Hands down, this was the busiest, craziest, shortest week of the trip! Everyone was in good spirits as my mom, brother, and friend Elle Lichte came to Open Arms for a few days. They showered the children with several gifts of little dresses from Delafield Presbyterian Church, sponsored 15:30 Project hats and shirts, and other miscellaneous donations from Wisconsin donors including shoes, educational supplies, candies, clothing, and other things. All of the children were very thankful for all of the goodies and many wear their new items every day! It is great to see them, which is so rewarding to see.
This was my brother Alex's first time to Africa and one of my favorite things of my family's visit was to see him interacting with the children and taking the culture in. Since my mom and Elle had already been here it was great to see all of the kids so happy to be reunited with them.
After spending a too brief of visit at Open Arms, the four of us headed off to Cape Town for a lovely long weekend. We went up to Table Mountain, shopped in the Green Square Market, had several meals at Victoria's Wharf, and spent a pleasant day in the French village of Franschoek. Although we had several amazing activities, it was just as nice to spend time with the three of them and catch up. Now, the home stretch begins before I head home and I am starting to realize there is too much that I want to do before heading back. I am going to start planning out now in order to make sure I get everything done, but I know that I will most definitely run out of time. All I can hope for is that I can maybe accomplish two more outings and spend as much time with the kids as possible.