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Married to Nick for 13 years, with 2 children; Sabrina - 12 and Dominic - 11. I am a girlfriend through and through in that I love girly things and anything that celebrates the essence of being a woman. I love vintage, shabby chic, the country and try my best to do my bit for the environment. SO yes...we have 3 bins in our house and try our best to recycle! I believe that with everything in life, the closer we stick to nature, the better off we'll be. I would love to have a balance in life, but have learnt that balance is not always possible, so strive for significance instead, in the hopes that that will be just as meaningful, and the rest will hopefully follow.

Friday, November 28, 2008

To Ronda....for your birthday...

...ok well it seems that the Stemp family are not yet quite out of the 'techno disaster' haze yet, and thanks to my DH spilling orange juice on his brand new laptop, and having to use mine, I have had very little access to it, so flower, this post for you is a little late.....but as I don't wear a watch....LOL!....I'm going to go with better late than never...

…even though you have already been thoroughly spoilt for your birthday (which has now lasted ..OHH...NEARLY A WEEK!!!)… in celebration of your life, and because of the fact that you don’t have my gift yet, here is a small “virtual” gift for you, in the way of “The things I love and appreciate about you”….in no particular order...

1. you see beauty in unusual things, just as you yourself are UN-usual.

2. our memories together stretch right back to the days when we spent hours and hours at drummie practice, in those ghastly super looks and BUSBY’s!...but how I loved those days!

3. your wonderfully generous nature.

4. your dry and witty sense of humour.

5. even though we live in 2 different provinces, we can speak up to 5 times a day…no problem…as if you were around the corner….I love that…

6. we never run out of things to talk about..

7. our emails when you were in Ireland and the UK..the days BEFORE SKYPE!!

8. your strength of character, morals and values.

9. just like me, you’re a teapot.

10. the fact that you know Nigel is not just a boy’s name!..LOL!

11. our daily skype’s…!!

12. the way you and Trevor have raised your 2 amazing girls.

13. your ability to make a plan....(except when it comes to table decor!!...LOL!)

14. that we are so often on the same wavelength!

15. you know what I wore to my Matric farewell and you’re still friends with me anyway!....eish

16. that we both loved waterblossom and putty.

17. the way our friendship knows no boundaries…


  1. OMgosh B..... I am absolutely flabbergasted..... WOW seriously - I DID not expect that - I thought maybe you had posted a piccie of ANOTHER divine thing you had found today..... but seriously - THANK YOU for that beautiful 'tribute'.... all TRUE..... even down to the 'MERMAID' style matric Farewell dress in PEARL and blue hey..... but thank you for that - I really appreciate it and it is such a special thing to do..... gosh you are giving Martha a good run for her money....

    Loads of love
    Your friend Ronda

  2. ps Michelle is right - it beats ANY material gift.....

  3. Finally a photo of Rhonda, I have never met or even seen her yet I feel I know her spirit through you B....what a lovely lovely tribute!

  4. What a lovely tribute to your dear friend. She is very fortunate having a friend like you. Hugs from Desire