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In this blog I will write about everything that has to do with being a mum and a woman. It will be about my personal experiences as well as about things that I find interesting and which I want to share. It will also be about my faith in God. Please let me know that you visited my blog, by posting a comment.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Little people

It's Five minute friday. And I'm joining Lisa-Jo Baker for another session of five minute writing.

 Today we are writing about ; Imagine


 I love having kids. I love how they can surprise you by using certain words or doing certain things of which you were not aware that they could say them or do them. I love how clever they are.
I love to take care of them and to see them grow in to the people they are supposed to be one day. Now they are little people, my little people. A wish fulfilled, a blessing from God and I can’t imagine how life would be without them.
I can’t imagine a life without tiny arms that wrap themselves around you and say ‘I love you mummy’, even though they are only two. I can’t imagine a house without toys , the buggy with dollies in the corridor, the little wooden bike in the living room, the forgotten stuffed animals behind the sofa.
Though I sometimes wish that it was easier, that they made less mess, I surely can’t imagine life without them.


 I never seem to get to write more than a few sentences but still I love doing this.
Would you like to join too ?

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 Blessings and love,

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Testimony Thursday Link up :Parenting with the grace of God

A few months ago I decided to start a Testimony Thursday link up.
See here. Since I haven't been blogging for awhile buttrecently started again I want to honor God by starting this link party again. Please join in.

Here is my post for this week.

I’m currently not a very organized mum but I would love to be and I’m working on it, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m blessed that my experience is that where I fall short I continually see the grace of God. 
For example I try to do laundry often but then when I’ve been really busy with other things I might not realise or forget that it was time to wash some more clothes.
And then when I get up in the morning and I look into the girls’ drawers to gather the clothes together to put ready for the girls, (ideally I would love to have their clothes ready on  the night before but this doesn’t happen often ) I’m painfully reminded that I should’ve washed certain clothes for the girls.
I then cry out to God for help and He helps me in His grace.
Somehow it always works out and I can send the kids to school in a nice, clean outfit.
Somehow I find a few items that were lying somewhere else or put together an outfit with other items then I would’ve done before. This is really all because of the goodness of God.

Today I saw His grace again in another situation. We are blessed to have a primary school in the estate where we live. This means that I only have to walk a few minutes to collect the children from school but a lot of times we collect them by car if we’re going somewhere afterwards or if it’s raining.
Today I had to walk to collect Ixora and when I left, it was already raining a bit and when I arrived there it started to rain more.
When Ixora came out it started to rain really hard and I told her that we unfortunately had to walk because her dad was sleeping. Looking at the rain I said ‘but we can pray’ and as the rain was falling on us I decided to be bold and stand in faith and I started to pray ‘Lord please make the rain stop so that we won’t have to get soaking wet.’
We walked towards the school gate while I put my hand on her hat. I told her; ‘I think I have to get one of those big umbrella’s next week because if we had one of them now we would’ve been dry and I felt that it was all my fault that we were getting wet.
We saw the dad of Ixora’s friend who sometimes gives us a lift but he seemed to have someone else in the car with him. So he walked towards our house and I said to Ixora ;’But we’ll  be alright’. Shortly after tha,t the rain started to get less and I said :’God is hearing our prayer. Halleluyah! ‘The rain was getting less and less and the sun started to come out from behind the clouds. I started to say how good God was and started to sing about His goodness. The sun took over and even the last few rain drops dried up and on the last piece of our journey home the sun was shining full on. When we arrived home it was very sunny and we were hardly wet. As a matter of fact we didn’t feel wet at all. Glory to God!
I’m amazed by the great God that we serve. I’m amazed by His goodness, His love and His grace. When I was walking on the school yard and I didn’t have an umbrella to protect my child against the rain it made me feel that I fell short. But where I fall short His grace comes in and I’m so blessed to serve and know Him. Glory to His name!
Please be encouraged that we are not expected to be perfect as mums, but it’s His grace that will help us to be the best mums that we can.

Do you have a testimony that you're sharing this week ?
I'd love it if you would link it up to my Testimony Thursday post.
Or write your testimony (even if it is short) in the comments below.

Let's give God the glory for all that He has done and all that He is doing in our lives.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What I wore Wednesday

Today I want to share an outfit that I've been wearing lately.

I loved wearing this outfit which mostly consists of items out of 'my (very) old box '.
The skirt is a hand me down I got from my aunt a few years ago. I love long skirts and I love this colour and
the ruffles on the skirt.
The black cropped top I bought a few years ago as well and is a tight fit.
Since it is very short and a very low cut I decided to wear another black top under it.
Because it was getting a bit chilly that day I added my black cropped leather jacket, which I really love as well. I'm still in love with my Lipsy bag after all these months. (Read about it here.)
I wore this when we went to the park. (Read about that here.)

Skirt from Fa Lin
Leather jacket from SOUTH (bought second hand on ebay.)
Bag Lipsy by AVON

I'd love to hear what you've been wearing lately.

So feel free to share.


 Linking up with The Pleated Poppy

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Trying to get back to pre-baby weight (part 1)

I have two rings on my ring finger on my right hand, which have permanently been there, for a few years. They are just not able to come off no matter what I try.
They are a reminder of the fact that I used to be a totally different weight a few years ago before I started having kids.

It’s so strange that when you are younger and about 59 kilograms of weight that you constantly want to weigh less and try a crazy diet now and then just to try to get back to 54 kilograms.

A whole lot changed after I got my oldest girl. I just accepted that I had to wear bigger clothes. After all, I was nursing her and didn’t want to diet while I was doing that. Only when she was over one year old, and she wasn’t as much dependant on drinking milk from me, I started to go to the gym again and started a diet.
I don’t think that I ever got back to my post baby weight though.
I did lose weight but I probably gave up somewhere. I never went back to being size 8 or 6 and must’ve ended up in a size 12 but I wasn’t bothered about it.
A few years later I started going to the gym regularly again. I continued to do so until I was pregnant again.
After baby number 2 was born I didn’t diet or train but somehow I seemed to be losing weight anyway and before she was a year old I was back to size 12.
And then I got pregnant again with baby number 3.
Somehow I gained a lot of weight this time and you could especially see it on my tummy. I ended up wearing size 16 clothes. I didn’t do anything about it until she was over a year old and I wanted to train to finally do the Flora Womens Mini marathon. I also tried to eat less and healthier from time to time.
Losing weight went very slow. I really like to wear nice clothes from time to time and the bigger tummy started to bother me a bit, so from the beginning of the year I decided to try to get back to how I used to be before I had my three girls.

I walked or jogged every day and tried to eat less so I could lose weight and it worked. I’ve lost a few kilograms and can fit in some clothes that I couldn’t fit in for a long time, even some size 10 items.

But I still have a long way to go, even though I would be content if I would lose just a few more kilograms and just have a much flatter tummy. It’s just not great if people ask from time to time if you are pregnant.

Even though I’m not sure if I can afford going to a gym at this point in time, I’m going to try to exercise more, maybe with the help of youtube. I‘ll have to get back to my daily tummy excercises and walking or jogging.
And apart from that, I’m going to continue to eat less and healthier and hope to continue to see weight loss.
I’m really happy with what I have achieved so far. But it seems to be strange for some people who are apparently used to seeing a fuller version of me.
Someone asked me: why I was losing weight.  My response was :' I’m just trying to get back to my old weight.'
And I think: Yes well, having three kids doesn’t mean that I have to be overweight. Does it? I just want to be a bit closer to that older (slimmer) version of me. It‘s going to be so funny when I can finally take off my rings again.

(Btw Apparently one of my rings has pink paint on it, which you can hardly see since the ring is much smaller in reality. It must be from me trying to paint a book case for the girls' room which I still need to finish. Maybe

Are you on a weight loss journey as well?
What are you doing to achieve your goals?

Do you have ideas that work and that are affordable?

I’ve been looking for a body wrap online and read about one and I’m thinking of trying that to get the post baby tummy skin firmer again.
Have you tried one and did it have visible and permanent results?

I’d love to read your comments on this.

Have a great day.

Love and blessings.

Friday, May 17, 2013

To worship You I live

It’s Five minute Friday.
Today I decided to join Lisa- Jo Baker again, writing for five minutes without editing, just whatever comes up.

Today we are writing about: Song

Here it goes.


Today is one of my favourite days of the week. Because today I get to go out and do something that I really love to do. I love singing. I loved it since I was a child and have been in a few choirs since. I also had the chance to sing solo parts now and then. But what I love most about Friday nights is that I get to sing for my Lord. I get to worship Him with all my heart and with all my might, with all that is in me.
I get to meet Him in a way that only worship can do. I get to be in His presence and soak in it, allowing Him to heal me, to change me, to deliver me, to encourage me.
It’s amazing how much a song can do. How a song can bring me into Gods presence, right before His thrown, how a song can change me and heal me when I sing it with all my heart to my loving King,. To worship Him.
Because to worship Him I live, For this reason I have been created. To worship Him in Spirit and in truth. Nothing else matters. Then to worship Him.


Would you like to join too?

Just follow the below rules.

1Write your words without editing them.
2Tell your readers you’re linking up at Lisa-Jo Bakers blog post and invite them to come and share their unedited stories too.
3And most importantly, go visit, read, and compliment the person who shared right before you.

Today I’m planning to go to the worship night in Victory Center Firhouse.
Do you want to join us for a powerful worship night?
It’s starting at 7.00 tonight.
Check for the address details.

But what ever you’re doing today… have a blessed time !

Below one of my  favourite worship leaders and on of my favourite worship songs.

Israel Houghton with : 'To worship You I live.'

Worshipping You… This is what brings me joy. This is what brings me life.
Every single time I open my mouth to sing a song of praise to You !


Linking my post to Lisa-Jo Baker and Missional Women

Read my other post about worship here.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dear mummy (a letter from my baby girl to me)

This blog post is inspired by this post from 'Little miss momma' and this commercial.
It's a letter to me written from the eyes of my two year old toddler Nevaeh-Divine.

Dear mummy,

I know that you sometimes say ‘no’ when I want to drink mummy milk and that you think that I drink it too much and that you actually want me to stop. But I’m still not ready to do that because like I told you today: ‘I need my pookie.’ from time to time
I love the taste of it and that it’s nice and warm and I love that it makes me feel so close to you. There is no place where I feel safer than in your arms.
And when I'm drinking ‘pookie’ I get to be in your arms for a while.
Thank you for being so patient with me and still letting me drink a lot of the time.

Mummy I know that you got upset when you came to look for Yovannah and I, and noticed that Goldie was missing from the vase where you put him in and when you saw that I was playing with a plastic toy fish in the vase and putting fish food in the vase.
We only wanted to play mummy, and honestly, Yovannah is the one who took Goldie out of the vase and put her back into her dirty tank.
I know you were very upset because you didn’t know where Goldie was (especially after Tiny had just died) and I’m sorry that we gave you such a fright.

Mummy, I love it when you take time to play with me like yesterday when I was hiding behind your back and I was saying ‘Mummy, I can see you.’ And then you turned around to see me and said ‘I can see you too’. I love it that you never get tired even if I go on and on with that game and that you keep playing along with me and that it also makes you laugh the whole time.

Or when we're on  your bed and I bring my foot towards your mouth and you pretend that you’re gobbling it up. It makes me laugh. And I love it that you don’t mind that I keep doing it again and again. And I laugh every time when you pretend to gobble my foot up.

Mummy, I love you. I love to say it lately and then put my arms around your legs and give you a cuddle. I love it that you say :' I love you too baby'  I love that you take care of me and my older sisters. I love how you try to make me happy and give me skirts and dresses to wear which I all call ‘ballerina’. I love that you let me wear them because I like them the best from all my clothes and I actually don’t like to wear other things.
Thank you for giving me room to choose what I wear.
Mummy, I love that you comfort me when I’m sad and that you know just what to do to make me feel better.  I love your cuddles and your kisses and when you rub your nose against my nose.
I love it when you play with my hair while I’m drinking’ pookie’.
I love it when you make me crackers with chocolate spread or when we’re out and about and you’re peeling my apple with your teeth.

I know that I don’t make it easy for you when you need to brush my teeth or when you comb my hair. But I promise when I’m bigger, it will be so much easier for you.

Mummy, I know how you often say to yourself that you want to be a better mum to us, that there are so many things that you want to improve in as a mum.  But mum, you’re doing fine. I know that you’re not perfect. Stil,l someday I want to be just like you. You’re really doing okay. You make sure that we are doing well and we really are and we are happy too. We love it how you always look for fun things to do for us and how you enjoy seeing us enjoying ourselves. You change me, give me baths and dress me and you make sure that I’m fed and that I sleep. But most of all you’re giving me your love and attention. There’s not much more that I need mummy.

You’re doing okay. Trust me.

Love you always,
Your ‘Nevaloo’  (Nevaeh-Divine)

(2 years and three months old)


Sunday, May 12, 2013

The strength of a mother (Happy Mothersday !)

Last week a few women who were held captive and were abused and raped for years were finally free.
Yesterday as I read about the last woman being released from hospital, I was thinking about Amanda Berry. When she left the house she had a little girl in her arms.
And I wondered how her life may have changed after she gave birth to her.
I wonder if being a mum had made her life- even though she was still in prison and living under bad circumstances - become more meaningful, even more beautiful.
I wonder if she had more joy than the others and more reason to live. Maybe a stronger will to live.
I do believe that becoming a mum changes you in so many ways and I know that children bring you joy. A woman changes from only caring for herself to caring primarily for the children that she has.  A mother is capable of denying herself things so that her kids can have more.
I do believe that becoming a mother makes you stronger. You are responsible for another life, for the wellbeing of someone else.
It makes you not give up but fight so these little ones can be well and happy, no matter what circumstances you’re in.
I wonder if that’s what made her so determined not to give up but to believe that one day her and her daughter would be free.
I wonder if that’s what gave her courage to take the risk and reach out to someone to help her to get free.  I truly admire her, her courage and her strength and can’t help to think that maybe becoming a mum has saved her from a more horrible life and has helped her to be strong and courageous to finally be able to live in freedom.

It’s touching to know that this mothers day is her first Mothersday that she gets to celebrate in freedom.

Happy mothersday Amanda Berry.
And Happy mothersday to all the mums in the world.
Be strong and courageous. You can do it. No matter what circumstances you’re in, you can make it.  You’re created to be a mum.

For more about having what it takes to be a mum, read my most popular post;

The other day in the park I saw this amazing thing. A swan was picking leaves from  the tree  to feed her baby swan.  Like humans, animal mums instinctively feel the responsibiltiy to take care of their children and know how to.
They also have a strong desire for them to be well and will do anything to protect them.

What an amazing God we serve who has created all these mums (humans and animals) in the world with all that they need to be mums.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Our long fun weekend

Last weekend the kids had an extra long weekend because of the Bank holiday and an extra school holiday.
We were also blessed with quite good weather, so we decided to do some fun things with them.

These are the activities that we chose.


I took the kids to the Square in Tallaght for cookie decorating, face painting, colouring/painting, and balloon modelling.

I was impressed by this event. All of my kids enjoyed it, even my two year old.
This is event was free but they were collecting money for the Children's Hospital .
The recommended age was three year old but all children were welcome.
And I can certainly say that it was suitable for two year olds as well.

Nevaeh is enjoying the painitng

The three girls are busy decorating cookies

There was also a play kitchen

And there were bubbles

And more bubbles..

Nevaeh decides to make more cookies.

Yovannah is getting a face painting

And the end result ....her favourite Hello Kitty

Ixora went for a butterfly

Nevaeh decides to get a Hello Kitty face painting as wwell

Then the nice gentleman made flowers from balloons and a dog.

Playing with the balloon flowers, balloondog and bubbles

And playing with the balloon flowers,balloon dog and the lovely kitchen

The Square in Tallaght often has similar events on the Saturday which normally go from 12 to 3 pm. So if you’re living close, it might be worth your while to go have a look.

On the way home, the girls enjoyed eating a popsicle.

The rest of the afternoon and evening they played in the front yard on the bouncy castle and with other toys with Ixora’s friend.


I took the kids to church as usual. They had fun, all in their own room. And played some in the play area of the church.


I felt tired so I had a nap and we stayed in for the rest of the day.


The kids played in the front yard all afternoon with Ixora’s friend.
At the end of the afternoon we went to the Corkagh park for a picknick and to fly kites. We ended up mainly flying kites and the kids had some snacks out of the bag from time to time.
I hadn't done kite flying in a long time.  I was at the carboot sale on Saturday and bought three kites there. Such a good choice. I love carboot sales!
It was amazing to fly the kites even though the wind wasn’t strong enough for two of the kites to really go high. We all had a lot of fun. Everyone got a turn.


We went to the library for a short time, where the kids coloured and played.

After the kids played in the front yard with friends we took them to another park close by, to feed ducks and play ball.

There weren’t a lot of ducks, swans etc to feed but they still liked it and they enjoyed being out and about . They ran around a little and played with the ball.

After getting back from the park we went to the MC Donalds drive inn and the girls enjoyed a happy meal in the back of the car.

I’m blessed that we could do some fun things for the kids that hardly cost anything.
Glory to God!


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