Sunday, February 14, 2016

New Beginnings

On the 1st of February I joined Lalela. It has always been something I have wanted to do. I love the work of this NGO Check it out at It has been an interesting two weeks. I have not found it easy to find my space there, literally I am not sure where I must sit everyday. The offices are a bit disorganised and kind of at the moment are like one big Art Lab. We were commissioned as a team to re-design our offices. It was an awesome project one that my team took seriously and worked consistently hard to put together a presentation that was presented via Skype on Friday afternoon. It was a huge let down and disappointment. The Skype connection was terrible. It was difficult to communicate our ideas. There was lots of misunderstanding. All that said it was an awesome time to connect with my team
It was a great way to connect with new colleagues and get to see how they operate and what makes them tick. So even though the actual project felt like an epic fail, the relationship established were a wonderful by product of this exercise. Anyway we push on. Ashleigh moving out of home was quite a huge deal for me. But it is wonderful to see that she has taken t the working world like a duck to water. Really is so satisfying to see your child happy and transforming into adulthood with such grace. To know she is happy makes me happy. She turned 23 this week. It is insane to think back on those years and wander how we got to this point. Grateful for God's grace. This week I start studying again, I am really nervous and excited at the same time. The UCT Accounting Get Smarter course. It looks like a lot more work than I thought. So I might fall off the world for the next 9 weeks. I will be working really hard, I really want this. I have been working in accounts for the past 18 years and all my experience without a formal qualification is never given it's proper recognition. So I am excited to finally get this done. The fact that it is costing me a small fortune also bodes well for my motivation. So friends keep me in your prayers. Life at home with my boys is awesome. I love being a mom to them and making sure that they are happy and fed. Jason begins his 2nd year at UCT tomorrow and Jesse is in full swing at school with his final year. His responsibilities as Head Boy keep him really busy but he is loving it. Andre moves into the 2nd year of running his own business and is still a happy man. Life is good and I am grateful for everyday - Challenges and all!

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 in Review

Its been a good year. It has been a year with many challenges. It has been a year of tremendous growth. January - Mom goes in for a massive operation to remove a huge tumour. For 24 hours her life hung in the balance, but she pulled through the surgeon was confident he had removed all the cancer. I breathed a sigh of gratitude and relief.
February - Sad good byes to my students and friends at Silikamva High. felt really honoured to have been part of the Silikamva history. Moved on to St Joseph's Marist College. The months to come would be the worst work experience of my life. It would also be a grace journey and one in which I stand up for my principle's. A huge learning curve. March - Andre starts his new job. A huge risk a huge challenge as he buys into a partnership. One that will only see the rewards financially in a couple of years. What a joy to see my man so happy and motivated and fulfilled. A good move indeed. GRATEFUL for God's goodness.
April- I can't think of anything significant in this month other. Lots of Public holidays and preparing for Jason's 21st. Furiously scrapping uncaptured years. May - Jason turns 21! Awesome weekend with a full house of family from Johannesburg. A great time was had. So grateful for this young man's life.
June - July School holidays was a lovely time to relax, chill at home did lots of projects and just loved being home in the cold weather. August - my collegue and friend Bernie was fired. It was a month of shock as i watched events unfold... September - My favourite month of the year. My 25th wedding anniversary. My husband rocked my world giving me a new car. I love her. So grateful for God's provision a good husband, my best friend and awesome dad.
October - I resigned from St Joseph's and started my new position at Kronendal Primary. Jesse was made Head Boy for 2016. Aa very proud moment for Andre & I. A dream come true for Jesse.
November -
My friend Sally- Ann lost her son Daniel. It was a shock and once again a reality check on how fragile life is. December - Ashleigh graduates with honours. #fees must fall means graduation will only take place in June 2016. None the less she is signed with PWC for her articles. So grateful to God for the blessing of her bursary for the 5 years spent at UCT her hard work finally paying off and my daughter emerging as a butterfly and deciding to embrace independence and flying the nest in February of 2016. So proud of this beautiful young lady....
Such a lovely time with my mom in Cape Town the past 2 weeks. Amazing time at the Silikamva Christmas Party. So grateful for a year where I have know the grace and favour of God. I look forward to 2016 with all it is opening up for me. New challenges and dreams coming true. My heart is bursting ..... Jason passed 1st year at UCT and moves on to 2nd year Jesse heads into Matric Thank you to all who have made this year a beautiful journey for me I look forward with a heart full and bursting with excitement for 2016

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Life Life

The title of my blog " Life life" something my daughter always says and it's become a a saying we have all adopted. We use it when things are kind of tough or when things go different to how we had hoped, it kind of means jsut deal with it but it is also under toned with a tough of sarcasm, because usually in comparison to so many around us it is unconsequential. This year has flown by - I mean 22 days until Christmas and and 28 days until 2016! It is madness! It has been a busy year filled with lots of changes and many exciting things in the Blignaut household. Andre started his own business, running the VALUE TYRE FITMENT CENTRE in Tokai. Ashleigh has just graduated with Honours and enters the working world next year, she continues to study furiously for her first Board exam. Jason has successfully completed his first year of university, as well as releasing his first single on Soundcloud. He continues to just get better an better with his music. Jesse my baby is entering his final year of high school and is Head Boy at St Joseph's Marist College. I started working as the Bursar at Kronendal Primary School in October. It's been a BUSY year indeed. We have felt the smile of God on our family and we are so grateful for His grace that extends towards us daily. For me personally it has been a year of huge personal growth. My time at St Joseph's was tough but taught me many things. Don't make hasty decisions. Stand up against unethical and corrupt people and business practices. Make a stand, and do not be afraid to speak out even if it means being victimized. But once again I am at a crossroads and seeking God's voice. EISH LIFE LIFE!!! I am looking forward to break up day next week - 4 lovely weeks of summer holidays. Two of which my precious mom will be with me. Another miracle of 2015. In January her life hung in the balance but God graciously gave her more time and we are blessed to have her strong and healthy again. So looking forward to having her in Cape Town for Christmas. I am grateful for each day. I am grateful for the people I do life with. I am grateful for family. I am grateful for a life lived each day in victory - because of JESUS. This Christmas season let us remember the gift He is to this world and to each of us individually if we choose to accept that gift Some memories of 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Celebrating Life

What a fun time I had celebrating my 49th and marking the occasion of our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I had all the people close to us, people we care about and people who care about us all in one place celebrating GATSBY STYLE. One of my favorite books that I studied at university. Fortuneately my life has not been one of emptiness like that of Gatsby, but Andre and I can look back and say ours has truly been a grace journey. We would not be where we are today if our lives were not marked with the Grace of a loving Father who has shaped us, moulded us, tested us and refined us through fire. I can truly say that I love this man with all my heart. It has not been an easy journey but it has been worth the heartache and tears at times the pushing through with child like faith at times when we could not see the wood for the trees. As we celebrated 25 years we look back in awe at the hand of God over every circumstance and situation we have faced. We can truly say we are blessed to have have friends walk this journey with us. How lovely to have celebrated with many of the people that are pictured here who have walked our journey from the beginning, and some like my three school friends who have been there even before I embarked on this journey. To my servant hearted hard working husband I love you to the moon and back and then some more. Thank you for providing for the children and I even when you had to sell the very clothing off your back! You are an amazing father to Ashleigh, Jason and Jesse. You have given them the very best education. You have supported me through many difficult times. I think of that song "When God made you He must have been thinking about me" To my three children, you have made mom so proud. You are all so unique and different in your own way and I love each of you equally and yet different because you are each different yet connected as siblings. Thank you for having made motherhood such an amazing journey for me.
I look forward to where new and exciting times as we move into a different phase of our lives with adult children I continue to trust God each and every day as we do life. Let us be a family that is worthy of our Great God. And as I journey forward into new and exciting things i am so grateful for those of you who continue to walk this journey with us.