It was a stressful 'off' week last week as we were anxiously waiting to hear if Tjaart would get the opportunity to play in the next two events on the ET schedule (The KLM Open & The Italian Open). Due to his Category 12 ranking it's often unpredictable as to which events he will get into. Fortunately by Monday it was confirmed that he was into both events and that saw us on a flight to Amsterdam on Monday evening.
We are staying in a town called Zandvoort, where we have rented a small holiday home for the week so we can experience some 'normality' in the sense of home cooked meals, by me !! and space to move around and of course a couple of braais (barbecues) if the weather allows for it. It's a great little holiday town with a fab beach but the weather has been pretty grim so far so we haven't been able to enjoy it just yet.
Another reason we were so keen to come back to Holland for this event is that we get the chance to see family, Tjaart's sister and her husband live in Rotterdam, so we look forward to seeing them this weekend.
We have a stretch of 3 tournaments coming up and we're praying for a strong finish, Tjaart is inching his way closer to the number he needs to get to in order to secure his full playing privileges for 2014 on the European Tour. It's hard not to think about it and it's always lurking at the back of our minds, but one thing I've learnt is that it's not 'life or death' stuff - yes, it's important that he has a job for next year and it's important that we can make a living, but we have to also be thankful for everything we DO have.
Tjaart has a phenomenal team around him and for that we are so grateful and blessed.