Before I tell you about some lessons lock-down is highlighting about myself, I moved off the horse farm and am staying with my brother FC, Corine, Janco and baby Josua in Stilbaai.
I knew I would not stay in paradise for ever and the 4 weeks will be quite unforgettable.
I loved my walks every morning and fortunately, the weekend I moved, a new rule in SA to walk between 6-9am came into effect.
I am like an arrow from a bow every morning from 7-8'ish walking the streets of Stilbaai. The sun-rise is spectacular most mornings.
I am teaching the Bible to my brother's 7 year old son, Janco.
The photo at the beach (4th pic above) was the morning I went to 'steal sand' for my SandBoxBible.
Janco loves Jesus since he was very small. When he was tiny, sitting on his father's neck he would always wave to the sky and shout 'hello Jesus'
Janco and I have been watching SUPERBOOK on YoutTube every day. Once done watching a story, Janco would find the figures from the SandBoxBible collection and rehash the Bible story we watched. He would ask me various questions and I re-affirm the story to him.
I find this an incredible tool to teach my brother's son the stories. My highlight was when we watched the Book of Revelation. It was really well done for children. I will never forget Janco's face when he "saw heaven coming down" I told him that this is where his late uncles, Zarias and Antonie are and a light went on in his eyes.
Then we watched the story of the fall again in the Garden of Eden and Janco could start to figure out where the Devil came from... and where he will be going one day. (He is happy about that one!)
The photos below was before I had sand. We did Joseph and his brothers on the back of the couch and because I had a jail made for Peter and Paul in the book of Acts, we had a jail for Joseph in Egypt.
My scene behind my computer have also changed...
and I am one happy 'tannie 'Lisi'
I am having fun with baby Josua. He is such an easy child. He only moans for the bottle and that is it. No crying. Just a really happy baby that smiles when he dreams.
I think my family will look back on this lock-down season as a time we came much closer together.
Not so good news:
Mom has been diagnosed with heart-failure. We know God has been extremely gracious to us with mom.
Do keep her and dad in your prayers please. They are looking after my two doggies for me.
Their business is also closed and can only open on level 2. It is most likely the same for my youngest brother and his (nearly due with twins) wife. The date she is due is the 2nd week of June.
I am grateful on MANY MANY levels for this incredible gift of time with my family.
What am I doing?
Seeing that I am going through the Bible with Janco, I am figuring out Old Testament figures to create. I need Goliath! and a few more O.T. people.
Seeing how a seven year old enjoys the SandBoxBible is fuel in my fire to see it go out to families.
If there was a way to bring my machine to Stilbaai in this season, I would have... but it is an elephant to move. It will need to wait.
I wonder if the Masters will gather again in 2020. We are supposed to later this year. Students are using google classroom for work and reports.
It will take a miracle with flights and South Africa's leaders are quite something at the moment. According to our Covid numbers my country should not be in lock-down. The opposing party (DA) is trying to be a voice for much of the grave injustices that is now playing out for all to see.
Some family pictures I treasure in this special season
When I go walking for an hour every day I listen to books.
When else will I have time?
I just finished the last hour of "The Life you've always wanted" by John Ortberg. This is the second time listening to the audio book and because I am not in "book-report" mode, I am taking in much more than during my masters. It is a book one can revisit every 3-4 years. If you do not have it, it is a good one to invest in.
On the not so spiritual side is a free audible book called "CAFFEINE" I thoroughly enjoyed. If you like your coffee like I do... it is worth listening to.