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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 (11) 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.

About the Journey

Life is certainly a remarkable adventure! You just never quite know what's around that next corner! I am a 36 year old wife and mommy to 4 amazing children. When I started this blog a few years ago I had no idea just how much I would learn about the depths of God's love in the years ahead! Back then I was a mommy of two little girls. In September 2011 we were given the greatest privilege to become proud parents to a very special little boy called Zac, our "lion heart". We were entrusted to carry him in pregnancy in an amazing walk of faith, because he would only be ours this side of Heaven for 21 and a half hours after birth. Our precious heart baby has taught us more about the reality of Heaven and the truly important matters of the heart in his short journey in our lives than a lifespan of living could have taught us. He continues to be our pointer to Jesus in remarkable ways. "Love in Action" has become our incredible journey through grief to live lives filled with grace, strength, increasing joy and purpose as we continue to heal and grow in God's amazing love as a family. Just a few weeks ago we welcomed our second son, Gabriel into this amazing big-wide-world-of-wonder! We are overcome with joy as the Great Restorer is faithfully at work in our lives! Please come and join me on my adventure. I'm one of those people who wears my heart on my sleeve. I'm a firm believer of living my life out in the open as I continue to pursue a life lived in truth and freedom. I am exploring the depths of God's personal love for us, and I have to say that life is far more colourful lived in His love. I would like to live my life having experienced rich friendships - both new and old and most certainly having loved and laughed my way through most of it. I welcome you to share your thoughts and comments with me. At the end of each blog entry, click on "comments" to add your thoughts. I can't wait to hear from you! Here's to life God's way ... RICH and FULL in Jesus Christ's overflowing love for us!

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


Debra Saturday, February 11, 2012  

Happy Birthday Precious Lady!

Amy Durrant,  Saturday, February 11, 2012  

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

EJN Saturday, February 11, 2012  

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 Sunday, February 12, 2012  

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

Sandi,  Sunday, February 12, 2012  

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 Monday, February 13, 2012  

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

Carol F,  Monday, February 13, 2012  

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 Tuesday, February 14, 2012  

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

All my love xx

Kelli Wednesday, February 15, 2012  

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!

Ms. Kathleen Thursday, February 16, 2012  

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!


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