Posted in November 2013

Rachel the Brave: A Letter to my Daughter

Rachel the Brave: A Letter to my Daughter

My first “bragging post” was about baby Ben and you can read that here. This is my second (and last) bragging post for 2013, a letter to my daughter, to Rachel the Brave: Dear Rachel Did you know that we never really intended to have a daughter called Rachel? It was a not a name we … Continue reading

My Body is Perfect

My Body is Perfect

No it isn’t – not at all. I just said that to get your attention. What I mean is that my body FUNCTIONS perfectly. I’m no Elle Macpherson but I have two legs that can run from work meeting to playschool. Two arms that can lift a baby up from his cot. Ears that have … Continue reading

Our Pilgrimage to the Eastern Cape

Our Pilgrimage to the Eastern Cape

This weekend Ben and I took a little trip down to the Eastern Cape to visit my Dad. We left Rachel and Gareth at home, which many people might think a bit strange, but we had our reasons. I hadn’t been “home” the whole year and Ben hadn’t visited the Eastern Cape since he was … Continue reading

Home and What it Means

Home and What it Means

Where I’m sitting now, I can see the sea. There’s a breeze and the sun is shining. There are cows in the field behind me, walking lazily next to the fence and munching on some grass. The air is different here, and so is the light. I’m home. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about … Continue reading

Searching for a Pink Puppy

Searching for a Pink Puppy

Rachel came home yesterday with strict instructions to write a letter to Father Christmas and take it back to school with her today. She decorated the whole thing with fairy stickers, did her special kind of scribbling and then instructed me to write and ask him for a…PINK PUPPY. Errrr, okay then. A puppy is … Continue reading

He’s Gone

He’s gone. And all I can think about are all the things he’ll never do. He’ll never smell the earth after a highveld rainstorm. Or watch jacaranda petals drift lazily to the ground. He’ll never wear those hats he wore, or smile that smile he smiled. He won’t grow old. He won’t find one person … Continue reading

You are Strong and Brave

You are Strong and Brave

I was fumbling with my keys, trying to find the right one to unlock the front door. My hands were full, as they always were. I had my hangbag over one shoulder, my laptop over the other, some groceries in my right hand and her handmade Christmas decoration in my left. It was lunchtime and … Continue reading

Remembering Christmas

Remembering Christmas

Isn’t life just a bit hectic at the moment? Like everyone is on fast forward towards the end of the year and there are so many demands to be met before then. People are tired and stressed and SHOUTY and there just seems to be lots of drama everywhere. I’m holding on to the thought … Continue reading

Bragging About Ben

Bragging About Ben

For a mommy blog, I really don’t brag enough about my kids. The thing is, I know that type of thing can get annoying – your own children are always far more charming to you than they are to anyone else. Also, the term “mommy blog” always makes me gag a little bit. And I … Continue reading