Wednesday 10 July 2024

Dearborn Covenant's 70th Birthday...

Dearborn Covenant, the church that has become like family to us here, celebrated its 70th birthday in late June. There was a special event at a nearby park for church friends and family. It was a lovely evening with great food, fun games, and engaging fellowship - and the weather couldn't have been better!

There was face painting, too. :)
Riaan with his flame-covered soccer ball.
Anya with a little butterfly on her arm.
Lots of intense soccer action...
And Nine Square was extremely popular!

Tuesday 9 July 2024

Beautiful Skies...

The sunsets have been quite special lately - especially when there are thunderstorms and towering cumulonimbus clouds in the sky. This is the view on one of those evenings - looking due west from our front door. :)

Saturday 6 July 2024

Father's Day 2024...

Father's Day this year was on Sunday, 16th June. We started the day with a lovely breakfast, before a family cycle to church. The day was completed with a lovely afternoon braai. All in all, a pretty good day! :)

Delicious breakfast prepared by Candace. :)
Eliza and I on the way home from church.
Amarula on ice is always a nice treat.
Beautiful skies as the meat sits on the braai.

Sunday 30 June 2024

Visit to Canada...

We visited Canada on Saturday, 15th June. It's a new country for all five of us - and it's only 30 minutes away! The reason we took an afternoon trip to Canada was to visit the Saffa Shop in Belle River, Ontario. It's a South African food shop that sells groceries and frozen products from back home. It was lovely to see (and taste) a few favourites from South Africa. :)

We drove over the Ambassador Bridge to enter Canada and returned via the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. It was a lovely four-hour trip overseas! :)

Driving over the Ambassador Bridge.
It has beautiful views of the Detroit River.
Approaching Canadian territory.
Browsing in the Saffa Shop.
Selfie at the sign.
We stopped for coffee at a cute little coffee shop.
Family selfie in Canada.
Picture postcard painted on a block of flats.
Heading back towards the border.
Driving in the tunnel under the Detroit River.
Candace found an amazing t-shirt at the Saffa Shop. :)
The South African goodies we bought at the shop.

Family Cycle...

For the first time, we were able to venture out as a family for a leisurely cycle ride early one Friday morning. :) Both Riaan and Eliza are excellent on their own bikes, and Anya is all too happy to be in the bike seat behind me. There are so many nice cycle pathways close to home. We did 10 kms this day - and we all loved it!

Candace, Eliza, and Riaan. :)

Saturday 29 June 2024

Flying Flapjack 5K...

We all took part in a 5 km fun run/walk on Saturday, 8th June. It was at a nearby park on Edward Hines Drive, and proceeds from the event went towards a local pregnancy resource centre. The race is named the Flying Flapjack, because afterwards there is breakfast, and flapjacks are thrown through the air onto your plate!

Awaiting the start of the race.
We saw several unicycles on the road. :)
Out on the route.
Finishing up with flying flapjacks for breakfast!

Sunday 23 June 2024

Jiran Service...

A regular part of our life here in Michigan is the Jiran Collective - a joint English-Arabic service that happens every second Friday night. It's a beautiful time of worship and a story from the Bible is shared. I had the privilege of telling the story of the Man with Leprosy - from Luke 5: 12-16 - back at the beginning of May. We love attending and being involved with these multicultural outreach services!

An amazing night of worship earlier in June.