Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Indefinite visit...

This is just a quick update with regards to Thinus' mother (my mother-in-law).

Things have not been looking too great with Thinus' mom since she came out of Rehab following the spontaneous fracture of her right femur just underneath the femoral head (and thus right hip joint). She no longer really has an appetite, sleeps a lot, and seems unaware of small things that used to matter to her - e.g. is her son John at work, have the birds / cat been fed, etc.

Last week Thursday (19 Nov) Thinus called me at work to say that he just had news that his mother is really not doing well. I have asked him to please get onto a plane and go visit with his mother for as long as he needs to. He really did not want to go, saying that he could not bear to watch his mother die without me being with him (which is kinda impossible for me right now, since I have no leave days left for the remainder of this year). But the more I spoke to people who had lost someone to cancer / death, the more I realised how important it is for him to be with his mom or at least close to his mother when she passes away.

On Friday afternoon he called me to say that his big boss had just called and had informed his supervisor that they would send Thinus to Cape Town to work there at their head offices until such time that his mother passes away. It was the biggest blessing ever, and when Thinus came out of a meeting with his supervisor he called to say he would be flying down on Monday (24 Nov). The thing is just we did not know if he would make it in time, as on Saturday his father also called to say that his mother's kidneys seem to be failing.

So yesterday (Monday, 24 Nov) at half past 2 he gets the call from head office to say his flight leaves at 5PM. What a mission, coz I was still in Orange Farm (50km away from home) having lunch with my auntie, and Thinus was still at work (16.5km away from home), working.

But we all made it home, and to the airport on time. I did not have much time to say goodbye and when I called him last night (Monday, 24 Nov) he was rather tired. It had been a very emotionally taxing weekend and day.

Please pray for Thinus, his father, brother, but most of all for his mother. That she may be pain-free and continue to be peaceful. I don't know when Thinus will be returning, and I'm already missing him tons! But I do pray that he will have precious moments with his mother in these last few days.

I've gotta go to bed now, it's been a rather long day for me too. And I have to be up nice and early tomorrow morning!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Photo-update on my life

Here follows a LOT of photos of how I spent time 2 weekends ago with my family (another installment will follow on what my friends and I did last weekend)

First you will see a lot of family photo's - that was when we spent the weekend of 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2008 with my brother Marthinus, his wife Jesse and their daughter Ada in Bloemfontein to celebrate Ada's birtday and see everyone participate in road cycle races. The kiddies did a "Classic Kiddies Race" on Saturday, 1 November, and my brothers did a 107 km Road Race on the Sunday, 2 November.

Secondly you will see Ada and I with a black doll (well, brown actually) that I made for her birthday and took me THREE years to complete due to the stupid hair having to be woven in strand-by-strand!

The Bloemfontein Weekend / Ada's 3rd Birthday Party:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Illness sucks

I'm once again sick... for like the 3rd time in one month's time! It's my sinuses again and I think that it also did not help that my sister-in-law and brother has also been ill, and I spent the weekend with them.

Could you all just pray that this continuous illness will subside. It really is affecting my personality negatively, and it makes living with me kinda a nightmare.

So, that's all I wanna say right now. I will post some photo's of our weekend away at some other time. Keep well all!