A few weeks ago on St Georges day we all shared in the wonderful news of a new royal baby. The news that usually comes after the birth is the baby’s name but sometimes it is not as simple as that. Sometimes it takes a while to find a befitting name and i am sure the pressure is even more so when it is a royal baby. I was glad a few days later when it was announced on the news that the royal baby is to be called Louis Arthur Charles. It is wonderful that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose such meaningful names.
Before the royal baby was named, my colleague asked me why it was taking long to give the baby a name. I told her that naming a child is a special thing because a name is for life. My colleague gave me a strange look and said , ‘wow but they had 9 months to do that’. I told my colleague my own story about how i named my children. The first one i researched the name for 3 months before giving birth and even after birth we had a naming ceremony with our wonderful pastor. Nobody except myself and my hubby knew the name of the baby until the naming ceremony when baby was about 1 week old. With the second one again we had a naming ceremony when she was 1 week old. Both names were roughly researched and most importantly we prayed over their names. I hope i do not come come across as snobby but naming a child ridiculous names is rather selfish and disrespectful to the child. Parents need to think of their children’s future and see their names as prophecies.
A couple of years back i saw on the news that some countries around the world actually have a banned list of names. In France it is illegal to name your child nutella,strawbery,deamon and mini cooper. According to the law in France, such names can lead to bullying hence not in the best interest of the child. I know there is a huge banned list with some hilarious names but the above is just an example.
Back to my question again, and the answer would be as long as it takes to find great name.
Congratulations to Destiny child’s Michelle Williams who recently got engaged to Pastor Chad Johnson. According to the lovely bride to be, they met last year at a christian retreat and stayed in touch. The groom to be was encouraged by his friends to pursue Michelle and here they are today happily engaged. The happy couple are set to tie the knot this summer 2018.
It is so wonderful to see a Godly relationship especially in this day and age. According to their People’s magazine interview, they did everything the christian way. They were both done with dating and wanted to pursue a relationship that will lead to marriage. The groom to be reportedly told his bride to be that he was done searching upon meeting her. When Pastor Chad was ready to propose he sought the blessings and permission from those nearest and dearest to Michelle. What is also wonderful to see is that they are not having a 10 year engagement. I just do not understand long engagements. Traditionally engagements are supposed to be maximum 12 months. I understand that of course sometimes money can be an issue in regards to actually getting married but in the end it is not how much a wedding cost that matters. I have heard many elders saying, ‘marriage begins after the wedding’. It is so true and personally i think couples should work with what they have and let God bless it. It does not make sense to be engaged for 10 years while saving for a ‘Instagram’ style wedding.
I just love their testimony and i pray that it will encourage those that are still waiting and searching. What i have certainly learned from this is when they both gave up on relationships and doing things their own way, God showed up (not that He ever left lol) and did only what Yahweh can do. May they have a beautiful and blessed marriage 🙂
Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who welcomed a bouncing baby boy on Monday morning. Like most people, i was glued to my news apps for any updates on the royal baby and so it was lovely to hear of the great news. Katherine was admitted to St Mary hospital on Monday morning and by 11 am she welcomed her baby and by the evening she left through that famous door. The new mum looked absolutely lovely as if she had just returned from a relaxing holiday. Katherine was wearing a beautiful red dress with a white collar and even managed to wear a pair high heeled shoes. I accept that the duchess has a lot of help as it comes with her role and status but lets not forget, she is still human. Most new mothers leave the hospital with cosy clothes and comfortable shoes away from the public eye but Katherine has to keep perfoming her duties regardless so well done super Kate!
The new baby is such a cutie pie just like his brother Prince George and sister Princess Charlotte. The baby has not yet been given a name but i am sure whatever name they give him will be befitting. It would have been nice to name him George as he was born on St Georges day but erm..that is already taken by his big brother oh dear.
Sorry i could not post on the day but its been a very busy Easter celebration for us here, I was actually meant to post on the 1st of April but by the time i finished doing everything i was beyond knackered.The whole celebration has been wonderful especially now that my little one have reached an age where they are so inquisitive. My 4 year old keeps telling me that Jesus went to the cross and went up to the sky and asking lots of hows and whys. I love their little funny questions as it allows room for me to explain things in a way that is age appropriate. Days before good Friday we made 2 gorgeous Easter bonnets as the girls school required all children to wear one for their Easter celebrations. I had set my sights on getting non decorated simple bonnets from the poundshop or poundworld but unfortunately they had run out. I was amazed that all the shops had run out of bonnets and some well known shops did not bother to stock any. I did manage to buy some bonnet decorations and some simple straw summer hats which we turned into bonnets. The girls and i had so much fun decorating the bonnets and even daddy helped stitch some baby chicks for us. The girls looked so sweet wearing their bonnets for school before half term and also for church on Easter Sunday.
Asides from Easter bonnets we also had chocolate eggs overload. I really wanted to treat my little ones for doing so well at school so i just went overboard with the chocolates. I organised a cheeky Easter egg hunt in the house as the weather wasn’t too great. Chocolate eggs were hidden in the dolls house, study table, rocking moose and other strange and funny parts of the house. They took their egg hunt seriously and at some point became extra competitive as their marched around the house with their pink and yellow baskets. They had sch a ball and as for me, i found a Cadburys creme egg days later in the bedroom. I did not call the girls to come and see i simply sat down quietly and enjoyed a well deserved treat hmmm it was yum….such a great find.
On Easter Saturday we made some arts and crafts which the girls enjoyed as it involved lots of cutting, sticking, gluing and of course glitter. I planned to make my own hot cross buns but i did not get the time and so i cleared out my nearest supermarket :). Easter Sunday was such a treat as the girls were all pretty in pink with their bonnets. The service was beautiful as our wonderful pastor taught us on the power of Jesus Christ Resurrection. I just soaked in the message like a thirsty tree. The word of God is indeed life and i am so glad i have the privilege to know the true meaning of the season. My children love the bunny,chocolates,baby chicks and so on but they understand that its just a little bit of fun. What makes me happy is that they know about Jesus and how much He loves us.
I received a new mobile phone over Christmas from my darling husband. I was so happy because it had been a while since i had a phone without cracks (no thanks to my girls). Being an apps expert that he is, he went through the trouble of downloading some great apps on my behalf. I am not a big techie person myself but at the same time i am loving my Bible app. Last year i fell behind on my Bible reading and became slightly sidetracked and disorganised so this year i decided to pick myself up and carry on.
The Bible app is simply amazing because it has helped me stay on top of my reading. I have used the Bible app to sign myself up for a challenge to read my Bible in one year. This is not the first time i am reading the whole Bible through. I read it through as a new believer from 2006 until 2008 (yep it took me 2 whole years). I want to read it through again because its just a great way to refresh and reboot my walk with Christ.
The challenge i am using is simple and my mobile phone prompts me too which is handy. I recommend this app to everyone plus there are lots of reading plans so it is not one a shoe fits all type of app.
Congratulations to Jamie Grace who recently got engaged to Aaron Collins. I am just so happy for them especially as my princesses and i are huge fans of hers. This is such a beautiful testimony right here as Jamie has dealt with many issues in her life most notably her struggle with tourette syndrome. I had no idea about her disability until i saw her sister’s storyteller video.There is also a mention of this on Jamie’s show Jesus video where she jokingly says, ‘i need a friend’. We have always enjoyed her beautiful music which doesn’t reveal any of the above. It is fair to say that God has put the pieces together and made her a storyteller (as her big sis would sing ) so here’s to a long, happy and blessed marriage to the lovely couple.
All photos owned by Jamie Grace
Happy Mother’s day to all you sweet and wonderful mothers out there. May God reward you for all that you do and increase your knowledge so that we can do better. I know there are lots of parenting books out there but even with all that knowledge it is all by the grace of God. There is no such thing as a perfect parent or perfect child because we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23-24) but still we can do all all things through Christ amen…so please remain blessed and keep up the good work 🙂