16 October, 2011

My mense.

Yesterday, we headed south...very south, back to TF's hometown of Sasolburg, in the Free State...to celebrate the birthdays of his Ouma and Aunt. What an incredible day...

Before heading to the party...we stopped off at the cemetery to lay flowers at his Dad's grave. And to pay our respects to his other Grandparents...
We left three beautiful proteas, on behalf of us and my Sister-in-law....and two little stones to show we were there. I never got to meet my Father-in-law...I so wish I had.

We spent the rest of the day with TF's family...celebrating, laughing, eating, reminising and watching my husband spend much needed time with his family.
I am so incredibly blessed to have married into this family...this family we don't see often, but who have welcomed me, this little English girl, into this great big Afrikaans family with open arms. My husband's Tannies en Ooms, who treat me like I am one of theirs. His Ouma, who at the age of 93...just blows my mind...what a lady.

With both my parents-in-law having passed, these many Aunts and Uncles represent them in my life...and I am proud to be a part of their family.

These are my people.
Hulle is my mense.

9 comments:

Lea White said...

Sasolburg!!!! I miss my Sasolburg days! Have wonderful childhood memories from my Sasolburg days! En soms mis ek die Afrikaans dae ook :-).

SaffaKate said...

I am so happy that you found my blog because it led me to yours! Its a great little slice of home. Dankie!

Lea White said...

Hi Hayley,

Was born in Sasolburg and lived there until middle 1993. Went to Fakkel Primer, AJ Jacobs and Sasolburg High School.

Lea

Paul said...

It's wonderful to have an extended family. Gives you a sense of belonging!

Shayne said...

There is definately something to be send about the sense of family within an Afrikaans family. So different to us english mense!

Stunning pics darl x

kbd said...

I didn't get to meet my father-in-law either; but I'm also lucky that my in-law family is welcoming and wonderful. Family is awesome :)

Lynette said...

Nothing quite like a real Afrikaans family. Lovely photos to remember this day.

Spear The Mighty said...

For some strange reason nearly my whole families final resting place is in Montague and none of us actually live there! I also recently had the opportunity to take some photo's there of Tombstones of my family. It felt a little weird but glad I did it.

cat said...

Ja nee - niks soos 'n lekker familiekuier nie!