messy moments

Y'all life, and especially parenting, can't be wrapped up in a pretty, little bow. It's messy, but the messiness is where the good stuff happens, where lessons are learned. I recently had a realization that I needed to embrace the messy moments of parenting ....more

destination :: durban

We spent a week last Christmas in Durban, and it was lovely. If you want to know the scoop on all things fantabulous to do in Durban, visit me over at Petit Elefant. Eating a good curry is ALWAYS at the top of my list! ...more

a weekend with a friendly giraffe

A couple of months ago, four friends went away for a weekend to a lodge with a very friendly giraffe. I've never seen a giraffe like Gerry. Head over to Petit Elefant to read about our weekend adventures at Caracal Lodge with a giraffe who was more interested in hanging out with us than with his giraffe family! ...more

get your kids off tech

I recently wrote a post on Tommy Nelson about getting your kids off tech and outside, not because I'm an expert at it, but because, as my son gets older and he is drawn more and more to tech, it gets increasingly difficult. How do you balance tech time with encouraging your children to go outside? Do tell! ...more

citrus season

It's funny how certain things invoke certain memories. It's citrus season in S. Africa right now ....more

bedtime devotions with jesus {giveaway}

Guess what? Tommy Nelson has a new devotional book! The cover of Bedtime Devotions With Jesus is just adorable, isn't it? ...more

noah's noisy zoo {giveaway}

It's another cute board book giveaway! Noah's Noisy Zoo is sure to be a hit with the babe in your arms. The text is simple, but the beautiful, vibrant pictures of animals are sure to be good eye candy for your sweet tot ....more

jesus calling for little ones {giveaway}

I own the adult version of Jesus Calling as well as the children's devotional, so I was super excited when Thomas Nelson also released a Jesus Calling for Little Ones! It could be my obsession with super cute board books, but I think it goes beyond that. This little book for 0-4 year olds is a smaller, simpler version of the beloved Jesus Calling books that have challenged and encouraged me and my kids over the years ....more

independence day celebrations

We had a great, relaxed time on Saturday celebrating American Independence Day in South Africa! We started with some patriotic pancakes, cooked by moi, designed by Emma G. A bring and bbq in the late afternoon provided an assortment of cuisine the complimented our desserts, berries on skewers and fruit tart made with homemade lemon curd!Card playing was part of the entertainment while waiting for the meat to finish ....more

happy 4th!

The 4th of July brings so many happy memories to my heart. It's one of those holidays that I feel the need to celebrate no matter what country I'm in. My American friends, as you begin your festive gatherings tomorrow, we'll have already enjoyed our barbecue and fireworks show ....more