A South African Christmas

Christmas in South Africa is smack-bang in the middle of summer, so the usual depictions of reindeer and snowmen have always been a bit odd to me. That doesn’t mean our Christmas décor isn’t made up of reindeer and snowmen, of course. When I signed up to blog about a South African Christmas, I wasn’t …

{Currently} How Many Sleeps ‘Til Christmas?

How can Rafe be four months old already? Didn’t I give birth to him, like, yesterday? He has always been a smiley baby, but these days it is so easy to make him giggle. And, oh man, those baby giggles are too adorable. Giggles produce even more giggles, and once he starts and the girls …

What Does A Domino Have To Do With An X-Ray?

When I was little, I swallowed a screw. I don’t remember it, but we had the X-rays that my parents pulled out every now and then to prove to us how crazy we were. I also didn’t fully appreciate my parents’ panic until Wednesday night, when Emmy swallowed a mini domino just before bed. But let …

The Jesse Tree Journey

Don’t you just love Christmas? One of my favourite traditions is the Jesse Tree. What’s a Jesse Tree? I’m so glad you asked. The Jesse Tree is a Jesus-focused Advent countdown that starts in Genesis and ends with Jesus’ birth. It traces God’s salvation plan from the beginning, and it’s a reminder of the real …

How SnapnSave Is Saving Me Money

It’s only the beginning of November, but there’s already too much month left at the end of the money. Isn’t that always the case, though? It feels like every month prices are going up, and our budget has to stretch further than before. One of the ways we’re trying to be more frugal is by …

{Currently} The Three Month Mark

Rafe is three months old today, and in my completely unbiased opinion, the cutest baby boy on the planet. Just look at him. He’s still ma vas, but he is happy to be left with Nana and his sisters when I tutor. He comes with me to drama class, and naps in the wrap while …

{Poetry} Do you like what you see?

I originally posted this on my Facebook page last week. My brother sent me the photo below – burned books in Wartenweiler Library at Wits. I understand the students’ frustration, but destroying the resources they already have is not going to get them what they want. And it was the ANC that promised them free …

Why Is It Important To Be Water Wise?

One of my favourite smells is that rich earthy scent just after it’s rained. There hasn’t been too much of that lately, though. South Africa is currently experiencing a drought so bad that the water in the Vaal Dam is almost at critical level. I remember going fishing with my dad and uncles when I …

Four At Last!

As has become tradition, here is my birthday interview with Emmy. It’s really, really late because, well, there’s a baby in the house. (As I type, the baby is sleeping on my lap because, for reasons unknown, he doesn’t like his cot in the daytime.) My commentary is in italics. 1. What was your favourite …