Miracles are real!

Last night a miracle happened.  Its not my miracle and not my story to share but it made me think of the miracles I have personally experienced.

The time we were held up in our house and they pulled out all the landlines and stole all the cell phones except my crappy Alcatel with 1 bar of battery. And that bar was enough to call 10111 and they came and rescued us.

The time they broke into my mom’s house and threatened her at gunpoint and my brother was there and his training kicked in and he kicked scum-bag arse without anyone getting hurt (except the scum-bags)!

The time I took a different route home ‘just because’ and missed a huge accident on my regular route.

They do happen. All the time.  Sometimes they are small and you don’t realise they happened until much later and sometimes they are big and in your face.

I believe in miracles.  I believe in guardian angels.  I believe!

 

Your favourite things – Aaron

TV programme:  Star Wars.
iPhone App: You enjoy watching videos on YouTube.
Meal:  Pizza.
Fruit:  Bananas.
Vegetable:  You dont particularly like veggies.
Breakfast:  Coco Pops.
Drink:  Cream Soda.
Toy:  Your old iPhone with games on it.
You love: Karate.

Aaron 2

Something that happened yesterday:

You are on school holidays and you had a friend come over to play.  You guys did exercises like burpees and jumping jacks.

Your favourite things – Faith

TV programme:  Anything Superman!
iPhone App:  You love taking pictures and videos on my phone. You also love the Toca Boca apps on the iPad.
Meal:  Spaghetti and mince.
Fruit:  Bananas.
Vegetable:  Sweetcorn and peas.
Breakfast:  Coco Pops.
Drink:  Cream Soda.
Toy:  You love your superman figurine.
You love:  Joshy. You guys are getting married and having 5 children and going to live in the mountains.

 faith 2
Something that happened yesterday:

Joshy came to play at your house.  It was the BEST DAY EVER!

#LoveChange and a chance to WIN!

*Please note this is a sponsored post.  The story is my own.

The {Change Exchange} is an initiative of {BrightRock} Life Insurance.  A collection of YOUR stories about the big changes that take place in your life.  What are those changes? How to deal with them. How to make the most out of them.

As you know, we are going through a HUGE change at the moment.  Moving to a whole new country is perhaps one of the biggest changes you can make.

From {selling our house} to deciding what to take with us to making the decision to find a new home for our fur-babies. Change, change, change.

The one thing I haven’t spoken about yet is the fact that we will be leaving both our moms behind.

Both our moms are very supportive of our move.  They know we are doing what is best for our family.  They are both heartbroken that we are leaving.  Thank heavens for social media, for Skype, for Whatsapp and for the fact that at worst, Israel is only an hour ahead of South Africa.

My kids are sad to be leaving their Bobba and Nana behind but are excited to see them on Skype and are already making plans for them to come and visit us (I have been informed that we need to buy a pull out bed/couch for them).

I am going to miss them very much.  Im going to miss the support that they give us, taking the kids for an hour or two on the weekend so I can shop in peace or having them overnight so Paul and I can have some time to ourselves.  At least I will still be able to speak to them every day and send messages all day too.  Hopefully we can convince them to come to Israel when they retire ;)

I want to tag {Fawn} from {Deer Delights} to share her #LoveChange story.  If you dont know, I met Fawn at her #ChariTea event on Woman’s Day.  The event was in aid of {The South African Organ Donor Foundation}, a charity very close to Fawn’s heart (or lungs as the case may be), as she is an organ donor recipient!

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Why we are not taking our dogs to Israel

Its heartbreaking.  They are our babies.  They have been with us for 9 years.

There are many reasons we are going to Israel.  Its our home.  The children will have an amazing life there, freedom like we had when we were children.  I have family there.  There are a few reasons that are private.

Even though the life we will have in Israel is better for us and for our children, it will not be better for our dogs.

Right now, we live in an average size, three bedroom house with a medium size garden.  Our front gate has a panel cut out and the dogs can run between the inside and the outside at their leisure.  They are also hardly ever alone, as our housekeeper is there during the day when we are at work and the kids are at school.

In Israel we will be living in a 2 bedroom flat/apartment, on the 2nd floor with no garden.  There will be no housekeeper.  Both Paul and I will be working full time (working hours are very different there too) and the children will be at school for most of the day.

How can I leave three active dogs locked up in an apartment all day?  If I was guaranteed a work from home job then maybe it could work.  I could take them out three or four times a day to run and play and do their business.  But that is not a guarantee.

This is a decision that was not made lightly.  We love our babies.  They are such special animals.  They are definitely not replaceable objects like a fridge or a bed.

They are living, breathing, creatures and THAT is why we made the decision not to take them with us.  They deserve better.  They deserve a home with a garden to run in and to be around people during the day.  They deserve to keep the freedom they have always known, they deserve to be pampered all day and have someone to play with them.  They deserve to be able to lie in the sun on their favourite patch of sand or come inside and climb on the couch and veg.

Do I feel like an awful mommy for not taking them with us? YES! Am I going to cry and sob like a baby when its time to give them to their new mommy and daddy. YES! Do I feel like I am doing the right thing for them? Absolutely!

I contacted {Dachshund Rescue South Africa} and the wonderful ladies there are helping us to find my babies a new home.  They have been amazing.  No judgement at all, just a solid presence helping us find them a new home.

DRSA

If you know of anyone who would be able to give our babies a loving, comfortable forever home, or can help out any of the other precious babies looking for homes, please contact Sanmarie on sanmariejacobz1@gmail.com.  You can also volunteer to be a foster parent while forever homes are being found for all these babies.  Alternatively you can make a donation to DRSA (registered non-profit):

Dachshund Rescue South Africa
FNB Clearwater 
Account 62418285757
Branch code: 251141

To take with or not to take with…

Housing in Israel is very very different to South Africa.  Most people live in apartment buildings, and they are not huge apartments either. Even houses are different, most being multi-level with no gardens or very small gardens.

A typical Modiin neighbourhood

A typical Modiin neighbourhood

We will be moving into a 2 bedroom apartment.  The kids will be getting a bunk bed.  We need to sell our King Size extra length bed since there is no way it would fit into an Israeli apartment.

So, this is our ‘Take With’ list:

  • All our kitchen stuff, cutlery, crockery, pots, pans etc…
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher!
  • Small appliances
  • Dining room suite (its an antique that I just had recovered and I love it), includes 8 chairs and a sideboard
  • 2 additional side boards (one I use to store my Pesach things and the other is my linen cupboard)
  • Lounge table
  • Clothes
  • Kids toys (2 boxes each)
  • All our linen, blankets, duvets, pillows etc…

This is our ‘Not to Take With’ list:

  • Our Smeg fridge
  • Smeg freezer (we wont have space for a full fridge and a full freezer)
  • Lounge suite (Its very big and also needs to be recovered)
  • TV (very old)
  • TV cabinet
  • Bookshelves
  • Kids beds
  • Our bed and bedside tables

Trying to decide what to take and what not to take is hard, especially since we dont know what our new apartment will look like yet (we are trying to find an apartment as I type).

What would be your MUST take items?

 

We are going home.

Israel.  We are going home to Israel.

home-is-where-the-heart-is

We have had this thought of making Aliyah (emigrating) to Israel for about 5 years, but various things kept us here.

A few months ago we made the decision that now is the time.  The kids are young enough, we are young enough.  Lets go!

I have sold my big car, the house has been sold (in 3 weeks!!! Need a fantastic estate agent contact {Wendi}!!), I have resigned, the kids know, our families have has some time to process everything.

We leave mid December.  Thats 2 and a half months away!  Our lift leaves in 6 weeks!!  I haven’t even started packing or deciding what is being given away or sold or coming with us.

Its all very hectic and very exciting.

This is going to be the adventure of a life time and I cant wait to take you on our journey with us!

Print all the things!

Earlier this month, HP sent me an Deskjet Ink Advantage e-All-in-One printer to try out.

printer

I was going to take it home with me but then I thought to myself, lets see how this works in the office.

It took 5 minutes to set up the printer on our network and another 5 minutes for me and the guys in my office to connect.  Then it was A for Away.

We tend to print a lot of maps and graphs for our work, in packs for meetings and usually have to print one colour copy and the rest in black and white.  We managed to print 10 full packs in colour in under 10 minutes and the last pack was just as bright and fresh as the first one.  And the ink kept going and going and going.

One of the guys came bouncing up to me, waving his phone on the 2nd day.  He had discovered the HP All-in-One Remote app.  What followed was a full hour of playing with all the features, particularly the scan directly to your phone feature.

What I loved was that for such a small machine it is incredibly powerful, not many small machines print and scan double sided pages, this function made life so much easier for me, never mind being more cost effective.  Going back to our regular machine took some getting used to.

Bottom line, we all thoroughly enjoyed using this little printer and are all in agreement, dynamite definitely comes in small packages!

*HP sent me the printer plus an extra set of ink to use for 2 weeks.  I was not paid to write this review.

You will never catch me…

Thanks {Laura-Kim} and {Cindy} for the inspiration today :)

You will never catch me fighting with the kids about brushing their hair on the weekends, its just not worth the aggravation.

You will never catch me saying no to carbs.

You will never catch me without nail polish on.

You will never catch me wearing high heals unless its a very fancy function.

You will never catch me drinking decaf coffee.

You will never catch me drinking fat free anything.

You will never catch me running. Not unless something nasty is chasing me and even then, if it looks like it would be a quick, painless death I still may not run.

You will never catch me eating gummy bears, Turkish delight or licorice.

Gratuitous pics of my kids ;)

 

Aaron 1

 

faith 1

 

 

Ice cream dreams

Holy moly!

The guys at work spoiled me for my birthday and bought me a KRUPS ice cream churner.

krups

So awesomely exciting.

I have not stopped making ice cream since I got the machine.

So far I have made:

  • Vanilla
  • Vanilla with Top Deck pieces
  • Condensed milk
  • Condensed milk with nougat pieces
  • Dairy milk chocolate

I did try and make a sorbet but it didn’t churn, no idea why, but I will try that again soon.

Next up will be white chocolate and Smarties!

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