{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 …

{Homeschooling} A Day In The Life

I frequently get asked what it’s like homeschooling with a newborn. So picture this: two preschoolers quietly sitting at the table, attentive and obedient, eager to do the work. The baby is either fast asleep in his cot, or kicking happily on his playmat. Mom sips her hot tea, smiling adoringly at her children. Ja. …

{Currently} Desperately Seeking Inspiration

I’ve been feeling so uninspired lately. I don’t know if it’s the heat, or the sleep-deprivation, or just needing to recover from the girls’ combined birthday party, but every time I’ve sat down to write I’ve found myself staring at the blank page for a few minuted before closing my laptop. There are about a …

A Letter To My Four-Year-Old

Dear Emmy, You’re four at last! You’ve been counting down for at least a month now, asking, “Is it my birthday yet?” every few days and giving a big sigh when the answer was no. But today, finally, the wait is over. Yes, sweet girl, you’re a big girl now. You are already so independent. …

How You Can Help A New Mom

They say the first six weeks after having a baby are the hardest. I don’t actually remember the first six weeks after Angie and Emmy – or much of the first year, either, to be honest – but the first six weeks with Rafe haven’t been too bad. (I could do with more sleep, though.) …

A Tale Of Three C-Sections

I’m not sure why other people are so interested in a woman’s birth choice, and why you’re seen as less of a mom if you’ve had a C-section. (I was going to link to an article about this, but I don’t want to give the writer any more attention.) An acquaintance asked me the other …

{Friday Favourites} Children’s Movies

The other day I shared some of my favourite books from childhood. Jacques is feeling quite nostalgic these days, and has been watching some of his favourite childhood movies. He introduced the girls to E.T. and The Neverending Story, and has been listening to the Blood Sport soundtrack on repeat in the car. I wasn’t …

Homeschooling Without A Printer

When we finished Learning the Alphabet and Reading the Alphabet, I was looking at several weeks to fill before Rafe would be born. I didn’t want to start a new curriculum and then have to stop for a while. I also wanted to do something that wouldn’t require as much printing as the previous curricula …