|August 16th 2012|
On Wednesday, August 1st, we arrived in South Africa to a warm smile and hug from Seth but a clear message that he was ready to get out of the hospital. Hospital food, interruptions, shared rooms, and being woken up to take your sleeping pill had taken it's toll and his surgeon, Dr. Vanheerden, agreed that he had progressed enough to graduate to out patient physical therapy.
Of the many kind visits and gestures given, one was from George and Carolyn Bonnet who offered their home for Seth to stay. They currently live in Johannesburg and direct the physical facilities work of the LDS Church in much of Africa. Their home and help to Seth was perfect and in walking distance to and from his physical therapy. They also provided another room for Annie or I to stay in while we helped Seth along.
|Johannesburg, South Africa LDS Temple getting a new slate roof|
In between Lego construction, baths and naps, we slipped in excursions with Tommy and Cali to the zoo, a bird park, a mall, grocery stores, and walks on the beautiful temple grounds to give them a diversion and provide Caroline with needed rest and opportunities to be with Seth alone.
|First time together at church in Johannesburg, August 19th|
How appreciative we all are for all the support and love and for those among you who made our trip possible. Leaving was bittersweet but an important step as they move forward on their road to recovery. So much progress has been made and we are amazed at their courage, and we continue to acknowledge God's loving hand in all that has occurred.
Sydney, Australia was our stay-over stop on the way back to Fiji -- what a beautiful city!
Next stop - Fiji !