How are you? Life for the Hillegi is going pretty well. We have been here over seven weeks and are adjusting nicely. We miss our family back in the USA a lot, especially when we have very slow internet connections and we want to speak with them (as a side note, please do not take for granted unlimited internet - you are very fortunate!).
We love the house that we moved into on April 1st. It is perfect for us - a beautiful, furnished 3-BR house in a gated community that is also on a golf course. We are very, very fortunate and we do not want to take our situation for granted.
We have been going through 1 John with the Whitlocks over the past few weeks (we just finished 2:15-17), and it has been eye-opening. Two verses in chapter two have really stuck out to me. "My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins... (vs. 1)" and "I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake (vs. 12)." These two verses show that John (the author) is tender towards his audience by calling them little children, and he encourages them to not sin (which is impossible until his people are glorified in heaven). He then points them to Jesus who is their only advocate with the Father and the propitiation (a big word, but one of the most important words in the Bible - look it up!). Christianity is the only religion where eternal life is not dependent on a person's good works, and that is a good thing! It is not what we do for God (not that we can do anything - see Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3: 9-18, John 15:5), but what God has done for us in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53, Romans 3:23-25, Ephesians 2, Philippians 3 and about a hundred other passages in the Bible). Let us bow down and worship the King.
Anywho, below are a few pictures:
Yes, this is a giraffe near our friends' house (Kait was 40 feet away while taking the picture).
Bruce loves his little brother (BTW, Wyatt is close to crawling!)
Eating some corn with my little man...
Did I mention that the views are breathtaking?
Before "caving" at Sudwalla Caves with our friends Willem and Helene (they are awesome!)
In the cave with the fam!
Drinking some cave water...it was tasty!
Another picture with our friends!
The girls getting the royal spa treatment where...
little fish clean off the dead skin from feet...it tickles a lot! We were jumpy at the beginning, but after getting used to it...it felt pretty good.
First round of golf in South Africa happened today!
Zach, Kait and the boys