Holiday: Kruger National Park

I start work tomorrow after 3 amazing weeks vacation… and for the first time ever, I am actually kind of ready to face the classroom and kids again.  I’ve rested. And its been good. A friend and I headed North for the winter – well, we got as far as Kruger/ Sabi and figured its…

A little lump of clay

Not many of the thoughts below are my own – credit needs to go to Adam Hellyer for his epic sermon at church last night, and the Holy Spirit for some additions… but this is what I have pondering on today.  Thought I would share (and let’s be honest, any excuse to take photos makes…

What Ifs & Could’ve Been’s…

So my cover picture is a little tongue-in-cheek: today is Youth Day in South Africa and I came face to face with my age.  To be more precise: how very old I suddenly feel! It seems somehow appropriate that I spent  Youth Day in Stellenbosch today – the place I’ll always associate with my own…

Roadtripping {Train trip to Simon’s Town}

I’ve wanted to do this trip for quite a while and so when friends suggested we hop on the train from Rondebosch to Simon’s Town, it seemed like a good idea… enough to skip my usual Parkrun and even sacrifice a sleep-in: then you know. So. Tickets in hand, eagerly waiting for our train on…

Girly Education: Make Up tut

Most of my friends would describe me as a girly-girl – I am usually the one in pretty dresses while everyone else is in jeans. And I will admit, I use the term too… I love being a girl!  But I also have to confess something: I’ve been letting the Girly-Girl Team down terribly.  (Please…

Honor your father & mother…

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12 I had lunch with my folks on Sunday.  It was good; it always is, really.  And that got me thinking: not everyone I know can say that about their families….

Best Brownies. Ever.

I have a confession.  I have been holding out on you all. I have the best brownie recipe ever.  No seriously, I am sure you think the version you have been using is great, but honestly… my recipe has resulted in marriage proposals (which I maybe should have taken more seriously, but that’s a blog for…

Beauty in every Season

For as long as I can remember, seasons have been important to me; I have loved watching the change in natural seasons and have held strongly to the idea that we live our lives in seasons too.  One of the things that has probably bothered me the most in my Christian walk has been trying…

I ran & learnt stuff today

Today I ran my first 10k.  Not really breaking news; its probably not going to change the world much (it did merit an FB update and a message to my mom…) and besides the sore legs tomorrow, life will go on.  But here’s the thing, it was the best race I have ever run and…

Berry Pancakes for Tea

Because sometimes a girl just needs pancakes… and so today I was inspired to try something a little different: berries. And being the girly girl that I am, I figured I may as well turn my afternoon tea into a mini-styled shoot – well, when your tea looks this good, do you blame me??  …

#ColourConf My Story

Let me start by saying this is not an ad for the Colour Conference, Sisterhood or Hillsong Church… this is simply the story of my incredible experience over the past weekend, unraveling a tiny glimpse of the mystery of a gracious God… On Tuesday evening I was offered a ticket to the Colour Conference (Hillsong…

Roadtripping: Franschhoek

During the Easter holidays I visited my folks and on the return trip, I decided to avoid the main roads’ heavy traffic and took the pass between Villiersdorp and Franschhoek.  It was beautiful… the majesty of the mountains, the colours of the fynbos… I couldn’t help but think sometimes we really do need to take…