Entries by Shauna Blaak

Top Posts of 2017!

As we wind up the final days of 2017, here are the MOST READ POSTS on the blog this year (just in case you missed them the first time around).

And thank you, dear friends, for welcoming me into your inbox and into your hearts this year. You are awesome, and I feel so privileged to share my words with you!

So, grab a coffee and a cozy little corner, and ENJOY!

Happy New Year from the Blaaks!

MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Blaaks in South Africa (and the Blaak in Australia)!

For the past two weeks, we’ve had radio silence on the blog because we’ve been Making Merry—eating, resting, partying, and enjoying our Joshua who has come ‘home for Christmas!’ Yaaaay!

This momma’s heart is almost full. The only thing missing around here is our other little chickie in Australia. Unfortunately, Raelynne wasn’t able to get away from work during the Christmas season, but we’re hoping to see her soon.

In the meantime, we’ve been doing some good soul searching around here. Before we can adequately start something new in 2018, it’s essential to FIND THE GOLD IN THE OLD.  

So today, on a road trip to Port Elizabeth, we discussed this question:  


Here’s what each of us had to say…

Day 10 – Finding that ‘Home for the Holidays’ Feeling when Everything is Different

I remember the first time I saw Santa Claus in a swimsuit. Not a pretty sight. It was our first Christmas in South Africa, and we were walking through a local mall. There before us was a Christmas display showing Santa on a surfboard with board shorts and sunglasses. [gasp]

SOOO wrong on so many levels.

Erwin and I looked at each other and said, “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto.”

We were about to experience a VERY DIFFERENT Christmas.

What a shock to experience a HOT Christmas on this side of the planet. We’d only ever known the snowy, cold Christmases in Canada—freezing temperatures, warm fires in the fireplace, ice skating and tobogganing, and hot apple cider to warm up afterward.

Snow wasn’t an inconvenience—it was our friend.