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.

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11 February 2012

35 Candles

This gal's just turned another year older! (Don't you DARE count any wrinkles ;0) hee hee. They are just my laughter lines.)
What a precious day it has been. I have been swamped in love!!! From family to friends, the love just keeps washing over me. 
I stand amazed at the many ways God continues to work at loving my heart back to wholeness. I so badly wanted to hide from my birthday this year. I kind of saw it as a big reminder to everything I walked through last year. This time last year I was glowing in the news of just finding out that I was pregnant. I wanted everyone to share our joy! It was such a happy time for me. Leading up to this birthday I simply felt barren. I didn't want to face the reminder of such deep loss. BUT THEN my faithful Jesus lovingly changed my perspective. He brought my birthday one day earlier. I never saw it coming. Let me explain :)
Yesterday I started getting phone calls from treasured friends singing happy birthday to me! I was then "kidnapped" by a friend for a wonderful pamper at a beauty spar as my birthday pressie. Then I got more birthday phone calls and messages! All of a sudden I was having a birthday before a birthday. This has NEVER happened to me, especially by so many people. These special impromptu wishes totally softened my heart to accept the love that God has for me in placing so many around me who love me. He knows me so well. I LOVE suprises! All of a sudden I could face today, because yesterday was such a beautiful warm up! :0)
Today I could weep at the many beautiful messages that have been sent to me from so many precious people. Thank you to every person who has made my day special. I can truly say that my arms are opened wide to the beautiful adventures, blessings and faith walking expeditions that my Jesus has prepared for me.
All my love and thanks xxx


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Precious Lady!

Amy Durrant said...

It is wonderful to hear :) You are so beautiful Janine. xxx

EJN said...

Happy Birthday, dearest Janine. May your day be filled with gobs of His goodness, bowlfuls of His beauty, and may you truly be lavished in His love by all you know.
Love to you in this coming year, may He meet you at each turn with His grace and kindness.

Dardi said...

What sweet friends!! I hope this year brings many beautiful moments & blessings!

Sandi said...

Happy birthday!!! It's mine coming up on 25 feb and its the first birthday in 3 years that I haven't been pregnant and it feels weird. I also have that "barren" feeling!
Love sandi

Susan said...

It is wonderful to read about all the sweet love enveloping you.

Carol F said...

Hello my gorgeous Girl - love the flower in your hair!! You look beautiful as always xx Know that you were on my mind the whole day on Saturday!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday...can't wait to give you your pressie!!!
Mom xx

Niqui said...

Ahhh my Jan! Yay I am so glad that you had such a special day!

All my love xx

Kelli said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry I missed it, but I'm thrilled to see you were enveloped in the love of your friends, family and the Lord! You are so beautiful (inside and out), don't you dare worry about wrinkles. :)
love and hugs to you!

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Happy Birthday!!

Ms. Kathleen said...

This is my first visit to you blog and I get to wish you a Happy Birthday :) I pray you had a blast and were blessed mightily!