Monday, 12 March 2012

Birthdays and blessings

Wow...what a weekend it's been! On Friday I celebrated my 35th birthday. Yip, I'm now entering the latter thirties, a slippery slope towards the big 40! In all honesty, I did have a few quiet moments of self reflection, trying to gage whether life is all I'd hoped it to be as I hear yet another loud tick on the old biological clock. Did I come up with any answers? Well, I realised that I may not know everything, I may not be at the destination I envisaged as a twenty-something year old, but this I do know...I am blessed. I am well and truly blessed.

I awoke on Friday morning, feeling that it is just a day like any other, with the morning rush kicking off with packed lunches to be made, school projects to hand in, a frantic search for swimming goggles, and empty grocery cupboards to fill. All this staring me in my slightly older, wrinklier face. So, lots of chores to be done, and no birthday frivolities planned. Thus is life when you're 35, and mum! But, the day quickly turned into one continuous party, with my gorgeous sprogs singing a sped up version of 'Happy Birthday' to me as we quickly opened pressies amidst the school morning chaos. They were under very strict instructions from Daddy to do the birthday wishing as he had to leave for work early and wouldn't be around. And did hubby surprise me this year!? Oh yes he did! I was bowled over as I opened my pressie, and found it was the vintage necklace I had been admiring for quite some time now in our local Antiques Centre...'The man done good...'
Gifts from Mom and Dad

Vintage necklace: Gift from Hubby
Scrumptious scarf from a friend

At lunch time my dear friend Dianne turned up and cooked me the most amazing lunch of sea bass, and vegetables, and joined by the another lovely friend Sue, we tucked in with gusto, laughter and cheer. Such fun! And so the day continued...

More friends came knocking bearing gifts and wishes, and dinnertime turned into a party as my gorgeous South African friend turned up with a huge pot of curry she'd lovingly prepared. I was completely overwhelmed by everyone's generosity. I spent the day surrounded by the love of friends and family, with phone calls and messages from loved ones far away.
Beautiful Butterfly Wall Art, made by Dianne...

Katie Alice Tins! Pretty!

Treats from South Africa...home comforts!
Homemade shortbread...Yum...
Shoes! Gorgeous shoes!!!
Shabby Chic Photo Frame
Posh Perfume!
Retro Style Tins...
'Girls night in' in a basket

Homespun Style and my favourite flowers...
On my 35th birthday I feel filled with a deep sense of gratitude for all the blessings that have come my way. Although Graham and I are so far away from our family that are back in South Africa, Namibia and Dubai (yes, they are EVERYWHERE!), I am thankful for Skype so that we can still talk over a cuppa, and feel the distance narrowing ever so slightly. And then I am very thankful for having friends who are like family to us, friends that go above and beyond any expectations, to make one feel loved and treasured. I thank my heavenly Father for surrounding me with His love. My life has been a bumpy one at times, but His love has never failed me.

I am blessed!


  1. So glad you had a wonderful day - so sorry not to have been able to be there in person . Dawn x

  2. Awww...thank you Dawn! I would have loved nothing more than to have had you here in the flesh! I am just so greatful for the early birthday celebration you organized for me last Wednesday. That was sooooo much fun! Nothing beats a day with the 'Sew and Tell' girlies...breakfast, shopping and giggling! Brilliant! ♥

  3. Hello sweet Tania! A very happy 35th birthday to you sweetie!!! What a wonderful and happy day you had! So many gorgeous gifts from family and friends! I am so happy for you! You deserve it! God is so good and blesses us with so many beautiful things and happy moments! Like you, I have had lots of bumpy times, but His love has never failed me either! Sending you much love, birthday hugs and many blessings! Enjoy all your pretties!!! xoxox~ Paula

  4. PS~ Your photos are gorgeous! I just ordered Homespun Style and can hardly wait to it arrives! I have her Romantic Style book and love it. Have a lovely day! xo~ Paula

  5. Hi Paula! Thank you so much for the lovely wishes! We serve an awesome God, and I am so grateful for all the lovely, sweet, kind people He's placed on this earth, people like you who shine!

    I am sure you're going to devour the new book. It is full of scrumptious eye candy. I woke up early on Sunday morning, and got out of bed at 5:30, just so that I could enjoy pouring over the pages in the quiet of the morning! Blessings ♥♥♥

  6. such a beautiful blog- happy birthday!! ;0)
    lots of beautiful gifts and eye candy- delightful x

  7. Thanks Kazzy! Lovely to hear from you! ♥


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