Thursday, April 30, 2009

Live Out Loud

I am constantly amazed when I watch my free to be themselves. To think that once we were like that too, not bothering whether anybody would label us, free and innocent with not a care in this world. I took these photos of Leane a month ago. (The photos were taken in the shade and the sun was very harsh in the background...normally I would not scrap photos that is not my idea of perfect...but these photos HAD to be scrapped) There she was sitting on the table, as if she belongs there...everyone's little princess. The Boss!

This poem of Marianne Williamson came to mind and that also became my journaling. I did a layout for a Pagemap sketch. It was a half page sketch and I adjusted it for this layout to be 12x12 layout:

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Makes you think, doesn't it?

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

8 Things

I only noticed now...I am on my 101st post...

I was tagged by Shayne - it's a meme about 8 things - rules are as they always are. Complete, link back and tag.

8 Things that I am Looking forward to:

1. Taking Bianca away on some mother/daughter time
2. My grass growing back now that it sees sun again.
3. I always look forward to seeing my grandkids...even if I saw them yesterday.
4. Meeting Shayne in June/July.
5. Planting spring bulbs and actually seeing them grow.
6. It is getting colder...I am looking forward to the summer again!!!!!
7. Bianca completing her diploma next year.
8. Getting all my old photographs scrapped.

8 Things I Did Yesterday:

1. Scrapped
2. Looked after Lukas
3. Watched DH reduce the jungle (garden) around the house
4. Enjoyed the public Holiday
5. Filled two albums with layouts
6. Ate Kentucky Fried Chicken.
7. Organised my handbag
8. Watched the Amazing Race

8 Things I Wish I Could Do:

1. Empower people that has lost hope.
2. Go on a cruise of the Greek Islands.
3. Help my children onto a more secure financial footing
4. Take back some of the words I uttered over the years:(
5. Keep to a strict exercise routine.
6. Meet all my blogging buddies at the same time.
7. Spend more time with those I love.
8. Keep quiet when people say things I don't agree with.

8 Shows I Watch:

1. Greys Anatomy
2. Amazing Race
3. Egoli
4.7de Laan ( Yes I do)
5. Pasella
6. Noot vir Noot (I know corny)
7. Sport (DH's, cricket,golf and F1)
8. Life

8 People I'm Tagging:

1. Mel
2. Desire
3. Kim
4. Lindsey
5. Star
6. Bernie
7. Anita
8. Herlien (maybe I can get you back to blogging)

Monday, April 27, 2009

A S"crappy" day.

My first layout of my new grandson. I used the Autumn Leaves Cute world line for this layout.
This layout is with photos taken on our 30th wedding anniversary.
These photos of Stephanie were taken in 1991. I used a Beggahuna sketch that was part of a challenge this month.
I never know what to do with photos of weddings that did not last. But it remains part of our family here is how I scrapped Elsa's wedding to Pierre in 1991. This is the Prima "Sew Cute" stitched mulberry paper. It is so beautiful that it is difficult to scrap it.
Have a lovely week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our little Dewan is born.

This morning at 9:10 Kobus Jr. and Lache became the proud parents of little Dewan. He was born a month premature and weighed in at 2,4kg. He scored a full 10 point on Apgar...and there is no complications. I can just thank the Lord that He has blessed us with this perfect little baby boy.

Look how huge grandpa's hand is compared to the little mite.
Tiny little precious gift from God.
Leane meets her little brother for the first time.
Close up of Dewan...he has Leane's eyes and his daddy's mouth.
Lache and her new bundle of joy. Tired but happy.

I want to thank each and every one of you that prayed for God's hand of protection over Lache and Dewan when she went into premature labour a few months ago. God sure is good!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Facing my Fear....

Thank you Allie, for the inspiration to blog about my fear of heights. You can go and read all about her experience.

After zipping from tree-to-tree and not feeling any fear about the heights, I had to come to the conclusion that my fear is “the fear of the Blaauwkranz pass”. You see, when I was 17 (many, many years ago) my brother and I drove from Port Elizabeth to visit our parents in Cape Town. We entered the Blaauwkranz pass at about 8 o'clock in the morning and I was really excited because it was my first trip to Cape Town and I have never driven this road before. Soon after we entered the pass, the car had a tyre blow-out and my brother lost control of the vehicle. If you ever drive through the is where there is a road marking that says 110km to Humansdorp. I had the silly thought at the time….wondering how on earth we are going to get the car back on the road. That was….before we started rolling. The vegetation was thick and although the drop is 140 metres straight down...we actually rolled. I will never forget the sight of it, it felt like slow motion…and there was a circle of light with vegetation all around. It was a terrifying experience... somehow I made peace that we will not survive. The car landed on its roof at the bottom of the gorge. My next silly thought was that the car would burst into flames…dramatically like in the movies.

It did not…the river was in flood and we began to sink. Later we would find out that we were fortunate…the car fell on to a large rock that stopped us from sinking to the bottom. We crawled through the window on the passenger side. We could hear vehicles driving way above us, but nobody saw the accident happen. (Where and when do you imagine they would have started looking for us if we were too seriously injured to get to the road?) We walked along the river bank until we found a place that was not to steep, then we climbed to the top and people stopped to help us. We were driven to the Humansdorp hospital…but apart from cuts and bruises we had no serious injuries and we were released when family came to fetch us.

My brother went back to the scene of the accident with the police to retrieve our possessions…it was found that somebody stopped after we were picked up and they stole everything they could lay their hands on. Since this experience I always end up in a miserable, pathetic, whimpering idiot when we drive through this particular pass. I think it must be because we came so close to losing our lives. I was so grateful when the Tollroad opened and I no longer had to face the torture of this drive. Needless to say, my DH does not understand these very deep feelings of mine.

When we returned home on Saturday we just HAD to take the scenic route again. No matter that there was a huge sign that said "NO ENTRY/ROAD CLOSED". In this first photo you can see the reason for the sign. Badly crumbling road.

Okay the route is you can see. Beautiful vegetation.
Beautiful ferns.

More badly crumbling road....fortunately for me, other people took the sign seriously so we had the road to ourselves.

Proof that I was there.

The bridge at the bottom of the gorge...this is usually when I have a sigh of relief because we are half way from getting through the pass.

You can see that there is no barrier that will stop you from falling.

This is the exact spot where we went down. You can see the ribbon of river at the bottom of the gorge. It is like walking over my own grave.

The answer to whether I conquered my fear is....NO! Scared 1

I received this very sweet blog award from Desire.

I am so glad that my blog makes some people smile. But I have noticed that this award has done its rounds... therefore if I follow your sure that you make me smile, and please feel free to take this award for yourselves.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Tsitsikama Canopy Tour

Have I ever told you that I am absolutely terrified of heights....the root of that is a story all on it's own. For the past few years I have wanted to do the Canopy Tour in the Tsitsikamma Forest. It is amazing....about 12 platforms are constucted way up in the tree tops and there is 10 ziplines of various lengths. Here you see us all ready to go.
This photo of the Forest floor was taken from the first platform. You can see the beautiful ferns.
Here is Kobus sliding from one of the platforms.

This slide was the most had to step down onto steps below the platform before you started sliding. But was great....I would do it again anytime.
And off I go.
Kobus and I on one of the platforms that is constructed around a massive yellow wood tree.

The last slide!
When we drove back to Plettenberg Bay through the Bloukrans Pass we came across a troup of female baboons with their little ones. This picture shows the beautiful "fynbos". (vegetation that is typical of this area of the country.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A room with a View (updated)

Sorry...forgot to say...we are at the Beacon Isle hotel in Plettenberg Bay....this is the view from the Sea Lounge...just watching the waves break onto the rocks lulls you into the most relaxed state.

One of the best decisions we have ever made was buying time share for a week in April and September every year. Working with broken and traumatised people and addicts can be draining and with these two scheduled holidays we are "forced" (not really) to get away...we usually find all kinds of excuses why we cannot get away.

This has been a tremendous blessing to be spoiled with these beautiful views. Sleeping until we wake up naturally (no alarm clock). Eating when and if we are hungry....long walks along the beautiful beaches. Sitting in the Sea Lounge and watching the waves break....hypnotic I tell you.

These beautiful pics was taken from our room.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Personal Scrapper March 2009 kit

The Personal Scrapper March kit featured My Minds Eye Free Bird. I loved working with this kit and have only scraps left.
This is the sketch by Becky Fleck on Pagemaps for the My Minds Eye contest.

This was last weeks sketch challenge on Beggahuna.

The "My Girl" layout is a scraplift. I lifted the amazingly talented Anna Marie Teo.
The photos of Bianca was taken in 1997.
Another photo taken in 1997. You will see that there is a chameleon in the circle of bling.
Photographs taken in 1992...where has time gone?
This photograph of Bianca and Alex was taken in the winter of 1997. She was a proper little mommy. When he stayed over with us, his camping cot was set up in her room. She insisted on feeding and bathing him. If he woke up during the night, I never knew about it:) This layout was a lift of Layle Koncar's layout.
A photo of Wynand and a bunny taken on Bianca's sixth birthday in June 1995.
Bianca was a real water baby...when it was raining she would get into the pool with a top and hoodie... I got the idea of using the ribbons like this from Anna or Carrie's blog.
That was a most productive weekend of scrapping:)

Monday quiz

You Color Your Life With Vibrant Warmth

You are light hearted and have a sunny disposition. You live a life of gratitude.

You are open and adventurous. You're interested in young people and what's new in the world.

You don't carry any emotional baggage with you through life. What's done is done, and you've moved on.

You start every day fresh. You are optimistic about what's to come.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Psalm 23

Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd = That's Relationship!
I shall not want = That's Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures = That's Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters = That's Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul = That's Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness = That's Guidance!
For His name sake = That's Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death = That's Testing!
I will fear no evil = That's Protection!
For Thou art with me = That's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me = That's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies = That's Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil = That's Consecration!
My cup runneth over = That's Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life = That's Blessing !
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord = That's Security!
Forever = That's Eternity!
Face it, the Lord is crazy about you.
I thought this was pretty special, just like YOU!!!

What is most valuable,

is not what we have in our lives, but
WHO we have in our lives!

' Do not ask the Lord to Guide your Footsteps if you are not willing to move your Feet'