Thursday, October 29, 2009

First Mini album

Okay...I know it is not spectacular...but I wanted to document my "first ever mini book".  My oldest son Kobus, turned 30 on 13 October.  I decided some time ago to do a mini album for him - telling his story.  The plan was to scrap his first 18 years.  This was one of the biggest challenges for me so far.  Needless to say it was impossible to put so many years into one I ended up doing the mini album up to his first school day.  When I get the courage for it I will attempt to put his school going years into an album as well. I have the idea that he could tell me more about his life after six...and that some of it will make my hair stand on end:)
The cover.
Another challenge for scrap in Afrikaans.
First page - I would give anything to have all my photos digital.  These photos lost such a lot of colour.
I decided that the pages (6x6) are just to small to still journal on as well.  So I did the journaling as a letter to him.
A fancy fold out page.
Here I did a little pocket for extra photos.
What I have decided was that I am going to start mini albums for Wynand and Bianca now and do a page now and then, working on this all the time nearly killed me:)

Oh yes...if you want to do a mini album and need some pointers Lisa (Star Sailor) is doing a weekly tutorial which is truly a step-by-step on the Swirlydoos is the link. Just click on the Monday Morning Mini madness links. I will be using these tutorials as a guideline for Wynand and Bianca's albums.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sketch 54 : Little miss confident

It is time for the Little Shop of Sketches sketch no 54.  Here is the sketch done by Tania.  I would love it if you would try your hand at doing a layout with this sketch and upload your layout to the gallery.

Here is my layout.  I used a photo I took of Leane in Plettenberg Bay.  She is such a confident little girl.

Today I want to leave you with this verse from Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light."

Come means to believe; to receive; to eat; to drink; to look; to confess; to hear; to enter a door; to touch the hem of His garment; and to accept the gift of eternal life through Christ our Lord.
To Me: The object of our faith is not a church, a creed, or a clergyman, but the living Christ.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Choices and consequences.

In June I  blogged about hobo's, traffic light them what you want.  I mentioned in the post that I had just taken Oom Chris off the street for the umpteenth time.  June is when the cold really sets in here in Port Elizabeth.  Oom Chris has been at the mission on-and-off for the past six years.  Through the winter months all goes well and he stays happily at the mission...but when the weather starts getting warmer, off he goes...

Oom Chris is over 65 and gets a social pension for the aged.  When we took him back in June we placed his bank card and ID document in the care of the social worker.  She draws his money, pays his expenses and the rest of his money is administered so that it lasts for the month.  We have to protect Oom Chris against himself, he is an alcoholic and if he has to take care of his own money....he will booze it up for a week and will have nothing left to pay for his keep...that way the vicious circle on the streets start.  Begging for money to buy booze, to drink yourself into a stupor, to survive another bitterly cold night on the streets.

Summer is starting and during September he got his ID document from the social worker under false pretenses and off he went to the bank to get an new bank card.  I guess you can figure out the rest of this sorry story.

On Tuesday last week, I was driving my usual route to pick Bianca up at the college.  Oom Chris knows my car and has in the past ducked and dived when he saw me coming.  With me driving a courtesy vehicle at the moment, he only realised when he bent down  to my window to beg that it was me...he got such a shock when he saw my face and he turned to hurry away.  I just shook my head and called after him.  I said "Oom Chris gaan huistoe en as ek jou weer hier kry, ry ek bo-oor jou." (Go home and if I see you here again I will drive over you{he knows I did not mean it...or does he?}).  He went back to the mission, we took his card and ID document into safe keeping again....until next time.  Oh yes...with us being plunged back into winter since yesterday...I am sure he is glad he is back.

You have any idea how weird it feels to reprimand somebody who is old enough to be my father?

Oh yes....for you who don't know Afrikaans - "Oom" means uncle... Afrikaans people tend to use the word uncle and aunt for elderly people.  The funny thing is that at the Mission we are Tannie (Aunty) Lynette  and Oom (Uncle) Kobus to everybody...even people older than us.  Now that took A LOT of getting used to!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Weekend photo post

On Sunday morning we went to church and stopped for coffee with Kobus Jr. and Lache.  After we left Leane started crying for her Ouma and  we were just around the corner when my son phoned to tell us to come back for her. When we arrived at home Wynand, Christian and Lukas was there as nice having all the little ones at the same time.

The trampoline was fitted on Thursday and I now have proof that it gives tremendous pleasure irrespective of age.  Our lawn is terribly messed up after all the building operations and the trampoline people just lifted the paving and left the mountain of soil and the mess for us to excuse the rubble in the background.

We giggled at Lukas doing his little jig on the trampoline.

Leane was the wild one...ordering anybody to "move" when she wanted to jump.

Christian loved it.

Even Bianca decided that it was cool to have fun.

Even this Ouma was coaxed onto the mat and loved it.

Christian enjoyed bouncing us.

They say it is excellent excercise to jump and very good for muscle development in children...maybe Kirsty can tell us more?

All in all...I had a lovely weekend.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Your house as seen by.....


....a potential buyer.

...your bank. appraiser.

...the municipal rates and taxes department.

Well...that was the impression I got when the municipality started calculating property rates at current market value last year.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Play area - photo post

Okay.... so the aim is that our grandchildren would always want to be with Oupa and Ouma. They must nag and moan until their parents (our children) bring them.  We want our home to be a place where they can have fun...and a place that they want to often visit.  We are planning to fit a trampoline later this week.





So what do you think....will this work?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We delight in you - LSOS #53

Here is this weeks Little Shop of Sketches sketch no 53. You are most welcome to upload your take on this sketch to the gallery.

I did this layout of Lukas with his most favourite person in his world...Oupa.  He is really such a delight to the title is very fitting.

I delight in my  DH, my children, grandchildren, life and mostly in my relationship with the Lord.  I want to leave you with this:  Romans 8:38-39: "For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love.  Death can't, and life can't. The angels won't, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God's love away.  Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are - high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean - nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when He died for us. (Life Application Bible)

Thank you for looking.