The perfect wife … or not!

The perfect wife … or not!

From little we get told as girls that we need to be the perfect wife one day…  Heck even at Church we were told that we need to obey our husbands who in turn will obey The Lord.  So does this make me inferior to the men?  Does this mean I don’t have a say?  No and a million times NO!!!  I have equal rights to any man walking this earth.  And young ladies don’t let anybody make you believe differently!  And you men out there don’t think because your wife loves you and spoils you, that that is your right, no it’s not.  Woman in general is just more giving, more nurturing and therefore we love spoiling others, but don’t ever think that is because we have to do it!

I can actually see all of you frowning at this exact moment trying to figure out why I am so passionately going off on this topic today…  Well let me enlighten your minds.  I was listening to President Gordon B. Hinckley’s video clip ‘The Woman in Our Lives’ and he was defending the importance of Woman in this life…  Video clip for our seminary lesson this evening.

This morning I was anything but the perfect wife or example, I was up early enough, but got busy only got around to get bathed and dress after 11h00.  Never ever start your day with Family History before you have gotten dressed.  I have Wayne’s 4 generation filled and all my girls’ as well, but alas I have one ancestor that is so stubborn, and no Julie not our common ancestor Cornelia Christina Anna BAKKER, whom I would be eternally grateful for your help…  No, I am talking about my great grandmother from my Dad’s side, Maud Eliza REID, I’m struggling to find her parents, a witness on her marital certificate happens to be a William REED, they have a middle name, but boy this guy’s handwriting is BAD!!!  Anyway that’s beyond the point…  The point is don’t start searching for your missing ancestors before getting ready in the morning…

At least I have officially finished the placemats for Danielle (they were meant to be a gift at one of her kitchen teas and she’s married for a month already).  I am super stoked with myself and my corners.  Have I mentioned how I love Pinterest?


I really had a tough time with my corners and with the tutorial of a few post combined I think I have finally figured it out and this is my method of choice now.  And with more practice, will come perfection…

I can actually tackle my UFO’s in the cupboard and finish them all.

Just need to get myself a long-arm to quilt my super big Bargello.  Maybe I should just move to the USA so I can get myself all of the tools to finish my UFO’s…  Maybe just a visit…


This was most definitely a fun top to work on, but far too big to do the quilting on my normal machine, maybe I must just try…  I can still remember how Francois and I wrecked the poor woman’s stall at the quilt-fair, but we have done well with the colours!  Francois this one is yours, eventually…

To get back to my original topic, what is perfect anyway?  I think my children are fantastic and as close to perfect as any human can be, my husband is still alive…  We eat most nights a proper cooked meal…  So what is perfect anyway?
Just do yourselves a favour and listen to Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk, ‘Be Ye Therefore Perfect—Eventually

As posted on my other Blog


Trying to catch up with my photography posts…

Oh wow, I actually feel guilty for neglecting my blog…  I had the opportunity to take some photos of a wedding in Lesotho and it was amazing.  I love the couple and this said couple has moved to Cape Town in the meantime.

Stunning people and I know that they will for sure make it far in life, Mr and Mrs Shao

My daughter Danielle is now a Mrs Wainwright and so she had a wedding in between as well…


I am going to be a grandmother, not sure what I want to be called, either Nanna or Ouma…  Super excited about this new stage of our lives!

These photos was taken to announce on FB that they were expecting…

The weekend of the 24th of September was our last ‘pay weekend’ visit till after Frederik’s appearance so no visit during October…  I was allowed to take some photos, but I must add I only get to take 10 photos, thank you Francois for being so kind.

Next photos would be of my little grandson himself!

My Lissie, aka Clarissa had her matric farewell and that is just sad, as this means that my baby is also going into her next stage of her life…

I know I was taught this past week that I need to label my photos and I promise with my next batch of photos it would be labelled other than IMG…


Marisa’s Matric Farewell shoot

You have only one Matric Farewell that is your own…  And Marisa you looked like a fairy princess, absolutely stunning!


I love taking some photos of family members at the same time.


And no shoot is a shoot without any black and white photos…

Or a collage or two…

Marisa 4 Matric Farewell

Good luck with your end exams.  It is just a few short weeks and this chapter is also completed and you will enter a new stage in your life.  Enjoy every moment and make loads of memories that will last you a lifetime.

Looking forward to 2017

“Sometimes we ask to be spared from these ‘hard’ situations. Yet often they are the very things that help us the most. From deep trails comes deeper testimonies. If we aren’t willing to pass through these ‘tight places,’ we may not get the strength of testimony that God intends us to have.”
~ John H. Groberg

I love this quote and I don’t think I’m anywhere close to ask for any trials to come my way to grow just yet!  But it is so true that we grow the most during the ‘hard’ times in our lives.

So this is the time we normally set some goals set for the new year.  I have a few things I would love to add on my list, one is definitely to make sure that I try and stay faithful in doing my daily blog post and to keep my photography post up to date as I have been very bad with especially the photography posts.

Some goals and happenings for the year 2017:

  • I would like to do a quilt this year.  I have a picture in my head and would start soon, so watch this space for more about this project.
  • Learn something new in my photography.
  • Yes, I need to lose a few kilos this year.  Do a hike again…
  • Our last year of seminary and I’m excited for this.
  • My Bronwen is coming home…

So this will be an exciting year for sure!

Some of my favourite photos of this year…

I have so many more, but my dear hubby left my laptop in Zambia and I’ve stored my photos on my Apple Hard drive and can only get to it via my laptop.  Needless to say he was in the dog box for a few days about it and I’m still getting upset when I think about it.  Hopefully I will have it home soon again!

Something to think about:

Jeffrey R. Holland said: “No one makes us mad. Others don’t make us angry. Becoming angry is a conscious choice or decision. Therefore, we can make the choice not to become angry. We choose!”

Karina’s Matric farewell photos

Thank you Karina for trusting me to take your photos for your matric farewell the 30th of September 2016.  I can honestly say you are the young lady with the most gorgeous eyes ever!

As I have said before I love to take photos with the family as well and we were fortunate to have Ouma Lilly and Oupa Johan there as well.  Jan (dad) thank you for your patience, Erika (mom) and Lourens (brother)  You were all absolutely champions and I struggle to choose favourites!

We had so much fun during this shoot.  We literally drove over the whole of Bethlehem…  And got such a great story line and I edited it in a different style to suit the props we used.  Just loved it!


I love taking photos of gorgeous people…

Karina thank you so much for trusting me to take your matric farewell photos and to preserve your memories for a lifetime to come.  You looked stunning and I enjoyed doing the shoot.

Mionè Matric farewell 2016

I had the wonderful opportunity to take some photos of Mionè and her family during her matric farewell shoot on the 30th of September 2016.  She’s a scholar at Witteberg High School in Bethlehem and looked absolutely stunning.

I always like to include the whole family during my matric farewell shoots.  Some family photos:

Alwyn (dad) and Surita (mom) you have stunning children!  Thank you for being easy models to work with Mionè, Alwyn and Kaylee.  The Shield family was a pleasure to shoot…

My advice to any young lady is to choose a date that you know you would have fun with and that is a gentleman and would treat you well.  Mionè you done well, Gerrie is a friendly young man with wonderful manners and the camera loved him!

And obviously we need some black and white photos, I love my b&w photos!

Thank you for trusting me with your special memories.  You guys were awesome!

Laurette and Marianka friendship shoot

I had the opportunity to take photos of friends Laurette and Marianka.  I love taking photos of friends and by doing so, you capture memories for a lifetime.  In twenty years time, they can reflect back on the friendship.  I believe we need to capture each of the stages in our lives to preserve these memories for a lifetime.

In life, having a friend is like a mirror and shadow; the mirror does not lie and the shadow never leaves you…  And they say that girls can survive without a boyfriend, but cannot survive without a best friend!

If you want to start preserving your memories, give me a call and book a shoot.  Remember a picture speaks a thousand words…

Thank you Laurette and Marianka for trusting me to take photos of your beautiful friendship.