Friday, 23 March 2018

Little Boys...

 What are little boys made of?


 Slugs and snails....

...And puppy dog's tails...
 
That's what little boys are made of...

Caleb Courage at {almost} two years old...

Thursday, 15 March 2018

little things you may not have known about me...

 Hello lovely friends...
It is a beautiful rainy morning in my part of the world.
Autumn has arrived in all her glory and I am delighting in the cooler weather and rainy days...

I have something a little different to share with you all today...  My sweet friend Elizabeth from Ponderings From the Inglenook (one of my very favourite places to visit by the way...) recently shared this delightful Q & A with her readers and I thought it would be fun to do it too!

Oh...and you may have noticed my lovely new blog design...{{Smiles}}  
Elizabeth very kindly offered to create a beautiful new design for me and oh...what a wonderful job she did!  I love how femininely simple it is...and of course all the flowers make my heart sing! 
Elizabeth also did my previous blog designs for me too...she has a way of creating something that really reflects my personality and interests... And she is such a precious friend too!  {{smiles}}

And now without further ado...here are a few little things you may not have known about me... 
{The blue indicates my answer to the question...}

DOG | CAT
ICE CREAM | CAKE
MORNING PERSON | LATE RISER
BEACH | CITY
INSTAGRAM | TWITTER (I have neither)
COFFEE | TEA
SWEET | SAVOURY
BOOKS | MOVIES
NIGHT IN | NIGHT OUT (I enjoy both...)
PIZZA | PASTA
SUN | SNOW (Snow is not really something we experience here in South Africa...but I generally hide from the sun...)
SUMMER | WINTER
AUTUMN | SPRING
BREAKFAST | DINNER
CITY | COUNTRYSIDE
NUTELLA | PEANUT BUTTER
BATH | SHOWER
PANCAKES | WAFFLES
DINE IN | TAKEAWAY
SUNRISE | SUNSET
SATURDAY | SUNDAY
FLATS | HEELS
CAKE | CAKE POPS
NAVY | BLACK
SCARY MOVIE | HAPPY ENDING
STRIPES | POLKA DOTS
SWEET TEA | UNSWEET TEA
HUNTER BOOTS | BEAN BOOTS (Neither...)
EARLY BIRD | NIGHT OWL
SNEAKERS | HEELS
LEFTY | RIGHTY
SWEET | SALTY
SMOOTHIE | SODA
NEUTRALS | COLORFUL
ONLINE SHOPPING | IN-STORE SHOPPING
VEGGIES | FRUITS
TV SHOW | MOVIE
AIRPLANE | ROADTRIP

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 5 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS?
Ireland, Italy, China, Austria, America
FAVORITE CITY VISITED:
I actually don't have a favourite...but I am quite enjoying living in George...{{smiles}}
PLACE YOU'RE DYING TO VISIT: 
Ireland...
NEXT TRAVEL ADVENTURES:
My hope is to visit my dad in China in June... 

 
 NAME AND AGE: Kelly-Anne, 21
WHERE I WAS BORN: Cape Town, South Africa
AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF: I am really shy but usually hide it pretty well.  Once I get to know someone and feel comfortable around them...well, then I am far from shy!  {{smiles}}
DREAM JOB: Wife, Homeschooling Mother, Owner of a gift/decor/baby shop
CURRENTLY LOVING:  Being able to drive!  I got my Driver's license on Monday and oh my...what a joy it is to have my own wheels!  {{Smiles}}
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My family.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO LEARN: I would love to be make all my own clothing...there are so many beautiful patterns I want to try but require skills and techniques.
 A TREND YOU REFUSE TO TRY: To be honest...I don't keep up with trends! 
FAVORITE COLOR: Pink and Mint
FAVORITE SMELL:Vanilla, Rose, Coffee
FAVORITE MUSIC GENRE: Celtic
FAVORITE BEVERAGE: Hot would be coffee...cold would be water.
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL: English
BIGGEST PET PEEVES: Cliques...
FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD:  Probably homemade pizza topped with basil and avocado...
FAVORITE SWEET FOOD:  Something I seldom indulge in...waffles and ice cream
FOOD I CAN'T STAND:  Oysters. I can't imagine actually eating one...  That and sushi... 
FAVORITE TAKEAWAY:  I actually don't really eat take away food...
MY SPECIAL TALENT: I have a phenomenal long term memory...  But my short term is terrible...especially if it happens to be a dreaded chore!  {{Winks}}
FAVORITE HOLIDAY: Christmas!
FAVORITE MOVIE:  Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightly.
CHILDHOOD DREAM JOB: I wanted a stud farm - my dream was to breed warm blood horses. 
FAVORITE TV SHOW: When Calls the Heart
FAVORITE FAST FOOD:   I don't really do fast food...
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SNACK: I really try not to snack at night...if I do, probably a home baked cookie and a cup of tea...or a bowl of popcorn...
FAVORITE FLOWER:  Rose or Antirrhinum

I'D RATHER LIVE WITHOUT: 
WIFI | COFFEE (Seriously...I have to choose?  NEITHER!!)
PHONE | COMPUTER
WEEKENDS | HOLIDAYS
SUGAR | BREAD
EMAIL | INSTAGRAM
MUSIC | BOOKS

ALL ABOUT YOUR MORNING ROUTINE:

I USUALLY WAKE UP AT: 6am...sometimes 6:30am depending on what time I went to bed the night before...
AS SOON AS I WAKE UP, I: Go into the house and make coffee for Mom and myself.
MY GO-TO BREAKFAST IS:
THE TIME IT TAKES ME TO GET READY: Depends whether I am staying home or going out.  If the former, about 15 to 20 minutes...if the latter, more like 45 minutes...
THIS PUTS ME IN THE BEST MOOD:  Listening to music...
PRODUCTIVE OR UNPRODUCTIVE?: Very productive

ALL ABOUT YOUR NIGHTTIME ROUTINE:

STAY IN | GO OUT
EAT IN | EAT OUT
FAVORITE NIGHTTIME ACTIVITY: Watching a good series.
HAVE TO DO BEFORE BED:  I like to read a Psalm before I switch off the light.
GO-TO SNACK: I prefer to stay away from snacks after 7pm.  But if I really need a little something...a cup of tea and a homemade cookie.  Or a bowl of popcorn if I am watching a movie.
USUALLY I GO TO BED AT: Between 9 and 10pm
PRODUCTIVE OR UNPRODUCTIVE?: Usually unproductive
GOOD READ | GOOD SHOW (That said, should get into a really good book...I find I cannot put it down...)

THE LAST THING...

I LISTENED TO: I can't actually remember...  But probably Lord I Need You by Matt Maher.  I have this song playing several times a day.  A current favourite...
BOOK I READ: Oh dear...it has been awhile since I read...  It was Where Hope Prevails, a Christmas gift from my sister.
THING I ATE: Does coffee count?
SHOW I WATCHED: When Calls the Heart
TRIP I WENT ON: A two night stay in Greyton in the Overberg while my dad was out from China...

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I would love to see your answers to these questions, sweet friends!  Feel free to share in a comment below or in a blog post...  {{smiles}}

Blessings to you, sweet friends...  

Thursday, 22 February 2018

A Glimpse into February... ♥

It is a beautiful morning here in our part of the world...
We have been quite busy this past month, but it has been so lovely... 
I thought I would share a little glimpse into our February...♥

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I have been enjoying some time in the kitchen lately. 
Now that Dad is home for awhile, it just seems so much more rewarding to cook delicious meals!  {{Smiles}}

 Delicious quiche made with cheese and herb short crust pastry and filled with roasted butternut, red onion, spinach, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, feta and basil.  Recipe to follow soon...♥

Baked Cheesecake with Blueberry Coulis...a slice of heaven on a plate!

A refreshing berry smoothie...hmmm...

I am so eager to see summer come to a close.  I can't remember experiencing such humidity before... 
However, before it gets cooler, I hope to fit in a couple beach trips!  {{Smiles}}

Blissful summer days with Caleb...

Finally, after being away over five months, Dad arrived home for a month long visit!  The day we had been anticipating from the time Dad left for China had at long last arrived and the excitement was inexpiable!  

Caleb pointing to the aeroplanes...  This little guy is crazy about anything with an engine! 

What joy it was to see Dad again after so long...  He flies back to China on March 2nd so we still have one week left together.  Last weekend we enjoyed a short getaway in Greyton in the Overberg.  This quaint country village is my mom's favourite part of the country. 

On the Saturday morning, Nancy and I took Beth, Gabrielle and Rebekah for a walk around the village.  We browsed through the little shops and afterwards had a milkshake at a lovely nursery not far from where we were staying.

Girl time... ♥
Gabrielle and I...

 Beth and Gabrielle...

Last week the family went camping...  They left on  Tuesday morning and Nancy and I joined them on Wednesday to celebrate Mom's birthday...  We spent a wonderful day together - swimming, relaxing under the trees and enjoying good food - I always find meals taste much better when cooked and eaten out of doors!
I actually came home Thursday evening (we hadn't organised anyone to look after the house or animals) but Nancy decided she wanted to stay, so I had two whole days to myself...{{smiles}}

On Thursday morning our whole family went canoeing on the Ebb and Flo river.  I took Sofia in my canoe, Rebekah went with Nancy, Beth and Gabrielle went together and Dad took Mom and Caleb on his.  We had such a special, memorable time together as a family!

Mr Handsome...

Rebekah, Caleb and Sofia posing in the tent...

On the sewing side of things...  For the first time in longer than I care to admit, I decided to sew something for the sheer pleasure of it!  I made a quilted sewing machine cover for my mom as a birthday gift. 

I am very happy with how this cover came out...and the fabrics coordinate beautifully!  I need to make one for myself now, but I may tweak things a little bit...  If you are interested in making one too, then you can find the tutorial I used over here.

Well, lovely readers...I must be off.  I am hoping to get stuck into the garden today while it is wonderfully cool...{{Smiles}}

♥ What have you been up to lately? ♥


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Thursday Pearls

 
"The fact is, if we are not content with what we have, we will never be content with what we think we want.  They key to joyous living is to embrace the will of God and to receive with gratitude the gifts He chooses to give us in each season of life."
 
~ Nancy Leigh De Moss
 
"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
 
~ 1 Timothy 6:6
 
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A blessed Thursday to you, sweet friends...and a warm welcome to my new followers - such a delight to have you join me on this journey!
 
With love in Christ,
Kelly-Anne
 
~ I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.  Psalm 16:8 ~

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday Pearls

 
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
 
~ Thomas Moore
 
"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
 
~ Colossians 3:17
 
Thursday blessings to you, sweet friends! 
Kelly-Anne

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

In His Word...

 
"...They seek me daily, and delight to know my ways..." 
 
~ Isaiah 58:2
 
~ And the Lord shall guide thee continually... Isaiah 58:11 ~ 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

January Musings...

 I have just returned from a good refreshing walk...
During the summer months I find walking anywhere exhausting and we have been experiencing so much humidity lately which makes walking virtually impossible. 
However, today is much cooler, so Beth and I put Caleb in his pram and took him and the dogs to a nearby park for half an hour or so.
 
I cherish these quieter days at home...
 
My dad will be arriving on Sunday for a month long visit!  Oh, how excited we are...  Words cannot express how eager we are to be reunited!  Thus...I will purpose to be at home more while he is here so that we can enjoy some precious family time during his holiday. 
 
January has been a busy month for us thus far...it began with my 21st birthday which we celebrated by going out to supper as a family.  Three of my dear friends joined us which made the occasion extra special!  It was such a memorable birthday... 
 
A week later Beth and I left on camp...  I was privileged to be a counsellor at youth camp again this year, and this time Beth came along as a camper.  We had a wonderful few days learning more about our Saviour - what a blessing to be able to play a small part in the lives of girls younger than myself...
 
After camp I thought it would quieten down somewhat, but it just seemed to just get busier!   
Thus, I can't say I have managed to keep up with sewing lately...in fact, I can feel the withdrawal symptoms setting in... {{winks}}
 
Here are a couple items I made for a client sometime ago...they are a little more modern than I am used to making, but oh my, they were fun!
 
Snuggle Bunnies...
 
Bunny Rattles...
 
A few more Snuggle Bunnies...
 
 I have done very little leisure sewing over the past few months, so I am hoping to set aside time for that in the next little while.  Back in September I participated in a teacup exchange...  Well, my sweet partner in Australia sent out my teacup at around the same time as everyone else, but for some reason it got delayed along the way...  I was so excited to receive it two weeks ago - I think Peta was beginning to wonder if it would ever reach me! 
 
Oh my...what a sweet package she put together for me!  I was so touched by her kindness...  Not only did she choose the most beautiful teacup to bless me with, but she included delicious lemongrass, lime and ginger tea, a pretty handmade pin booklet as well as a selection of Tilda quilting fabric...  I simply cannot wait to put them to good use!  {{Smiles}} 
 

My teacup package went to a sweet young lady in New Zealand.  This is what I sent her... 
 
 
I believe putting together packages for sweet friends to be one of the most enjoyable things a person could do! 
 
And now for a few photographs of the family taken on the day of my birthday...

Just look at how this precious boy has grown!  Caleb is now 21 months and continues to fill our lives with joy and laughter...
 
Caleb and Sofia (6) have recently become the best of buddies.  They love playing together which is so sweet to see!

 Caleb is talking ever so beautifully...he is fascinated by anything that has an engine and particularly obsessed with trains.  It is incredible how innate his boyish nature is despite having six older sisters!  {{smiles}}
 
Rebekah and Sofia...
 
Beth and Gabrielle... 
 
What a special picture...Mom with her eldest and youngest child...

 We finally had a photograph taken of us all together!  We are just missing Dad in this picture so I think we need to schedule a photoshoot for while he is home...  {{Smiles}}
 
And now for a few pictures to make you smile...


 
 Aren't these so precious?
 
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Thank you for visiting today, sweet friends...it is always such a delight to have you!

I hope to stop by again soon with pictures of the beautiful tea cups my mom and dad gifted me with for my birthday...

Love and blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Quiet Moments...




 "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but those that bring simple pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
 
 ~ L.M. Montgomery

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

My Cup Overflows...

It is a beautiful December afternoon and as I sit here pondering the many twists and turns our lives have taken in the year of 2017, I feel incredibly humbled...
The Lord has been so gracious to us in keeping us from harm in the face of danger and providing for our family every step of the way...
Truly, my cup overflows with joy and my heart is filled with thanksgiving...

This Christmas was somewhat different to those of previous years with our dad being in China till the end of January.
Praise the Lord for technology...we were able to video chat with him whilst opening gifts and again after Christmas dinner. 
I was delighted to have a much simpler meal to prepare this year as we chose to have a quiet day by ourselves...

On Christmas morning I decided to ask my mom about moving into the little outside flat.  This room was first our schoolroom and more recently, our sewing room.  However, having my bedroom inside and my sewing room outside wasn't working too well...  My mom readily agreed, thinking it would be lovely for Nancy as well as she would have her own room and a place to work too.  We also moved the piano into her room so that she can practice without disturbance...{{winks}}

Thus, Christmas day was spent moving my things into the flat and organising myself which was wonderful as it took my mind off the fact that Dad wasn't here to celebrate with us.  I love my new little ''house'' and it appears to be working out very well for everyone - Caleb loves to come over for some special sister time and I am already planning some fun things to do with my sisters over the next few weeks...  Sometime I will do a little house tour for you...I am hoping to decorate a bit first...
I intend to grow my sewing business in 2018, so having a workspace all to myself will be fantastic!  {{smiles}}

 This week I allowed my mind to drift back over the things I used to love so much... 
There are so many aspects  of country life that I greatly miss...
The space and freedom of living on a farm...my big vegetable garden and literally having free rein to do whatsoever I wished with it, provided I did in fact grow vegetables for my family!  {{Smiles}}
Tea parties under the trees...hours spent in the kitchen preserving fresh produce...  Taking photographs of the beauty surrounding me...very little to no distractions...
Old fashioned simplicity...

I miss those things...I realise that in an attempt to block out the pain of losing our simple way of life, I became distracted with various social activities...outings...anything to keep my focus off the things I used to love and hold so dear to my heart.

I lost sight of who I was and what was most important to me...
My family...
My home...
And serving my Jesus in the small things...
The girl who used to delight in the simple things got caught up in the hustle and bustle of town life...

I have allowed my tears to bottle up for months upon months, but now they are beginning to well over...slowly but surely I am allowing the memories to come flooding back, allowing the Lord to minister to my hurting heart.

This week I have been reminded of the importance of my role as a daughter at home...the blessing that comes with submitting to the Lord in His plan for my life and seeking to serve Him each day in the small things.
Washing dishes...folding washing...reading a story to the toddler...
Lately I have been resentful of these precious things, thinking there were much more exciting, gratifying things for me to be doing with my time.

I believe that there is a time and a place for enjoyment outside the home...but this should not take the place of my family and the pivotal role the Lord has given me to play in the lives of my sisters.
Surely they are the most important people in my world? 

Dear friends...I am learning a great many things at present.  The Lord is working in His quite way in my heart.  It has been painful indeed to have to reflect on certain things I have allowed to take precedence if my life, even if they are good. 

I have come to the conclusion that I am still a country girl at heart and even though it broke my heart to leave the farm, I realise that this is a season of new beginnings and that the Lord has a special plan for us as a family.  I know I can trust Him to reveal this plan to us in His perfect time.
I also have come to realise that I need to be more intentional in delighting in the simple things in life...it is still possible to enjoy a quiet life whilst dwelling in the city! 
And hopefully with this change of focus, I will have more inspiration for writing about the things I love once again! 

"O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.  Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.  Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways..."

~ Psalm 139:1-3

Dear friends, thank you for being such faithful readers throughout this year...each of you have been a precious blessing to me and I cannot thank you enough for your prayers, love and support...

I pray that this next year will be a truly blessed one for each of you and that we will all continue to grow closer in our relationship with the Lord and trust Him wherever He leads us.
You are all very close to my heart and I praise the Lord for His grace in allowing me the incredible privilege of sharing this journey with you...

With love and blessings in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

~ Jeremiah 29:11


Saturday, 16 December 2017

An Update at Christmas...

Hello dear friends...
I am enjoying some peace and quiet this overcast December afternoon and thought it would be the perfect time to write a little update, seeing as it has been almost two months since I last wrote...

Let's see...so much has happened since my last update - sadly, it would seem regular writing is not something I can keep up with quite yet...

Something I have yet to share with you is that my dad is currently working in China. 
He flew out on August 23rd and will be coming home for a month's holiday at the end of January.  He was offered a position as a teacher at an international school shortly before the fire in June...

We knew he would have to go, especially after we had to move to a house in town and begin all over again...  Even though it has been quite challenging not having our dad around and having to adjust not only to life on our own, but into a new home, town, etc., the Lord has been so faithful and we give Him praise for His goodness and grace!

At first living in town was difficult for me...having lived on a farm for so many years, I got used to the delights of a quiet life in the country.  I missed my garden...the scenery...daily walks on the farm roads with the dogs...  And then the Lord led me to begin attending a monthly Bible study for young adults and through that, I was blessed to make a few new friends...
Recently I also started going to a small Baptist church and weekly Bible study and met other wonderful people... 
Suddenly life in town is not quite as bad as I thought it was.  It is such a blessing to fellowship with other believers each week and enjoy time spent with new friends! 

I have also been able to continue with my sewing.  Even though I no longer trade at a craft market each Saturday, I still supply shops and have been kept pretty busy with orders.  The Lord provides just enough work for me - I have just enough work to keep me busy, but not so much that I am stressed and can't spend time with my family...

Certainly, life has settled down a lot over the past while.  Those initial few months following the fire will forever be something of a blur for me.  All I can say is that it is only by the grace of God we made it through smiling...  His grace is indeed sufficient for us and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. 

Every day is a gift from the Lord.  Despite the fact that we are eagerly counting the days till Dad comes home for a visit, we are not wishing the time away.  We keep very busy with the things the Lord has given us to do and endeavour to cherish every moment together. 

Well, dear friends...before I sign off, I would like to share a few photographs from a recent walk in the forest.  We are enjoying exploring new places each week and making new memories!

Please excuse the poor quality of the photographs...they are simply snapshots taken on my very handy phone!  {{smiles}}

 ^  A piece of Paradise...

^  Five of my favourite little people...

 ^ Such beautiful scenery...

 ^ Happy explorers...



 ^  Gabrielle, Rebekah and Sofia...

 ^My buddy and I...


...And now I must be off, dear friends...we will be attending a Christmas concert this evening given by the orchestra Nancy plays in...{{smiles}}

I hope to stop in again very soon...

With love and blessings in Christ!
Kelly-Anne


Thursday, 26 October 2017

A Morning of Memory Making...

 Let us take a delightful trip to the strawberry farm, dear friends...


^Precious siblings...Caleb (18 months), Beth (13), Gabrielle (10), Sofia (6) and Rebekah (8).

What a beautiful place to take a few photographs of some precious little people...
  
^Beth and Caleb... 

 
^Gabrielle...

^Rebekah...

^Sofia...

 ^Rebekah and I...

^Sofia and Caleb...

^Beth...

^Caleb munches a banana...
Don't forget to pause for a snack...{{Smiles}}
...And now let us pick some juicy red strawberries...

^The happy berry pickers...

 
 
 ...And now let us enjoy the fruits of our labour...  {{smiles}}

 ...And thus ends a most delightful morning at the strawberry farm...

Thank you for stopping by, dear readers...

May Your Thursday be blessed!