About https://painting-mom.com/

I’m a mommy of boys & wife of enthusiast photographer. I'm an artist and art lover In this busy life I need to stop every once in a while….look around, count my blessings, be GRATEFUL and thankful. This is my way of remembering those special moments in life

Ocean Mood

I believe in the ocean curing all bad moods.
I believe in the waves wiping away worries.
I believe in seashells bringing good luck.
I believe in toes in the sand grounding my soul.
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I believe in the ocean curing all bad moods.
I believe in the waves wiping away worries.
I believe in seashells bringing good luck.
I believe in toes in the sand grounding my soul.

I could not have said that or put that in better words, the ocean really does cure everything for me ♥ I love staring at the horizon and this painting is going to bring me so much peace…..


Moonlight kiss

Some humans are the perfect examples of how monsters can be.

While others are angels from heaven walking all around us,

making us believe in the goodness that still remains.

The eve of the night before your first day at work

I gulped and felt my heart beating in my throat when I took this pic of you….we have a photo on these stairs, the two of us, on the day we left you here, it is one of my favourite photos.

I remember the trip we made in February 2012 and how hard it was to let go. I didn’t want to leave you here alone. I left a young enthusiastic boy and I came back to fetch a young man, full circle for the two of us.

You grew up, you struggled, you became independent, and it all happened so fast for me. I’ve been thinking over the years and more so these lasts few weeks, did I really do a good job as a mom?  Will you remember that I tried my best, even when I was tired exhausted, and stressed and sick, I still tried my best. I prayed sometimes and sometimes I forgot to pray, but I hope you will know that I had every intention of being a good and great mommy.  Although I do know that sometimes I wasn’t so great and I was just an OK mom.

Today is the eve of the night before your first day at work! You have finished your studies and I guess it’s time to adult, I hope you’re ready because I’m certainly not and I don’t have any wise words to pass on to you (sorry). All the milestones and special events of your life that I counted and recorded and photographed have come to an end. Leaps and bounds and so the next ones will be in years to come.

For now let me say that I am so very proud of you. I wish you the best of luck my son, may you be successful and happy in your career and in everything you do

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Your favourite bible verse became my favourite bible verse, guard it close to your heart.

Love MA ♥


Gratitude Jar 2017

I started the year with a positive attitude, this is going to be a better year, I’m not going to have a complete meltdown over big small huge things in my life…..and then it all came tumbling down.

We had some really rough months, huge storms and lots of turbulence, at some stage I thought the plane was going down!!  But look at this, I still have a glass jar this year and so many things to be grateful for, just look at it, it’s beautiful.


It’s four years in a row that I fill a jar and it feels so good to think back and find so many blessings. They always stand out. Just look at this year, WOW!!


And so I end off 2017 with a huge *sigh* and another big Thank You LORD for keeping us safe. Thank you for saving us so many times from so many things that could have turned out badly.  And of course, thank you for keeping me sane in the midst of all the craziness

In everything give thanks. 1 Thes 5:18


My older jars – 2014  2015  2016  ♥ ♥ ♥


Looking back on 2017

What a tough and crazy year this was, looking forward to starting all over again, starting fresh. And I’m praying for a softer and better year! 2018 please be kind.


What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?

I went on a bread baking course (artisan breads) yum!

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No, I can’t even remember what it was. But yes I have three resolutions for 2018

How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

I don’t know yet

Did anyone close to you die?

Yes, sadly a cousin of ours and an old family friend of my dads

What countries did you visit?

None. But visited two new towns in SA that I had never been to – Haenertsburg ♥ and Dundee

What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

What date from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

24th of March and the 6th of May – graduation of both my boys

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Both my boys graduated ! I’m soooo proud

What was your biggest failure?

I failed my younger son, and I’m heartbroken about it

Did you suffer illness or injury?

A really bad case of migraine that resulted in spending two days in hospital and MRI

What was the best thing you bought?

Hand made leather shoes and a blue shweshwe hand bag

Where did most of your money go?

Bills, bills, bills

What song will always remind you of 2017?

Havana by Camila Cabello

What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had danced more and laughed a whole lot more (same as last year)

What do you wish you’d done less of?

I cried, like a lot

What were your favorite TV shows?

If they let me watch TV at home it’s Big Bang Theory

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I still hate the same person of last year

What was the best book you read?

Started three haven’t finished any, yeeks….

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Khalid – Young Dumb & Broke

What was your favorite film of this year?

I really enjoyed “Paris can wait”

What did you do on your birthday

I had a surprise birthday party in the office and surprise party with family and friends Spoiled and blessed beyond measure

What kept you sane?

Me time and the chats with my sister and two cousins. We have a whatsapp group and talk to each other almost daily I can’t live with out those chats and laughs

Who did you miss?

My family overseas

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016

Life takes some unexpected turns, the hard knocks of life, some practical experiences that include hardships and disappointment but God is in control all the time.

Breathe. Just breathe. Pray and have a little faith…♥

Looking back on 2016