Sis Heather and Boet James get married by Heather LaneThe Linawo children’s dream came true on Saturday the 14th of July when they got to attend my wedding. After a long, frustrating wait, in January last year they decided to commit our weekly family prayer meeting to praying for my husband! They prayed that he should be a bold and courageous man of God, who loves Jesus, is South African (taking me nowhere) and loves them (not just any children, them). Well, a week later James came up to me after church and asked about the kids and if I needed any help with lifting them to church. At that stage, I was desperate for lifters but only realised after a few weeks of Boet James not missing a Sunday that maybe he was interested in more than just lifting the Linawo children! Needless to say a few weeks later he asked me out and exactly a year later blessed me with 2 proposal. Of course, all the mamas required labola, which Boet James duly delivered the next day!!!
We were engaged for three busy months during which time we hunted down outfits for all the children, got the ladies to make beaded spoons that would become the gifts to our guests and practiced dancing up the aisle. Being Xhosa at heart, I had to get a traditional makoti dress, which Sis Vera organized for my bridal shower! Enkosi kakhulu Sisi!!
The 14th of July arrived with much excitement. Our Linawo family arrived in their big bus with a white ribbon tied to its nose! Everyone looked so smart and we were so blessed to have them dancing up the aisle ahead of our mothers, my bridesmaids and then my dad and I. It was a day filled with celebration and many beautiful smiles.
While James and I were off having our photos taken, the children were entertaining our guests with their dance moves. Each table was also named after one of the children so the children had to find the guests seated at ‘their’ table and usher them to their seats. Being their social selves, they loved the opportunity to sit with their table between courses and speeches.
James and I would like to say a huge thank you to Mama Ivy, Sis Nobuntu, Sis Vera, Sis Nokwanda and all the children for being part of making our wedding day so special. Thank you also for the many spcial wishes, we have been so blessed and are loving married life!