Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

I know...lame title. This post is going to be a bit of quite a few things.

Firstly, as most of you know Kobus and I are in full time ministry. The great thing is we meet so many people from all walks of life that really care about people. On Valentyns Day my favourite store (not allowed to name them) organised a Valentyns Ball to raise funds for the Centre. They supplied all the food and a three course meal was beautifully arranged by Gavin. (who also cooks for 270 people at the Centre every day).

Kobus and I
Our son Wynand and daughter-in-law Nadia
ItalicGavin....ready to serve a scrumptious meal.
Kobus turns 54

On Sunday 22 February my darling husband turned 54. The tradition is to invite all the children over for the meal.
Son Kobus and daughter-in-law Lache
Nadia had to work, but here is our son Wynand with sons Christian and Lukas
Daughter Bianca with boyfriend MarcGrand daughter Leane
This is my favourite photo of the day....Oupa with Lukas.
A story about a bag!

Now for a bit of fun....Shayne tagged me.

Here's what you need to do:

1) Post a picture of whatever bag you are carrying as of late. Dont pull out that cute little bag you used back before you had kids. I want to know what you carried today or the last time you left the house. No cheating!

2) I want to know how much it cost:) And this is not to judge. This is for entertainment purposes only. So spill it. And if there is a story to go along with how you obtained it, I'd love to hear it.

3) Tag some chicks. And link back to this post so people know why the heck you're showing everyone your bag.
So here we go...this is my bag (of the moment)

Yep...that is beading you see!
And the story behind it:

My mother made this bag for me a couple of years ago for a birthday, so it cost me nothing. My other bags are black and brown, with summer and bright colours this bag just seem to go with everything.
When I change bags...I just pour out whatever is in the one into the other. Now just for fun I am going to unpack my bag and tell you what is inside :)
Cellphone (why I don't know....not terribly fond of answering it)
Reading glasses (after all I am over 40)
Comb (we live in the windy city)
A hot pink makeup bag...for just in case.
My ID and DH's ID. (I am minister of administration)
Jungle Energy bar. (Dark Chocolate)
A sealed wipe (I am a grandma and with little ones you never know when you are going to need one)
Nail Varnish (because that is where my teenage daughter won't look for it)
Nail clipper and nail file.
There you have life in a handbag. Now to decide on who to tag:
Please play along!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

An Interview with God.

One of those days... with more questions than answers. I was challenged in many areas after reading the book "The Shack". I was challenged in my thinking of what the Trinity is like. I was challenged in what I do...what makes me "good enough". I was challenged in wanting my "free will" and ashamed of what I sometimes do with it. I was challenged in my thinking of why bad things happen to good people. I was challenged in my idea of "vengeance belongs to the Lord"...meaning I can't get even but somehow God will get even for me. I think what challenged me most was the part of the book where God expected Mack to forgive his daughter's murderer so that He (God) could REDEEM the murderer. I think I was totally challenged on God's amazing love for wide and deep this love is.

I came across this and thought I would share it with you...something to think about:

I dreamt I had an interview with God.

"Come in," God said. "So, you would like to interview Me?"
"If you have the time," I said.
God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; What questions do you have in mind to ask me?"
"What surprises you most about mankind?"God answered: "That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again...
That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health...
That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future...
That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived."
God's hands took mine and we were silent for awhile and then I asked... "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile: "To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved...
To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives...
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.
All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis...
To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least...
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them...
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness...
To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings...
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness...
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different...
To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them, and likes them anyway...
To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."
I sat there for awhile enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."

Have you read "The Shack"? How did it impact your life? What is your opinion of the book?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Friends and family

A layout of me with my guys on my birthday. I used Basic Grey Bittersweet papers and stickers. I want to give credit to Debbie at Paper Junkie whose layout I lifted. I loved her layout but forgot to save the link...sorry Debbie!

{heart} my guys

This photo was taken when KJ, Mel and I met for coffee in Muizenberg in the beginning of February. I used Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper and embelishments. My scanner always chops part of the layout you cannot see what a nice Making Memories Die cut I used.

When Friends meet Hearts warm

Portrait of a Friend

I can't give solutions to all of life's problems, doubts, or fears.But I can listen to you, and together we will search for answers.
I can't change your past with all it's heartache and pain,nor the future with it's untold stories.But I can be there now when you need me to care.
I can't keep your feet from stumbling.I can only offer my hand that you may grasp it and not fall.
Your joys, triumphs, successes, and happiness are not mine;Yet I can share in your laughter.
Your decisions in life are not mine to make, nor to judge;I can only support you, encourage you, and help you when you ask.
I can't prevent you from falling away from friendship,from your values, from me.I can only pray for you, talk to you and wait for you.
I can't give you boundaries which I have determined for you,But I can give you the room to change,room to grow, room to be yourself.
I can't keep your heart from breaking and hurting,But I can cry with you and help you pick up the piecesand put them back in place.
I can't tell you who you are.I can only love you and be your friend.


Friday, February 20, 2009

A dogs life?

This layout came together very slowly today. I took these pics of Ansie, William and the new puppy/baby when we were down in Cape Town at the beginning of February. Ansie has 4 boys and now she has a "forever baby". Scrat the Yorkie wants to be a baby and is very needy.
Left side page
Right side page
The double layout
While we are on the subject of dogs and dog humour I thought I will let you have a little giggle!
How Many Dogs Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a burned out bulb?
Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.
Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp! (for you MEL!)
Rottweiler: Make me!
Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Please, please, please!
German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, checked to make sure I haven't missed any, and made just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.
Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.
Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...
Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
A Pledge for Dogs

I will not play tug-of-war with dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.
The garbage collector is NOT stealing our stuff.
I do not need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm lying under the coffee table.
I will not roll my toys behind the refrigerator.
I must shake the rainwater out of my fur BEFORE entering the house.
I will not eat the cats' food - before or after they eat it.
I will stop trying to find the few remaining pieces of carpet in the house when I am about to throw up.
I will not throw up in the car.
I will not roll on dead sea gulls, fish, crabs, etc.
"Kitty box crunchies" are not food.
The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.
I will not wake mommy up by sticking my cold, wet nose on her bottom end.
I will not chew my human's toothbrush and not tell them.
I will not chew crayons or pens, especially not the red ones, or my humans will think that I'm hemorrhaging.
When in the car, I will not insist on having the window rolled down when it's raining outside.
I will not drop soggy tennis balls in the underwear of someone who is sitting on the toilet.
We do not have a doorbell. I will not bark each time I hear one on the TV.
I will not steal my mommy's underwear and dance all over the backyard with it.
The sofa is not a face towel... neither are mommy's and daddy's laps.
My head does not belong in the refrigerator.
I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for my human's driver's license and car registration.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Found this list on KJ's blog and decided to take up the challenge.

1. Where is your cell phone? don't know...but it probably has a few missed calls on it

2. Your significant other? work.

3. Your hair? blow dried naturally follows its own direction

4. Your mother? Cape Town.

6. Your father? Cape Town

7. Your dream last night? Can't remember when last I dreamt.

8. Your favourite drink? filtered coffee

9. Your dream/goal? to one day have my scrapbooking up to date.

10. What room are you in? scraproom/study

11. Your hobby? Reading and scrapping

12. Your fear? I don't really fear anything at the moment

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? hopefully still doing what I am doing now.

14. Where were you last night? At Kobus Jr and Lache's was Lache's birthday

15. Muffins? choc chip...wicked

16. Something that you are not? negative or pessimistic

17. Wish list item? Cruise among the Greek Islands

18. Where you grew up? The first 6 years all over South Africa....there after Port Elizabeth

19. Last thing you did? Stuck the leftover butternut soup in the freezer.

20. What are you wearing? clothes of course

21. Your pets? Sharpei called Smokey

22. Friends? Wonderful

23. Your life? happy

24. Your mood? slightly blue

25. Missing someone? not really

26. Car? Peugeot

27. Something you're not wearing? jewellery

28. Your favourite store? Woolies

29. Your favourite colour? Turquoise

30. When was the last time you laughed? last night at Leane's antics to get out of going to bed.

31. Last time you cried? Can't that good or bad?

32. One place that I go over and over? my garden

33. One person who texts me regularly? Ansie

34. My favourite place to eat? Depends on what I feel like eating.

35. My favourite food? Pasta

36. What did you do today? as little as possible

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Personal Scrapper Valentines Crop

There was a Valentines crop at Personal Scrapper this weekend. I so wanted to do as many layouts as possible but only complete three.

The first Challenge was Love, Love me do! I used one of Beggahuna's sketches for this layout of me and Leane.

The next challenge was to use 14 items on a page...I went slightly over. I used another Beggahuna sketch for this one of Leane and Lukas.

The third challenge was a sketch challenge and the following sketch was given. I made a layout of photos taken during Lukas' first swim.

This lovely paper and embellishments were sent to me by my secret sister Paige. Paige you are a cool Secret Sister.
I did not do nearly enough scrapping. On Sunday morning we received a call that Kobus Jr. is on the way to hospital with Laché. She is now 27 weeks pregnant and started having very strong contractions. The baby is still way to premature to be born and they struggled to stop the contractions. She has now been discharged but must have total bed rest for at least the next six weeks. Please keep her and the little one covered in prayer. So my little family is in for a tough time. Leane is very, very busy and will be going to a day mother during the day, and her daddy will have to take care of her during the night and mornings. If things become to rough for them they will be more than welcome to move into our family home.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Week in Cape Town in Pictures

Wynand and Nadia drove down to Cape Town and on the way dropped Lukas off so that he could fly down with us the next morning. Little Leane also popped in and here are pics of the two cousins. She is at a stage where she kisses everything that moves, but when Lukas started pulling her hear she quickly moved away.

This was another first for Lukas....his very first flight. We were still getting ready for take off when he fell asleep and only woke up when we landed in Cape Town.

On Friday 6 February, Ansie and I drove through to Stephanie's house to scrap with Anita and Stephanie.
My sister Ansie has 4 boys. William pictured below is her youngest. She received this little Yorky for her birthday, so he will probably be her "forever baby".
On Saturday 7 February we drove down the coast to Fish Hoek to attend a wedding. The wedding was held on the beautiful Clovelly Estate Golf course...a beautiful venue.
Here you see the bride, Cherie and her groom, Gerrit exchanging vows. Gerrit's mom emmigrated to Canada when he was still at school and him being Wynand's best friend ended up living with us for a year to complete his you can say he was one of my kids for a year.
Wynand took these pics and was not allowed to get in the way of the professional photographer, so I am hoping to get some pics from Gerrit to scrap.

The Golf course was a perfect venue to take the most awesome pictures.

Wynand and can see what I mean when I say this is a beautiful area of our country.
My sweet love and I.
Father and son.
Sunday was a scorcher and Lukas had another first...his first swim. Ansie and Willie has a heated pool and here the pool is 29 degrees Celcius, warmer than bath water.
Ansie and her "forever baby" Scrat. (named after the squirrel in Ice Age)
On Sunday I had a terrible Fibromyalgia flare up and was left with such muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders that I could hardly function. Ansie gave me a very strong tablet that had me paraletic even on Monday. On Tuesday I woke up feeling brand new and with no pain...yay!
I phoned Mel in the hope of meeting her somewhere along the coast. She already had an appointment with Kim for coffee so we met at Muizenberg at a coffee shop. It was wonderful to meet my blogging friends in person and they were even nicer than I anticipated. Kim came armed with her photo albums of recent layouts and I was left in awe of her wonderful creative layouts.
After coffee Kobus picked me up and we drove down to Kalk Bay. It was seniors day and you can see from this photo how the seniors are queuing to buy the special for the day. Fish and Chips for R15.
The harbour wall of the Kalkbay harbour.
Don't you think this is a gorgeous part of the country?
Okay that is it for today. There is a Valentines crop going on at Personal Scrapper and I would like to complete a few layouts this weekend.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Total bliss!

We are back from our visit to Cape Town. I will update soon with pics of Lukas' first airplane trip and wedding photos. Now I am just going to tell you how my week ended. Ansie booked us for a day at Mangwanani Spa on the Zevenwacht Wine Estate overlooking beautiful Cape Town. You can see more of it here We arrived for a light Breakfast @ 08:30 with Fresh Fruit Juices, Filter Coffee, Selection of Tea's.

Our first treatment was NEO MAOTO a traditional African Royal Foot Gift (from toes to knees) - (Rose Petal Wash, Sugar & Grape Seed Scrub, Mangwanani Massage Cream) Now I am talking 45 minutes of bliss while your feet and legs are scrubbed and massaged.

Our next 45 minute treatment was MOLALA an Ancient African Head & Neck Healing & Relaxation Treatment with Sesame Oil. If you have the will power to open your eyes during this treatment you are treated to some of the most beautiful views of Cape Town, Table Mountain and the surrounding winelands. Because I struggle so much with Fibromyalgia, this was my favourite treatment.

We then went on to have the UBUSO Renewing African Facial Spa - (NOT A BEAUTY FACIAL). The next treatment was TLHAPISO (Full Body Cleansing ) We had the choice of Body Washes or Salt Scrub Body Brush or African Mielie Meal Body Exfoliation I went for the Salt Scrub. Your whole body is scrubbed down with coarse salt and then you are left to lie with the salts for a while. (Ansie and I decided that we were like bokkems hung out to For my American friends...bokkems are fish that gets salted and then hung out to I am sure you will get the general idea.

After our salty scrub we had lunch and some very decadent deserts...this is not a health spa by any means. After lunch we spaced out in the Jacuzzi for 45 minutes sipping champagne. The next treatment is called NEO MATSOGO a traditional African Royal Hand Gift (from fingers to elbows) - (Rose Petal Wash, Sugar & Grape Seed Scrub, Mangwanani Massage Cream are used) Any dead skin cells that could have possibly got pass the salt scrub now got eliminated and we were left with glowing and dewy soft hands and arms.
The last treatment that we had is called IZIMANGA (Full Body Massage - aparently means Heaven on Earth). This is done with hot stones and it was amazing and left both Ansie and me so relaxed that we stumbled down the stairs to get dressed. We left with oily bodies and oily hair, so totally revitalised and relaxed. How blessed I am to have an amazing sister that spoiled me in such a wonderful way.

Back tomorrow with all the Cape Town news.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I am off to beautiful Cape Town...

Today I had to work hard, to catch up with all the work admin, see to it that everything that needs to be paid is paid and planning what will be needed at the Centre for the coming week. We are flying to Cape Town tomorrow morning. Wynand, Nadia and Christian just left for the drive down...little Lukas will be flying down with Oupa and Ouma in the morning. I am so looking forward to seeing the family there! On Saturday we will be attending Wynand's best friend Gerrit's wedding in Fish Hoek. We will be away for a week.

I know that my sister, Anita, have planned a scrapbooking morning with Stephanie on Friday, and I am really looking forward to meeting Stephanie. I don't usually go to crops or this is something new to me....and I don't have the THE BAGS and TOTES for the event. I don't plan to get any either, I will just be taking one of my Personal Scrapper kits and a photo or two. I love my "alone" time with my scrapping and that is usually when I clear my head of all the goings on of the week. Recharging my batteries to speak!

I do hope I will be meeting some of my Cape Town blogging buddies. Melody, I am taking your cell no with me...will contact you when we are there.

Here is another of my Christmas layouts that I managed to complete this past weekend. I just love the Making Memories Falala line. But not as much as I like my two grand bambino's...don't you think they are too cute?

Chat again soon.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Some scrapping this weekend!

As you will remember, we went to my brother's 50th birthday in December. The theme was Wild West and I actually got round to scrap the photos.

When Kobus and the boys went hunting in June last year, they found this border collie on the farm and thought it the perfect gift for Christian. He adored the puppy. Unfortunately the owner of the house Wynand and Nadia rent decided that keeping the puppy is not now Kaptein lives with Wynand's friend Dawie.
This pic begged to be scrapped. Little Lukas at 4 months, sitting watching TV with the big boys.

I still have not completed my Christmas scrapping. Here is another layout I made this weekend. I love the cut out flowers from the Making Memories FALALA glitter paper, it makes beautiful embellishments.

Would you believe that I actually got these completed with little Lukas either on my hip, or playing by my feet? At the moment he is on the Kragga Kamma golf course with his is a glorious day and I believe he is enjoying the fresh air.
P.S. Stephanie this time I actually aren't you proud of me?