Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Baby Shower for Jana

This past week end, Dawn and I hosted a baby shower for Jana.
Jana is one of Dawn's best friends.

Dawn asked me to get involved with the planning, 'coz it really is something I really love to do. I was a little apprehensive at the start, because Jana is carrying a baby boy. I wondered if I would be strong enough to be able to put my best into everything that I had undertaken to do.

The shopping took about 2 weeks (^^,)

Then on Saturday, Dawn and I began our prep. We worked late into the night, and arose very early (5am) on Sunday morning to put on all the finishing touches.

I was really able to put my heart into everything I did for Jana.

Blue Rice Krispie treats,

Blue Velvet cupcakes (^^,)

Dawn made the awesome sarmies. Don't they look perfect?

I loved the butterflies we found. Yay they were blue. I love the fact that they symbolize new life.

They hardest part of the day for me, was when Dawn wanted to release balloons into the air as a symbol of hope for Jana and her hubby. In the knowledge that God will give them the wisdom to raise little Dihann.

The last time that I released balloons into the air, it was Zac's Celebration. My heart was in my throat as I released my balloon. Not only did I say a prayer for Jana, but  I also looked up and smiled. I know where our precious little love, Zac, is. He is tucked away safely in the arms of an Angel in one of the nurseries in Heaven, where I know that Precious Jesus comes to visit him on a regular basis. He is happy and whole.

Everything that I did for Jana, I did with a happy heart. It was my love offering.

Little Zac's legacy lives on. He is the one who has taught me how to love. And that is, simply, to love with all of your heart.

Sending you lotsa love

Niqui xx

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Getting Back in the Saddle

Oh how I have missed sitting down and blogging!

It has been a crazy week.

The girls went back to school on Tuesday last week (^^,)

This is going to be quite a year. This year Janique takes on the 7th grade. So it is her last year of primary school. She loves the idea of  being one of the older kids (^^,), and of course the added responsibility that comes with it!

My Ash is re-doing the 5th grade. Gosh I found this decision one of the hardest ones we have had to take. She really battled last year. Ash is such a sociable little love, and has a large circle of friends. I was so concerned for her, starting school, and all her buddies going to the 6th grade and her staying behind.
But, she took it all in her stride, her best friend Cayleigh, met her with the wildest hug! And then said to her, okay Ash let' go find Miss E's class. With me in tow, carrying the seriously heavy bag, we found the class. Cayleigh helped Ash settle in. It was such a very precious moment.
I could see Precious Jesus smiling down, and saying to me "look at that my girl, I've got it all covered!"

So with the first week of school sorted and the mammoth amount of books covered, I can breathe a sigh of relief, and know that my girls are covered by His Grace!

I have determined to make sure that this year will be a more organised year! And I will learn to plan, and not just stomp out fires as they happen.

And of course one would need a nice serene place for all this planning and organising to take place...

So this was my room before...

And this is what I did to it,

Thanx for hanging my chandie, Dad (^^,)

I am looking forward to a very productive year!

Well a new week is about to begin, and I am looking forward to facing it!

Thank you Jesus, my Redeemer, for giving me life, and for the blessing of my family.

Chat soon, and lotsa love

Niqui xx

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Stepp'n On Out

Hebrews 13;20-21 (Amp)

Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament). Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom the glory forever and ever (to the ages of ages). Amen (so be it)

I know that my life and yours is in the hands of our Saviour, Precious Jesus! He holds 2012 in His hands!

I am so looking forward to stepping into this new season...

Lotsa love

Niqui xx

Friday, January 6, 2012

Time to Go Home

Well both cars were packed to the brim, it was time to say good-bye to Janni and the family and head on home..

With the kilometers racing on by, the beautiful landscapes ever changing out of my window,

Kenzie Mae, was as happy as a lark, with her drawing pad, and munchies (the big girls were travelling with Dawn behind us)

I could let my mind wonder and re-live the wonderful memories made over the last two weeks.

Our last day was spent, having fun quality time. Ian, Brett and Dawn took the bigger girls out for the morning, first to go-carting, and then to the super tubing fun park.

While Kenzie slept, Jan and I spent a bit of time behind the sewing machine. That was fun, teaching Janni to sew. I am sure that she will be posting pic's very soon on her blog

After Kenzie woke it was her turn to spend a little time in the pool 'fimmimg' as she says :)

We ended off our holiday with a sushi feast, provided for by our precious Mommy darling!

What better way to top off the evening, than with one of Brett's fantastic milkshakes for the girls, and Dom Pedro's for the adults!

Thank You Janni and Brett, for such a special holiday!!

I have returned home, feeling revived and refreshed. I am excited to see what this year holds!

Lotsa love
Niqui xx

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Day Spent in Jeffrey's Bay

We all decided that today was the day to visit J-Bay. It is a 45 minute drive from Jan's house.

 Ian has really been looking forward to this visit. Jeffrey's is his most favourite place in the Eastern Cape...

After we set up camp, it was time for a swim,

Me, I was nice and comfy in my chair (^^,)

Then we grabbed a bite to eat,

Yay, now it's time to stroll along the beach and hunt for shells,

Ewww!! Gross!!! A jellyfish.
Okay, back to the hunt...

Yay, we found loads of treasures!

On our walk back, I turned back and saw Ash and Tianna in deep conversation, these two darlings have such a precious relationship. Their love for each other runs very deep!

And ahead of me, Kenzie and HER Daddy (^^,)

After a very relaxing morning we all hopped in the car to take advantage of the outlet surf shops! Oh yes! We scored some major bargains!!

After a successful shopping adventure it was time to say TTFN to J-Bay, and head back to P.E.

Once we got home, the big girls, took a little time out, and we shared a cuppa and slice of cake at a quaint little coffee shop, topped off with more shopping...of course!! LOL

Our holiday is fast coming to and end! This was such a special day, jam packed with so many beautiful memories made and shared.

Lotsa love

Niqui xx

Monday, January 2, 2012

Getting Off to a Flying Start

I cannot think of a better way to start off the year, than to be treated to a helicopter ride (^^,)

Well first we had to push the chopper out of the hanger,

First up was the girls...

And they're off!!

Time to land,

What fun!!!

My turn,

What a spectacular view, on this magnificent day!

Feet back on the ground, and time to put the chopper back in the hanger (^^,)

What a wonderful memory

Ahhh, I am so blessed! I have a huge grin on my face!

Lotsa love
Niqui xx