About Me

South Africa
My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna and Angelee and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. A year and a half later, our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! This blog has been a place where I have been able to journal my journey through loss, hope and choosing to live a life rich in love.

Blog Archive

27 January 2009

Stre-e-e-e-e-tch !!!

Hmmmm ... I am certainly being stretched at the moment - "good stretched" though. I am looking at my life and realising that staying in a comfort zone too long is actually quite uncomfortable - weird thought hey, but it is quite an epiphany for me today! I am ACTUALLY asking God (dare I say it out loud!!)  to re-focus me ... even re-position me if necessary. Oh my word - that is a brave prayer. I know how much God likes to act on those prayers ... but the truth is ... I want to be re-positioned to be where He wants me to be serving and living most effectively. If I am to be so busy, I want to be busy with the things that give way to LIFE! Maybe that means to continue doing what I have been doing all this time ... but somehow in my heart I can already sense change.
Work-wise, I am stretching myself in training to facilitate new course material -both corporately and in a ministry outlet. I am learning new skills and feel so out of my depth at times, but what thrills me the most is to be around people who might not actually know the Lord - and for me to use that opportunity to portray God's glory (not necessarily through what I say but through how I live) excites me to the core. I have realised that as a Christian I have lived quite unbalanced for quite some time - always in Christian circles - but not in contact with those who so desperately need to meet their Savior. This is an area I know that God is giving me an opportunity to grow in this year.  
How is God stretching you? Are you also seeking His re-direction? Let's encourage each other with our personal journeys with our awesome God!
Love Jan

23 January 2009

Growing up too fast!!!

Oh my word!! My babies are growing up way too fast!! This week was "back to school" with Tianna starting Grade 2 (I still cannot get my head around that! Where does the time go?) ... and Leelee started pre-school. They are both oh-so-beautiful inside and out and keep Brett and I in stitches of laughter (and on our knees too)!! Thank you Jesus - Tianna came home from School absolutely beaming with her new teacher and class. She is LOVING Grade 2. What an answer to prayer. We have been trusting the Lord for a gentle teacher for our tender hearted little princess, and as always - God is so faithful. She also has some lovely little friends in her class. 

Angelee is also enjoying her new school. She is our happy, go-with-the-flow little ray of sunshine, so you can imagine my shock when at the end of her FIRST day the teacher says to me "Shew ... you have a strong willed child!" ... hmmm ... so I asked her what happened. She explained to me that when she asked Angelee to pack away her lunch (which was always packed away for her at her last little PLAYschool), Leelee replied "No. I want to play." The teacher then re-stated that she HAD to pack it away, so Leelee looks her in the eye and very EMPHATICALLY and SLOWLY says ... "I - SAID - I - WANT - TO - PLAY!!".  Oh my word!!! Not the best response for her new Christian school. What can we say ... at least our girls keep Brett and I humble :)

Take a look at our gorgeous girls ...

1) Me and my baby-girls (at 7am ... a little too early for me, hence no make up!!)

2) My yummy hubby and his princesses

3) Angelee in her new class

4) Tianna standing outside her school

5) Tianna wearing her 1st pair of dangling ear-rings from her special aunty Niqui 

09 January 2009

I'm walking on sunshine ... yeah ...

I love the start of a new year. My perspective is always coloured in hope and freshness. I am well rested and refreshed after a holiday FULL of playing, laughing and hanging out with my lovely family. Oh the wonders of a break from the rutt and stress of everyday busyness :)  

New years eve we turned the music up nice and load and danced with the kids until they were too tired to carry on. It is such a fun memory that I am going to carry into this year ... to live, laugh and dance more!! 

We were also blessed with the opportunity of having my sis and her family to see the new year in with. I love the dynamic of a full house of children laughing, playing ...  just having good clean fun together. We all swam ... played card games ... the kiddies made up their own little games ... it was WONDERFUL!!! It was so heart sore to see my kiddies cry when their cuzzies, aunty and uncle had to go home after 10 wonderful, full days! But at the same time ... my heart rejoiced over the memories that were made, the bonds that keep growing tighter and all the fun to still look forward to for future visits this year.

Here are a few pics from our holiday ...

1) Christmas Eve

2) The Christmas feast at our home

3) Tianna and Brett trying out their new Christmas pressies together (my favourite pic!)

4) New Years eve ... feasting again (with Brett's mom, dad and sis and my sis and family) 

5) Dancing the night away in our lounge