Saturday, February 27, 2010

A note from my dad...

Tonight I was quickly putting away another certificate of attendance (for my CPD activity record) in a file I used when I applied at different Universities in my Matric year (2003). This file also contains my registration documents for the University of Witwatersrand in 2004 as a BSc OT 1st year student.

I found the following poem, quoted by my dad (Gideon Kahl Sr.) to me and written on the inside cover of a ring-file on 26 January 2004 in the Residence Life Office at WITS University, which is the day he had to drop me off at the University... his last-born and only girl in a very big city:

by Ben Hildner

As children bring their broken toys
with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
because He was my friend.
But then, instead of leaving Him
in peace, to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help

with ways that were my own.

At last, I snatched them back and cried
"How can You be so slow?"

"My child," He said,
"what could I do?
You never did let go."

Just thought it would be nice to share with the world... It's good to find these treasures every once in a while. Makes me realise how much my parents love me and care for me. I don't always show my appreciation, but I hope that reflects some appreciation on my part. Thank you God for such awesome, loving, caring, always-helping parents. They truly did pray me into the person I am today!

Baie liefiPappa!!!!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ina Kahl's life & passing...

Auntie Trudi, Ronél & Auntie Ina (wearing blue-purple blouse)
16 January 2010

Tonight (Sunday, 31 January 2010), at approximately 22H00, my Aunt Ina passed away after a long time of physical suffering and emotional heartache.

It's been 8 1/2 years since her husband passed away, and her life basically came to a standstill. For without her husband, she had very little reason to live... the only reason for her life on earth, as she had often said, was that God was not yet done with her on earth. He still had plans for her...

But tonight God finally allowed her to go Home to Him, where she will no longer endure suffering of any kind, nor rejection. She's made free, and will spend eternity with her loving Heavenly Father.

We're going to miss her sorely, but we know that this is for the best. May God's love and peace always envelope her. And may her sons come to know what a wonderful, albeit sometimes difficult, woman she truly was. May everyone remember her for her good.

Thank you to everyone who helped to look after her. Those who accepted her unconditionally and took care of her needs. Thank you Mom and Dad for giving her a place to live and giving her a second family. You guys are all amazing...

I love you auntie Ina, and I'm so happy that you can now be in Heaven with your husband and with our Lord Jesus Christ. You deserve nothing less!