Friday, April 15, 2011

Goodbye to Mrs C, Volleyball games and Trader Joe gift vouchers

Can you believe that we have had our last Sem wives meet-up until next semester? That's right! Only 5 weeks until the end of the semester.

My sem wife table leader Mrs C (Colleen Craigen- who is married to the well-known Dr. Craigen) is leaving with her beloved husband to go and settle down closer to their kids.

She shared about herself with all the ladies for our last night of festivities... for this semester!

Here are some pics of the evening:
This is one of our table... the girls from table 3:

A table heavy laden with scrumptious goodies:

My partner-in-crime for the evening- Elena from the UK... We had such good fun! 
 Mrs C, sharing her encouraging yet tear-jerking message...
Then... for those who were not aware... I have started assisting one of the seminary students coach volleyball for the Grace Community School that is on the campus. The sem student has classes for part of the practices on both Tuesdays and Thursdays so he needed someone to help him out on those afternoons. Before you ask if I have ever played volleyball before... the answer is... No! I have indeed never played volleyball before in my life! The good news is that I am only responsible for the warm ups and some drills. (Bonus! Free gym twice a week!)

I tried to help a girl with her serve based on my tennis know-how and I hope that it helped! hehe! ;) 

I have really enjoyed getting to know the middle school girls (grades 6-9) and learning all about Volleyball.  I went to watch one of their games this last week and it was so sweet- they dedicated the game to me and then won it! Go Lady Hawks!
Here are some pictures of the Lady Hawks A team:

And here are the sweet B Team girls supporting them as they played:

And here the B Team girls are in action:
Then, we were blessed with some Trader Joe's vouchers and some of the  ingredients were used to cook the below recipes...

With the help of a sem wife called Katie (who reeeally knows how to cook!) I made:
1.) Parmesan and caramelized onion brown rice,
2.) Sauteed reggae coloured veggies and ...
3.) All-American cranberry chicken

I am still amazed at how well it worked out!

First the Trader Joe voucher:
A pretty one of some bright peppers in my star colander: ( I love stars! And Lenore had kept this for me. when we first arrived..)
Here is the meal:
And a happy Izak:

Finally, you'll be pleased to know that I ventured off on the LA freeways to South Pasadena to have coffee with a friend from our Glendale Bible Study.... Christy! We went and had such fun chats, giggles and wonderful treats with her sweet little boy, Caleb... here is a cute one of the two of them:

Well, thanks for reading our fairly long post- we hope to hear from you soon! Keep in touch as always!

Your Bakkes'


  1. Hi Taryn!

    Lekker om te sien jul geniet dit daar!
    Mis vir julle! En nou gaan Jaline hul ook nog weg :-(

  2. Hi!!

    Ooooh! That food looks so good! Can I come for supper?
    Go,Lady Hawks! That looked like a lot of fun. Say hi to Izak. We're praying for you.
    Miss you lots.
    Alf and Mags

  3. Personally I always wish the blogs were longer, love them xxx

  4. Yep, certainly looks sumptious...please come and cook me some too,please? May the Lady Hawks go from strenght to excellent!!!

  5. Flip it, die chow op hierdie blog word net lekkerder en lekkerder. Dink ek moet gaan kuier.

  6. Good stuff team Bakkes, thanks for the news. Looks like you are having an amazing time! Makes me happy...sending you BIG love from SK, Pips, xx

  7. I'm with Jansie on the food u do orders & deliveries? :) Wish I could cook like that...Looks like you could offer cooking lessons for single girls / young wives if you needed other options or ministry ideas ;p

    Will be sure to appreciate the smells of the African bush for you!