entering into October…time is moving way to fast. The Thomas Clan is doing well we are deeply engrossed in just living life here. Ministry, School, friends, house work…..and all the little details that just make up daily life. This is a good thing as I thought about what to post, realizing our life isn’t all that exciting I realized that God had answered one of my prayers. We finally feel the mundane normalcy of life! Moving to a new culture is exhausting….everyday you get hit with the reality that your a foreigner, you have no clue about how things work and its flat out stressful.  As I thought back on the last few months I realized that my constant anxiety had vanished…..I feel calm, normal, daily life is now just that…..I don’t encounter culture shock daily anymore. Phew** that only took 11 months 🙂 It was one VERY-long-VERY-steep learning curve but we made it to the other side! Praise God! 

So whats on the horizon for us? Scott is busy welcoming and helping his new teammates adjust to life here in SA. We have a couple visiting soon, to possibly join Sportslink long term, and a single coming from Hungry who will join us in Jan. All three of them will be here in Oct for vision trips, to see about the ministry and plan for their move. We are very excited to have them and look forward to getting to know our new teammates. Its also that time of year when ministry plans are due… so our team here is all engrossed in planning out next years ministry, lots of admin time 🙂 As for me I am busy with homeschool, work and toddler boy! The kids are all doing well….its nice to have normalcy in this area as well!

Oct 8th we will be our 1 year anniversary here and are looking forward to celebrating how much God has provided for us in this last year. Here is what the next couple of months looks like for us:

Oct: Hosting vision trips for future team members, ministry planning….and hopefully selling our cars! (explanation to come)

Nov: Negotiation on our rental house will begin, we are praying for favor as SA law allows the landowner to raise the rent 10% which would put us in financial strain. Wrapping up this years ministry and having a fundraiser for Sportlink.

Dec: Getting on a plane and flying to AZ! Yes you read right we are coming home for a visit in Dec! Since everything in SA shuts down for the entire month we have the time to come home. We will be in AZ from Dec 2-Jan 8th. We couldn’t be more excited to come home and recconect with everyone!  

Just a few snapshots of the kiddos…..

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Reagan finished up 1st grade and started 2nd! (we all survived the transition to homeschool..woo hoo!)

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Our big kids have started joining Dad out in ministry one afternoon a week…..They love it! (Garrett is in the red shirt)

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And our little crazy love is busy 24/7! He loves to be outside…and basically anything he can climb on! 

-Until next time-

Thomas Clan

 

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The Western Cape

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Although much of our time in George was ministry and long hours of work. We did manage to squeeze in a few hours of beach time. Its winter here so no swimming but the kids had fun exploring the tide … Continue reading

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Snapshots from the last 6 months

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Here are a few pics of our life in the last 6 months. Our favorite new find is this small game park by our house that is free and has some nice animals for the kids to follow around. Our … Continue reading

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Everett Scott

ImageMy goodness this pic says it all. Our 20month old “baby” is quite the ham. He is a dare devil…adventurous….and is always happy. He loves to explore, as seen in this pic, its winter the water is freezing but he just can not resist getting in to explore. He is talking quiet a bit more but still prefers to grunt or growl for what he wants. He hates shoes, he is very south african in that way. His favorite thing is to be “released” outside to play until we force him back indoors. We are so blessed by this little boy!

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Garrett Desta

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I can’t believe he is already 6…wow time is flying fast. Here is a little about our middle one.

Garrett is quiet, sweet and often our observer. He is a stickler for details which can be seen in his art work. I think he is the only kids to color perfectly in the lines. He loves legos, building things and food. He is found most days in the yard kicking the soccer ball or jumping on the trampoline. He is adjusting to the move and is finishing up the year in pre-k. We will move him to home school to join his sister in Dec.  where he will start his Kinder year. So grateful for this little man. 

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The concerned citizen

Me in line at the boom gate to exit the hospital. Sitting in my car trying to get Everett to calm down as he was fussing from being overly tired and not feeling good. As I am sitting there the hospital employee in charge of the boom gate walks over to my car window and leans in “Ma’ma are you ok?!” I respond “huh?….ummm yes why?” The concerned citizen states “you look terrible, like you are having a hard day….is everything ok?” Me: “Yeah…no I totally fine, thanks for asking.” Then I glance in my mirror to see what on earth prompted such an odd conversation. Then I see my reflexion, and the concerned citizen was right I look pale, and quiet frankly terrible! The result of getting TIA-ed (this is africa) yet again!

Let’s back up 3 hours to the start of my day: Took Everett to doctors to get him checked, since he was up half the night with a 104 degree fever. Dr. Karen (yes we are on a first name basis…we are frequent customers) diagnosis him with yet another double ear infection. I quickly leave to stop by my friends son’s birthday party.  They are all ex-pats  moms and I really enjoy the time and camaraderie. As I was leaving my friend asked if I could go with her to the hospital to get an appointment at the baby clinic. We show up to the hospital….with 2 overly tired toddlers I may add. Go to the counter and wait….then they begin speaking to us in Afrikaans to which  we have to interrupt them and explain that we only speak english (well my friend speaks german…but that wouldnt help much in this situation.) So we finally get sorted, and are off to the baby clinic.

This is when the fun really started (please note the sarcasm)  not only would they not give my friends baby the vaccine that he needed. We had to endure a 20 minute lecture why we should vaccinate our kids in our home countries before moving here. The lecture continued with her telling us that we moved to a 3rd world country and have put our children at risk. Oh and yes the toddlers were not helping this at all….they were on the verge of a full fledged melt down. So after trying to politely interrupt this ever so pleasant nurse and get the heck out of the clinic;  she tells us that she needs to take our babies names down and our phone numbers in case we were exposed to T.B. At this point I lost my patience and asked why they needed our baby’s weight, name and phone numbers. She then continued her lecture about how -this is a private hospital and we can not risk exposure of TB or other illnesses from people who are at risk in the clinic. To this I am thinking “well her baby wouldn’t be a ‘at risk kid’ if you would vaccinate him for TB.” Then started the ‘you should have thought about all this before moving to Africa lecture again!’ So we leave the clinic…without the vaccine….and I left utterly annoyed. Then I need to quickly pop into the pharmacy and get Ev’s RX filled. This turns into a 45 min wait with a crying toddler…….

After I load the baby in the car and go to get out the boom gate I am feeling drained and its only 12:30pm. More often than not living in another culture is wonderful. But I have realized that dealing with anything medical is where I am culturally inept, and quite honestly its my hot button. I will work on this. Because clearly I am not good at hiding my annoyance….as the concerned citizen so graciously pointed out.  

-Just another day in the life-

-Amber

 

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Reagan Mae

Reagan has finally settled in minus a little meltdown here and there. She is enjoying homeschool and ballet. She has made one really good friend named Audrey which I am beyond thankful for! Audrey is also an American missionary kid who is home schooled, so they made fast friends with all the things that they have in common. Reagan will turn 7 this July…I still cant believe it! She is our little bookworm, most days she can be found either curled up somewhere reading or playing with our dog. She is growing into such a beautiful little lady! She is quiet and soft-hearted, she always asks for us to bring food to the homeless men that beg by our house. While this move was probably hardest on her than the other 2 she has  hung in there and overcome the hard stuff to find her way in this new normal. We are so grateful for this little girl!

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-stay turned for the boys update later this week……….

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