Showing posts from December, 2012


My fans have been requesting a blog post from me (Darin) since it has been a few months, so here you go.   I really love living in South Africa 90% of the time.  But there are some things that are rather annoying.  Below I have compiled a list of things that really irritate me here.  I am a very laid back person, so I don’t usually take out my frustration on others, it just stews inside for a couple minutes and then I’m fine again.  These are in no particular order.  Some might seem kind of childish or meaningless, but if you have to deal with them every day, they can become a real bother over time.   Taxis – In general, taxis are a huge pain.  They are literally about 50% of the vehicles that are on the road in and around Hammanskraal.  I don’t like the fact that they stop wherever and whenever they want.  But a bigger annoyance to me is when I’m waiting in line to make a right turn(remember we drive on the other side of the road, so it is like turning left in the US) and a

A Random Catch-up Post

So, I haven’t given an update in a while. I was just looking on our desktop and realized I had a post I never put up, but that is old news now, so I’ll just start again. Last Friday, the 7 th , our kids finished school for the year. They will start again in January in Grade 2 and Grade 3! Wow. On Friday Darin and I went to the Honors Program, which was like a little awards ceremony. It was actually quite nice. Each teacher gave awards to the kids in the class for things relating to academics and/or character. Jori received two awards, one for her writing skills and the other for her kindness. Our little Jori is definitely kind and we are thankful that others see that in her as well. She is also a bit of a know it all, telling us things like “Fragible means easily broken”. Not quite, but we appreciate the effort! Tyson received an award for his reading skills and his teacher also said that she often has to go home and Google things after talking with Tyson as he has a lot of gener

Prayer Requests

We know that a lot of you are praying for us and many of you have asked for specific things to pray for. So, here are some specific requests that we have: Our marriage-that we’ll have time for each other, work together, listen to each other and understand where the other person is coming from. Our kids-Tyson is having some struggles with finding his niche. He is too old to play with the little kids in our house and a bit too young for the older boys on the property, which leads to feeling a bit left out and out of sorts. Jori has been having a bit of an attitude lately, which is partly due to her age and also due to the changes that have happened lately. We are trying to balance having compassion for her and also not letting her turn into a 6 year old drama queen! The TYB kids-They have all undergone a lot of stressful changes over the past month, the kind of things that would knock most adults off their rockers. Pray that we will be extra patient with those who really giv