mother's day

Mother’s Day 2016 will be remembered as a sad day for me.  

The week ago today most South African moms celebrated Mother’s Day.  And although it wasn’t the best or by far the worst mother’s day I’ve ever celebrated, I felt kind of sad. There will be some changes in the Swart family set up in the near future.  These aren’t pleasant.  And it has been keeping me pretty occupied for the past couple of months.  And although I have been writing, I…

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Louisa Clark bumble bee tights

Bumble Bee Tights

If you’re an avid reader, you’ve probably heard of Jojo Moyes’ book, “Me before You” and if you’ve read the book, you’re probably just as anxious for the release of the film later this year. If you have no idea what I am talking about, watch the trailer: The book grabbed my heart to the extent that I actually read the book twice, something that has never happened to me.  (Maybe…

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lioness arising - tough decisions

What do you do when facing tough decisions?

We all face tough decisions from time to time.  Luckily they start off rather small – “which school subjects should I choose to give me university exemption”; “who should I ask to the matric dance?”; “what should I do with the rest of my life”.  The last one I am still asking and thankfully I don’t have to answer that one right now.. But that is exactly my point.  So…

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teaching your kids how to pray

No longer a spectator | Teaching your kids how to pray

It is any parent’s desire to equip their kids for a good future – prepared, well trained and strong.  Yet how often do we shield them from reality.  We try to protect them and in the process we fail in our responsibilities as parents.  I believe it is time to raise up a new generation of praying people.  Our kids can no longer be spectators in life, we need to…

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Capoeira - the freedom to choose

The freedom to choose…

Yet, how often do we actually choose?  Often times I feel enslaved by circumstance, budget, culture, expectation and responsibility.  I don’t feel the freedom I long for. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art or folk dance, played by African slaves in Brazil.  The word “slave” always fascinated me.  Possibly because I don’t want to associate myself with slavery but probably because in so many ways I feel like one. Capoeira World…

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Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis isn’t a word I can forget and move on

I’ve been holding my breath a little the past couple of weeks.  See, Oliver’s one year anniversary has been looming in the back of my mind.  One year ago Oliver was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare form of cancer.  A year ago today I made my way to Unitas hospital with one brave Ninja Turtle.  Oliver was admitted to the pediatric oncology ward and his doctor would perform a…

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