Today I’m interviewing Joburg-based homeschooling mama of 3, Melanie, who blogs over at Wind in a Letterbox. She writes about faith, marriage and parenting. Read on to find out more about Melanie…
Know: I know that there is more to life than the here and now, and I try to live with eternity in mind. I know that there is always something to hope for, and that all the chaos and craziness of the world is only temporary. I know that life is far too short to dwell on the should-haves or might-have-beens.
Love: Jesus, my husband, my children. These are the loves of my life. Other things I love: the smell of wet earth just after it rains, listening to the sound of a cello being played, seeing spring blossoms in all the trees, chocolate melting on my tongue, the weight of a purring cat curled up on my lap.
Read: I’ve been a bookworm just about forever. My favourite classics are Pride & Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. I also enjoy Francine Rivers, Kathy Reichs, Stieg Larrson, Karin Slaughter, Annelie Botes and CS Lewis. And I have a weak spot for Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. These days, between homeschooling my daughters and caring for my newborn son, I don’t have as much time to read as I like. Or, rather, I’m reading plenty of children’s books out loud, and over and over again!
Want: More sleep, an unlimited supply of chocolate, another cup of tea. On a more serious note, I want to raise my children to know God, to love others, and to value what is important in life. I want to be a loving and supportive wife to my husband. I want to live a life that honours God.
Wear: My current style can be summed up as “zombie mom chic”. Tracksuit pants, T-shirts, a haphazard ponytail, eau de spit-up. In the event that I have to leave the house, you’ll probably find me in jeans and a loose-fitting shirt. But the ponytail is probably still haphazard.
Need: I’ve struggled to come up with an answer for this one, because I don’t actually need anything. I am loved, I have people to love, and I have a roof over my head and food in my cupboards. Sometimes I’m tempted to think that I need more, but most of the time I am content.
Images: Melanie Blignaut