Monday, November 30, 2009

Sarcasm? No way...I would just call it witty

Do you find quick witty answers amusing?  OK...OK...I admit I love them...and I usually love the people that come up with them at the drop of a hat.  Here is a few choice ones:
  1. Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
  2. Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
  3. Don't try to get on my good side - I don't have one.
  4. Good morning, let the stress begin.
  5. He isn't on his way anywhere, hasn't been for years.
  6. I can only please one person a day, and this is not your day.
  7. I don't repeat gossip, so listen closely the first time!
  8. I love to give homemade gifts...ummm, which one of the kids would you like?
  9. You can agree with me or you can be wrong!
  10. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
  11. I only have one nerve left, and you're getting on it!
  12. If you expect breakfast in bed, go sleep in the kitchen.
  13. Organized people are just too lazy to look for things.
  14. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. - Oscar Wilde
  15. Some people are so narrow minded their ears rub together.
  16. The man who can smile when things go wrong, probably thought of someone to blame.
  17. The trouble with women is that they get all excited about nothing en then marry him.
  18. Was your head with you all day today. - Bill Cosby
  19. So...who died and made you queen?
  20. I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying and driving too fast.  Are they kidding? That is my idea of a perfect day.
  21. I pretend to work and they pretend to pay me.
  22. Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.
  23. Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
  24. What part of NO don't you understand...the N or the O?
  25. You are sounding reasonable...time to up my medication.

    Soooo...what do you think?  Do you have a few you want to add to this list?

    Blog celebration.

    Can you believe it...this little blog has been visited more than 10 000 times...and to celebrate it I will be giving away a scrappy gift to one of you, and if you are not a scrapper, I will scrap pictures of your choice for you to frame.  All you have to do is leave me a comment and say whether you would like the kit or whether you would prefer me to scrap something for you...see that simple:)  If you don't scrap that is okay...this super little kit includes just about everything you need to make about 6 maybe now is the time to start.

    This is a Personal Scrapper kit and features My Minds Eye papers, 4 pages of Bazzill, two alphabets, buttons etc.It is great to scrap those summer photos.  I will be drawing a name on 10 December.  OK?

    Herlien sent me this by e-mail made me laugh out loud...I hope it has the same effect on you:)

    SOOOO!  Are you smiling?

    Wednesday, November 25, 2009

    LSOS Sketch #58: Sun Kissed

    It is time for the next Little Shop of Sketches layout.  This is sketch no 58 and my take on it.  You are most welcome to do a layout based on this sketch and upload it to the gallery for a possible prize.

    This photo of Bianca was taken while we were at Eerste River a few weeks ago.  I used:
    My Minds Eye : Bloom and Grow printed paper and embellishments
    Autumn Leaves: pink printed paper

    Lukas with a serious pout.  I decided to scrap these photos because this is not how we normally see happy, smiley Lukas...but it does make me sad to see those big sad glad we don't often see him with this little face.

    Thanks for looking.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    As the year draws to an end....

    ...yep that is how I feel!!! Random reasons:

    • As you know we run a Non Profit organisation....therefore we are very strictly audited.  Last week they advised me that the audit will start on 30 November.  Joy...what a way to end off a year.
    • When people start winding down operations at companies for year end...our operations speed up.  There are Christmas parties to be organised for our 101 (dalmations) children in the center. One of the parties is on Saturday when the children will be taken to the Toy Run by bus.  Christmas Lunch has to be organised for approximately 260 people.  Gifts are collected for our "golden oldies".  We make up a parcel for each of the 147 adults on the program. I think you get the picture.
    • A holiday program must be worked out to keep the children busy and out of mischief...or 101 children can quickly feel like 200! 
    • I have not bought a single present for my family that gives me heart palpitations. Actually just thinking of the busy shops and the crowds, gives me heart palpitations. (!)  I so wish that I could afford a "personal shopper".Shopping spree
    On a positive note.
    • I got my car back (do you see my big smile?)FunnyI have come to the conclusion that it is not a lousy choice of car...there is just NO after sales service.  You want to know why it took seven months to fix.  Actually quite simple.  When they had to redo the engine they skimmed the cylinder head...and you are not supposed to do that with a diesel powered vehicle.  Expensive mistake for cost them R20000 to replace the cylinder head. Now I can just imagine the fights if the vehicle was not still under warranty...they would have probably made us pay for their mistake.  I am so enjoying having my car back...and it drives like a dream.
    • Bianca finished her first year of Journalism no more "mom's taxi" until next year....yay!
    Now it is off to work I go....papers to shuffle and people to see!

    Saturday, November 21, 2009

    Mary's Lamb

    We have read a lot about  the violence in our schools.  This adapted poem was in a church bulletin and gives a lot of food for thought.

    Mary's Lamb

    Mary had a little lamb,
    His fleece was white as snow
    And everywhere that Mary  went
    The Lamb was sure to go
    He followed her to school each day
    T'wasn't even in the rule
    it made the children laugh and play
    to see the Lamb at school
    And then the rules all changed one day
    illegal it became
    to bring the Lamb of God to school
    or even speak His Name
    Every day got worse and worse
    and days turned into years
    Instead of hearing children laugh
    we heard gunshots and tears
    What must we do to stop the crime
    that's in our schools today?
    Let the Lamb come back to school
    and teach our kids to pray.

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    Why we need friends....

    I think I have told you that we are part of a very special fellowship group/cell group, consisting of six couples,  that meet every second week.  I call them special...because this is a place where we can drop our masks and just be ourselves...and we accept each other warts and all. It has been a tremendous blessing because we meet from house-to house and the host is the leader for the it is not a "heavy" burden on one couple to do everything. Just having this hedge of protection and knowing that we each carry the other in prayer makes living so much lighter.

    Last night was our turn to host the group and we decided to expose them to our everyday life.  So we all met in the dining hall at the Mission.  We invited a few of the people on the program to share where they come from and a testimony of what the Lord had done in their lives.  One man spoke about his life and I have never heard his story.  In the past 10 years he had lost his wife and three children.  His son was killed in a bus accident, his wife died 7 months later.  His second son went missing and his body was found months later...he had been murdered. Last year he lost his daughter to cancer.  What made his testimony so touching, was that as he spoke he took out the photos of his loved ones...and the funeral notices.  He had lost all hope and started drinking he lost his work and his possessions.  At the beginning of this year he arrived at the mission with his only surviving son, he stopped drinking and with counseling and a lot of love he has found his hope in the Lord. I listened, and  wondered how I would have handled so much much heartbreak.

    There was not a dry eye in the hall and our personal little moans and groans just became so insignificant.  I sat there and was humbled yet again and so incredibly thankful to the Lord that He entrusted these precious people to us.  How blessed we are to see what the Lord has done in so many lives.

    It was very special for us to be able to share with our group why we love these people so much. It also gave them insight in what we deal with and can pray for us more effectively. Belonging to a group that care is so special, we can shout when we need help and know that we would help to keep each other from falling.

    On a lighter note:

    Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    LSOS - Sketch #57 : Water Baby

    Here is Tanya's weekly sketch no 57.  Why don't you use this sketch to do a scrapbook layout and then upload it to The Little Shop of Sketches.   You might just win a prize:)

    Here is my take.  Little Leane at the pool.  I used Imaginisce papers and Prima flowers.

    Thanks for looking.

    Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Sushi and Champagne Fashion Show

    Okay...this was what I decided to wear. Did you know that we had a bitterly cold and windy evening?  So I was covered up in a coat all evening long.

    I tried everything to download photos taken by the Media to no go here and you will see a lot of pics of the event.(See Stefanie, you will have your show and tell after all)  You will also see a pic of me and Fatima (our PRO) if you look closely, directly after the  Chinese young ladies (in yellow).

    It was a lovely evening, despite the cold.  It was the first time I tried sushi (DH is allergic to sea food) and sorry, Shayne and Meriel, but give me a steak any day.

    The Miss World contestants are beautiful, thin and SO young.  They wear the highest heels I have ever seen. I would fall on my face after two steps if I ever tried to balance on those things.

    Now for the good news. The amount raised from ticket sales were substantial and when the cheque was handed over, Mrs Julia Morley, the director of the Miss World contest tripled the amount.  The money is earmarked for the education of the children of the mission and we feel blessed and deeply thankful.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    A little nervous...and a little excited

    Yesterday the 112 Miss World contestants arrived in our city for the Sports leg of the competition.  Tonight they will be taking part in a fashion show at a Gala event at the Boardwalk.  The Mission has been chosen to be the beneficiary of the ticket sales for the event, so little old me will be there too.

    Now...what to wear?

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    A Weaver Christmas

    Kirsty over at the The Weavers Nest posted this recently.  I love a challenge and offered to scrap the photos for her. The idea is that she puts it into a 12x24 frame. (available at most scrappy stores)

    Cardstock used: Bazzil
    Printed paper: Making Memories Falala

    Flowers and embellishments: Making Memories Falala

    Wooden scrolls: Kayser Kraft
    Alphabet: Quickutz Finale and glittered with stickels

    So what do you think...will it get a space somewhere or will Kirsty hang it behind the bathroom door?

    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Random thoughts

    First I want to share with you my most favourite quote by Emerson...I just love how this is so totally opposite to what the world views as success.

    I was awarded the following award by a brand new blog buddy....Cat over at "the juggling act of life.

    Here are the rules:
    By accepting this award I am required to tell you six things about myself that you don't know and then award it to six other gorgeous bloggers.  Now that is a tad difficult because I have had quite a few memes on my blog and most of you know more about me than my IRL friends.  So I had to go and dig deep for my inner most secrets and this blog would possibly be deleted again soon. So here goes:
    1.  Now this one is something that I am really embarrassed about.  I can tend to become a bit obsessive about some of the things I do.  When I did my counseling course, I had to have every book available on each of the subjects.  When I took up x-stitch, I had to have just about all the colours of embroidery floss you can make your own conclusion when it comes to scrapbooking.  There was a point in my life that I had to take myself in hand and lay this down.  Anything that becomes more important in my life than the Lord and my family is an idol.
    2. When I was at school one of the idiotic teachers told the class that children of large families will never achieve much.  I am one of six I had to prove a point. When I studied I had to get A's.  When I started working in the private sector I had to reach the highest level in the shortest space of time.  Which made me the ideal donkey at work...because the harder I worked the more I was loaded with work.
    3. I am a bit of a mouse and never go out without make-up.  Now this probably has its roots in the time that DH was still a manager at a large supermarket chain.  I was expected to always look my best when I went grocery shopping...FOR CRYING OUT wonder I HATE shopping.
    4. Then there is my need for having very deep roots.  As a child my family moved around A LOT!  I was in three different schools in my grade 1 year.  My family moved to Cape Town when I was in Grade 12 and I stayed behind with my grand parents.  I never lived with my parents again and their home was therefore never my home.  So there was no going "back home" ever so often.  In our first 8 years of marriage DH was transferred every few years which took us from PE - George - PE - Bloemfontein- East London and back to PE.  I always had this deep need to have A HOME.  A place where my children could grow up and will always be home to them even when they are grown up.  I think that we have achieved creating this home.  DH will have to sell me along with our home on day.
    5. In the first 10 years of our marriage my DH was very jealous and very possessive.  I think if there was a "back home" for me I would possibly have walked out of the not having a "back home" was probably the best thing for me at that time.  It was a terrible time of not wanting to go to social events because "who was I looking at?" "Why were you smiling at...." (You get the picture?...not pretty)   When he phoned me at work it was "who was the man who just answered your phone...what are you doing?". I could never just be myself and life with a jealous man is no pleasure. When he started having a relationship with the Lord all things changed and our life became normal for the first time.
    6. My mom and dad both come from  families of five children.  I am one of six children.  DH comes from a very large close knit, very Afrikaans family, you know... the kind that are friends with "dominee so-and-so and doctor so-and-so" when you meet them they will ask you " Now which Van Rooyens are you related to?" and if you are not from the branch that has status...YOU ARE OUT. (That is probably why I have such a deep rooted feelings against pompousness and status)  We have our fair share of wacky and weird family members and this can mean all sorts of k*k and drama.  Sometimes I sit back and think that I am living in the middle of a soap opera...I KID YOU NOT!  I could write a best seller, but that would mean that I would lose most of the family.(now that gives me an idea:)
    Now you all know more about me than what I am comfortable read quickly because this post WILL be deleted.

    Now I have to tag 6 gorgeous bloggers:

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Perks of getting older

    • Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.

    • Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them anyhow.
    • Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
    • People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"
    • People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
    • There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
    • Things you buy now won't wear out.
    • You can eat dinner at 4 P.M.
    • You can live without sex but not without glasses.
    • You enjoy hearing about other peoples' operations.
    • You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
    • You have a party and the neighbours don't even realize it.
    • You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
    • You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
    • You sing along with elevator music.
    • Your eyes won't get much worse.
    • Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
    • Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
    • In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
    • No one expects you to run into a burning building...actually nobody expects you to run…anywhere.
    And you notice these are all in Big Print for your convenience.But then again none of us are that old, and none of this applies to us...right?

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    LSOS Sketch #56 - Love

    This is Tanya Leigh's sketch this week.  If you would like to win a prize, make a layout based on this sketch and upload it to Little Shop of Sketches. Here is my take on the sketch.

    This photo was taken in 1978, shortly after Kobus and I started dating.  I have wanted to scrap it for ages...and now I did it.  You can see why I fell in love with him more than 31 years ago.  While I was preparing to scrap this I started thinking about the journaling...what was I going to say?  Then I knew...I would just journal some of the reasons why I love him so much.  This is what the journaling says:
    • I love the way we finish each other's sentences.
    • I love the fact that we will grow old together.
    • I love the way you protect and defend me.
    • I love how you feel when we cuddle.
    • I love the way you make me laugh.
    • I love how you treat our children.
    • I love the way you look at me.
    • I love how I know you'll always be there when I need you to be.
    • I love the way I can't imagine a day without you in my life.
    • I love your ability to speak without saying a single word.
    • I love the way I know you'll never give up on me.
    • I love our life together.
    • I love you for you!
    I really enjoyed doing this one...probably because I love the subject I was scrapping SOOOO much:) He pulled his nose up about the flowers...but I like it.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    The big clean up.

    I have taken a few days off work to spring clean.  I trust that as I get cupboard and drawers in order and carpets and walls clean, my jumbled thoughts will be put in order as well:)  I trust that as I purge my house of unnecessary things and rubbish that have accumulated over many years...that I will purge myself from negative thoughts.  Wynand's old room became my guest room when he married and it is still filled with things that he left behind.  Lately I have not even been able to scrap because of the untidiness of my it is purge, purge and more purging.

    I have been tagged by Desire. The rules are - I need to pass this award to five people, post on their blog that I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in one word (Huh?...not possible)Please note this post was drafted on Saturday so things might have changed since then. Here goes:

    1. Where is your cell phone? Dunno
    2. Your hair?on my head
    3. Your mother? Kidds Beach
    4. Your father? Kidds Beach
    5. Your favorite food? Lamb knuckle
    6. Your dream last night? Don't reach REM sleep so no dreaming for me:(
    7. Your dream/goal? Reaching as many people for Christ as possible.

    8. Your favorite drink? coffee
    9. What room are you in? study
    10. Your hobby? Scrapping
    11. Your fear? That I will not be sensitive to the voice of the Lord

    12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? I am happy with right here
    13. Where were you last night? home watching rugby with DH

    14. Something that you aren't? negative
    15. Muffins? Chocolate
    16. Wish list item?Getting my car back before Christmas
    17. Where did you grow up? Port Elizabeth
    18. Last thing you did? jumped on the trampoline with Christian
    19. What are you wearing? bermuda pants and top
    20.Your TV? Plasma
    21. Your Pets? Sharpei's Smokey and Nala
    22. Friends? Only a few....but very precious

    23. Your life? Happy

    24. Your mood? tired and a little sad
    25. Missing Someone? Ansie
    26. Vehicle?  Red Peugeot 307HDi (when I get it back one day)
    27. Something your not wearing? shoes
    28. Your favorite store? Don't like shopping

    29. Your favorite color? Blue
    30. When was the last time you laughed?I laugh a lot
    31. Last time you cried? this morning
    32. Your best friend? Ansie
    33. One place that I go to over and over? Plettenberg Bay
    34. Facebook? nope not for me
    35.Favorite place to eat? Ginger

    Now just look at that spacing...blogger is doing it's own thing again today.  Schucks...I can't only tag 5 know that I read your blogs and love them so you are tagged.

    Monday, November 9, 2009

    It will all work out

    Saturday I felt emotionally tired that I just told my very concerned DH to just leave me alone or else I might just bite:)  So many things were happening that I had no control over and my spirit was so disturbed and in revolt against what I could not change.

    What an awesome God we serve....just these words of Romans 8:28 put me at peace."We know that all things work together for good to those who love God...."  It may not always seem so!  Sometimes when we are suffering heartbreak, tragedy, disappointment, frustration, and bereavement, we wonder what good can come out of it.  But this verse gives us hope and clarity; whatever God permits to come into our lives is designed to conform us to the image of His Son.  When we see this, it takes the question mark out of our intercessory prayers.  Our lives are not controlled by the impersonal forces such as chance, luck or fate, but by our wonderful, personal Lord and Saviour, who is "Too loving to be unkind and too wise to err."

    In My Utmost for His highest Oswald Chambers writes:  "The circumstances of a saint's life are ordained of God.  In the life of a saint there is no such thing as chance.  God by His providence brings you into circumstances that you can't understand at all, but the Spirit of God understands.  God brings you to places, among people, and into certain conditions to accomplish a definite purpose through the intercession of the Spirit in you.  Never put yourself in front of your circumstances and say, "I'm going to be my own providence here; I will watch this closely, or protect myself from that."  (It is as if this was specially for me...that is exactly what I was saying to myself.)  All your circumstances are in the hand of God, and therefore you don't ever have to think they are unnatural or unique.

    So with this in mind we went through a ceremony yesterday that went against the grain of everything I believe in to support one of our loved ones.  Thank you A, S and M for your wise counsel, your concern and your love.

    Saturday, November 7, 2009

    Eerste River (photo post)

    Last weekend we spent the weekend at a beach resort called Eerste River, an hour and 20 minutes outside Port Elizabeth.  Eerste River is a gorgeous gated resort with no shops and totally not commercialised.  I think that is why it is so magical.  You park your car and that is where you remain until you pack up and go home.  Nadia organised the weekend and some of her family was also invited.  The house that she rented for the weekend has six bedrooms, five with double beds and one with six single beds...which meant that we were all very comfy.
    This was the view that greeted us on our arrival.

    The next morning when we woke this was the view from our room.

    Now don't you think we are blessed to live in this beautiful country of ours. Wynand woke us up at 5 o'clock on Saturday morning with a very feverish Lukas.  We gave him some meds and he slept between his oupa and ouma until later. Is this not the MOST GORGEOUS face?

    Saturday was the most beautiful windless day and we lazed around on the deck and watched the waves.

    It was our turn to supply the meal and opted for a "potjie" and a potbread made over the coals.

    Bianca sitting in the sun like a dassie.

    We watched the rugby final and some of us were happy with the result and some of us were not.  Nadia and Wynand enjoyed some time on the deck outside the house.

    They are such a gorgeous, happy couple.

    After supper we played board games and Marissa (Nadia's sister) took out the guitar and the two girls treated us to some beautiful songs. Marissa writes and records gospel music.

    Sunday was a cold and miserable day but we still enjoyed every moment of playing...

    and playing some more....

    ...and eating, we seemed to have done quite a lot of that:)

    Could not resist taking this photo of Bianca having a good laugh.

    and these of Lukas...being told not to play with mommy's make up...not happy at all.

    Not happy at all.

    Just love him to bits.

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    To nurture and protect...

    ...that is how I have always seen my role in the life of my children.  I know that over the years I have become somewhat of a rescuer...trying to protect them from experiencing pain or hurt. 

    I was planning on writing a wonderful post full of happiness and photos of last weekend at Eerste Rivier and about the delightful time I had with Shayne.  Maybe I still will, but not now.

    This morning my son stood in front of me with a dull look in his eyes and his words broke my heart into a million little pieces.  "Mamma, ek voel so leeg." (I feel so empty.)

    I feel so helpless.

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    What is on top?

    I was tagged by my friend on Robin's Perch to show what I have on my desktop.... Me, my bokkie and our four grand bambinos of course.

    What do you have on yours?