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I am all He says I am…

11 Apr

This birthday was different to the FEW that I have celebrated before. Don’t get me wrong, it was beautiful and insightful in its own special way. In my parents house, and even now that I’m an adult, birthdays are big deals! I still get asked what’s in my birthday wish list (which I think about for months beforehand) but the list gets shorter with each passing year and for the last three years, it hasn’t changed. See babe, I’m not high to maintain. Having said all of that, I do however have the blessing and privilege of sharing my birthday with my mother, well it’s more the case that she gets to share hers with me, either way, I wouldn’t trade it for a thing.
My day was filled with the usual phone calls from family and friends, Facebook posts that made me feel so special because someone took the time to say 2 little words. That means a lot in the busy world that we live in! Sam had swimming lessons that afternoon and hubby had a PTA meeting that evening so there wasn’t a candlelit dinner or any fireworks but some lights did come on…. Let me explain.
For a while now, I have said that I do not believe in coincidence. I do believe that with hard work and prayer, if my hearts desires are realized that is amazing, but equally, if they don’t then God is still good and His plans for my life will lead me into the paths that I need to take. There’s a lot that I am praying and trusting God for but I don’t always live from that place of rest in Him and His goodness. I don’t make New Years resolutions but I have come to challenge myself to live what I profess, and if my profession is that I trust Him then that should show up in how I act and in what I say.
My hubby asked me at the end of my day (when he finally came home) how it felt to be my age? First of all, a lady never reveals how young she is. And secondly, I’m not sure if it’s all these twenties that I hang around with at varsity but I certainly do not feel my age… Except when I go out all night long (like I did recently) and it took me about two days to recover, hahaha. Apart from that, I have come into my own in terms of feeling comfortable with myself, my warts, my hopes and dreams, my downfalls and failures. I am my own package deal and I dig me. I’ve found my own two feet, expressing my spirituality and that has made the biggest difference to me thus far. I love the journey that I’m on with God, His insights, His leanings, His mysteries but more than anything is His unconditional and unending love. He cares about the details of my life!!! That’s the kinds of things that were on my mind on the day of my birthday.
In 1 Kings 19, the bible tells the story of Elijah. He was running away from people who wanted to murder him and in his time of need, God was not in the wind, earth quake or fire. God was in a still small voice. So while we are looking for an external display, or a sign, or even for someone else to affirm us, I’ve come to understand that I am His dearly beloved one and so is every creature in the known universe. We are all precious to Him, and if we allow Him to, He’ll take such pleasure in telling us and showing us for the rest of our days.
About not believing in coincidences, I’ve come across a Buddhist proverb that says: “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear” and I have found that certain books, readings, scriptures, teachings, music and much more has come into my path and fallen into my lap because I’m more open than I used to be. I had a particular song on repeat in my car throughout my day and here are the beautiful lyrics that I want to share with you. I hope you allow them to penetrate the depths of your soul and come to KNOW the One who is nothing but goodness, mercy and love.

All He Says I Am” Lyrics by Gateway Worship | from the album Forever Yours

He whispers in my ear
Tells me that I’m fearless

He shares a melody
Tells me to repeat it
And it makes me whole
It reminds my soul

I am all He says I am
I am all He says I am
I am all He says I am
And He says I am His own

I was blinded by scales upon my eyes
Then He came like a light
And burned up all the lies
He set me free
He reminded me

I am all He says I am
I am all He says I am
I am all He says I am
An He says I am His own

Chains are broken
Scales are on the floor
Truth is spoken
I’m no orphan anymore

I am loved
I am new again
I am free
I’m no slave to sin
I’m saint
I am righteousness
I’m alive

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The highlights of Sam’s first birthday party….

27 Nov

Cool dudes Cooper and Noah wanted to join me

There was a splishing and a splashing

The candle was way more important than the cake

The Birthday Cake, minus a few characters after I had my way

Granny and grampa love

I just had to fix Ethan's hair

Mamma love

Mia familia

Pressie time

This look is priceless, great Kodak moment!

If you know anything about me at all, it’s that I LOVE/must/need to and have to be super-organised much to the irritation of my husband but I know for a fact that I definitely got it from my mother. Whether my somewhat OCD is genetic or a learned trait is another discussion for a whole other day. The point of me saying that was that this party was planned months in advance and if I could have rented a crowd of kids to make up for my friends kids who couldn’t be there then the party would have gone off as I had originally planned. Yes, this party was all about me! Even though it was my son’s birthday, I felt that I also needed recognition for spending eight whole hours in labor, come on, give me some credit too, just kidding. Needless to say, the venue had to be changed a week before the party date but it turned out to be a lovely afternoon shared with loved ones. Sam did manage to exhaust himself after all the swimming splashing so he had a nice long nap half way through the event which gave hubby and I a chance to mingle with our guests without the worry of one busy little body. It was truly wonderful and special day. If there’s anything I would imagine Samuel could say about his special day it would probably be: “Next year’s party better be this much fun mom!”

Gizmos and Gadgets

11 Sep

I never figured myself to be a techno-geek, as in technology that is, but in order to keep up with my hubby and his father, I just have to get me one of these little babies… I’m referring to a piece of equipment, not another child, just yet!!!

So my 30th birthday is coming up and every year since I can remember, my parents have asked me to give them a list of things that I would like for my birthday and then they would surprise me with one or two items. The one year I was brazen enough to have filled an A4 size page on both sides and only Jesus knows why! To my surprise I got a few things that year but if my memory serves me correct, it was a few little things but they always went out of their way to make my birthday special. Now that it’s going to be a big one, I’ve given careful attention to what gift would make it memorable. I must just say though that looking back, it was not the gifts that made my birthdays as a child delightful, it was the fact that birthdays were a day where everyone in the house made a fuss over you and maybe my parents made their job easy by getting stuff they knew I wanted – which in all fairness, I didn’t and still don’t mind.

Passing on the “tradition”, I gave Lester a couple of “options” to make his job of saving up for my gift a little easier – I told him to get me jewels or a nice camera! Not expecting a response, he politely suggested that I look at getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab….. A WHAT???? Now the only reason why I actually know what that looks like is because my father-in-law is a techno-geek of note and that’s a compliment. He’s on top of his game that way! He’s got the big boy (10 inch) and Lester got a chance to play around with it while we were on holiday in Durban a while ago and he was amazed at its capability – which by the way, I know nothing of!

Google was my name… I wanted to know more about its features. This nifty tablet is compact, light, has 3G connectivity with Bluetooth/wireless technology (cool); the media hub app gives you instant access to a selection of movies and tv shows on broadband (not bad); its’ got cameras coming and going, no joke here, its’ got two cameras, the one is front-facing for plenty of 30th birthday party photo shoot angles (lots of those coming up – very nice) but the ultimate hook was being a bookworm because I can bury myself in all of my favorite books, magazine and newspapers with just a touch of the screen with the pre-loaded Amazon Kindle™ e-Reader (woo hoo) and  just like that I WAS SOLD right there, no need for further marketing!

Since the “suggestion”, I don’t know if my husband had superpowers but this gadget is all I can think of! Why? Because I love reading and you probably wondering why I don’t just buy a book that will be like a hundred thousand times cheaper, hello! Yes, I’ll buy books but just the other day I was looking at my bookshelf (filled to capacity with books) and while there is something wonderful about turning a page, with the advance of science and technology, why not move with the times? Who knows, in a few years (maybe less) we could have e-bookclubs. Just kidding on that, I’d still want to physically get together just to escape the mayhem my boys (hubby and son) create in my

house and be with a group of wine-drinking (optional), book-reading, let’s-have-a-good-time group of girls.

On a serious note, I really love reading and want to pass that on to Sam but why I really want this little gizmo is because I have a massive pile of crap (medicine bottles, rescue remedy, the monitor, pens, paper and books of course, belonging to Sam and I) on my bedside table and it would be nice to get rid of the clutter. I could read a few pages, check out Facebook and blog all at the same time from the comfort of my bed while my son sleeps in two-hour stretches – how’s that for multi-tasking???? Not only that but one day when Sam is old enough to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, I wanna look like a cool mom who knows her way around these gadgets and the like. But on the other hand, I might have to fight my husband for it since he so politely “suggested” it… maybe he wants it for himself! IF I get this as a gift  do you think I’ll have to put “Samsung Galaxy Tabs for Dummies” on the list too???? Hahahahaha

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