Life, Love, and Passports

Archive for December, 2012

Final curtain call

2012 is just about done and dusted! It has been a fantastic year with all of the victories and challenges. It’s been a journey of change and I’m so thankful to all the amazing people in my life. My family have been super and supportive. I’m grateful for old friends and new friends. Friends are a wonderful gift and if you have amazing friends let them know.

The new year is looming and there’s always the temptation to make promises for the days ahead. I’m not a new year resolution type of person but my personal goal as I go forward is to read way more than I have this past year. I love the idea of new beginnings and there can be no better beginning like the start of a new year.

However you choose to see in 2013 my hope is that it will be your best year ever. Life will always present us with challenges and here’s to rising to those challenges!

Happy new year!


Time really does fly when you’re having fun!

This morning I woke up in my own bed after three weeks in South Africa. I found myself breathing in stifled air from the central heating and as I peered out my window from the safety of my bed I couldn’t help but feel utterly let down by the great British weather. Really Britain not even a ray of sun to show the night has ended!

The view has long being held that time flies when you’re having fun. Having waited a year to take this break felt like a lifetime but the minute I set foot in the country I love and missed so terribly time seem to be on a mission to outrun me. In some ways it did show it’s power and each sleep meant seconds, minutes and precious hours were lost. It should be a criminal offence to sleep when on holiday.

It’s back to reality now and I will cherish all the special moments and memories made seeing old friends and making new ones. My family were so amazing and the fun and feasting just didn’t stop. There were so many more people I wish I could’ve seen and places I should’ve visited. So when I say I ran out of time it’s not just a get out of jail free card it really is a fact. I didn’t stand a chance against the sands of time.

If you’re on holiday why don’t you make the most of your time because you lose it whether you use it or not!

Remembering one year on

I could not stop thinking about Bianca Couch on the anniversary of her disappearance. I felt particularly heartsore for her mother because this is the cruellest punishment – the uncertainty must drain the hope out of her. So on this day I hoped that she’d find renewed strength and have the unwavering ability to never give up!

The twentieth of December may have passed without much ado to you and I but to a family a piece is missing and their lives remain incomplete until that piece is safely returned to where it belongs.

Wherever you are Bianca know that there are people waiting for your safe return!

Family, friends, fun and food!

First order of business this morning was to give my blog the biggest virtual hug because I’ve missed my blogging time!

I arrived in South Africa about five days ago and my 7 year old announced very proudly that she was happy to be home and we all were. It’s hard to believe that we’d been away for almost two and a half years but the moment we touched down everything was so familiar. Our reunion with family and friends was truly amazing and made me realize what an exceptional bunch of individuals I have the pleasure of knowing.

We are so blessed to be able to be spending this wonderful time of the year with extended family. My plan is to make every day count! I’ve had to make a special effort to blog today and it may be a while before the next one. So until then keep well and remember it’s the season to share and show love!

Lunch hour oddities

While out and about at the mall today my husband and I stopped for some coffee (decaf of course!) and a sandwich. The coffee shop was really busy and people were practically scrambling for chairs or just watching others with hawk eyes in anticipation of inheriting their table.

Fortunately I was one of the lucky ones who just stumbled upon a nice clean table for four! That right there was the problem because I barely got comfortable and this elderly gentleman approached me to ask if the seat was taken. I looked around at the three empty seats and answered really slowly and he sat down right next to me after a rather delayed NO!

What happened next really should’ve been captured on camera. My husband who was at the counter turned around to see me sitting shoulder to shoulder with a complete stranger and his facial expressions had me laughing hysterically. At that moment another table became available and he was a few nods short of nodding his head off in an attempt to get me to move.

Finally we had our own little place where we could share our plans and strategise for the rest of the day. I can’t help but feel that we may have missed an opportunity to make some new friends.