Thursday, 31 March 2016

Water rolling off a ducks back

   I used to play in a hockey team where there were a few girls that thought they were very cool.
I was always broken down by them. They ridiculed me, made fun of me and made me feel unwelcome. I was always the last person to be chosen, I was always being left out. I kept wondering "what is wrong with me?".

   I finally decided that I was not going to be stepped on any more. I stopped looking at what I needed to change and  saw that they were the ones with the problem. I realised that they were not actually confident in themselves  and the only way for them to feel better was to pick on me. I am the best "me" I can be because God made me in His image! 

   This changed the way I "heard" their hurtful words. Their words did not cause self doubt any longer but evoked sympathy from my side. I experienced their words rolling off me like water from a ducks back! 


Friday, 26 February 2016

Are you a sun and a rock?


   The sun gives light to our world. It stands out in our sky. Sometimes clouds cover it, but the sun will always find a way to let its light shine.

   You and I must also be a light to the world. We must stand strong and be steadfast in God  and always try to let our light shine. Some people will try to break us down but we must always be ready to break through the clouds.The sun will sometimes be covered with clouds, and sometimes you and I will be pulled down by people,but that must not stop us.
                                                  
 

   A rock in the middle of the see is always being crashed by waves  and weather. It will stand there night and day. It will always be there no matter what.

   We must be like rocks. Ready to stand firmly night and day for our family and our friends.We must always be there in the tough times and in the good times.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Healthy choices and exercise


 2016! Wow, it's a new year with in a new  grade,with new sports and new challenges!

 This year my mom, brother and I decided to start our year with lots of exercise and healthy food choices. We started running, doing sprints(sprints are very hard after each sprint I found myself in the swimming pool), and an obstacle course, doing push ups, sit ups and much more. We are working towards a higher fitness level.

 Exercising is not easy, but once I got into a rhythm, it became easier. For example,  I started with  five push-ups a day and slowly  increased it!

 Healthy choices are difficult to make, because I like sweets(yummy) more than I  like vegetables, I like water but a like juice more. Making  healthy choices are not easy, but the more I make them the easier they become. The last  time I went to a restaurant I did not drink a coca-cola or a milkshake I made the healthy choice to drink water.      

 I hope this inspired you to make healthy choices and to exercise!



       

Exercises

Exercise is very important. . It keeps you healthy and fit.

Here are some exercises you should try:
push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, burpees, plank, skipping, dips, rope climbing, crunches, pull-ups, squats.

Do these exercises  for a min each. Remember you are not going to get it 100% right the first time. (if at first you don't succeed try and try again.)

Then there are even more exercises you can do: running, sprinting, swimming, and riding your bike.




  Here are some stretches you should do before and after you exercise  

 

Friday, 12 February 2016

... life long learning.

 I home school!

      Most people have a misconception about home schooling. Some think  it means doing what you want, when you want, if you want! Although some do, I actually have a million books I read and follow a program  every day(although some days we take off!). For me, home schooling is being with my mum or dad and learning in a fun way! I am exposed to  stuff that I never thought of, or never even new existed! I am  learning without feeling pressurized.

    My parents  choose what I learn, which books we use and the schedule. We have a flexible routine, starting between 8:00 and 8:30 and finishing, well when we finish!

   Home schooling is who I am and how I learn. It would be hard to imagine going to a regular school. I love homeschooling and I know you would to!

    I do not have to worry about making friends because most schools allow me to take part in their sporting activities, and I also do sport at various clubs.There are  homeschooling groups all over the world, that means meeting other homeschoolers and doing stuff with them is possible for everyone. I even have pen pals all over the world!

    My mom  teaches my brother and I all we need to know! My mom chooses what suit's us the best. If something is too easy she makes it a little more difficult, and if it's too difficult she makes it a little easier.

   I love reading, it's one of my favorite things to do, I have read hundreds of books, and all because my mom always read aloud to us.

  Life long learning!!!





Friday, 22 January 2016

Baby Quiches

yummy baby quiches, perfect for a lunch box, party's and breakfast
           make 12 baby quiches

           You will need : 60 g of  lean bacon chopped and uncooked
                                     200 ml free milk 
                                      1\2 medium onion, peeled and chopped very finely 
                                     5 eggs
                                    250 ml cooked or canned butter beans
                                     5 - 10 ml mustard powder (1 - 2 t )
                                     2,5 ml freshly ground black pepper (1\2 t)
                                     5 ml dried parsley or dried herbs( 1 t)
                                      30 g cheddar or mozzarella cheese( 1 matchbox before grated)
                                      2,5 ml salt ( 1\2 t)


1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C . Lightly coat the 12 hollows of a muffin pan(7,5-cm diameter     hollows) with oil or spray with non stick cooking spray.

2)In a frying pan, dry fry the bacon and onion for 3 minutes over moderate heat. Set aside.

3) Puree the drained butter beans with half the milk(100 ml)

4)Pour the pureed beans in to a 1-liter jug or bowl and add the rest of the milk, eggs, mustard             powder, salt, pepper and herbs. Stir to mix.

5)Add the fried bacon and onions. Mix.

6) Pour the mixture into the lightly greased muffin pan ,filling each to 4\5  full and making sure          there is a little bacon in each quiche.

7) Sprinkle the grated cheese evenly over each quiche.

8) Place carefully in the oven and bake for 30 - 35 min, or until set.

Careful the oven is very hot!

9) Let cool in the pan for 10 min before running a knife around the edge  and removing to a wire rack. 

10)  Serve with fish fingers or chicken nuggets.


This is one of my favourite  things to bake. Baby Quiches are  easy  to make and  it tastes super good!








   

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

... doing the right thing.

Tribes by Catherine Macphail 
   The book is about a boy named Kevin that thinks gangs are stupid. And to be honest I think so to. 
He thinks he is never going to join one. But as one gang chases him, the Tribe (the leader gang) “saves” him.  In truth, the Tribe defeated their enemies and with that “saved” Kevin.

   The Tribe pressured him to join but at first he declined. He found out, that joining the Tribe was not as easy as just agreeing to join. I don't believe that  it was the right thing to do, joining the Tribe, but saying no is sometimes tough. Kevin discovered,  when it was all most too late, that it's far harder to leave, than to join.


   This book encouraged me to do the right thing before it’s too late. Making tough decisions, when they count most. I hope when you read this book you feel the same way.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

My Foundation

Ties That Bind Ties That Brake-Lensey Namioka
School has just started (in South Africa our school year runs from January to December) and I have all ready read two awesome books!

The first book is about a little girl that resides in China in 1911.She is almost five and is already engaged! Thank goodness my culture does not work that way!

But the engagement is called off as little Ailin is determined not to let her feet be bound. Quite honestly I would also not agree to having my toes bent over, breaking them and enduring excruciating pain. This leads to great grief in the Taos family, for a girl with bound feet is  most likely to get a husband. 

Ailin grows up to realize just how powerless a Chinese girl is in her society. But then she is presented with an opportunity of a life time. She must make the hardest decision in her young life.

I learned a lot  from reading this book. I realised that you should fight for what you believe, to stay strong in the moments that you feel like crying , and even if you're different you are still special.

I have red hair, that makes me different! Sometimes I am made fun of but deep down I know my Father God has destined me for great things. People can say and do what they wish, but I know where my foundation is. Hope you know too...