To Home School, Or Not? That Is The Question

Angie will be in grade 00 next year, which means that before we know it, she’ll start grade one. It’s probably time to get serious about making decisions regarding schooling. She is not on any waiting lists, though there’s no way we could afford private schooling anyway. There are several good government primary schools in …

Handling the Halloween Question

Last week I took the girls to Evermore to buy party favours for Emmy’s party. Their Halloween display is up at the entrance and you have to walk through it to get into the shop. Angie was fascinated. “Mommy, why is the witch here? What are these scary faces? Who’s that ugly man?” I had …

The Sweetest Thing

Sweet Baby Girl, I suppose I should stop referring to you as Baby now that you’re two years old. Happy birthday, darling girl! What a whirlwind these last two years have been. I should have suspected it when you were such a wriggly worm in my belly, but I was fervently hoping you would be …

Tell Me Who I Am

In my two-and-a-half years living in Asia, I met a lot of people who couldn’t believe that I was South African. Some thought I hadn’t quite mastered the language and repeated the question. Others refused point blank to accept it, even when I showed them my passport. “Where were you born?” they asked, followed by, …

25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I’ve seen this meme floating around the blogosphere recently, and decided to join in the fun. 1. I’m happiest when we can spend a chilled Saturday at home as a family. 2. … especially if it involves a morning of sleeping-in (very rare). 3. I’ve always wanted to travel the world. I lived in South …

A Love Letter To My Firstborn

Dearest Elsa (since that is the name you are currently answering to), Happy birthday, sweetheart! Today you are four – FOUR! And I’m not only celebrating your birthday today, but also the anniversary of me becoming a mom. I remember when you were first placed in my arms – exhausted, drugged, emotional (me) and red, …

“Mommy, what’s hijacking?”

  We don’t watch a lot of TV in our house, but I usually have it on in the mornings. I want to watch the weather report (so I can dress my children appropriately), it’s an easy way to keep track of the time, and it’s the only time I get to watch the news …

35 Reasons My Husband Is The Bees’ Knees

My husband celebrates his 35th birthday today, and to celebrate him, I’ve compiled a list of 35 reasons why I think he’s awesome. In no particular order, they are: 1. He can plait our eldest daughter’s hair. (And that is an achievement.) 2. He lets me wear his hoodies. 3. He really is tall, dark …

Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

  Fruit of the Spirit – Week Six: Goodness   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 six memory verse: “Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God.” – 3 John 1:11 …

Being Good Is Not Enough

I really need to stop telling my children they are good girls. Not because they are not good, but because goodness is not a characteristic of behaviour. They are not good when they are obedient, when they are playing nicely together, when they eat their supper without complaining. Neither are they naughty when they disobey …