I am a born-and-bred South African, who traded the balmy highveld weather of South Africa for the muggy humidity of the American East Coast 8 years ago. I do miss my friends and family, the African bush, biltong and fresh bakery breads, but I am happy here. America has truly become my home and I can’t imagine being anywhere else right now.

The one constant in our lives since moving here has been our church. We found this little fellowship two months after moving here and we have never been anywhere else. The word that is taught here, especially in the bible school,  is meaty and fresh. A real ‘living’ word. We know that this little fellowship, which has become our family-away-from-family, is the reason the Lord sent us to the States. Hubby is going to bible school as preparation to be sent out as a missionary, and I am trying to fit bible school into my busy schedule too. Now that the teachings are online it will be easier to do.

I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 active boys and a little girl. At the moment we are homeschooling all of the kiddos. Our youngest came as a bit of a surprise and I still often catch myself signing greeting cards with “Sumi and the boys”. Having a little princess in the house is fun though and I love having someone to do all the girly things with.

(Since writing this, our little princess has gone on to be with Jesus. I do not have the heart to change this page yet, hence this explanation in parenthesis.)

Things you may or may not know about me:

I am vertically challenged (though I practically tower over Elaine)
I love taking solitary walks at night (though I seldom do)
I love dancing as an expression of worship
I will never be like June Cleaver (which means all my hopes of being normal are dashed 😉 )
I am trying to learn to play guitar
I am still waiting to become a grown-up
I love being out in nature
I am almost always barefoot
I like all things earthy and unpretentious
I can run further than my hubby and my boys (eat my dust, guys!)
I can generate amazing ideas but find it hard to implement them
I love painting ceramics
My favorite school subject is life science
My favorite instrument is the piano
I love learning about God’s grace
I am a candy monster, when I want to be
I’m not crazy about cakes and cookies
I have three cats, and could be happy with more
I tend to spill my guts at the drop of a hat
I don’t like spending money, especially on myself
I love reading children’s books
I have always wanted to live on a large piece of unspoiled land
I love horses
I didn’t do well at school because I spent too much time day-dreaming
I can be amazingly eloquent sometimes, and equally tongue-tied at others (usually the latter)
I can cry at the drop of a hat (well…almost. I think my sister has got me beat)
I think naps are a waste of time, and I dislike sleeping in
I think this list is long enough already


24 responses to “About

  1. Sumi,
    I didn’t realize that your tow other boys were being homeschooled again. How is it going? I hope to hear more from you.

  2. Sumi, it is good to see you here!! I didn’t know that you were homeschooling all of the kids again either. Do tell!!

  3. i am the guy from the Juniper Tree blog where you have made some comments lately. I just wanted to say thanks for reading what I write but more importantly, thanks for taking the time to respond with clarity and depth. Blessings!



  4. Thanks for stopping by, Greg. I really enjoy your blog. 🙂

  5. I loved your description of your self. I know Ginger and she knows you, so now you are on my blog list. I was a woundedlily but now a desert rose. God is healing me spiritually and emotionally so I see myself differently than when I first started blogging. It sounds like your life is full and busy. May the new year bring you many wonderful blessings and happy memories.

  6. Thanks for your sweet comments, Woundedlily. 🙂

  7. Tony, Denise, Jera

    Sumi: We were so sorry to hear the news! We love you and your family very much. If we can we would like to come to the service. We miss you and are praying for your family in your time of loss. I truly understand!

    The Perez-Guerra’s

  8. Thanks Tony, Denise And Jera. I have missed you guys!

  9. Hello…we are also a South African family so to speak. My husband was raised in Durban and moved here with me in 1997…we have three boys. We also live on the East Coast (New England.)
    I wanted to tell you that we are praying for you. I am so sorry for the loss of Jenna. I pray for God’s tender hand to continue to help you. lots and lots of love.

  10. Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. I found you by accident and yet God ordains our steps.

    I have no words to express the sadness I feel as I read of your sudden loss.

    My heart cries out for Papa to enwrap you in His tender embrace and comfort you in ways that only He can.

    I am so sorry.


  11. Found you through Rachael’s blog (Life With Hannah and Lily). I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little girl. Sending you prayers and hugs,
    Laurie in NJ

  12. Just wanted to let you know I’m still praying for you!

  13. Michelle Zieg

    I was able to find your blog today. I got the Link from Noah Kaye’s blog. Thank you for writing to him. I would love to keep in touch and share more. I do not have a blog but I email often. Please feel free to write. Your story touches me and your peace, strength and faith are an encouragement to me. I know that the God who is carrying your family will also be faithful to my family as well… the days are touch but we are already seeing his grace and comfort through the hands of sooo many who are reaching out to us. Sorry I am unable to write more but things are too fresh… I would love to be in touch. God bless you and your family. Michelle (Brayden’s mommy)

  14. Hi Sumi

    I found your comment on Angie Smith’s blog and came over to visit.

    I’m in Johannesburg and wanted to say hi to a fellow South African.

    Very sorry to hear about your precious little girl…

  15. George and Wendy

    Tracy Boswell asked me to logon to your blog. I have a sense that Father God holds us close, at these traumatic times in our lives, more so than we realise. I also know this stuff does not go away, accept people stop talking about it, and we perhaps get better at managing the emmotion. The reality of it stays though. I understand you keeping Jenna’s things. Enjoy them and think of the happy times. I loved the idea of having jenna’s birthday at the pool. Hard but real I think. Bless you George and Wendy

  16. Sumi:

    First, let me say how sorry I am of your loss. It can be a very tough road to walk and is only made easier by God’s grace, love and peace within every day and the prayers of your close friends. It does ease in time, my husband and I know that for a fact. The peace of knowing that your precious daughter is there in the presence of our Lord and Savior is awesome, the visions that God has given you are comfort I am sure. Continue to trust and continue to be open with each other and with God and your close friends.

    The birthday party was a really neat thing to do.

    If you would like, keep in touch with me. I have no blog and not even sure where I would start one at. So, email me.

  17. It’s me again… I just read some of your blogs expressing your feelings of grief and emotions, etc, etc. As I read, I felt like I was reading my emotions. Please know that your borage of emotions and feelings and grief do not go unnoticed by our precious Father.

    A few months after our daughter, Samantha, died, a woman in our church made two quilts (one for us and one for our older daughter) from her favorite clothes and bedding. It was very hard to give them up but when we opened our bags up Mother’s Day that year, what a gift. Our quilt now is over the futon in her bedroom. What a precious way to remember 16 1/2 wonderful and full of life years expressed in a quilt.

  18. Hi Sumi,
    Just read your beautiful article, “the Masterpiece” in the Sept issue of P31 Woman. And it struck a cord with me,
    we have something in common, as me & my guys (hubby & 3 boys as well) also came from South Africa 7 yrs ago, with
    one suitcase each, also using up every single little space, for the Duplo & Lego blocks, and my mama’s sunflower painting on fabric, which i treasure.(Have framed it by now)). Yes and though the thousands of miles seperates me from my family, i have truly grown so close to my Lord, and He has blessed me with precious sisters in Christ, which soothes all the longing for them.

    My prayers are with you and your family in the loss of your precious little muffin.(Pics of her is so precious). Know that our Heavenly Father holds all your tears in the palm of His loving hands & that He cares for you unconditionally.
    With love & Blessings
    Charmaine Botha, Jacksonville, FL

  19. I found you this morning thru Angie’s blog. I wake up early sometimes (4:30amish) longing for the child I do not have. I am unable to carry my own, so we are waiting in line for China. It’s been 21 months with no end in sight. There are just not words to describe the pain I feel, the disappointment and even anger. I don’t go to baby showers anymore and try my best to avoid folks with young kids. Through every hardship and obstacle, I remind myself that my heavenly father has planned my coarse, and even though I sometimes don’t like or understand it, it’s my job to learn and grow along the way. I thank you for sharing with all of us.
    Warmest Regards,

  20. Sumi… it is so lovely to *meet* you. I am over-awed at what I have read on your blog so far. You visited my blog today, and I am so glad and honoured that you did.

    All I can say, is that your trust and faith in the Lord is an inspiration. You have suffered such pain, but you praise Him still. That is faith. True faith.

    Many hugs, and blessings to you all,


  21. Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog! I like your blog and I’m sure I’ll be reading through many of your posts as I am an aspiring homeschool mom! I am so sorry to read about your sweet little girl. I can only imagine how God has been your comfort. I am pregnant with my 2nd child and will soon find out what we are having. I love my son – little boys are fun – so it’ll be interesting to see what God gives us next. Take care!

  22. Sumi,
    What an honor to read your blog. I have a Jenna – 18 months old. We have pink milk every morning. I have feared since the day she was born that something was going to happen to her. An obsessive, smothering, unhealthy fear in which I have spent SO much wasted time contemplating. Within the 2 days i’ve been reading your blog I’ve come to understand that I didnt happen upon your blog by chance. God is telling me even if something does happen I can go on. My heart is full of Jesus and I cant express thanks enough that you’ve shown me the peace you have in losing your sweet Jenna. I will live to honor and praise Him and to love my Jenna instead of fearing her. Thank you.

  23. I know u like being barefoot

  24. how are you doing with guitar

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