Tuesday, 26 November 2013

a bump pic

Yep! I have swallowed a soccer ball! Ha!

I am now officially in the third trimester! 6 and a half months pregnant. Only 13 weeks to go until we meet our little miracle. Cannot believe how time has flown!

Her little nursery is coming along nicely too. I have her nursing chair, and compactum/ changing table and her block out curtains have been installed. We are taking delivery of her cot and some shelves this Friday and once those are in that's all the big stuff done and dusted. Next job is 'pretty-fying' everything and adding colour. I have BIG plans. And going to keep you all in suspense. Only once it is all done will I be posting pics :) Hehe. I want you to see the finished product. Can't wait for you to see what we have been working on.  

Monday, 25 November 2013

one month till christmaaaaaas

Lilla Rogers MATS class/paper market  Jill Howarth illustration
One month until the best day of the year!
A day I look forward to ALL year!
We are driving to St Francis Bay on the 23 December, its a loooong 13 hour drive but will most definitely be worth it as we will be meeting our family there at my parents beautiful beach house for a full 10 days of sun, swimming, family and feasting! Last three week push at work until relax time! Bring it on!
What are your plans?

Friday, 15 November 2013

one year ago ...

I downloaded this awesome app on my iPhone called "time hop". It shows you what you posted onto any social network site, on that day in history, going as far back as 6 years! Its so much fun checking in what you uploaded- All the pictures, events, tweets and 'immature' Facebook status's. They are rather embarrassing but fun to see nonetheless.

I was reminded today that one year ago I posted this status on Facebook, "where there is great love, there are always miracles ..."
It took me straight back to that moment in my life where I was so uncertain of the future. Having just recovered from my laparoscopy operation and having also recently decided to leave behind the medical/ scientific fertility route, and focus on getting my body healthy, detoxed and more importantly to turn back to Jesus, after being so angry at Him for so long. 

I remember feeling so uncertain. Uncertain how long the journey would be ... How long would I have to wait on God ... Where would this journey take me ... Where will it end ... How will it end ... All these questions and ALLOT of doubt consumed me daily.

When I saw this quote a year ago it struck me and I had to share it on Facebook. I remember thinking, gosh my hubby and I have SO MUCH love, so much love for each other, so much love for God and so much love for this child that we have been promised. I remember feeling so comforted, knowing with all my heart that I can trust in God. That I have nothing to worry about. I had handed everything over to Him, and I just knew that He was going to bless us.

Seeing this quote again this morning reminded me of that time, but made my heart JUMP for joy and BURST with gratitude for this incredibly precious little miracle, this beautiful gift that God has given to us, growing stronger by the day in my (growing bigger by the day) tummy.

I was reminded how awesome our God is. How He will never give you empty dreams.
He is so faithful. He is merciful. He is kind and He loves us so much.

In reflection, if you had given me a range of 'issues' to deal with in my life a couple years ago, I would have NEVER ever picked an infertility struggle. Never! I would have begged and pleaded for something else. And struggling through it too, I hated the fact that THIS had to be MY struggle. Out of all the other struggles in life. Why THIS!? My God given right as a woman is to be able to re-produce and be fruitful. I wished, hoped and prayed for it be different. But now looking back, I am so GRATEFUL for MY story. I am so grateful for what it taught me, about life, about myself, about patience, humility but more importantly, what it taught me about my God. It showed me how amazing my support system is. It bought my husband and I so much closer together, together in faith. It grew my faith to a place that I never thought possible. It made me develop a relationship with God, something that I never really understood before. It proved to me how GREAT our God is! How much he LOVES us, no matter your past, what you do or have done. I am thankful for my story and I wouldn't change it for anything.

trim women of health challenge 2014

Yes, we all know that adapting to a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge! Especially after you have had a baba! (That's going to be me end of Feb '14- EISH!). But what I find makes it easier is help, guidance and support. Especially when you know someone is checking up on you! Makes it that much harder to 'cheat' doesn't it?

I got an awesome press pack from {crosseandblackwell} yesterday, they the ones that make that delish 'Trim' mayo. They are starting an awesome initiative to encourage us women to get back to being healthier (and happier.) They have put together this challenge which is designed to help you reach your New Year health and wellness goals by providing free workouts, free meal plans & expert advice from their newly appointed brand ambassador, health and fitness guru Lisa Raleigh. They will also be hosting FREE Sunfit workout classes Monday- Saturday in Durbs, JHB and CPT in February next year (just perfect planning for me). Sorry, did I mention that ALL the above is FREE!? Yes! So now you have nooooo excuses!!
All you have to do is {REGISTER HERE} to get started. Simple as that. 
You also stand the chance in winning awesome spot prizes which include luxurious escapes to health retreats (yes please), smart new gym equipment and the chance of winning the grand prize of R 50 000.00!