Day 2: I am blessed with an AMAZING family.

I am blessed with a loving, caring family. My family is different. My family sometimes have strange ideas. I mean my whole family are not even living on the same continent. Everyone in my family wasn’t even born on the same continent.

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My extended family on my mothers side.


Do we always agree? No

Do we all have the same ideas? No

Do we love each other always? Yes.


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I am the eldest of three children. I have a brother and a sister.

We have been through many ups and downs but at least we had each other through it all. I am truly blessed with a family like mine and wouldn’t swop them for the world!

Lindsay, Amanda, Mom, Hawie, Pieter and Karin


This post is part of the 31 Day blog challenge. For more posts in this series please click here.

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For more posts in this series please click here

This post is part of the 31 days of 5 minute free writes challenge.

Day 1: It is my wedding anniversary today and I am blessed to be married.

Day 2: I am blessed with an AMAZING family.

Day 3: My mom is a blessing.

Day 4: My sister is a blessing (sometimes in disguise lol)

Day 5: My grandma was a blessing

Day 6: My brother and his wife is a blessing

Day 7: Our dogs are a blessing

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31 Blessings

Hawie en Lindsay

As I’ve explained earlier my brother lived in South Korea and there he met this wonderful American girl and they got married. The visited us earlier this year and here are some of the pictures and recollections of that visit. We went on a lot of different trips and we had a lot of fun. Hope to see them again soon. To read what my sister in law thought of South Africa click here. Find their blog here.

One of the first South African braai’s

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We had lunch at the Pit Stop diner as well. It was fun to take the American to a “true South African Diner” We saw a lot of American Indians and old cars. 20140321_162448

At the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens we had a lot of laughs. 20140601_161502 20140601_161520

We also had a braai at our house with the whole family.



20140531_191236 20140531_191252 20140531_191440My sister and I 🙂 20140531_191516 20140531_191529 Hubby and me. I love him sooo much.

Time to say goodbye…with a Bunny Chow

And then it was time to say goodbye! The 3 month visit that we looked forward to for soooo long was over in a blink of an eye. We had a lot of fun. We toured through Jozi, laughed at the Botanical gardens, watched the Sound of Music at Monte Casino and went to Pilanesburg. We tr20140607_122750ied to be American at the Pitstop Diner and even had a Mexican evening. We had a braai(actually a few) and we had a good fight that only siblings can have(and understand hehe) We saw our brother and gained a sister. So now in the true sense of the word I don’t have one “Varkie” anymore but two. It seemed like we can go on like this forever but alas it was time for them to go on a new adventure a road trip through the USA and meeting the American family. I’m amazed sometimes when I think what my brother accomplished and I am so proud of him! From humble beginnings one can go far. I mean he is a world traveler now and he is going to go far in life. Watch this space.20140607_123553


We said goodbye  at the airport with a Bunny Chow. A bunny chow is a South African dish. You take a quarter hallowed out bread. Fill it with meat/beans and serve. It is also best eaten with your hands. Legend has it that the laborers (slaves) in the early days in Durban developed it when they weren’t allowed to take their food to the sugar cane fields in20140607_112514 containers. You can find a Bunny Chow recipe here. Anyways it is real delicacy now that is widely enjoyed.

It was a good meal but a sad goodbye…
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