Home is where the heart is.

My heart will always yearn for Africa, for the place of my birth, for Cape Town; the city I will always call home. There are many many days in which I have felt very homesick and wondered what my life would be like if I had never moved a whole continent away from my friends and family.

But that’s no way to live my life. I know that my life is now here, is in Australia and the move I have made is exactly where I should be.
Little did I know when I met my husband, 4 wonderful years ago in a little Clapham bar in London that I would end up this far from home and yet here I am. I had been living in London for a while and he had just arrived a few months before. We were both spending a few years travelling around and earning some lovely, lovely pounds. Neither of us were really interested in anything to serious and we both just enjoyed each others company and seeing sights and sounds together. For a short while we decided to go our separate ways.
I was devastated, I don’t think I had realised just how much fun I was having with him or the fact that he was such a wonderful person till he was gone. But obviously we ended up back together and after a year and a half ¬†of blissful happiness, he managed to make me even happier by asking me to marry him…. I said yes ūüėČ

And as they say the rest is history, we got married in London and moved over to Australia soon after that. In 2013 we were given the great honour of having a baby and being parents to the sweetest little boy we could ever have asked for.

I’ve had to make Australia home, not only for myself but for my family too. Don’t get me wrong I do dearly love my new home and all the first world luxuries and safety it offers us. We are also very lucky to be living in a stunning part of Australia and very, very close to my husband’s family so this post is really not about me complaining. I have made some amazing friends and together with our family I really feel like I have found a spot for myself here with people I can love and cherish and who I know love me back.

But as I’m sure any South African expat can agree¬†Africa will always be in my blood and will always be what comes to mind when people ask me where my home is. They say home is where the heart is… my heart will always be in Africa!

36 Weeks!!!

Oh my gosh, I cannot get over how fast these past couple of months have gone! It feels like I have gone from announcing our pregnancy to being almost ready to go… How does it happen so fast?

Baby - 36 Weeks

So I am feeling really good so far. None of the usual symptoms I was hearing about when I first fell pregnant like the swelling limbs, nausea etc so I am definitely counting myself lucky!

We have been attending some awesome antenatal¬†classes at the hospital where we have registered for the birth which have¬†been really informative and helpful. There are only a few couples in the class which means we have been able to ask questions and really interact with the midwife that has been teaching us. This week is our last week and I feel like it has really helped prepare us for the up-coming birth. I have also been recommended a lovely book/birthing method called Hypnobirthing¬†and it has made a serious difference to the way I am viewing our birth and how we want everything to “go down” in the maternity ward. The best part is that the midwives we have been seeing for our check-ups and the teacher from our antenatal¬†class have all been so supportive about the way we want to give birth and how natural we want to go so I am actually looking forward to the experience and just can’t wait to meet our beautiful little baby. It’s going to be amazing and apparently so empowering to¬†me as women… I just cannot wait to be the one¬†who gets to¬†welcome our little baby into this world in a relaxed, calm and natural way with my phenomenal, supportive and loving husband by my side!

 

 

 

5 Reasons to praise my husband!

I recently read a lovely post on such a great¬†blog called¬†5 Reasons to praise your husband and it really got me thinking about how amazing my husband is, how much I love him and how lucky I am to have him in my life…

Just a warning this may get soppy but he deserves a little public praise!

So my 5 reasons to praise him:

1. He respects me! I love how he treats me, every word that comes out of my mouth is important to him. He listens to every¬†comment, opinion, choice and decision and takes everything I say into account before giving his opinion or explaining to¬†me why he may not agree. I love that, I could not imagine how hard it would be or how frustrated I would be if he didn’t respect or listen to me.

2. He loves me and tells me everyday, I know this should be an obvious one since we are married but he will never leave the house without saying it. When he gets home he says it, when we do something cool or make a decisions or sign something big like our home-loan…he says it!!! He loves me, I can never doubt that for a second!

3. He works so hard to provide for us, for our growing family, for everything we enjoy doing. I know he loves his job anyway (well most days at least), he loves being a mechanic and he loves the company he works for. But I also know he does his best at work because he wants to provide the best future for us that he can.

4. He is fun, he is incredibly funny and so much fun to be with. I love his sense of humour and how he makes me laugh all the time. Especially when I am having a bad day, which is happening more often lately cause of all the hormones raging around my poor body.

5. He is so patient and kind. He has a heart of gold and is so patient and understanding with me. But what impresses me most is how amazing he is with everyone he comes into contact with. He would do anything for a friend or his family if they asked and is always one of the first to be concerned about someone if he finds out they are not doing well.

Mostly I love my husband because of who he is. He is a wonderful man and I know he will be an amazing father, a great role-model to a son and his daughter’s first love.

I’d like to challenge you today to praise your husband, say it out-loud. He will never know what you think of him if he never hears it from you.