Days 29 & 30 – and an Exciting Update!

Hey everyone! So before we tell you about the last couple of days, I’m sure you are all wanting to hear the update – and we want to share it! WE GET TO COME HOME!!!!

We received word this afternoon that Palesa’s passport has arrived in Cape Town (from Pretoria)! We will get to pick that up tomorrow morning! Then we will need to fly back to Johannesburg for her exit interview at the US consulate, and then we can come HOME! Unfortunately, the consulate only does interviews on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so ours will be now scheduled for next Tuesday. We will be flying from Cape Town to Joburg on Sunday, have the consulate interview and get her visa on Tuesday, and fly home on Wednesday! It feels SO good to have an end date in sight and know we will be back with our boys, reunited as a family of 5 for the first time in one week! Please pray everything goes as planned and there are no delays!

Alright, so what have we been up to these last two days you ask? Yesterday (day 29) was a bit of a slow day. We had a quiet morning, and then met our friends for lunch at Pajamas and Jam. Yes, that was our second time there within a week. Yes, it’s that good!

After that we had to meet with the Wandisa team and then go back to the Department of Home Affairs to do our Noting of Adoption. We played around a little in the office before heading out.

For some reason this took 3 hours of sitting and waiting for something that took ten minutes (that’s African time for you!). Luckily Palesa had her little friend to play with! That was pretty much our whole day!

Today (day 30) we didn’t really have anything planned. Which ironically turned out to be one of our busiest days! This morning we got up and wondered what we should do. We decided that we would just get in the car and drive toward Cape Point since we haven’t been that direction yet.

The first place we stopped was the ocean. We hadn’t done that yet even though we are surrounded by ocean down here. Palesa hasn’t ever been to the beach and we needed to make sure she got that experience!

Wow.  Crazy hair.

Remember it is winter here, so it was about 60 degrees out. That’s why there was no one lying on the beach today. 😁

After the beach, we found a sweet little restaurant right off the ocean that our judge had actually recommended to us back on Gotcha day 3 weeks ago. So we had to try it out!

The food was delish and the views were awesome!

After we ate, we did a little shopping….

Then Palesa got about 10 minutes of sleep while we drove and then decided to stop and see some more penguins!


These cute little creatures are definitely a highlight for me! There was a little ice cream parlor along the path, so we had to stop and have some! From our knowledge, I think this is also a first for Palesa!

We then headed out and kept driving.

Then we started seeing things like this:

What does this mean?!

Then things started getting quite high.

Then we came to the entrance of Cape Point in the Cape of Good Hope.

Look it up. We were basically at the extreme southwestern tip of the continent of Africa. It is pretty much where the Atlantic and Indian oceans collide, although that technically happens just a bit east of the peninsula. Basically, I felt like I was gonna fall off the earth.

We found this sign and didn’t really know what to think of this….

…until we saw this…

..oh yeah. Baboons. There were a whole heard, pile, group, whatever you call a bunch of baboons, all over the road!

And they don’t move for you. They just sit in the middle of the road eating whatever it is they’ve scrounged up, and you just have to drive around them. Crazy things!

So after the baboons, we saw what looked like the end of the earth, decorated with a lighthouse.

We got there with about 45 minutes before they brought the last trolley down from the lighthouse.  We said lets do it and move it fast. A picture at the top and that’s it. We will never get another chance, but there’s no way we’re getting stuck in this park with the baboons all night!

Now, keep in mind that these pictures don’t in any way do justice to what God has created. The view was absolutely stunning, and there was no way we could get it all in photos. But you get a glimpse.

Also, the height. There is just no way to describe how high up we were.

Here we are way up high with Mommy very nervous:

On the trolley down, we sat next to this Asian man that did magic tricks for Palesa. She wasn’t interested until he lit his wallet on fire! In the trolley! He had it gone and onto the next trick by the time I got my camera out.

It was a really fun day that wasn’t even planned!  We have a couple more adventures we are going to try and fit in during our last couple of days in Cape Town, and then we will focus on packing up and getting out of here to come home!


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Welcome to my blog! I am first and foremost a loved daughter of the Most High. I am a blessed wife to an awesome man who loves the Jesus above all else. I am also a Momma of 3 wild kiddos, who give each day a blessing in a whole new way. And when I have time I also work as a Nurse Practitioner on a casual basis. Our family has a special passion for family time, adoption, food, and thrifty DIY/home improvement projects and would love to share some of it with you! In fact, I love creating so much I have started my own little Etsy business!
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2 Responses to Days 29 & 30 – and an Exciting Update!

  1. Your comment about your unplanned day being one of your busiest reminds me of what I have heard from many people about their “retirement” years! 🙂

    Your pictures reminded me of these amazing verses:

    Psalm 65:5-8: “You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior,
    the hope of all the ends of the earth
    and of the farthest seas,
    who formed the mountains by your power,
    having armed yourself with strength,
    who stilled the roaring of the seas,
    the roaring of their waves,
    and the turmoil of the nations.
    The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
    where morning dawns, where evening fades,
    you call forth songs of joy.”

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