Words of Encouragement

Guest Blogger


My New Year Resolutions

These are my New Year’s resolutions, raw and unedited, so beware.  I’m tagging this for the girl folk because I need the therapeutic benefit of a little female sympathy and understanding over here.  Men peek at your own risk.  So here goes …

  1. I have a new love for elastic waist pants so therefore I will wear elastic waist pants …  whenever I want.
  2. I have always wanted to try that plum hair colour.  It WILL happen!
  3. If I want to cry over a sappy movie I will cry until my nose runs, and I will not pretend it is allergies.
  4. Yes, I use my husband’s shaver for my legs.  It works really swell.  I have no plans to change this.  Do not mention this to him please.
  5. I told myself that I have enough jewellery.  I was wrong.  I may need more bling.
  6. Anyone who has over a “D” cup should be exempt from wearing a life jacket.  The coast guard should know this.
  7. Panty hose are from hell.  I am not wearing them.
  8. I will evaluate the following throughout the year: “too many shoes”  “too much shopping” “too much sugar.”   I will let you know how that goes.
  9. If I don’t park the car between the lines the first time, there is stays.  Suck it up.  Don’t be a cry baby.
  10. Since when did they come up with those “stork” parking spaces at the mall?  As far as I am concerned, they owe me 36 months retroactive parking spots.  I’m caching in.
  11. I refuse to wear anything with the words “support” or “control” on it.  There are just some things that have a mind of their own.
  12. Of course Costco samples counts as supper and I ain’t cooking.  If you are still hungry go back through the lines again.
  13. Chartreuse is a colour, as well as Fuchsia, Eggplant, and Eggshell.  I am not explaining this intricate and complex concept anymore.
  14. Yes, chocolate is a staple food,  the same as butter, eggs, bread, and milk.  Need I explain this?
  15. This year I am celebrating everything … cellulite, wrinkles, gray hairs, menopause, and my new mustache.  Who will celebrate these gifts with me??
  16. There is no such thing as too many Girl’s Nights Out!  Who’s in?!
  17.  There is no scripture to go with this devotional.

What are your plans?  Do tell!

Love Cyndi
Copyright 2011 December 31 Cyndi den Otter – All Rights Reserved May be used with author’s permission


I am going to share my wonderful play dough recipe.    It is easy and  inexpensive to make and is worth many hours of play time.  I have sweet memories of the kids waiting  with excitement for it to cool enough to play with.  They got to choose what colour I made theirs.  I sometimes made several different colours and kept them in different containers …  but every mama knows what eventually happens with this plan.  I would make a giant batch and kept it in an ice cream container in the fridge.   The strong salty taste usually deters kids from eating it.  I say usually, some children are persistent.  Don’t ask me how I know this.   There was one incident when Rianna and Kendra made a volcano out of their play dough with Kool-aid.  It was quite effective.  The Kool-aid dissolved the play dough volcano and the resulting “explosion” of red gooey “lava” oozed everywhere.  Neither would confess and now they are adults and their lips are still sealed 🙂 Aneke, I  am looking forward to making my first batch for Amariah when she gets big enough to not eat it, although Lieneke always tasted hers and insisted that the different colours had different flavours.  Yuk!


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil.

Stirring constantly, cook on low to medium heat for three minutes or until thick. Add food colouring while still quite runny. Knead. Cool and store in a sealed container. It keeps best and lasts longer in the fridge. 

(When it is full of lint, cheerios, lego pieces, and  cat hair, it is time to discard and start over).

Okay Moms, make some memories. Enjoy!



I have some friends who are nuts, truly nutty. I cannot turn my back on them. They swipe my gum right out of my purse, drink out of the untouchable green mug which they know is MINE, call at all hours of the day and night, and can be seen in a sweater that looks familiar, VERY familiar. I really would not have it any other way. I would do the same to them …. umm, I mean the same for them.

I also know that my friends have my back. They will tell me when my mascara is running, the truth about my latest hair colour, and when my clothing is caught up in awkward places. They also let me vent and be unreasonable and don’t tell me to smarten up because they know that it is just a bad day and it will pass. I also know that when I really do need to smarten up, they can tell me because I trust them and I know that I am safe with them. I know my friends will pray for me, my husband, and my children. Not only will they pray for me, but they know just exactly what to pray for. Does it get any better than that?

My friends make me laugh until I wet my pants, provide chocolate when necessary (it is always necessary, every friend knows that) and will accompany me on spontaneous adventures. My friends will never rat me out and tell my secrets because I know all of theirs so HA! We share hopes and dreams. No one laughs if it is a huge dream. They encourage, nurture, and make me believe that I can accomplish it. Friends accept me as I am, allow me to be me, point me to God, and help me become a better person. My friends provide shelter with their presence because I feel safe and loved. Don’t get me wrong, my friends are not perfect and they certainly know that I am not perfect either. Friends are one of the biggest blessings that God has given me.

There have been times in my life when I have been lonely. Friendships seemed elusive. At times I have not made an effort to reach out for fear of rejection. Sometimes I have not been a good friend and have not taken time to nuture those special relationships. Do you have a friend you can be real with? If you don’t, consider making a phone call to that person that you wish you could connect with. Make the first move. They are probably trying to get up the courage to make a call as well. Call a group of gals that are like minded and arrange a coffee date. Conversation is easy when you have things in common, however, don’t always limit it to that because friendships can span generation gaps as well. Pray for friendships. God cares about you and everything that is important to you. Ask God to help provide opportunities to make friends. Do you have an old friendship that has drifted that you would like to rekindle? Write a note. Send a card. Make the call … and … get an extra supply of chocolate.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need. NLT
Proverbs 27:9 The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. NLT
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. NLT

by Cyndi den Otter (C)

Copyright 2010 June 8 Cyndi den Otter – All Rights Reserved May be used with author’s permission