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  1. Laurie Duncan
    November 30, 2017 @ 11:42 am

    I loved the Velveteen Rabbit quote so much I posted on my FB page, giving credit to you.


    • Gerda Saunders
      December 23, 2017 @ 9:19 am

      What a lovely note–thanks for passing on the quote I love so much. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!


  2. Rieks Stadler
    November 30, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

    Ek bewonder julle twee wat so die trauma met soveel gemoed kan hanteer. Seker omdat julle nog altyd so na aan mekaar was. Ek en Willem is nou 60 jaar aan mekaar verbonde en ek weet glad nie hoe ek dit sal kan hanteer wanneer die tyd kom om totsiens te sê. liefde groete.


    • Gerda Saunders
      December 23, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

      Baie dankie vir jou mooi woorde, Rieks. Ja, mens se lewensmaat word so deel van mensself, ek kan my ook nie ‘n lewe sonder Peter voorstel nie. Ons moet maar net aanhou om die beste uit elke dag te kry! Ons wens julle ‘n wonderlike Kersfees en nuwe jaar toe.


  3. Joan Wright
    November 30, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

    Dear Gerda,
    I read your blogs often and I think of you and Peter a lot. I am pleased to tell you that I am doing a lot better this year. I decided to make a few changes. The girls have both been very supportive and I visit Michelke ,Greg and Michael often. I watch him do playball and take him on outings. He likes going on the gautrain and on the big red tourist bus in Jozi.
    I decided to do something different so I have put my house on Airbnb. I now have interesting people to stay. As you know my downstairs is quite separate so they are not in my space.
    I enjoy the sounds downstairs because the house had become totally silent which I found very challenging. We are also using the other to flats for Airbnb. Lisa takes care of the bookings for us. Michelle does all the work in Jozi looking after the townhouses there.
    . You know that I love you and Peter lots and I admire you both so much. How privileged Derek and I were to spend such a lovely holiday with you.


  4. Kathy
    November 30, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    Dear Gerda and Peter,
    For as long as we have known one another you both have astounded me in so many ways. This beautiful piece about Peter fits right in.

    I keep trying to get organized for lunch and really am trying. I’ll keep trying.

    My love to you both,


    • Gerda Saunders
      December 23, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

      Dear Kathy,

      Thanks so much for your generous words. So glad we have known you guys long enough that you truly know Peter over all the years–he has been getting more lovely through the years, or so I think! It would be lovely to get together after the festivities are over. Hope you and your amazing family have a fabulous Christmas. Can’t wait to hear the updates after you have seen the kids! xoxox


  5. Karin Haasbroek
    November 30, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

    @Peter: I see most of your hair has been loved off 🙂 but you are beautiful


    • Gerda Saunders
      December 23, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

      Dear Karin, Peter just laughed and laughed when I told him your clever comment. Thank so much for your kindness and support. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


    • Peter Saunders
      December 24, 2017 @ 10:10 am

      @Karin, lol.
      I love the image that you create. I am working on dancing off my eyebrows but it is clear that there still has to be many more nights of fancy footwork to get the job done.


  6. shen christenson
    December 4, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    You two have always had such an incredlble bond. It is with joy and grief I watched your love evidenced for the world. The only positive for me from Gerda’s illness has been seeing Peter’s devotion, both of your courage and wisdom in coping with this, and watching you finding happiness with each other and your family.


    • Gerda Saunders
      December 23, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

      Dearest Shen, your words are so precious and lovely–what would we have done without you guys over the years? You are our example of a mother who NEVER stops loving everyone around her, through the most unimaginable difficulties. You are so amazing and you are the sister of my heart. I wish you and everyone in your family a most wonderful Christmas and new year. The best about the new year is that i will continue to have my weekly date with you (at lest)! xoxoxoxox


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