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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 (15) and Angelee (12) 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. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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05 December 2010

The new curtains are just going to have to wait!

There is nothing like being away from your usual routine to give you a different perspective. This time of year I am usually spring cleaning the house as I get it ready for our visitors. I found myself in this usual routine up until  a week ago. I had an absolute bee in my bonnet about repainting the lounge and dining room and organizing new curtains. It was so important to me. Then I got news that my Gran was not doing well and I flew to be with my sister as we care for her as she waits for my mother to fly in tomorrow to come and spend some special time with her. All of a sudden I realise that the fresh paint and curtains pale in importance compared to having quality time and closure with the ones you love. 
This time has been a gift that I will always treasure. Taking little walks with my Granny and just allowing her to tell me all about her life are treasures that I can pass on to my children. To be able to learn about your heritage is a privilege. In doing so you have the opportunity to choose what to glean from and what to learn from. 
I am learning so much at the moment. Life lessons like when to speak and when to just listen. Also when to offer assistance or intervene and when to wait until asked to assist. When to speak your mind or to simply just release. It's not always easy, but it truly is a privilege to be there for family in moments like this. 
These are my late night musings. Tomorrow holds an exciting new day! Mom arrives and the reunion is going to be very sweet.
Janine

2 comments:

Adeye said...

Oh Jan, I am so thankful that your dear mommy is on her way even as I write this. God is so good. What a beautiful gift you have been given in spending precious moments with your granny...you're right, you will never forget. I know you must be missing your family back home, but you'll be there soon enough. Savor the moments you have there. And yes, the curtains can wait. :)

I love you so much.

Emily Joyce said...

I wish I knew more about my grandmother's lives. I remember a few stories they told me when I was little, but most of what I know I learned from my parents. I hope you, your sister, and your mother and grandmother all make some special memories in the coming days.