10 November 2012

Our Children: The Way We Build the Nation.

I found this article in the new Above Rubies #85 magazine and just had to post it. THIS is why I love living in a big family and why want a big family myself when I grow up! Totally love this:

Our Children: The Way We Build the Nation.

Children are wonderful.
They are beautiful.
They know how to get your attention.
We adore their chubby cheeks.
Their cute ways.
Their big innocent eyes.
Their little pitter patter of feet.
Their unending questions at they seek answers.
They are our flesh and blood.
They hold our DNA.
They are our future.
They are our heritage.
They are our true riches (money and possessions cannot compare).
They are gifted, talented, and creative.
They are tomorrow’s leaders.
They are tomorrow's provision for our family and nation.
They are tomorrow’s security.
They draw love and many other virtues from us.
They make us a charactered people as we build character in them.
We must take responsibility for them so they will in turn take responsibility for us.
Without children there would be no family.
No Home, Sweet Home.
No Family vacations.
No birthday parties.
No romances. 
No Weddings.
No future work force.
No future soldiers to fight evil.
No future fathers and mothers to raise children.
No babies.
No families.
No nation.
It is foolish to raise cats, dogs, and goldfish to satisfy our paternal and maternal instincts. 
Animals and things are no substitute for children.
By refusing children we accept the destruction of our nation.
Parenting children in NATION BUILDING.
Our western nations have become increasingly sterile, selfish, spoiled, and boring.
We have sacrificed our families and nations on the altars of selfishness, careerism, and materialism.
With smaller and smaller families we have become lonely, deprived, unfulfilled, and without character.
We have little, if any family to come home to.
No laughter, no singing, no natural family to entertain us.
We have no one to care for. We have given what little we have to daycare.
No one to love.
In turn, we have no one to love us.
We have been deceived.
We have created our own holocaust.
We have destroyed ourselves through contraception, sterilization, and abortion.
Pro-choice is the choice of destruction.
We are swiftly breaking the generational chain.
The dynasties are quickly ending.
Hell claps its hands.
Heaven weeps.
What have we left to live for?
By the grace of God, every Christian husband and wife should aim to build a dynasty for God.
The world, heaven, and all creation waits to see what can come out of your home.
Every home should be a little church-the father/pastor, the mother/assistant pastor, and the children the congregation.
Give your children your very best effort.
Your home is you sculpturing studio.
But, you are not sculpturing clay, stone, or paper mache.
You are sculpturing flesh and blood.
As your children are molded in the ways of God, by the enabling of the Holy Spirit, you are sculpturing nothing less then the glorious likeness and image of Go.
Could anything be greater? I think not.
The whole world is waiting. Heaven is waiting.
All creation waits for the manifestation of the “sons of God.”
It is the desperate need of the nations.
What are you waiting for?
It is high time to stand up and take your place in the greatest building project of all time - THE FAMILY.

By Colin Campbell 
Above Rubies # 85.

04 November 2012

A Weekend Away

Hi everyone, I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately. We had a very busy two months. But it is finally slowing down and I have some time to post about it. 
In October, we went away for a weekend to our favorite holiday place, Brenton-On-Sea, near Knysna. 
We had a wonderful time just enjoying each others company.
Brenton-On-Sea is such a beautiful place

With beautiful sunsets

Bright sunny days

Crystal clear water

Beautiful clean beach

Little birds tweeting around

Little toes curling in the sand

And such a sweet cozy cottage.

We always love playing on the beach and swimming in the sea:

Little ones “fishing”!

Call us crazy, but yes, CJ and I packed our tennis gear and played tennis on the sand! It was quite a challenge as the ball doesn’t bounce in the sand, but we had so much fun!

CJ, Josua and Danika built a water proof castle, 

Daniel could sit in the middle and when the water came - he was safe!

Little Michael fell in the water and was a little shocked, so he curled up against me and we bathed in the sun.It was so relaxing to have him close to me.

When we drove back from Knysna, one evening my mother took this beautiful picture of the Knysna lake.

We also had some friends over for a day:

Little ones eating at a table.

Some of us older children.

For desert we all fried marshmallows over the open fire and then dipped it in chocolate flakes. 

“Never knew frying a marshmallow is such hard work!” Little Michael.

“But it sure is good!”

All the Photo credit goes to my mother!

We had such a great time and can’t wait to be back!
Have a blessed week everyone.

26 October 2012

Anything Goes Card For Stampin For The Weekend

 Hello all my blog friends, I know I’ve been very quiet lately. My life has been quite busy. We’ve also been away last weekend for a few days (will post photos soon). 
Anyway, it’s time for a new challenge over at Stampin for the Weekend Card making challenge!
The theme for this weeks challenge is 
Anything Goes!!

I decided to make a Congratulations card for an Expecting mother. 

I thought a yellow card would fit nicely.

I used an old Whiff of Joy Stamp called Pregnant Willow and coloured it with the following Copics:
E37, E35 and E33 - For the lady’s hair.
R20, R21 and E00 - For her skin.
Y15, Y11 and Y00 - For her dress.
RV11 and RV10 - For her light pink shoes.
W3 - For a shadow around the stamp.

I also added some embellishments - a few flowers, a ribbon with a bow and a little corner.

Hope you like it! Please hop over to Stampin For The Weekend and have a look at our challenge, there are some beautiful crafts this week!

Have a blessed weekend and I’ll be back real soon!
Crafty Greetings

21 September 2012

Floral Ballet Card For Stampin For The Weekend

Hello everyone, it’s time for a new challenge over at Stampin For The Weekend! The theme for this challenge is:

Feeling Floral!

We would like to see you use flowers on your creations.
Here is my card:

Every second year the ballet school Danika (my 9 year old sister) and I dance at, has a ballet concert. This year the theme is Jack and the Beanstalk and the first performance is tonight! Tomorrow there are two more, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. 
At the end of the previous concert our ballet teacher Colleen Williams comes on stage and thanks everyone who helped and we then give her a large bunch of flowers with a card to say Thank You. This year I volunteered to make the card - all the ballerinas write a little note or there names inside. So this is the one I made.

I used the Stamp Called Spring Leap from Whiff Of Joy and coloured her with the following Copics:
E37, E35 and E33 - For the girl’s hair.
R20, R21 and E00 - For her skin colour.
RV13, RV11 and RV10 - For the light pink parts of her dress.
RV34, RV32 and RV00 - For the darker pink parts of her dress.
RV19 - For the very dark pink lines and hearts on the dress.
E35, E33 and E53 - For the brown basket.
G17 and G14 - For the green leaves.
W3 - For a shadow around the stamp.

Some Flowers from Wild Orchard’s Crafts to add three dimensions to the card.

Some old lace to add texture to the card. 

And some gems to finish the card off nicely.

Please hop over to Stampin For The Weekend and have a look at the other DT’s cards, I know you’ll love them!

I would also like to take part in the following challenges with this card:

My Mum's Craft shop - Hearts and Flowers
Whimsy Inspiration - Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Distressing
Creative Mondays -  Anything Goes 
Make it Monday - always Anything Goes 
Tammy's Scrapin Corner -  Anything Goes 
Whoopsi Daisy  Make It Girly

I hope you all have a blessed weekend!
Crafty Greetings

18 September 2012

The Ballet Concert 2012 Is Here!

As some of you know, my younger sister Danika and I do ballet at Colleen Williams' School of Ballet. Every second year we have a ballet concert and this year it is Jack and the Beanstalk! I will be dancing as a Farmer selling fruit and vegetables at the market where Jack sells the cow and a Waiter in the end party. Danika will be playing a balloon dancer also at the market.

All the ballet dancers always looks forward to this glorious event every two years. It’s going to be a spectacular display of colourful costumes and graceful pliés and pirouettes. More than a 100 ballerinas from as young as five years old to adults over 40 years will take part in the production. 

This past Saturday we had the dress-rehearsal and this coming weekend is the concert!

If you live in Cape Town be sure not to miss it! 
Tickets are R60 for the evening shows and R50 for the afternoon show.

I will post photos after the concert for my over sea blog readers!
Have a wonderful day 

Ballet Greetings 

13 September 2012

Boutique Mini Pastries Lindt Chocolate Course

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well! On the 5th of September my mother and I did another Lindt Chocolate course on Boutique Mini Pastries.
It was a lovely course about making things to serve at high tea!
Here are some photos I would like to share with you:

They showed us how to make, fill and decorate Chocolate Éclairs.

How to make Roasted Cocoa Nib Malva Pudding.

Intense Mint Swiss Roll. I love mint chocolate, but this was amazing!

How to make an Opera Gateau.

All photo credit goes to my mother! Love this photo!

 Mini Berliners (doughnuts) with a apricot filling

And a 85% Cocoa Swiss Truffle Torte. This was my dad’s favourite!

It’s a lovely course and it’s the most beautiful things you can come up with!
For people that would like to learn more recipes than just chocolate ones, this is the one you want to do!

I hope you all have a blessed week!
Chocolate Greetings
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