Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Only 6 weeks to go, crazyness!
So we've been going to pre-natal classes every Wednesday night. They are supposed to make you more confident about going into labor. Hmm. So they think..."I know, lets show them a video of a live birth, and a live c-section!!! That will make them LESS scared of giving birth!" Yikes. I wasn't scared before, but I am now!

So this is what I've learned in 4 weeks of prenatal class.

1. Labor is painful
2. If people tell you "its not that painful" their lying
3. If there are complications, its even more painful
4. Here are some exercises to help with the pain, although they don't actually work
(they had us sit with a big block of ice in our hand and try and make the pain go away by breathing. I don't get the breathing thing. How can you breath away pain?)
5. But after the baby is born you forget the pain
What they didn't tell us was the reason why its painful, but that is found in Genesis 1. God cursed women with pain in labor (a massively intensive time of pain) and men with work labor (pain over many years of work). So I think I just need to remember that sin is what causes pain, and that God is in control, and this is what He has for me, and all women! So its His will that labor is painful. I'm just praying that somehow it makes me more like Christ!

Photos from my family shower in the states. In South Africa they are called "Stork Parties" so this cake is particuarily appropriate :)
The whole family! (Parents, Aunts, Uncles & Cousins :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


So this Thursday night was the most hectic storm I've ever been through. It started so quickly with huge flashes of thunder, and lightning that was CONTINUOUS (no joke, it was quicker than a strobe light) for 2 hours straight. No sooner had I realized there was a storm than I ran into the office to unplug Clint's computer, and on the way the electricity died, went up again, and died, before I got a chance to unplug it. Needless to say, his motherboard blew (yikes) so he is using my junk laptop till it gets replaced :) The rain then came down so heavy, that within 5 minutes our kitchen was flooded, and at this time Clint came home from a deacons meeting...we were frantically lighting candles and mopping up water. What was so weird was the lightning...there was a BRIGHT flash every joke. Winds were at 80mph and the rain was coming down in sheets. Our electricity was off for 3 days. Our poor dogs thought the world was coming to an end!

These are some photos of the beachfront in Durban. Normally this looks like a nice paved boardwalk with shops and stuff. Its totally under water.

This is the restaurant we usually eat at on the beach...the Wimpy. Check the windows that are smashed in.
Sand totally covers the boardwalk now. They say that 50 million rands worth of damage happened in the Durban area. Schools were closed down cause the wind lifted off the roofs, or trees fell on the classsrooms. Hectic stuff!

"The Lord is slow to anger and great in power. And the the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In whirlwind and storm is His way, and the clouds are the dust beneath His feet. Mountains quake cause of Him, and the hills dissolve; indeed the earth is unheaved by His presence, the world and all the inhabitants in it" Nahum 1:3 & 5

Thursday, March 15, 2007


I just realized I never posted Resolved are some (I took a million!)

In anticipation.....the first night of Resolved

One of the coolest parts about being at Resolved was singing with 3000 people. In a church of under 200, you forget what an awesome feeling that can be!

"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit" I Peter 3. I think this was the most poignant point Piper made that night....was that the end goal is GOD, being with Him in all His glory....very powerful message.

SCV lunch at the park

Me and Marietjie

Jesse & Deidre

Just the girls :)

SCV group photo....awww.

Panel Discussion

CJ preaching


Run Forrest RUN!

Girls who are coming on the SA team (hopefully!) to Durbs this summer!

Baby Archer enjoyed Resolved too....he always kicked during the worship! :)


My favorite beach: Leo Carillo. It's just up from Zuma on PCH. I took this photograph 10 years ago in 1997, for a highschool class project. Clint's brother recently asked me to make a copy of it for him, so I had it scanned digitally. Every time I go to this beach I look to see if the sun is shining through the rock, and I've never seen it like this again. This year would be my highschool 10 year reunion, pretty scary. So much has changed since 1997...I was just thinking my life is a bit like this photo since then. "Well I'm not who I was when I took my first step, and I'm clinging to the promise that You're not through with me yet" One of my favorite quotes from Ginny Owens (a blind Christian singer) about how the Lord changes us and molds us into His image...and that He who began a good work is faithful to complete it. But we have to take the steps necessary and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. 10 years ago I never considered missions. 10 years ago I had no idea who I was going to marry. 10 years ago I was complacent in my walk with the Lord. 10 years ago I had wild dreams about what I would be doing 10 years from now. The Lord has been so faithful to me in where He has brought me, and I'm glad He gave me the desires and strength to follow His will, so that He could bring me on this journey to where I am now....about to be a mom! :)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Hillcrest Baptist Church

So I've been working for the last 2 weeks on our church's website (it should be done in the next month or so, with sermon downloads and everything!) The biggest challenge was figuring out how to compress sermon files so that they are small enough to download....but today it was finally successful!! :) Yipee! I'm trying to get the website off the ground before baby Archer arrives. (My good friend Janine here just delivered 2 weeks early....yikes!) Here are some photos of our church building I took for the website...our church is awesome. On Sunday I'll snap some of the inside :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

9 weeks to go!

9 weeks to go!

We have been busy this week painting the nursery! (You can see the ugly color it was before on the left wall....apricot peach!) but now its blue and white. Clint and his dad are holding up the boat boarder....its super cute! We have a crib and a changing table now...and the room is almost done! I'll upload more photos when its all together

Here are some 3d photos from my last scan. He stuck out his tongue at us! and the doctor said he was doing "breathing exercises" getting ready for the real world. Its so amazing. I now see my tummy moving all the time.

Yesterday we went to the mall and they have a parking section for "expecting moms will be towed if you are not an expectant mom". Its right outside a "Baby City." So we decide to finally take advantage of this "handicapped" type parking cause its a super busy day and there's no other parking and its like 100 sooner are we parked and a security guard comes out of nowhere to yell at us...then looks down at my tummy...and is like "OH!! I'm so sorry! I didn't know you were expecting!" Then I walk in the shop while Clint is locking up the car, and a random guy just walks by and starts shaking his head very dissapointed at Clint taking a spot from a poor pregnant person, he quickly yelled 'Kim wait up, I'm coming' but the guy never saw me... :)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Scott & Sara

This is one of the more fun weddings I've ever photographed. I think the pictures reflect how much laughter there was! :)

Congratulations! We were both so glad we could be part of the wedding! :)