I hereby declare 2014 as my year of prayer and faith. Why? Well, there have been a lot of changes this past year. If we take the year in review:
1 year wedding anniversary
Mark and I were married for 1 year on the 9th of March 2014. I couldn’t be happier! God truly blessed me with a wonderful man, he is the perfect match for me, and I for him. To see all our wedding photographs, click here.
Corporate Employee to my husband’s helper
I made the decision to leave the corporate work world and be my husband’s full-time helper, in his business and in our home. This was a difficult decision to make as I had a lot of resistance from various people in my life, except my husband, who was fully supportive of this choice.
This decision was the best one of my life so far, and I wouldn’t change it or go back on it. Out of so many things I would do differently if I had a do-over, this is one of the few that I wouldn’t.
Discovered my purpose
I had an emotional and difficult experience where I took a good look at my life, where I want to be in 5 years (and further), my secret dreams and aspirations. For the first time I thought about what my heart wanted without listening to my head. I developed my personal mission statement, and I have been striving towards that goal since.
I discovered that there are many more women out there who want to be housewives, or feel ashamed when they say that they are “only a housewife” and I have been learning about the important role that a housewife has in shaping the community we live in.
I was made an admin in a Facebook Group called Homemakers Encouragement. I absolutely love the group and the games they play are just what I need to get my “to-do” list done each day.
I heard about the Ubuntu Party this year, and read Michael Tellinger’s book “Ubuntu Contributionism”. I am absolutely amazed at what this small party has accomplished in their local community so far!
Authentically Ash Blog
I started blogging more regularly this year, with my own domain. I cannot believe I have already had the Authentically Ash domain for a year already. This blog is a great writing outlet for me as a place to share my thoughts and hopefully encourage others.
Trinity Methodist Church
This year, Mark and I went through a prayerful transition from attending the Student Church (by the University of the Free State campus) to attending the Trinity Methodist Church (Bloemfontein). Mark went to that church throughout High School and part of his young adult life.
The decision came after Mark turned 30 and we both felt that we had become too old for the Student Church. We also decided that we wanted to be established in a more “adult” church body that we could raise our child in.
70% chance of a Baby Boy!
On the 23 December 2014 I went to have sonar done at the hospital, the doctor is 70% sure we are having a baby boy. Now, the umbilical cord was between the baby’s legs, blocking the view a bit, so there is still a chance we will have a surprise little girl, but I am thrilled because at least I won’t be given lots of pink gifts!
The baby is healthy and kicking/boxing more regularly now. The most amazing part of the whole experience was seeing the tiny little bones in the baby’s hands. That was breathtaking. I can definitely say that I am looking forward to holding my little one in my arms. Due date is 25 April 2015.
I want to say thank you to so many people who have become great friends this past year… the Enthrow Family, the people in our Home Cell group, and the Meyer’s. You are all the greatest and I couldn’t wish for better friends. Thanks for all the love and support this year.
I also want to say thanks to my long-term friends, who are too numerous to mention, and all my family for their love and encouragement.