Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Birthday Celebrations

Thank you so much for all your good wishes for my birthday. I met Kobus, Kobus Jr. and Wynand for breakfast at Blue Waters, a restaurant that have a beautiful view of the city's beach front. My birthday is one day I do not work.

I never plan anything for my birthday. I always go all out to make my family's birthdays special, but I don't like a lot of fuss on mine. I would have been very happy with pizza and a movie, but Kobus had something else up his sleeve. At 5:30 some of the people from the centre arrived for "tea and cake" and bunches of flowers, but I was so "dof" I still did not catch on. At 6:00 pm the food arrived...all prepared by our chef at the Centre. Here is a pic of the feast after people had already begun to tuck in.

Kobus had secretly invited 30 people for my birthday. It was so enjoyable and heaps of fun to see all my friends again.

Leane and Ouma

Gorgeous Lukas

Wynand and Nadia


More friends

Kobus and Pastor Robin and Alice

@ 48 I've learned......

I am 48 today...and I was really looking for wonderful words of wisdom to share...but instead I came across this...I added a few extra...and it sums up perfectly what I want to say today.

  • I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.

  • I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.

  • I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

  • I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.

  • I've learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.

  • I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

  • I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.

  • I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

  • I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

  • I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

  • I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

  • I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

  • I've learned that no matter how good a friend someone is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

  • I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

  • I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

  • I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

  • I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

  • I've learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

  • I've learned that no matter how many friends you have, if you are their pillar, you will feel lonely and lost at the times you need them most.

  • I've learned that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon.

  • I've learned that although the word "love" can have many different meanings, it loses value when overly used.

  • I've learned that love is not for me to keep, but to pass on to the next person I see.

  • I've learned that even when I have pain, I don't have to be one.

  • I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

  • I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

  • I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.

  • I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

  • I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

  • I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for ourselves.

  • I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

  • I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

  • I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

  • I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

  • I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice.

  • I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by someone else. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

  • I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

  • I've learned that making a living is not the same as making a life.

  • I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

  • I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.

  • I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little card.

  • I've learned that your life can be changed in a matter of minutes by people who don't even know you.

  • I've learned that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

  • I've learned that mental stimulation is the way to a person's heart.

  • I've learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

  • I've learned that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you and love you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren't biological.

  • I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.

  • I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.

  • I've learned that I have to keep my words soft and tender in case I have to eat them tomorrow.

  • I've learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

  • I've learned that even when you thinkyou have no more to give,when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

  • I've learned that with God in the right place in my life fixes every other relationship of life.

  • I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

Now I am off to have breakfast with the three most important men in my husband and two sons.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Noel Mignon - Love Song kit

It is such a lovely day here in Port Elizabeth...really...there is hardly any wind and it is a glorious summer day. I have been wanting to go to Jeffreysbay all week....I wanted to go and buy some proudly South African scrapping goodies for some of my friends (and a Secret Sister) in the US. We drove through, I went shopping and then we had lunch on the beach front. Nadia is working today so when Wynand and baby Lukas came around we hijacked them to come with us. So now I have all my goodies ready to be mailed on Monday....I so hope my friends will love what I got them.

Last night I finally got stuck into my Noel Mignon Love Story kit. As you can see, my grand bambino's are my favorite scrapping subjects.

Lukas must be one of the happiest babies I have ever come across...he is always smiling and he has the most gorgeous dimples...this is the first photos I took of him and actually caught his smile.
When the little ones visit here, I like to bath them before they go is photos taken of them in the bath. Leane is at the kissing stage...but just look at Lukas' huge eyes...I wanted to name it the before and after!

Well, that seems to be it for today.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Together Always

I love the Falala line from Making Memories. I have only done this one layout of our pics taken over Christmas time. The glitter poinsettia paper is gorgeous and I decided to cut it up and use it as embelishment on this layout. I am hoping to get more Christmas scrapping done during this weekend.


Thursday, January 22, 2009


I just love wordart...sometimes it is just that one thing that is needed to make a scrapbook layout perfect. A few months ago I came across Melanie's Digital Creations. This lady is sooooo talented with her word art...I have used many of her creations in the past few months. Recently she posted this wordart...and because "LAUGH" is my word for 2009, I just know that I will be using it soon....I love laughing at myself!

Another gorgeous wordart:

Oh just reading this...and looking at the bright colours makes me happy!

Go and check out Melanie's blog...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Interview Me

I read Mel's blog and then pulled the courage together to invite her to interview me. I waited in fear and trepidation for Mel's here goes.
1. Tell us something of your spiritual journey and how you came to follow Christ.

I think I always followed Christ...but I never really had a deep relationship with Him until 1994. At that stage my sister, Ansie was still married to Rainer and their relationship with the Lord challenged both Kobus and I. We still belonged to a traditional Afrikaans church and going to church was more of a tradition than a relationship. We went to church faithfully but the one day we walked out and I turned to Kobus and said that surely there must be more than what we are experiencing. I was so hungry for a real relationship with the Lord, I knew that I must seek Him until I find Him. The next Sunday we went to a pentecostal church and never looked back. Now we are in full time ministry and have never been more fulfilled in our entire lives. Don't get me wrong...when you go into ministry you set yourself up so that fellow Christians can take shots at you, criticise you and question your motives. Unfortunately that comes with the territory and often you have to choose to be blind and deaf where these things are concerned and ultimately to know that we were called by Him for His purposes.

2. What is your secret shopping Bags? Gloss! Mags? Scrapstash?

I have a problem when it comes to scrapstash...surely you all know, nobody can ever have enough. I am thankful that my dear husband does not realise the scope of my scrap obsession. I have many, many drawers and cupboards in my scrap he designed it for me. I am really hoping that I will someday use up everything I have collected over the past few years, from time to time I reorganise and then I make up a parcel to give away.

3. Do you believe one should grow old gracefully or would you consider cosmetic surgery?

I believe in growing old gracefully. I have never really thought much about cosmetic surgery. Most people I meet think I am younger than my age. There was a time that I would have liked to be enhanced (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) but we could not afford it at the time and now it is no longer important.

4. Looking back at your parenting days, what is the one thing you wish you had done more of or less of?

Today I have a very good relationship with all my children. With my oldest and youngest I went through a rocky time where they rebelled against authority in general. My oldest son still jokingly tells the stories of his "dates" with mom at Milky Lane. (When I needed to talk to him about something that was a problem I had to take him to a place where he would not raise his voice or walk away) I could never stand a shouting so I have never been a yelling mom, but I was very strict and only spoke once and expected to be obeyed. My husband worked in the supermarket business and was seldom available for sporting events and school meetings and I ended up being the disciplinarian in the family....I would have loved it if my DH took up this position so that I could have been the "fun" one. When the boys were in trouble at school and the principal wanted to phone their dad...they were quite long as he did not phone their "kwaai" mom. The wonderful thing is that even now they still share their hearts with me...and I am so grateful.

5. Tell us how you met the love of your life!

This is actually quite funny. I was in Matric at the time and worked for the same supermarket group during weekends and holidays (for pocket money). Kobus tried to set up a date for me with one of his friends...fortunately it never worked out. I adored him from the first moment I saw him...but thought that I was to young for him (only six years) We started dating in April of my final school year and got married a year later. On 31 March it will be 30 years. I have no regrets about marrying and having children when I was so young.

**Let me know if you'd like to play along and I'll send you some questions!

1. Leave me a comment saying Interview me and your email address.

2.If you want to keep your email address private, email me your request to interview you

3. I will email you 5 questions. I promise to be nice.

4. You can answer the questions on your blog.

5. post rules on your blog with an offer to interview anyone else who emails you wanting to be interviewed.

6. Try and personalise the questions to the particular blogger...if you know them well enough!

Come brave!

2008 in Review

I have been wanting to do a layout of 2008 in review for Journaling Junkie...but never had time. I have had this Candice Greenway page kit for months and the year in review was perfect for it. We had an eventful year and the Journalling as follows:

Feb: Wynand and Nadia's marriage
Feb: Bianca starts college
Feb: I go for spinal surgery
April: Visit to the Lionpark
May: Visit Ansie and Willie in Kidd's beach
June: Liza passes away
June: Kobus and Wynand goes on first hunting trip
June: Lukas is born
June: Willie's 50th birthday
August: Leane's first birthday
September: First whale watching trip
September: Bianca and Marc starts going out
December: Kobus goes flying
December: My brother Andre's 50th birthday

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Basic Grey Calendar kit

So...I ended up spending the best part of today in my PJ's....after starting on the Calendar that Lindsey sent me...I could not stop...really, I tried. I had to play around with the elements as the calendar is more suited to the Northern Hemisphere's seasons. I used many of my "most" favourite photo's of the past year. I am really very happy with how it turned out. Now I am looking for the perfect spot to hang it.
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What do you think?


It feels like Christmas!

I feel so blessed feels like Christmas....I went to get the mail yesterday and got a two parcels from two blogging buddies and the Noel Mignon Love Story kit. Do you also get all giddy when you get new scrap goodies...or am I the only silly one around here.

My blog buddy Anna Drozd from Poland made me this cool banner for my scraproom and this beautiful "friend" card. She is very talented and I love her cards and layouts.

This is a picture of my Noel Mignon Love Story kit. It is so beautiful and co-ordinated and choc-a-block full of so many goodies that I can't wait to start scrapping with is going to be perfect to scrap photos of my little cupcakes (grand children) .

I received this awesome Basic Grey calendar kit from my friend Lindsey in the United States. It was already sold out in the on line stores when I heard about it.

It is absolutely gorgeous and all I need to add to it is 4x6 I am sitting here in my PJ's...hubby is on the golf course...and choosing the perfect pictures for each month. I hope I am dressed by the time he gets!


Friday, January 16, 2009

Something that is guaranteed to make you SMILE


Only in Africa

Without words:)

True Peace

Chat again soon.