As many other families in South Africa, we also have a child who lives abroad. It's not a great situation for a parent but as the years go by, you learn to accept it and make the most of every visit that you are blessed with.
Our son came to visit a week ago and to say I was over the moon is an understatement! What is even more amazing is to see the four doggies in our household go absolutely bananas when they see him for the first time. This time one year and four months have passed since his last visit and they remember him as if he's never left!
One of the reasons he visited at this particular time of the year was because he had entered the Two Oceans Marathon, held in Cape Town every year round about this time.
My husband and I ran the 21km (yep, I survived!) and my son ran his very first 56km race! On the photo above he is about five seconds from crossing the finishing line - our family was shouting at the top of our voices at this stage, I still can't believe I managed to snap a photo successfully!
What a feeling! He finished the race in 6hours 26minutes - an achievement that he can share with his children one day!
The house is very empty right now as all the kids have left - my daughter and her family have moved into their new home after staying with us for a month. This morning it's the four dogs and I, and an eerie silence...
So back to blogging, an organized household and also, a time of reflection... How interesting the different seasons of our lives are. Households alive with kids who come and go - nothing really stays the same for long!
As for the animals of this home, as I type I am surrounded by four exhausted little bodies, all in dreamland! I'm sure that all the activity in their home has left them pretty confused - it looks as if they need a vacation of sorts at this stage!
Nice to have the time to post again, I'll be popping in to say hi on all your blogs in the days to come!