Friday, 9 May 2014


Join me in the Five Minute Friday Challenge hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker. Participants write for 5 minutes with no editing, no over thinking, and no backtracking. This week’s word is: Grateful.

Five Minute Friday


Ever since I can remember my mission in life was to grow up to be a princess. Just like so many other little girls. But we didn’t have the money to spend on fancy toys. And it never occurred to her to promote these things in a big or overly meaningful way.

Obviously she’d been reflecting on the way things were for us as kids, growing up. I know this because a year or two ago she apologised. I wasn’t looking for or expecting it. It came as quite a surprise.

Every now and then that reel runs through in my mind. In the middle of creative pursuit, just the other day, something hit the play button again.

Because see, the sticking point for me is this - as a child I didn’t miss what I didn’t have. I’m pretty sure I was oblivious to the fact I never owned a tiara. I was however fully aware that I’d been thought of when she brought me home the book about a real princess. For me. Just because that was my life’s dream.

Back to the creativity.

She may have never bought me fancy dress ups and the like – but she did hand me a needle and thread. There was a bag of fabric scraps I was allowed to raid just whenever. There was always paper, scissors, crayons, and glue. The most used book on the shelf was the ‘make and do.’ I was happy with that. Satisfied to the full. I didn’t know I was missing out – because I wasn’t.

How does all that impact me now? I still love to create. I love to be resourceful. It’s such a big part of who God made me. I’m pretty sure He knew that when He provided for our needs. I am grateful for those days.

And the princess thing? Well, once upon a time a girl met a boy. He called her his Precious Princess (and still does)… But that’s a whole other story!


Now, your turn…


  1. Visiting from FMF- thanks for sharing! I guess it's very much about the view we have on our lives or days etc. While we are angry or disappointed about everything we don't have we miss out on all the wonderful blessings we do have. I am glad you enjoy your creativity now and are grateful for that. Lots of blessings on you!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. Bless you heaps :)

  2. I loved this! We are so much alike in many ways. I had these same dreams and also had access to scraps of cloth and crafts. You are very talented and creative indeed. I really enjoyed this post. Oh, and lucky you ...I love that your guy calls you a precious princess. <3

    1. A kindred spirit then! (but we already knew that ;) ) Over the years it's been shortened to precious...and for a while there our eldest son referred to us as 'Daddy' and 'Precious'. I wasn't going to correct him :)

  3. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a kind comment on my blog. I just read your post, and I enjoyed it so much! It sounds much like my own experience growing up and I am so thankful for it! Your 'Make and Do' book? It wasn't Volume 5 of The Bookshelf For Boys and Girls' set was it? :) Have a blessed weekend! <3

    1. It was the 'Make and Do' book from Childcraft - The How and Why Library. I think it was number 11? The dark blue one anyway :)

      Thanks for popping in! Blessings :)


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