Archive | May, 2012

3 Things…

16 May

1) Do you remember when I did this comparison photo of Blake and I?

Well, an old friend from high school saw this photo on Facebook and realized that she had the exact same baby dress! She contacted me and very sweetly offered to send it all the way to South Africa so I could have one for each of my girls. Super great of her right?

Now I have two retro nautical chics.

 

2) I am feeling very adult-like lately because…#drumrollplease# I am now officially a coffee drinker!

It’s ok if you’re a little confused by my coffee declaration. See the truth is (gulp), I’ve detested coffee my entire life.

GASP!

SHOCK!

DISBELIEF!

I am not exaggerating at all when I use the word ‘DETEST’ either. I hated the smell & the test- the whole package. I do realize that I am probably the only American to ever say that but, it is what it is. I always just figure it saved me heaps of money and saved me a legal addiction.  Everyone always said I’d learn to like it as an adult but that didn’t happen. Then everyone said I’d learn to like coffee when I had my twins simply because I’d NEED it to survive the early months… but that didn’t happen either. And Husband has tried and Tried and TRIED to get me to drink coffee with him (he’s a coffee connoisseur) but it all smelled and tasted like burnt rubber to me.

AND THEN…

A few weeks ago I was saying to Husband that I’d like to find a natural stimulant to take before gym. That’s when the magic happened. He took the gap and made me an extra-strong, standard sized cup of coffee with a heaped teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa and 1 diabetic sweetener. I was, of course, reluctant to try it but did eventually and… it wasn’t half bad.

Now I few weeks later, I’ve grown to actually savor each cup. I know I’m still kind of cheating cause I’m not drinking straight up coffee but still… baby steps people. Baby steps.

3) The girls and I had a lot of fun playing play dough together the other day and just wanted to share our fun.

Play dough time!

Cheesy face.

Keena’s sweet new nose.

Play dough ‘staches.

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My Mothers Day

15 May

This is how my Mothers Day started off. Pretty good start huh?

We usually go to church on a Sunday morning but we decided to take the girls to play at an outdoor play land for the morning instead. It was such a blast!

(As a side note, I’d like to mention that our city doesn’t really have safe parks. There are a few ‘parks’ here and there. There is 1 in our neighborhood that is decent enough to take the girls to but it’s nothing like the parks in the states. The parks in the states seem like Six Flags in comparison to our parks. So… as an alternative, there are 3 outdoor play lands around town like the one below were I can take my kids to play. You do have to pay a few Rand ($2-3 per kid) to get in but it’s totally worth it. Then they can play till their hearts content in a safe, contained environment while I have tea. It’s a win-win for everyone.)

The fenced area on the left is a rabbit petting area. The cage in the back has goats the kids can feed.

Keena + bunnies+ bubba

Keena hunting a bunny.

You gotta love how little kids can make instant ‘friends’ to play with anywhere .

 You can see there is a track were the kids can ride a scooter or bike. The wooden houses are a little village were the kids can play ‘house’. The house in the foreground is a kitchen. The one in the back left is a laundry room and the one to the right is a doll house. There was also a medical/doctors house and a petrol station.

Blake taking her bubba for a walk in her pram.

Keena maxing out in the elephant swing with her bubba.

So that was my mothers day 2012. And that’s…

Mum

14 May

Stand up for what you believe in.

Always be yourself.

Have fun!

Reach out to those in need.

Appreciate other cultures.

Be open minded.

Always return to God’s word for answers.

Never give up.

Pray.

Pray.

Pray.

Take time out for myself to do something that makes me feel alive.

Always forgive.

Marriage is for life.

If I fall down or get knocked down, I can  always get back up & try again.

Be generous.

Never stop learning.

Never stop dreaming.

Always trust the Lord.

These are just some of the valuable things that I learned from my mother.

Your strength to face another day amazes me Mom.

I love you.

Thanks for you friendship.

Cravings Gone Clean

12 May

I really like pancakes.

Unfortunately though, they’re  not healthy enough to eat even regularly. (#bigsadface#) So when I found this recipe the other day, a healthy alternative to pancakes, I knew I had to try it.

This recipe is a direct copy from

Coconut Carrot Cake Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cps shredded carrots
  • 1/3 flour (I used spelt)
  • 1/3 cup spelt flakes (or large flake oatmeal)
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 2 T chia seeds (white, whole)
  • 1 t baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt

How to:

  1. puree the eggs and the carrots and coconut oil together (I used a magic bullet, but a blender or immersion blender would do just fine)
  2. in a large bowl, combine all other ingredients EXCEPT the shredded coconut
  3. fold liquid into flour mixture until combined
  4. fold in coconut
  5. cook over medium, flipping when the top is bubbly

Make an easy 2 second syrup alternative:

  • combine yogurt with vanilla stevia to taste–it’s healthier than syrup!
    Top with some nuts for an extra ‘carrot cake’ taste.  Enjoy!  

Just in case you needed a few more reasons to eat these…

  • whole eggs provide complete usable protein
  • good source of B vitamins–destress with breakfast!
  • sneaking some veggies into breakfast–yes, you should!
  • chia seeds provide some Omega 3′s, and a great source of fiber and antioxidants
  • coconut oil=healthy fats

Look at this delicious texture!

I made some today and really enjoyed them. It was a little bit more like a cross between a fritter and pancake but I will most definitely take it as my pancake substitute. I topped mine with melted natural peanut butter and it was heavenly.
This would also be great food to try with your kids. I tried with my girls today but the’re going through a phase of not wanting to try anything new. Gotta love that.
Anyways, happy pancake experimenting!
Coconut Carrot Pancakes…

Time Magazine Cover That’s Causing a Stir

12 May

Have you seen this yet? This is the image featured on the latest Time Magazine cover…

The photos are for an article about a style of parenting called ‘Attachment Parenting’. Apparently loads of people have kicked up a ruckus about this whole thing.  Honestly, just about anything that gets a strong, even shocked, reaction out of the public these days is interesting to me simply because… it got a strong reaction.

So before I ask you amazing readers a question let me just say that… I did not post this to give a place for people to slam other people. I genuinely believe that any good parent is only trying to do the best they can, in whatever way they see fit… even if it’s super different than my way.  K, so we’ll all understood that this is not a bashing session? Ok then, I’d like to know…

Do you think this picture is inappropriate for the cover of a international magazine?

What reaction did this picture get from you?

More thoughts on Adoption

11 May

Some of you may be wondering, “Why all the posts about adoption all of a sudden?”

Well firstly, I’ve had it on my heart to adopt since I was 15 years old. So much so that I distinctly remember when I find out that thousands of Chinese baby girls are being discarded every year because their families actually want boys. I remember it because it broke my heart . I decided right then that I would definitely adopt in my life time.

Now I find myself living a this country that is absolutely overflowing with orphans who need families and homes, and I simply cannot ignore it.

Secondly, I read these two blogs regularly….

(The next few pictures are of Adeye and her gorgeous family. I couldn’t find a collective family pic but she is married and these are all her children.)

And…

It just makes me smile seeing a family like this.

Both of these beautiful families have adopted numerous children (as you can see) and it is just down right inspiring and fantastic. My heart for adoption cannot help but grow with this kind of influence in my life!

It is noteworthy to say that these 2 blogs have muuuuch more info about adoption than mine. In fact, that’s pretty much all these blogs are about. So head on over and check it out if you’re interested… and I hope you are:)

Anyways… I would like to leave you with these words that I read today on Adeye’s  lastest blog post. They deserve being read and re-read. These words speak loudly for themselves. Let them challenge you wherever you are at.

(In regards to getting the finances needed for an adoption)…

“Please, I’m begging you, don’t ever think that God is unable to provide for the orphan.  He is MORE than able.  Yes, He chooses to do it differently for each and every family who trusts Him for the finances, but He is always faithful.  Always.  I can stand and testify that from the tallest mountain.  Don’t ever let finances stop you from stepping out of the comfy little boat you’re in and trusting HIM to meet every need you have to rescue a child.  How passionately God loves the orphan and longs to see them all come home!  I believe it with all my heart.”

Like I said, re-read it… and let that soak in.

#How Do You Roll?#

What do you think about Adeye’s words on finances?

If you’re considering adoption, what is your great obstacle in the process?

Ever thought of adopting?

10 May

So basically…

I know this absolutely gorgeous little girl who is currently up for adoption.

Honestly, with all the loving families out there who are looking to adopt, I cannot understand how this little girls hasn’t been scooped up yet!She is 9 months old and 100% perfectly healthy. She has been in the care of  a fantastic Christian baby haven since she was a few days old and been very well loved and cared for since arriving there.

Due to strict rules surrounding adoption in this country I can’t say much else about her or post a picture. However, I am praying that God will somehow use these few simple words to find a family whose hearts resound when reading this and know she is their daughter. I know it’s a tall order but thankfully, my God is “…Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or imagine…” (Ephesians 3:20)

(*Please note, this photo is a random internet photo and has nothing to do with this adoption case I am speaking of.)

Feel free to contact me regarding this if you have questions. I probably won’t be able to give you many answers but can point you in the right direction of who you need to speak to.