Tony’s job at Legends came to an end. It was sad saying goodbye to the kitchen staff who he had prayed with every morning. He started to do more work at Waverley and it wasn’t long before he was part of the staff.
In December we went on holiday to Southbroom with the Brabys. It was hot and I spent way too much time in the sun without sunscreen. We got home one afternoon after a really long day out. My legs went like jelly and I passed out. I had sun-stroke for three days; delirious, dehydrated and nauseous.
When we got back to Johannesburg, we decided to move out of our little cottage into an area called Buccleuch. We already had some friends living there and the plan was to see if we could start a new community. First we had to find a house.
Our budget was R 500.00 a month. That wasn’t much. We looked at so many places. Everything was way above what we could afford. Friends of ours took us to see a lovely 3 bedroomed house with a big garden for R 2000.00. We went along just for fun. It was newly built and never lived in. The landlord was friendly and smiled when we told him what our budget was. Without any discussion he said, “Ok, you can pay R 500.00 and I’ll pay for water and electricity.” We couldn’t believe it. We were going to move into an empty, brand new house.
We needed to get some furniture. The only thing we had bought was a second hand washing machine. We had been putting our washing in the bathtub, filling it with soapy water and trampling on it. It was fun for a while but then we got bored. We were the only form of entertainment in the cottage, so when the machine was set up, we sat on the floor and watched our washing going round and round.
Friends started giving us furniture and before we knew it our house was full. There was so much space and once again, we were amazed at all the blessings coming our way.
A very well meaning friend felt we needed a puppy. She arrived at our door with a big smile and tiny white ball of Maltese Poodle. We had mixed feelings but it wasn’t long before we were in love. We named him Pooky. It wasn’t too much longer before we realised we had a big problem on our hands. He was a nut case. Every couple of days we had to pick him up from somewhere.
Finances were always tight. One month was particularly bad. We were supporting a friend who had joined a mission organisation. The amount we were sending to her was the amount we needed to make it to the end of the month. We were tempted. After much deliberation, we knew we had to send it.
Within a few days, the lady who had given us our puppy, popped in with an envelope. It was enough money to cover all Pooky’s injections. His next one was only due in two months. When she left, we looked in the envelope and it was exactly the amount we had just given away. Once again, we were amazed. God and Pooky had saved the day.
We got our house on a Sunday. That same evening, Tony was ordained as an elder. That afternoon I wee’d on a stick. I was pregnant.