When I was younger, 2020 seemed like it was going to be a thrilling, futuristic time. A time so far ahead that we could not comprehend what it would feel like to be alive in this era. Shows like Beyond 2000 and cartoons like The Jetsons set our minds ablaze with the new and exciting technology that would soon take over our lives.
2019 has most definitely been a strange year. A year with a mixed bag of ups and downs, tremendously high, highs and extremely low, lows... Honestly, it has been one perplexing year and I’m happy to see the end of it. But on the same token I’m grateful for all that I’ve experienced and learnt this year. I was thinking how I was going to mark not only the end of this year but the end of this decade and thought what better way to say farewell than by sharing a few lessons 2019 has taught me. So, here is my list of 5 things I learnt in 2019.
For most of my life I have always had a great festive experience. I’ve never been one to associate this part of the year with hurt or pain of any kind. Thus far I have to admit I have been tremendously blessed. But of late I have been reading of and encountering experiences in my own life which have been deeply troubling, which for me, is foreign especially during the Christmas period. These scriptures have brought and a sense of peace and comfort during these turbulent times. Reminding me that Christmas is more than those picture-perfect moments, but that Jesus came into a broken world to save the hurt, lost and discouraged...
When I decided to start this blog, I had images in my mind of a stunning website with new engaging daily social media content, beautifully designed products readily available, a perfect monthly newsletter and blog post which everyone can relate to, at least once a week! Surely, that was not a lot to ask for?
It’s December, Sheila! The most wonderful time of the year! It’s like overnight the atmosphere has changed to this magical, delightful season. It is truly the best part of the year… But the sad reality is that not everyone shares in the excitement for this change of season.
There have been so many reasons why my boys have made me proud over the years, however nothing could come close to this accomplishment. Commitment, consistency, and daily sacrifice were the building blocks for this task. A task which took them 12 months and 14 days to complete.
Somebody please tell me what on Earth could make a man whose cooking skills are limited to tossing a steak on a braai suddenly decide to bake a cake in the middle of a relaxing Sunday afternoon? I don’t know, but that is exactly what Japheth decided to do...
A few nights ago, I was disturbed from my sleep… When I opened my eyes, I found that complete darkness greeted me. Naturally I looked towards our bedroom window and was surprised that there was just a teeny tiny bit of light shining through the curtains. It then occurred to me there was a power failure and the entire neighbourhood had no lights on, at that point I was so thankful for that tiny bit of light which came into the room…
I promise you, if I could save all the extra Rand's I spent replacing stuff which my kids lost over the years, I would have enough money for an international holiday. A holiday that could have totally saved me from all this ‘Mum, I lost my stuff…’ stress!
19 years ago, I left my childhood home heartbroken. I left behind all that I knew, a lifetime of happy memories, a great childhood and countless friendships. My mum packed up our whole life neatly into a truck and we moved across the province to a much smaller town than the one I grew up in.