Nettie's Confetti second birthday with cake

Toasting Two Years of Tears and Transformation

This week is Nettie’s Confetti’s second birthday! What a journey it has been. After taking forever to start this project of love it has now become an integral part of my life and those around me can’t escape when I have an idea or start a project. I have been humbled by the support for my (sometimes crazy) endeavours and for the feedback I have received from friends and readers from all corners of my life.

It’s a Book Club Party!

After our last Nettie’s Book Club online get-together had to be cancelled due to the desperate state of our country’s electricity grid, I was inspired during my morning run to have a real get-together with those who have been following the blog diligently and double up the celebration of the blog’s second anniversary. It was quite last-minute and called of hurried small scale preparations. But getting together in person made the discussion so much easier than the virtual chats and spending time together was a real treat.

One day when this pandemic is over and I have more time and money, I would love to celebrate the gift of this blog with all of you. For now, let’s just take a look at what the last year meant for Nettie’s Confetti.

Tears and Transformation

Personally, the last twelve months was the toughest year of my life by far. I am not exaggerating when I say that this year of attempted adoption and devastating heartbreak and loss still has me reeling with questions and wounds that I cannot imagine ever being healed. It still feels like the wind is being knocked out of me in the most unexpected moments. Just when I think I’m on the road to recovery another phone call or email would remind me that this ordeal is far from over.

Fortunately, there was also a lot of beauty in the past year. Prince Charlie and I got to take a summer and a winter road trip to Cape Town which has been the highlights of my year. Spending time in nature is one of the best methods of therapy for any soul, and the Cape never disappoints.

On the blog, the two greatest projects of the year were the Surrender Bible Study and the launch of Nettie’s Book Club. where we studied The Gospel According to Satan. Both these projects took immense courage but you guys kept me going with your unwavering support and encouragement, confirming that there is a need to dig into God’s word and its application for our soul salvation. I am still learning from both these studies and would encourage you to revisit them when you have a chance.

Somehow, by the grace of God, I also managed to write one of my most popular posts of so far – 10 Bible verses that prove God made your body perfect. I’m both grateful for the success of this post, which has been read more than 1000 times, and sad that we all struggle with accepting our physical bodies no matter where we live or the language we speak. I definitely want to explore this topic more in the future.

I am not at all sorry that this year is drawing to a close. I hope that when we celebrate Nettie Confetti’s next birthday there will be more joy and celebrations than tears, and perhaps even the end of a devastating pandemic. Only God knows.

For now, I would like to thank each and every one of you for reading, participating and sharing with me (and others) how this blog has blessed you. Please don’t stop! Unknowingly, you have given me the courage and strength to keep writing when I thought I had nothing left to give. It takes much inner strength and vulnerability to tackle the topics and studies I take on, but you make it all worth it.

Thank you, friend. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you coming with me on this adventure and look forward to many more laughs, tears and aha-moment.

With love and confetti,



  • Petro

    Thank you for sharing your journey, joy and tears. It has given me the strength to continue when I really thought `i could not go on any more. Thank you for your inspiration and courage. Keep going and I promise to continue praying for you and `your `Prince `Charlie for courage, joy and many blessings

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