Blossom 

  
“it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭35:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

24 Weeks & Highlights so far

Time has flown by so quickly over the past few months. I cant believe that I have already passed the half way mark of this pregnancy. So far pregnancy has turned out to be an unexpected roller coaster of emotions and so much more. I am so excited to share this journey with you. 

24 Weeks

I am now in my 24th week of pregnancy. I have a very busy little boy inside of me. According to my many pregnancy apps he should be weighing close to 600g and be close to 30cm in length. He is already quite a big boy. Over the past week I have felt my belly stretching and am alway amazed that it can get bigger. Another interesting fact that I discovered over the past week is that my little boy is now able to recognise voices. This brought me to tears as I talked with him, it’s so amazing that he can already recognise my voice and some how know that I am his mommy. I enjoy talking to him and singing some of the nursery rhymes I can remember from when I was a child. I will have to refresh my memory on some of these before his arrival. I look forward being able to see his face as I sing to him.

 
Highlights of this pregnancy so far. 

  1. Finding out that we were pregnant was definitely one of my favorite moments so far. For a week or two I had been thinking that I was pregnant but tests were coming back negative. So I laid the thought aside untill one day I felt so sorry for a chocolate wrapper that I started crying. After realizing how ridiculous this was I started laughing. Then the thought popped into my mind that maybe this meant I was pregnant. But I was too scared to get my hopes up yet again so I tired very hard not to think about it any more till I had taken a test. I had to wait till the next morning to do this, as first morning pee is suppose to be the best. Well I ended up waking up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep because I had to know. So I dug a pregnancy test out the cupboard and peed on the magic stick for the hundredth time. I couldn’t take my eyes of the it, watching for what seemed like forever until finally I saw two pink lines. I went crazy with excitement. I couldn’t contain my joy, so I woke my husband up forcing him to look at the test in the middle of the night, with bright lights on. He had no idea what was going on while I was exploding with. excitement. He was confused trying to figure out what I was on awhile he woke up and his eyes adjusted. Needless to say he too was over joyed by the time he woke up a little more and figure out what I was telling him.
  2. Seeing our baby for the first time in a scan. It was such a wonderful moment and made the fact that I have a little baby growing inside of me very real. Every scan after that has also been amazing. I am alway blown away by all the details we are able to see of our little boy and growth that takes place between each scan.
  3. Sharing our little secret with friends and family. Until recently we kept our little one a secret from Facebook and other social media, so that we could have the joy of telling some of our friends and family in person. It was so wonderful to watch their faces light up with joy and share in our excitement.
  4. Feeling blessed. We have been blessed by God beyond measure over the past few months with all the needs we have for our baby. Friends and family have been so wonderful in helping us set everything up and be ready for our little boy.
  5. Feeling my little boy kick for the first time. It is so amazing to know that their is a very busy and active life growing inside of me. Day by day his little kicks get stronger. It almost feels like I am having hiccups in my belly. I am now able to feel some of his kicks with my hand. Daddy is still waiting to feel his first kick, as his movements are still unpredictable at the moment.

So much more has happened over the past few months but for now I will spare you from having to read through the not so pretty stories of vomit and such.

I look forward to sharing some more of my pregnancy experience with you. I am not sure yet how often I will be sharing updates of my pregnancy. At the moment I am thinking every 1 to 2 weeks. So keep your eyes open for updates. 

Pink Flower

Pink FlowerThis is an acrylic painting I did last year. I never shared it with you as I did it during a very hard time in my life, when I looked at it I was reminded of the pain I felt. Despite this every time we have a guest over they  manage to spot this painting, which I try to have hidden away. I am always overwhelmed by when they tell me that it is their favourite painting of mine and how they love the colours. This leaves me speechless each time.  Until on one such occasion God reminded me of a promise that he gave me while I was painting it. He promised me that He knew what He was doing in my life and it was something beautiful and that I would soon see the beauty in it. He would make my life blossom. At time it felt like just the opposite was happening and I grew to hate the painting.  Now looking back I see how God was working and that He did something beautiful and caused my life to blossom. I now see the beauty in this painting and I am amazed at the journey God has taken me on with it. He used the painting and people’s comments about it to minister deep into my heart. God’s ways are truly wonderful.

Announcement & Blog Relaunch.

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 Firstly, I would like to apologise for my silence over the past couple months. I have had my world turned completely upside down and inside out by someone very dear to me.

 I am very excitant and happy to announce that I am pregnant with our first little baby boy. My husband and I are over the moon and can’t wait to meet him. I am now in 23 weeks pregnant and everything has gone well so far. We have past the half way mark and are now starting to count down the weeks. I won’t be sharing to much about the pregnancy now, as I plan to do this in future posts. So if you want to keep up to date with news about our little boy watch this space.

This little man has made sitting in front of the computer over the past couple months almost impossible for me as I constantly had the urge to run to the bathroom to through up, and don’t get me started on the smell of paint. Because this I decided to take an unannounced break from blogging and art in general, until now that is. I am now heading towards the end of my second trimester and feeling so much better than the first few months.

I have made some changes concerning the blog, as you may have noticed I have changed the layout and tried to made it more user friendly. (Although I may still play around with it as I learn more about how the setup works). On the right side you will now find a categories section were you can look for posts that may interest you. My content for the most part will remain the same, as I will still be focusing on my artwork and faith. I will try to post pieces about my art work once or twice a week. But this may not work out as  planned. Having my life changed so much I will also be adding pregnancy journal posts were I will be sharing how I am preparing for the arrival of my little boy and sharing some updates about the remainder of my pregnancy.  Besides my love for all things art, I enjoy taking photos (I do not consider myself skilled) so you may find some photo’s popping up randomly within this blog.

I hope that you will enjoy the changes I have made and viewing the future content. If you would like to get to know me more you are welcome to visit the about the artist page. If my blog sparks an interest in you please feel free to follow my blog via email. This means that you will receive an email each time I post something. Hope that this will be helpful for family and friends who want to stay up to date with what is happening in my world.