Monday, 30 June 2014

July Challenge - Day 1

Welcome to our first day! 

We are going to start slowly, so keep up and then, hopefully, by the end of this Challenge you will be full of ideas on how to be a happy and connected family by doing something every day, no matter how small!

Check out this link if you are wondering what you might need to take part in this 31 day challenge.

Your assignment for Day 1: Smile.

Just that.

Why? As a mom I know that I set the tone for the day in our house. If I wake up grumpy then things go wrong from the moment my feet hit the ground. Even if I have to tell myself a joke just to put a smile on my face, I do it. When you smile you just feel better, look friendlier and it softens your face.

It’s important that our children see us happy, even if we are going through a difficult time because nothing on earth has the power to make us happy, it comes from the inside and more often than not, it is a choice we make daily. So for today, smile and choose to be happy.

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”


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July Challenge

Tomorrow sees the start of the July Challenge, make sure you are signed up via Email to get the Challenge emails straight to your inbox, or check back daily to see what your assignment for the day is!

What do you need? Just yourself, whether you are a mom or a dad, it doesn’t matter, you can do the challenge alone or you can send it to your partner to read every day and do it together as a mighty family unit, it’s your choice. You really need nothing more than what you already have, if I mention something specific and you don’t have it, then find something else that will work just as well (for example if I say you have to paint the sky blue and you only have pink, then paint it pink)

Take pictures of the things you do together, there is a very specific reason for this – but, a word of caution, take a photo or two then put down your camera, don’t get caught up and take thousands of pictures just because you want to create the perfect ambiance for the photo, if you use your phone to take pictures then please do not get distracted by the messages or the internet!

The assignment for the day will be available from 9pm on the previous day so you have enough time to fit it into your schedule and plan your day accordingly.

The assignments will never take longer than an hour at the most (unless you stretch it out!)

During and at the end of the 31 Day Challenge there will be a competition, you do not want to miss out on that!

Hope to see you following along! #31daychallenge

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Something on the Horizon.....

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Thursday, 19 June 2014


A while ago I shared a story on our Afrikaans Facebook page. It struck a nerve with a lot of people so today I’ll share it in English for those who missed it or do not understand Afrikaans!

This morning I went to our local supermarket, walking behind our two girls helping each other to push a kid sized trolley. I notice an older couple following us with their eyes. I’d estimate them to be well in their 80’s. As we walk past them in the milk aisle the gentleman smiles at the children and says to me “When you get to be our age you will realize that this (and he points to the children) was the best years of your life. Enjoy it!”

And isn’t it true? One day you will have all the time in the world to organize your closets, alphabetise your bookcase, keep your floors sparkling clean, wash the little handprints from the windows and walls, keep up to date with the washing and the dishes, but the days in which you can hold and hug those little bodies tightly will never come around again.

I have never met a young person who couldn’t stop singing the praises of his/her parents for always keeping the house shiny clean. Children remember the time, love and attention, the playing and working side by side, that they always felt special and like they had an important part to play in their family, no matter how small.