2013 reflections

I F I think back on the year that has been, I think it has been one of the most profound years of my life thus far. For various reasons, I am not the same person I was in January 2013.

At the beginning of this year, one of the pastors at our church gave a challenge out to everybody. It was called “raw faith”… trusting God for something that you literally cannot do on your own.

On the same day, someone else gave us a prophetic word (which is Christianese for ‘a prediction’ or ‘promise’)… there was a new baby going to arrive.

As things go, life carried on and in the hustle and bustle of everything, I lost focus and forgot about all that. But by July I would be reminded again.


It was then, in the middle of July, that I was reminded of six months earlier. I remembered my initial thoughts – that if I had to have faith for anything, it would be another baby. We didn’t think we needed another baby, given our delightful pigeon pair and the joy they bring us.

But the idea of another baby started something in me. I think it was this idea that control is such a fickle idea, in many ways.

That brought about the RCB duo tour, where Jon and I toured the east coast. It was a special time for me personally… a revelation, in fact.


I found myself reflecting afterwards on how the trip to Spain came about… I still have the business cards of top industry people and Barcelona street maps as memorabilia. I think back on all the people we’ve encountered, and all places we’ve been… and I am humbled.

It all feels like it is just the beginning.

A special moment for us was ending the year in Cape Town with family. Both sides of Tam’s and my family altogether in the Mother City was cause for true celebration over Christmas.

I have fond memories of 2013… and now the future has my attention.


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