Mary Jayne Cassidy » Travel, Development, Spiritual Growth

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This little girl is all smiles. all the time. At six months old, she rolls front-to-back and back-to-front from one side of a room to the other. She started sucking her thumb literally on the day of these photos were taken. She loves green beans and carrots. Her favorite toy is a life-size (her size at least) African penguin. She has good taste in mattresses (can only get settled on a memory foam). Sometimes she looks you in the eyes as if she is reading your thoughts. She looks good in all colors but her eyes sparkle in teal and coral. She has a dog and parents who are in love with her. I could not have asked for a better subject. Pure joy.

Amelia - 21 October 2014 - 5:24 am

For some reason, I feel like I just went through and read your blog for the last year. I know I have been reading it, though! I miss you, but love seeing your life there. I hope to see you if you are home over the holidays at all. Tell Eric and Suzanne a huge congratulations!

angela - 10 October 2014 - 7:33 pm

So sweet Mary Jayne. Great subjects and fabulous photos that they will treasure!! :)


“Rugby is a beastly game played by gentlemen; soccer is a gentleman’s game played by beasts; football is a beastly game played by beasts.”-Henry Blaha

Back in June (I know, I’ve been slack), I went to my first rugby match in Nelspruit, South Africa. South Africa was playing Wales and squeaked by with the win, but the game was very exciting all the way to the end. My British friend, Callum, educated me on the basics of the game. A couple years ago, I made the mistake of noting (out loud) the similarity of rugby to American football once in a sports bar full of Australians and New Zealanders. I now understand they are, in fact, very different. Here are a few fun facts:

1) A rugby match only lasts 1.5 hours.
2) The field is called a pitch.
3) Rugby players are often doctors or other professionals (ie. gentlemen)
4) One of the positions is called the hooker. (this makes me laugh)
5) A scrum (pictured below) is a formation of up to 6 people from each team, arm interlocked and heads down, pushing against each other to get the ball through the other

McGuire - 8 September 2014 - 8:33 am

Ouch to #3…but it is more of a gentlemans game for sure. I married a rugby player…he wasn’t a hooker though :)


Becky, Dionisio, and I did a 2 day trip to Kruger National Park. Unfortunately for Becky, this meant 2 more days of waking up at 5am (we’re going on 5 days in a row of waking up at an ungodly hour). This isn’t the best time of year because the grasses and shrubbs are tall due to the rains. It can be hard to spot animals, but it’s also the time of year when babies are born. Here are some of my favorite pics.

Missy - 13 April 2014 - 12:17 pm

Awesome…and so cool!