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Please Vote for Heart Mama Blog in the SA Blog Awards 2017

Hello friends! This blog has been entered into the SA Blog Awards and would love for you to vote for me!

I may not the most consistent blogger out there, but every post I publish has been written with much thought and love. Earlier this year I struggled with knowing where to draw the line between what to keep personal and what to share in an attempt to be real and give voice to the valid emotions that are part and parcel with the adoption journey – but I think I’ve struck a balance now and really appreciate your love and support.Continue Reading

Adoption Photo Challenge – Part Two of Three

Are you ready for Part Two of my #heartmamajoy posts from the Adoption Awareness month photo challenge on Instagram? Coming right up!

Day 11, SCREENING |  Meet Cliffie, our wonderful Social Worker from Wandisa, who is an honorary member of the family after walking three adoption journeys with us. Cliffie has been to our home countless times yet always managed to get lost finding her way, shared heartache and joy with us & always made a point to pray for our family at every visit. She’s a special one, even attending Kira’s baby dedication. This pic is from our last follow up visit earlier this year.Continue Reading

Adoption Photo Challenge – Part One of Three

November was Adoption Awareness month featuring World Adoption Day on 9 November. I wasn’t always a fan of #WorldAdoptionDay, but have realised that it’s a great platform for us to talk adoption and share the good, the bad (& the ugly) with each other. With this in mind, I put out the challenge for other (South African) adoptive parents to join me for a 30 day photo challenge on Instagram using prompts as inspiration for them to share part of their adoption story – stories are important, it’s the way we can learn & encourage each other. I was stoked that so many people took up the challenge, with 507 public posts on the #heartmamajoy hashtag! Continue Reading

The Gift That Keeps On Giving – A Jungle Gym from The Pole Yard

This time last year we invested in a jungle gym for the kids. We have a small garden and found that the kids were running around the place like caged lions and that they really needed a way to exert more energy in our garden as it isn’t  always possible to take them to the park for a run around. I shared a little while back about how important it is to give your kids ‘green time’ and I wanted to find a way to encourage the kids out of the house.Continue Reading