I am Elmarie van den Berg and I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, a colleague, an entrepeneur, a businesswoman, an inspirer, a floral artist and above all a Child of God.
I have raised three amazing children. Two sons and a daughter.
Near the end of 2019 I was diagnosed with cancer. I am currently in remission after more than a year of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. I am so grateful to be here.
I have always known that my purpose is aligned to working with all things floral because that is where my gifting lies, but after my healing journey God has opened my eyes and ears to entirely new opportunities. I am now 100% sold out for and driven by God. Where He leads, I follow.
I have a flower business called Elle Fleur and I am now the co-owner of three other businesses. My other babies. His anointing in my life is My Guide and I have a calling on my life to help others through my various businesses.
I was born to a South African mother and Italian father in 1981. I grew up, the baby of our family of five, in a happy home filled with food, laughter, loud conversations, honest conversations and solid relationships.
I committed my life to the Lord by responding to an alter-call in the Christian church that my mom used to take me to. I was there with my Mimi (oumoedie/ grandmother) that day. On the 6th of February of 1988 as a 7 year old little girl, I responded to the Holy Spirit with all seriousness, sincerity and devotion.
I wish that I could say that my journey was the only constant committed growing into greater depths of relationship with God, but that would not be entirely true.
There were times when my devotion wavered, in fact there were whole years when my life was not what I am sure the 7 year old clutching her vest over her heart while saying the sinners prayer had in mind.
Looking back – through what I do easily divide into ‘good vs bad times’ or ‘on track vs far away from God times’ – one thing is clear; God was right there inside and beside me all the way. I might have been ‘far away’, but He never was. I might have let go at times but His grip never loosened.
I became a teacher soon after obtaining an Honours Degree in Drama. I taught at a prestigious school where I met my incredible husband in 2010. We were married in 2013, I had our first born baby girl in 2015. Our second daughter was born in 2018.
After 16 years of being in education and acting, the Lord has called me to Flower Girl.
I want to let all God’s girls know that He adores them, and that He is with them in EVERYTHING. Not because of any commitment or promise that they have made to Him, but because of the one He made to us.