Thursday, December 31, 2009

The New Year awaits us


What a year 2009 was, many many blessings, many lessons learnt along the way

Tears were shed, as we said goodbye to many warriors.Things were extremely hard with the recession, for many. Sports heroes let us down. New presidents came with new hope and promises.

But it was also a year FULL of many blessings, one that saw Deqlan take giant steps ! One that ended on a fantastic note hearing Deqlan continues to remain NED. One full of miracles and maginificent moments.

Many new friends were made, many years of true friendships were treasured.

Our faith grew stronger, God continued to show us the way.

We wish you all the most fantastic year ahead in 2010. May it be full of health, happiness, laughter and above all the presence of God as we start the New Year, afresh and new!

Its going to be a great one for us all, we have so much to look forward to! We have many hopes and prayers for the year ahead for you all. May God continue to guide you, protect you, strengthen you, nuture you, heal you.

We thank you for all the beautiful memories made in 2009, and we look forward to creating many more moments with you all. Dear Lord we ask you for Your Healing and guidance and miracles and love to shine through all our loved ones, whom we treasure. Let us start this year with fresh eyes on the world and we ask you to help us be the best we can be in all areas of our lives.

God bless everyone, All our love, support and prayers for a fabulous 2010 for you all
Mark Samm Deqlan Logan


A New Year Prayer
Holy Father,
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chriping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..
I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus name,

Prayers for Erik

Hello Prayer Army

I need to ask you for your prayers for an amazing young man , Erik, who is currently in his third fight against neuroblastoma. Please pray for Erik's pain to be eased, please pray for his amazing family - i know they would love to hear from all of us

God Bless and thank you
Love Samm

Please pray for Erik

He asked me to post for prayer. He has pain in his back, and just about every where...and his chin is numb (which could be from tumor in his jaw).I am waiting to hear back from the U of MN if he should go now rather than next week.Please pray for him!Love Donna

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Deqlan, Keaton and Logs helping Grandpa blow his candles out

The stunning cake my mom had made!

What a lovely evening to be outside , under the stars and yes, Dee is up and about more each day!

Keaton and Conrad enjoying the firework display Nanna put on!

Look Nanna ! Fire!!!

Deqlan running around in excitment watching the sparklers

Nanna starting the 'show'!

Aunty Shea and Kristen
Megs, Aunty Shea and Ben

Chilling jacuzzi side

Deqlan and Logans cuddling up on the couch watching MNET of course!

Dee and Dalene creating a Punch and Judy show with the gorgeous puppets Aunty Sheila made for the boys - thank you Aunty Shea, they are gorgeous! Aunty Shea also brought Deqlan the alphabet to play with in the bath, and she made us the most exquisite tree skirt, for under our Christmas tree, with Father Christmas and the reindeer, embroidered with their names and Deqlans name - to stunning for words - unfortunately my camera is not working at the moment ( read below!) so i couldnt take a pic of it, but promise to post one when i can, thank you so much Aunty Shea, you are so so talented and we treasure all the beautiful things you so lovingly make for us

Mom holding the gorgeous advent prayer calender Aunty Shea made for her, to stunning for words!

Deqlan playing with the puppet Aunty Shea made, he says Bye bye and peek a boo, to cute!

Keaton enjoying his puppet

Kristen enjoying her Christmas gift from Uncle D and Aunty Bev! Thank you so much Chris, Dalene and Kristen for the awesome bubbles for the boys, they love them!
We really enjoyed all Dee's birthday celebrations and know he did to! Nanna even treated us to her own fireworks show which the kids loved. The boys spent most of the evening in the jacuzzi, Logan spent most of the evening playing swing ball with all those willing to face her and little Kristen just cooed and smiled and enjoyed all the excitement! As you can see by the pics Aunty Shea is her from Cape Town and its lovely to see her as always, and she has spoilt the kids as always, thank you Aunty Shea for your beautiful beautiful gifts of love!
Deqlan and Keaton recieved more Christmas gifts from Uncle Ken, Aunty Jenni, Keje and Jeran...two big CAT tractors and diggers each! They are gorgeous thank you so so much! Deqlan wanted them to all be linked together like a train, so was very upset when i took them out the box, but eventually calmed down and is now enjoying them thoroughly! Thank you also for my birthday gift, i know exactly what i am going to choose!
Logan went back to her Ouma and Oupa today and i miss her terribly. Its just a lot quieter, and i miss hearing her cd player playing Jonas Brothers or Hillsong kids and i miss her calling me to sit with her while she baths, even the tv shows she enjoys to watch our reminding me so much of her you in two weeks Logs, we miss you , thank you for a lovely holiday . Deqlan misses you just as much , he is playing with all the things in your room...remember, you owe me breakfast in bed, cause Meggie is having a girl!!!!!!
We are all so elated and delighted at this news and cant wait to meet this precious bundle of sugar and spice and all things nice!
Deqlan has jumped plenty of steps forward in the past two days. He has started saying the alphabet again ! We are so happy about this, as we havent heard it in a few months and were concerned that he had 'lost' it - but its right there, he just need to watch and episode of Animal Adventures to be reminded of it again!
Mickey Mouse and Thomas and friends are the top top favorites at the moment. We watch Mickeys colour adventures a few times a day - when its not Mickey its Thomas, but the words and new words coming from the dvds, is all worth the while. Deqlan is dancing around when the theme songs come on and he hums and even sings a few words of the song to, its beautiful to see. Sometimes i wonder how much dvd is to much - but he is learning from them, and they are educational, its not rubbish , violent, no sense cartoons that are captivating him, its colours and letters, alphabet and numbers and animals
Deqlans other favorite thing is MNET - its a tv channel here in South Africa, and Deqlan will not let us watch any other channel besides MNET or Cbeebies...the new ad for Mnet involves a rainbow,so of course, that involves a new word of rainbow , and Deqlan is even more delighted to see a rainbow in his Mickey dvd to! He pages through his magazines and has the biggest smile on his face, when he see's an ad for MNET WITH a rainbow - pure joy.
We went to CNA ( a stationery shop here in South Africa) the other day, and Deqlan discovered a fire truck on the shelf - he picked it up and started walking with it as if we were leaving the shop with it - sorry my boy, i said, Father Christmas has already come, we cant take things every time we come shopping. The positive side, Deqlan can say firetruck now, the sad side, he had a bit of a tantrum and it took a bit of time and a trip to Mungolnastix ( an inside play park) to calm him down.
When the ad for CNA came on TV, Deqlan immediately started saying firetruck - he must know that was the shop we were in where he saw the firetruck - how amazing is that???
Deqlan has also learnt some more of the trains names from Thomas and can now say them in the order of the numbers on the trains
new words:
come on!
I LOVE YOU! - my mom reminded me today of the article that Loren did on Deqlan for Mammas and Pappas magazine- where i said 'EVEN THOUGH DEQLAN CANT SAY I LOVE YOU, YET, I KNOW HE DOES' Well, my dear friends, it happened this afternoon as i was putting Deqlan to sleep, he said I LOVE YOU. When I say I love you to Deqlan, i do it very slowly and sometimes he will try and repeat the I, and You - BUT TODAY out of HIS OWN, he said I LOVE YOU - what an absolute gift that was, what a stunning day to start the New Year, my boy can say I LOVE YOU!!!!
After that i started saying the alphabet, but between every letter, he pulled my face towards his , 'A' kiss, 'B' kiss, 'C' and a kiss, and so it carried on the entire alphabet, a kiss per letter, how perfect, how beautiful!
This evening we went to kfc to get dinner from Mark and me. As we pulled up to the window, Deqlan said KFC. Then 'chicken' and when we drove away ,'bye bye'! He understands that you get chicken from KFC!!!!! Another gift that has blown us away today!!!!
We are starting to get all we need for Deqlan for his new little school Little Leaps, which he stars 13 tummy is full of butterflies, i am SO excited, DEQLAN IS GOING TO SCHOOL, Thank You Lord that my hope and dreams and prayers continued to be answered, but also anxious and nervous and worried that when Deqlan looks around for me, i will be nowhere to be found and he wont know who to go to for the first few days....but i know Ash is going to take the very best care of him, and most importantly God will look after our boy as he learns the ropes of school life - and me to, Mama will also need lots of people to hold my hand and God to strengthen me to know its the right thing we doing and Deqlan is going to learn so much and make some friends!
Cant believe tommorow night is New Years eve, time continues to speed up with each passing year - we will be spending it with family around the pool, watching the kids enjoy themselves to the full!
I also need to ask for your prayers for a precious friend in Australia- Isla, Isla has just had her 3 monthly check up scans, and has relapsed neuroblastoma. Please, please pray for these gorgeous little princess and her lovely family, that a new plan can de devised that gets Isla back to NED , we are thinking of you and praying for you, continue to trust in Our Lord and His miracles of healing.
Till tommorow then, the last day of 2009
God Bless , all our love
Mark Samm Deqlan Logan

Its a .............................................

Meggie, Conrad and Keaton will be awaiting the arrival of a beautiful baby girl round 23 May 2010
We couldnt be happier, prouder, more thankful to Our Lord for another miracle he has sent to our family.
Cant wait to meet you beautiful little one, i already love you more then you can imagine, you have a cousin, Deqie, who is going to adore you, a girl cousin,Logan who is going to do your hair and play dolls with you and and Uncle who will protect you with is life.
May God continue to take precious care of you and your mommy, who is my best friend and sister, and keep you happy and heathly and well. always and forever
God Bless, we love you all so very very much
Mark Samm Deqlan Logan

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


To the most amazing Dad and Grandpa, Dee

Happy Happy Birthday to you for today and wishing you many many more!

We hope you have an unforgetable Birthday, we hope you feel the love , thankfulness, gratitude and adoration we all have for you.

We pray that the year ahead has nothing but fantastic health in store for you.May you continue to heal so wonderfully from you back surgery and may the pain never return.

May all the hard work you put into your business ventures pay off , and may you see all the fruits of your hard work, delivered to you! You so deserve it Dee.

You are the most caring, thoughtful, giving, loving person we know and if it werent for you , so many things wouldnt be possible, including Deqlan thrving and doing so well. Thank you for giving your all and everything so that Deqlan has got every oppurtunity to heal and thrive in every aspect of his life. Thank you for giving us the greatest gift of Mom being able to tutor Deqlan this past year , getting him ready for Little Leaps.

We pray Our Lord will always hold you on His hands, protecting you, guiding you, healing you.

Thank you for ALL you do for us, all you have done and all you are going to do, you are one special dad and grandad, and we are blessed that God put you in our lives.

Never loose your spark and zest for life , never loose your warm sense of humor and your positive attitude!

Always know how much we love and treasure you, how grateful we are for all you do for us!

Have a stunning Birthday Dee and many many more!

God Bless, lots and lots and lots and lots of love

Mark Samm Deqlan Logan

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Our Christmas celebrations

Dad and Logan enjoying the cool pool

Dada and Deqlan enjoying Keatons Christmas present, a car, that can drive and hoot, the works!

The kids enjoying the pool, it was sooo hot!

Mom and Dee opening their gifts

Ivan, Sophie, Megs and Conrad

Conrad and Mark enjoying the festivities

Ivan and Sophie opening gifts

Ivan and Keaton, chilling after a dip in the pool

Cheers everybody, Merry Christmas

Oumie and Keaton

Nan and Grandpa

Mom and me

Megs and me

Megs and Keaton

Ivan, Conrad and Keaton playing with his robot - i think the big boys enjoyed it more then the little boys

Deqlan getting his robot - wow was this the hit of the day for everyone, the robot dances and talks and shoots little discs out

Mark playing with Keaton

One of Deqlans favorite gifts, a penguin puzzle from Aunty Sophie - HE LOVED IT and laughed and danced with joy

Keatie and Logie = best friends

Logan and Deqlan in his smart Christmas gear

Logs, Deqlan and me, what a blessed Christmas day it was!

Logie bear with Uncle Derek

Me and Dee - shame it was a long day of sitting for him, but he did great!

Cheers everybody!

The stunning name settings on the table - Megs and Conrad went out of their way to make their Christmas table spectacular! The food was amazing, the company unforgetable, the gift of Our Lord, priceless!

The MAGNIFICENT Christmas table

Me and Logan opening gifts

My gorgeous Christmas gift, right in my arms

Deqlan loving his new helicopter car carrier

Look what i got!
Wow Dada!