Gratitude Mondays


Every Monday, I like to focus on gratitude.  It is hard to continually come up with new and exciting things to be grateful for.  You have to really look…  And that is the key, I believe.  It is in the looking that you change your mind and start thinking new thoughts.  And it isn’t always easy to find new things to be grateful for, or to be grateful in a new and exciting way for old things.


What an awesome weekend.  On Friday night we went around to a friend’s house to swim.  We don’t have a swimming pool, but they do and it was hot, hot, hot!  Then on Saturday, it was hectic.  It started off with the Parkrun in the morning, followed by the monthly grocery shopping, while hubby went to register for his cycle race and take Baby Girl to ballet.  Then, when I got home: we swapped cars so that he could unpack the groceries, and I took Baby Girl to a party.  Then we came home and had friends around for dinner.  Hectic.

However, Sunday wasn’t much better.  It started off with hubby going to his cycle race – he cycled a 106 km race and did very well.  While Baby Girl and I left later to watch him come in.  Then went home and back down for the prize giving.  Spent some time on the beach for Baby Girl to swim and play.

So, all in all, a very busy but productive weekend.

However, what I am most grateful for is that hubby and I had a disagreement on Saturday night.  And while I find it very difficult to talk about these things, I was able to email him this morning and get some issues off my chest.  And he to me…  And that was amazing.  It’s not often hubby and I get to talk about the deeper things that plague us, but it does feel pretty amazing when we do.

And it is so important to talk!  I am grateful for not only a busy but good weekend; but that hubby and I had a chance to really touch base with each other…

Accepting yourself – embracing your life — The Fragrance of Marriage!


Step into the sun and break down the wall. In Jesus, you are safe, loved and accepted. Embrace your husband and your life as gifts from God. Embrace God who loves you completely. Trust in who God created you to be. Trust God will always guide you saying, “Here is the path.” Trust God has […]

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Winning. And losing. And somewhere in between!


Every Thursday I write Baby Girl a letter – I want her to know she is loved, and precious!

To my darling, Baby Girl

Tomorrow is your school gala and recently you said to me that you never win anything.  And it is so hard when others always seem to win, always seem to get the spots, are more naturally gifted, seem to have unfair advantages…  It is hard.  And while I would so dearly love for you to win, I also know that some of the other kids in your grade are already swimming squad and I don’t want to set you up for disappointment.  Some of the other kids – I know for a fact – get to swim two or three times a week, and they have swimming pools at home.  You only get to swim once a week and we don’t have a pool.  And yet – if your Dad and I were financially flush, and you had these opportunities, I know that you would be an excellent swimmer.  

But, at the end of the day – it isn’t about winning or losing, or what opportunity we have versus what someone else has – it boils down to this:

It’s about enjoying what you do and doing it to the very best of your ability.  Even if you come last…  It’s about never giving up!

And I hope you understand that.  You’re only seven, as much as what I would love for you to win a race, I am far more concerned about you having fun, and quite simply doing the best that you can – and never allowing yourself to give up.  You will never win anything, or get anywhere, if you give up.  You’re still figuring out what you enjoy, where you belong, what you want to do…  I think its awful that some parents push their kids so hard to achieve, to accomplish, to win – and those kids don’t even know themselves yet, or have fun, or just be a kid.  And that, my darling, is what I want for you: to know yourself, have fun and to just be a kid.

The world is very competitive, and the way you handle the pressures is by truly knowing who you are.  I hope that your Dad and I can gift you with that knowledge.

Whatever happens tomorrow, or in any future race, no that I love you and I am so very, very proud of you!

The Baby Mama

Gratitude Mondays


Every Monday, I like to focus on gratitude.  It is hard to continually come up with new and exciting things to be grateful for.  You have to really look…  And that is the key, I believe.  It is in the looking that you change your mind and start thinking new thoughts.  And it isn’t always easy to find new things to be grateful for, or to be grateful in a new and exciting way for old things.

Don MoenGive Thanks Lyrics

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks

We give thanks to You oh Lord
We give thanks

Songwriters: K.SMITH
Give Thanks lyrics © MEMORY LANE MUSIC GROUP
And that is why gratitude is from the heart.  It needs to be a heart-felt emotion – and a head thought up idea.  We used our heads to see what to be grateful for, but we use our hearts to feel the gratitude.
I don’t feel particularly grateful today – I am hungry, trying to diet and I go into the sugar lows that seems to know no bounds.  It also makes me feel quite anxious, but this I do know and for this I am grateful: God is on my side.  He delights over me with rejoicing and dancing; there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus; He blesses us with an everlasting love; I am going to Heaven.  So, even in my “not-quite-feeling-the-best” moods, I am grateful that I can lean on God, and know that He is carrying me through.
I have lots to be grateful today – but I am especially grateful for my God, His love, His care and His sacrifice that has brought me safe thus far…  Amazing Grade.

Seeing your happiness…


Every Thursday I write Baby Girl a letter – I want her to know she is loved, and precious!

My darling,

I am so proud of you!  Just last week I was writing about your heartbreak, and now this week, I am writing about your happiness.  You’ve been asking for a pet for such a long time, and on Friday last week, your Dad managed to organise a little female Jack Russell for you.  She is about six weeks old, and just the sweetest thing.  You called her Sparkles.  But, the most precious thing is hearing the happiness in your voice and seeing the responsibility you have taken on by making sure she goes outside for her bathroom, and you clean up any messes inside and you’re feeding her and playing with her.  I am really so impressed with you, my darling, and I am very proud of you.

Well done!

I am glad that you finally have your pet.  I am glad she loves you, and I am glad that you love her.

I hope she will be a companion to you for a very long time to come.

The Baby Mama