All I Can Do Is Pray (my response to #YesAllWomen)

The #YesAllWomen stream has exploded on Twitter over the last few days. It began as a reaction to the Isla Vista murders and was intended to be a place for women to speak out about the harassment and abuse that we have been shamed into keeping secret or conditioned into accepting as a normal part …

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Fruit of the Spirit: Week Five – Kindness Main memory verse: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Week five memory verse: “A kind word is like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” – Proverbs 16:24 Monday: …

Coated With Honey

  I love honey. I spread it on peanut-buttered toast. I stir it into my tea. I mix it with hot water and lemon when I have sore throat. I drizzle it over my oats. It’s delicious and soothing and good for me.   “Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and …

Choose This Day

My eldest daughter likes to know in advance what the day’s activities will be. I think it makes her feel more secure if she knows what to expect. Every night at bedtime, she asks me, “What are we doing tomorrow, Mommy?” Most days are the same: school, home, a craft in the afternoon. Even if …

This is Freedom

  It was 20 years ago that our country made the transition from apartheid to democracy. I was 12 years old, in standard five, and the most momentous thing in my life was playing one of the witches in our school production of The Wizard of Oz. It was only a couple of years later …

Introducing Earth Girl

  My daughters had so much fun doing all the Easter crafts, that on Monday my eldest asked, “Is it really the last day of Easter today?” At bedtime that night, she asked, “What craft are we doing tomorrow, Mommy?”     My plan was to get back into the Fruit of the Spirit devotionals …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Ten

I wanted today’s focus to be all about joy, specifically joyful praise for the message of Easter. And what better way to express joy than by singing and dancing and making music? The girls covered empty 500ml bottles with pretty paper then filled the bottles with uncooked rice to make shakers. While they were working, …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Nine

  Every year the Church at Edenvale has a multi-denominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Everyone brings picnic blankets, chairs, flasks of coffee/hot chocolate, hot cross buns, and gathers at Horwood’s Farm to celebrate the Resurrection. It’s a bit chaotic with two small children, but it is an important Easter tradition for our family. Later, …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Eight

  I found this lovely Christian Easter bunny and thought it was such a clever way to tie the bunny to the Bible. As I mentioned in a previous post, we’ve allowed the girls to believe that there is an Easter Bunny. This activity uses Scripture to give biblical attributes to the Easter Bunny. I …

Ten Days of Easter: Day Seven

On Good Friday, we remember the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. (Luke 23:1-50) It has become our family tradition to go to the Good Friday service at church, then spend the day with my in-laws. My eldest has been talking all week about “going to the service” and is quite taken with the idea of having …