How quickly times go by…… In the years since I last wrote the blog, so much has happen to us and our dearests. Good and bad…..
Arno decided on our trip that he had enough of the Real Estate Industry. He rather wanted to sell vehicles like his dad. So at the end of our trip fate helped a little bit. In the Namaqua National Park on route to the Richtersveld, we met a guy who 2 months later, in April 2014, offered Arno a job in a company situated in Paarl. So Arno was enjoying his new career, selling cars. In the meantime I helped out at Mountain Breeze campsite outside Stellenbosch while the owner went overseas to visit her daughter. We moved into one of the furnished houses on the resort beginning of May 2014, but rented a house on a farm near Wellington from beginning of July where we sort of camped out in the house until we could move our furniture from Mossel Bay August 2014. I started quilting and embroider baby quilts , enjoyed gardening and be a housewife.
We have two new babies now. Kian, Eretha’s baby boy is now 2 years old and started nursery school beginning of this year. She is also pregnant with a second boy that we expect in June 2017. Heleen & Naas has a little girl named ELIZABETH Both these babies are the cutest children on earth.
Leon, our son-in-law, died on the 17th of December 2014. He had a heart attack at the age of 37. This was very hard for us. It happened on Pieter, our eldest son’s birthday.
And then we lost Pieter our eldest son the 29th of February 2015. He also had a heart attack. This is still very hard to live with.2 children in 2 months time. Agnes and the 2 children are very dear to us and we see them regularly. This happened on me & Arno’s wedding anniversary…..so it is a very mixed celebration date now
After the loss of Pieter, I could not stay at home anymore and started again with my career in the real estate industry working with Pam Golding Properties in Malmesbury in the Boland region. The glory of running the office in Malmesbury, is that it is the town where I started my career 30 years earlier, selling properties for Boland Bank which is now Nedbank. All the old friends and clients to meet with and building on the image of the office, really helped me to distance myself from our loss during the day. Now it is nearly 2 years and I still think daily about the two son’s we lost, especially Pieter but it is becoming better. My heart still aches but is not broken anymore.
The other 8 grand kids are all big and beautiful. They are a busy lot! Luke helps his dad farm when not at school, Luan is our kickboxing champ, Marene is our super clever eldest granddaughter, Stephan is still the joker of the family. PJ is strugling with his dad’s passing but doing fine and Vonna do her own thing. Dane is also in school now and enjoy the outdoor activities and Troi is living with Hanli on the South coast near George and Mossel Bay. visiting his dad’s family frequently.
The Pam Golding Properties branch in Malmesbury was running in slow motion but after a year of very hard work and lots of dedication, the office was too busy for me to handle by myself. After lots of up’s and downs deliberating and decision making, Arno decided that he had enough of the motor trade and joined me the 1st December 2016. The partners are together again!
The other sad but also exciting thing that happened is that we sold our faithful bakkie to Graham from England…..it was a sad day when the bakkie drove out of our farmyard but Arno needs a vehicle to work with. He is now the proud owner of a newer model Toyota.We are still deciding how to kit the new bakkie. It won’t be kitted as permanently as the older one but will get it’s alliminium kappie and roller/drawer system in the near future.
So, this is an update on our life’s journey since we are back from our trip. We are planning a trip for 2018 but is not totally sure if it will be in Africa or America. Later this year we want to do Namibia again but first we must settle our business and then we can play again
I miss my blog….so if you bear with me, there will be more updates from time to time.
Pieter, Agnes and kids 2 weeks before his death
Heleen & Elizabeth coming on a visit with grandma escorting them
The Malmesbury Pam Golding team
Our lovely grandkids Stephan, Luan, PJ, Marene and Vonna
Elizabeth cutie pie
Kian Superman turns 2
Drie nefies kuier lekker saam
The old and the new
Graham, the proud owner of BOS2WP