This week meet South African mom blogger Angela, a widowed mum journeying through life with her little son Elijah Micah Rea, her “Rea” of sunshine. She blogs at Our Sunshine Journey.
1) What do you normally get up to on an average day? (Give us a brief description about yourself)
Hi I am Angie from http://www.oursunshinejourney.wordpress.com
. I am a 43 year old widowed mum to a toddler boy. I lost my beautiful soul mate of a husband in a helicopter crash in 2015 while he was on duty firefighting. We used to live in the beautiful little town of Tulbagh where my husband’s air base was until his passing, where my son and I picked up our lives and moved to the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, to be near family and friends. No two days are the same in this household. I am a freelance makeup artist who is getting into the photography industry. So depending what is on offer or if Elijah has anything planned is to how the day commences. Elijah is a professional model and also a brand ambassador to some super local companies. I take the photos for the later. I also like to go to gym as I find that is my therapy, although I have been a bit slack about that at the moment as I ran a 21km race which I was not properly prepared for and payed the consequences dearly! Elijah and I love to go on adventures and so when I am not working and he is not at play school you can find us searching out all the fun things Cape Town has to offer for a small boy of his age.
2) How do you feel about motherhood – what are your struggles and joys?
Motherhood did not come easily to me. I fell pregnant easily but could not retain the pregnancy. This went on for three years. I am so grateful for the amazing fertility clinic I attended who helped Darrell and I have our miracle baby. I am also so grateful to the love and support of my amazing husband who was with me every step of the way. Our journey to parenthood made us so extremely close, we both used to fall in love with each other more every single day.
I love being a mummy. Especially Elijah’s mummy. He is a joy. What I do find extremely hard on an everyday basis is looking at his beautiful face and charming personality and thinking how much Darrell would have loved him now and how much Elijah would have just doted on his father. Before Darrell died he was very hands on which made his death all the more difficult.
3) Tell us about your kid(s)
Elijah is turning three at the end of September! Apart from being very cute to look at he is just a delight. He is so loving, kind and loves people. We cosleep and he wakes me up in the middle of the night whispering “I love you Mummy” in my ear. He is a real boys boy and loves to follow any worker, be it family or not, doing anything on my house with his own tool box helping them to fix things. His dad was very handy and Elijah has certainly inherited this from him.
4). How did you start blogging?
I have always loved writing and I thought writing my thoughts down would help me with this painful journey I am on. This and my photography are my food for my soul. They are helping to bring me back to life. I have a voice and I want people to hear it. I want everyone to know that each day is special and to love the ones around you.
5) Share with us a valuable blogging tip you’ve learnt. (or more)
Blog for yourself and not what you think other people want to read. Also be true to yourself and you can not go wrong.Have a theme for your blog and let your content reflect that.
Angela, I can only respect you and the way you are dealing with your journey through blogging.