Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Valentine's Day with Linky

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If you remember from last week's post, Jessica baked the Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and her boyfriend was going to cook Chicken Curry for dinner (with Jessica's help). If you missed last week's post, then please visit Happy Valentine's Day from South Africa.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Cover Reveal for Bartholomew Buggins

Cover Reveal for Crystal Marcos'
New Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins:
A Zombie with Different Cravings


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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings

Author: Crystal Marcos

Illustrator: Marie Marcos

Number of pages: 32

Recommended ages: 4+

Expected Release Date: April 2017

Book Description: A humorous children's rhyming picture book by award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just wants to be your friend.

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About the Author:
Crystal Marcos


Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and toddler son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of Middle Grade Readers, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, Young Adult Novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1), and Children’s Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings.





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Friday, February 17, 2017

Jessica Begins University with Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #209!


We have had such a busy day getting Jessica registered for university and getting her accommodation organized. Some of the South African universities are still struggling to get back on track after the riots from last year. At Jessica's university, the administration building was burned down. The university also shut down early before the end of the year exams to protect the staff and students. This put everything behind schedule.

We never stopped inquiring about Jessica's online application, but we kept getting the same kind of response that we should not worry and we would eventually be contacted. In actuality, the online applications are a new thing and they still need to work out the kinks in the system. They have been running behind in getting students processed. In our case, important forms that Hubby submitted were missing. Thankfully, he spoke to enough people to finally get the ball rolling. It turns out her classes begin on Monday!

We could really see God helping us get over a bunch of hurdles to make it possible for her to move in on Sunday and be ready to start her classes on Monday. She is studying Accountancy with her goal to become a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) 😉. We had a lot of friends and family praying and we are thankful for that!

Now we will have two kids at university! Jeremiah is in his third year at Rhodes in Grahamstown. It's about a twelve hour bus ride as long as there are no delays. He's studying Information Systems (IS) and Sociology. Jessica's university is only an hour's drive away. This was her choice, but we're quite happy about it.


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Jeremiah and Jessica with Timmy the Cat

Jessica with Tammy the Cat

The photos I'm sharing were all taken at my in-laws' beach house during our December holiday. Jessica adored the cats when they were little kittens. She was a little girl herself, at the time, and spent hours playing with them. Both cats are now old. Tammy is at the vet tonight and on a drip. Please keep the old girl in prayer. And Timmy, we've been told, has the sniffles.


Fish Curry at the Beach House

Jeremiah with his grandma,
making fish curry

Fish Curry Dinner

The South African grandparents
and Jeremiah


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from South Africa!

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Party Linky #230!


Robbie spoiled us this morning with a freshly sliced fruit salad, an egg dish, and fresh brewed coffee. Of course, being Valentine's Day, a bowl of chocolates was also required. He had it all ready in time for us to eat and get to school. I also had to be at one of the schools. I teach a grade 4 Bible class at Amanda's primary school once a week and this was my morning. I also teach a Level 2 high school German class to two grade 10 girls at Samantha's school.

Tonight we're drinking bubbly wine from uniWines and Jessica and her boyfriend are cooking in our kitchen a chicken curry. Jessica also made a Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake for today. I'm a lucky mom. I'm kind of off duty! I wish everyone, wherever you may be, a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Our yummy Valentine's Day breakfast
prepared by Hubby.

The bubbly wine from uniWines that
we're drinking this evening.

Jessica's Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Robbie and I from a previous
Valentine's Day

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Pretty Homes in South Africa with Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #208!



My series of photos today are of pretty South African homes and home security. I don't have a photo of the front of my home, but I have included a link at the end of this section, before the book blast and book review.

Many of my readers know that last year we were burgled while we slept. It wasn't a nice feeling waking up in the morning and finding out that someone was in our house. Besides losing many valuable electronics, what bothered me the most was knowing that our girls were in harms way. For that reason, a few months later I got a bigger dog. Our girls named him Koda and you can learn more about him on my post, Adopting an Adult Dog.

Towards the end of last year, we also put burglar bars in the windows that are accessible. These ones are made of Plexiglas. On the same day the burglar bars were being installed, we were outside hanging up the laundry on the washing line and heard two gunshots being fired. My husband jumped into his car and drove down our street to find out what had happened. A man had been trying to pry his way through burglar bars on a neighbor's property in broad daylight and the owner of the house spotted him and shot twice, presumably in the air. Other neighbors responded quickly and together managed to corner the man.

Dogs and burglar bars do not stop all crime. We also pray every morning and at night for our safety. "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain" (Psalm 127:1 NIV).

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A pretty thatched home in our neighborhood

A house and boat in Paternoster on
South Africa's West Coast.

A thatched cottage and bike in Tulbagh,
Western Cape winelands

Poem - My Home

Let my home be a safe haven
One to be counted among the best
May its walls build hope and the floors mercy
And may its rooms offer peace and rest

May its roof be a symbol of protection
May its ceilings teach us Your ways
And may the gates stand for honor
Together adding joy to our days

by Christina Morley


Our New Burglar Bars ~
Before and After Photos

Before

After (from inside)

After (from outside)

Our Neighbor's New Security ~
Before and After Photos

Before (a few years ago)

After (more recently)

After (more recently)

If you want to see the front of my home,
visit my post, My Entrance.


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