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After the rain

Saturday 1 October 2011

Today it is a very rainy day and I can hardly believe that the weather forecast for tomorrow seems to be sunny according to my husband.
We’ve had lovely summer days this week, in which I sometimes felt too warm.
But I enjoyed sitting in the backyard watching Yovannah splash around in the paddling pool and having great fun.






And sitting in the park while Ixora was feeding the ducks and watching the kids enjoy themselves on the playground.




















But it has been raining since yesterday now and everything is getting wet.
The double buggy in front of the house ,the little slide in the backyard, the bikes and everything else that has been left outside.

And we are getting wet when we go out of the house to do a few things.
But that’s okay. Those few rain drops falling on us won’t kill us.

I’m certain that some day the sun is going to shine again.
Just as I know, things will get better for us.

I hardly earn anything with my AVON business. I'm actually having some payment …

Missing in Action

My toothbrush has gone missing and I think I know where it is.
Someone took the ‘plug thingy’ out of the sink in the bathroom and there’s a good chance that my beloved toothbrush ended up in there.
I also think that I know who the culprit is. Of course I have no proof but there’s a certain someone in this household who is known for letting items disappear through the bathroom sink and there’s a good chance that she has been busy again.
I haven’t seen it for 3 days now and don’t expect to see it again and if I do, I doubt it will be usable.
Does this mean that I haven’t been brushing my teeth lately? Correct. I haven’t brushed them. Just for the idea probably I used my finger and a whole lot of toothpaste.
But since in the activity of tooth brushing there is an actual brush involved I haven’t really been tooth brushing, no.
So it’s really time to get a new toothbrush now.
I can’t believe that I have to buy another toothbrush again. My last one had disappeared as well and then I purc…

Beauty Always

It's five minute froday again. Here's another try. We're writing about beauty.

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She was born with beautiful skin, a beautiful creation by God. But she must’ve been two/three months old when her skin started to change. She cried and scratched her face. We put her tiny hands in socks. It was heart breaking to see her cry. Nothing we could do.
Now 6 years later, we’ve passed the nights of waking up crying and scratching. She has used so many creams that her skin has become thin because of it.
And lately her skin is getting worse. We’re considering to relocate so she can have better medical care.
Her skin might still be in poor health but her beauty inside will always remain and one day I’m sure God will give her a beautiful skin again because there is nothing that He cannot do !
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Yesterday I talked to my mother on skype. She said that she was worried about Ixora but that we need to keep believing and yes we will.
Gods grace is sufficient. It’s all in His hands and …

No longer an employee

Yesterday I sent a resignation letter to my employer. This means that I will not be returning to work in September as I originally planned.
After I sent the letter I sent messages to two people whom I want to purchase things from for Nevaeh-Divine. LOL
I barely have any money coming in, but I believe that God will provide. Because He promised that He will.
I’m not sure what’s next but I know that it’s going to be good.
We’re thinking of moving back to the Netherlands for a while and so I’m probably going to work again next year.
I’ve seen an advertisement from the same company I work for but than in the Netherlands so I might apply but I don’t want to start straight away.
And we’ll have to look for a house but there are two houses from family which could be an option.
We don’t really want to leave here but there is probably better medical care for Ixora and there are a few other pluses like I can finally try to finish my law study, as my father would’ve liked me to do.
Even though he…

Car boot sale

I have a baby bath on wheels! Yay!
After hearing from a couple of people how busy the car boot sale at the Tallaght Stadium is, hubby and I decided to give it a go last Saturday.
I had put together a few things which we no longer need and also took some Avon stock with me.
We arrived there before 8 o’clock and there were already people roaming around in search for bargains. They came straight to our car after we parked it, curious to know what we had to offer.
I hardly got the chance to unpack. It was really a bit crazy and funny.
Later on it was less busy. It lasted until 1 pm which was a quite a long time and I must admit that it is quite busy and even though we didn’t sell a lot, it was much more than I ever did. We must’ve sold about 65 euro.
I also got a few representative leads, which is why I started doing markets at the first place.
We sold more AVON than our own stuff.
Especially the perfumes and the fragranced deodorant rollers went quite well and then some other things l…

He makes me Whole

It's been a while but today I decided to join The Gypsy Mama again, writing for five minutes without editing, just whatever comes up.

Today we're writing about ; Whole.

Here it goes.

Whole

Is a word which immediately makes me think of God as there is nothing and no one in the world that can make me whole the way He can.
He is my creator, He knows me deep within. He knows my flaws, my weaknesses and my strengths. He knows what to do to make me complete, to make me grow and excell above my own expectations.
By trusting Him and allowing Him to lead me always, I become that complete person, whom He has destined me to be.
I am apart of Him. He breathes His life in to me, moulding me each time to look more like Him. He is the gentle Friend, the Lover of my soul, the One who makes me whole.
He knows just what I need and will never stop to heal me, to deliver me, to nourish my soul.

Stop.

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Trying to find the balance

So I think it’s time for an update. After writing the last post my next thought was: I just need to have a better balance.
For some reason the nanny thing never worked out and I’ve given up on it for now. But we still have a cleaning lady who comes to clean now and then,(once a week or every other week) but she is on a holiday at the moment.
And I’ve decided to put family first as much as possible. So now I have days where I do nothing for my business or almost nothing, especially the weekends and then Tuesday and Friday as little as possible. `I can't say that it works perfectly but it is starting to work a bit better.
I still appreciate having a home business as you can choose your own hours and you are your own boss. You can put in as much or as little effort as you like and you can put your family first.
Now when a rep calls on Friday and asks if I can go by on Saturday, I say No but I can come on Monday. I think this is really an improvement. I don’t feel consumed by my busi…

HELP... I need a nanny...

I can't believe it's been over three weeks since I wrote in my blog. Things have been so busy that I didn't even get to make time to blog.


A new season for me meant having my own business.
Yes, I already was an AVON representative but becoming an AVON Business Developer is something totally different. There's much more work involved: a lot of admin ,a lot of driving to meet reps and deliver orders and books to the reps and a lot of training, recruiting and searching for ways to grow my business.(since it's the only income I'll be having for now)
It's exciting but can be so consuming at the same time.
I'm still trying to figure out if this is really something for me.
Yes, ir does give me the opportunity to be home while working.
I can do my admin work with one child on my lap. I can take a short break just to change a nappy or make a bottle.
But on the other hand your home and work are all mixed up. You can't leave your work at the office and then co…

New things, new beginnings

It's time for five minutes of writing without editing again.
Joining The Gypsy mama.





Today we're writing about :

When seasons change
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Thinking about this and writing for 5 minutes, this came out.


when seasons change something new begins.
No matter where we are in life, there's always a chance to start over again.
To be the person that we want to be, to start a new chapter in our lives.
We always get a chance to start over with God.
God Who with His loving arms is waiting for us to follow His perfect plan for our lives who makes room for our mistakes for the times that we choose our own path , our own plan and He is waiting for us to return with our hearts totally open and dedicated to Him to listen to hear what He wants to say.
What His plans are,. What 'His next' is...
Instead of our next.
He is faithful and will continue to guide us and promnpt us in to His perfect plan for out lives.
We gat the chance to miss the boat now and then but we through His grace get t…

More than just a mum

Becoming a mum of three first only made me feel that I was really a mum more than anything else. I’m learning that to be a better mum you also have to make time for yourself though. Because as fulfilling as the job of a mum might be you’re always something more than just a mum.
And I think that that is something that we as mums should not forget.

I notice that I tend to feel a bit guilty sometimes if I do anything else than taking care of children,cooking and housework. But doing just that does make me feel less happy as well.

On Mothersday I watched the movie Motherhood which is about the struggles of motherhood.
The mum from the movie is also writing blogs in her free moments and is planning to enter into a writing competition which could result in her having her own income. But the story is actually about her planning a party for her daughter who is turning 6. In the end her husband who collects old books hands her over a check of 24000 euro so she can put her toddler son at playsc…

Money earning mum

Nevaeh-Divine is now 3 months old. Yay ! I'm scheduled to go back to work next month but I'm planning to take some additional leave so I can stay home longer. And I'm trying to look for opportunities to work from home so I won't have to go back fulltime. I'm becoming an Avon Business Developer and am looking for possibilities to earn money with writing but if I'm realistic I won't earn enough to be able to afford not going back to work next month.It's going to be a great challenge for our family to only live on one income for a while which brings tears to my eyes. I remember how hard it was last time I decided to take additional leave. At the other hand when I applied to become an Avon BD, I felt quite guilty because I felt- even though it would be working from home-it would be taking time away that is for the kids, not realising I'm due to go back to earning money so soon.
It kind of broke my heart because I love this fulltime mothering and Nevaeh …

God knows and sees...

It's Friday again so it's time for Five minute Friday from the Gypsy Mama. Five minutes writing without editing.

So I had another try. Today we're writing about 'Deep breath'

Here we go.


Deep breath,

when I look at all my three children how they seem happy and content at a certain moment in time while just a few moments ago they all seemed to be crying out for me at the same time. A deep breath ,knowing these moments -when all or just one cries and there's nothing that you can do about it right away because you're already taking care of another sibling who needs you - will always pass away in just a little while.

A deep breath, knowing that the Lord is with you and sees you and watches over you and your children.
A deep breath, knowing that they will be alright even if they have to wait a little while and you have to let them cry.

For God knows and sees.

Your every step and every breath ,

also every time you take a deep breat
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S…

My favourite Avon buy & Give away...(closed)

The Give away is closed and the winner is..... Debra
Congratulations Debra.
Thanks to everyone for participating.
Watch out for other giveaways coming up soon...
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As I mentioned before, apart from selling Avon I'm also a frequent Avon buyer. There are a lot of things that I love from Avon from shower gels and make up to jewelry and from time to time I will share with you my favourite products.

My favourite buy from Avon would be my cake stand from Country Rose. I love the pattern, the red with white polkadots. The top plate has a border with pink polka dots on white.


The sad thing about it is that the top plate broke the other day because something fell on top of it. So I' ll have to look for another one.
But here's a pic.


Yesterday I finally received a package from the company I work for as a present for the birth of Nevaeh-Divine.


Thank you UPS.

Because I know how nice it is to get gifts and this is my 20 th p…

Treat yourself

Happy mothersday to all mums from all over the world.

Today I feel a bit of a sensation even though I live in one of those countries that don't celebrate mothersday today.
Here in the Republic of Ireland we already celebrated Mothersday in April
So it s strange to know that it is mothersday again
But being a mum I feel excited and happy for all the mums in the world.


As you might know I'm selling Avon products even though I'm on a short break now but I will be starting soon again, God willing.
In one of the books the reps get , I found a piece about how to do use mascara which I want to share.

We mothers often pay litte attention to how we look because we feel that we are too busy. I'm one of those mums. Lately I'm having bad hair days on a daily basis and I don't do much to change it and hardly take the time to put make up on Except for Sunday when I go to church. Most Sundays I try a bit harder.

I think it's important for us mums to take good care of …

Happy to clean

Sometimes I wish I was some kind of superwoman. That next to taking care of two kids under two and a 6 year old I also would be able to make the whole house spotless by myself every day and still have enough time to spend with the kids and enough time for me.
At the moment we're sharing the house with my husbands cousin so I've assigned a few chores to him and my husband but it doesn't really go so well yet.
And in a way I wish I could do it all by myself. Believe it or not I love cleaning even though there are nicer things to do. But I love having a clean house and it also makes me feel good about myself. At the moment I'm trying to get my house a bit more organised So I'm planning to buy laundry baskets in different colors for everyone to put their laundry in. I'm also looking for ideas to get more house work done. I'm planning to purchase an e-book for motivated moms (I will write about this in a future post) but have also come across this e-book.

31 day…