Travel is in our blood – what can I say. We are heading out again. Making steps into eternity, intentional about extending His Kingdom in the lives of people we meet.
AND – we finally we did it! An almost 3 week trip with just a boot full – no trailer – for 8 of us… including our food! So proud of these little peeps in learning to pack light. It makes all the difference when moving from place to place.
Today’s destination is Nelspruit some 600 km away .
By 8 am we had the house cleaned and ready for our house sitter. By 8:15 am once again we felt the thrill of the road beneath our wings.
As we headed north east – dusty, dry, arid land surrounded us for the most of today. Rocky outcrops, thorn trees and dust….. so much dust…..
We are in the midst of reading Jenny Seed’s book Prince of the Bay so we couldn’t afford driving past Escort where there is Fort Durnford that was used to protect farmers from Shaka’s warriors – seen in the valley below the cannons. What a find! From historic documents, to swords and Zulu shield to a full egg collection from birds throughout Africa to dinosaur bones and a mini town scene. Soon our 20 min stop was extended into well over an hour.
Sobering scenery, road work blocks, very few places for loo breaks made for a very long, charcter building day on the road and our host house in Nelspruit such a welcoming oasis.
So it was said all those 10 years ago that if you homeschool using living books, read about heroes and give then freedom to play that you will see what they learn filtration info their lives. Well I will say we have had discussions about topics and sometimes seen a game reflect something they have learned. But never have they become absolutely engrossed – without our input. Then last month we decided that for the boy’s birthdays, next month , we would fulfil their life long dream of going to Kruger National Park. Well, oh my, suddenly the children are leading all our learning. For handwriting is a South African poem, geography maps of the park and historical places and for history we have been learning about the history of South Africa. We have all sat enthralled as we have read about so much history we were unaware of. Our hearts have been stretched, pulled, ached and rejoiced. We have climbed mountains, hunted, fought wars and pulled wagons with people long forgotten. It has truly been an amazing term with the children leading and asking for more and more. This reached a climax this week when we asked a friend to sew the girls some bonnets for the dress up box. Oh what fun these have been! The boys soon caught the fever and last night we were greeted at the dinner table by a group of “voortrekers.”
The children instructed us that we had to have baked potatoes and meat for supper – so that we could be like the voortrekkers and we had milk tart for pudding. This was followed by a play that they had created that told the whole story of Dingaan and the Voortrekkers. Out of a few dress up clothes and a simple meal such a fun, memorable evening emerged