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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.

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04 March 2011

The choice to LAUGH!

Oh my goodness ... I have not been posting very much in the last few weeks. Truth be known ... all I feel like doing is sleeping!!! So sorry for slacking dear friends. It's been a long time since I was last pregnant and the tiredness and nausea has been quite intense, but then yesterday we got to meet baby for the first time via scan. It is such a surreal moment hearing the little ones heart beat and seeing that little "beanie" on the screen. Our hearts were so humbled and filled with overflowing joy! Our little one is all of 1.32cm big :0) I am nearing my 8th week now and definitely feeling rather hormonal which actually leads me to the thought on my heart today.

In my emotional state I find myself laughing one moment, then so sensitive in the next moment. Ah the joys of womanhood hey! I am one of those people that is all heart - but, I think too deeply for my own good sometimes. You know what I mean? I have been asking the Lord to help me to be more even keeled in my emotions especially as we have 2 little girls. I want them to see that yes ... we certainly do negotiate so many emotions as ladies ... but we have an amazing God that is willing to help us to negotiate even our emotions and not allow them to run away with us. So with all this weighing heavily on my heart this morning the Lord reminded me of a sure way to come through peacefully to the other side ... that is by choosing joy! And that is exactly what I am learning again in this season of my up and down run-away emotions ... to CHOOSE joy. It is my choice even when I feel like crying over misunderstandings or frustrations in parenting or just plain ol pregnant crazy hormones :0) 

Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us that the Joy of the Lord is our STRENGTH. I heard something today that one good belly laugh lowers your cortisol (stress levels) by 40% and is equivalent to a 3 minute rowing workout! We actually loose weight when we laugh!!! hee hee!!! So 10 good belly laughs today could be like a 30 minute workout!!! No wonder joy increases our strength :0) Ahhhh ... isn't God such a practical God!

If you have been feeling anxious about anything (I have really been struggling with this one for the last few days) then here is our encouragement ... "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ... Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4, 6-7. Today I am making a choice to lay down every one of my emotions, worries, anxieties and in its place, choose to laugh!!! To laugh at the silly little things ... the funny antics of my sweet girls ... the many blessings in my life ... just any ol reason to have a good belly laugh! It beats the stress hands down of thinking too deeply :0) 
"Now may the God of hope fill you with ALL JOY and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 

All my love,

Janine xxx


Jill said...

The seal definitely gave the approval.

Thanks for following me, I followed you back too!

Hope the pregnancy goes well!


hynz said...

Hello, Im a new follower, I just found you through Boost my Blog.
Looking forward to read more of your posts! Congrats on the baby!! Its the greatest feeling of all, right!!

Take care..

Monica said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! Children are such a wonderful gift!! Just stopping by from Boost My Blog Friday, I'm your newest follower and I hope you will follow back.
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EJN said...

Have a lovely day Janine,
Hoping your day it full of rest, joy and laughter. Congratulations on seeing the first pix of the littlest Robinson. God bless you each, especially the tiny one.
Sending Love and Prayers - J

Treasures from a Shoebox said...

So excited to hear about your surprise baby! Enjoy your pregnancy. :) Followed you here from Boost my Blog

Adeye said...

Thank you for the beautiful reminder, my friend. I too tend to let my emotions get the better of me (like every day!). So thaknful today we have a Father who cares so deeply about the things that trouble our hearts.

I love you. So wonderful that you got to see your teeny tiny on the screen. What a sweet moment.

Have a great weekend.

doreen said...

What a great message you have shared. I have been trying to convince my ever so intense husband that he needs ti lighten up and laugh some.
I never do New Years resolutions. This year however I decided to do goals. One was to give up worry and anxiety. If I spend 8 hours the outcome will be exactly the same therefor I have wasted 8 good hours that did not add 1 minute to my life but could possibly take hours away.
In a few weeks you will have some energy back...
I am a new visitor and follower via boost my blog.
I do not believe I have followed anyone in Africa yet:)

Rodney said...

It sure is easy to feel anxious in this world and always good to know that God is our source of hope strength and peace for each new day. Great post!

Anyways, my wifes name is Annette (pastors wife)and she just opened her blog to public setting as she wants to be an encouragement and blessing to people (she is also hoping to do giveaways). I was trying to be an encouragement to her by asking if you would be willing to swing by and say hi as she does not know many people in the blog world? Thank you for considering. Her blog is


Thank You,
Rodney(Annette's husband)

Patti said...

This is such a wonderful post! I love this... choose joy! So true that we always have a choice. That is so easy to forget. I am so grateful that as believers we are not seeking to plaster a happy face on a sad situation but that we have access to the source of true JOY all the time. And reason to rejoice! I love that picture of the seal! :-D And CONGRATULATIONS on your newest little blessing!