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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01 July 2013

Loving my kids on purpose!

I have been missing this cozy corner in blog-land for far too long. It's a rare quiet moment. The girls are out having fun at Holiday Club and boyzie is fast asleep. I have a silly grin on my face as I try remember how to use this key-board after way too long ;0)
To kick off ... here are a few pics of my precious growing-up-way-too-fast treasures ...
 Mr. Gabe is 5 months old already! He loves nothing more than being outside and out and about with mommy. He clearly has a big wide world of wonder to explore and is soaking it all up. I can't keep him inside for too long. I love his simple wonder at life around him. It's teaching me to find joy in the everyday simple things in life.
 He is totally enraptured by all the love that his 2 best big sisters in the whole wide world lavish on him every day. Nothing makes my heart smile bigger than seeing the bond that these 3 share with one another. I love watching him laugh at all their crazy antics! They are such big helpers to me too. Always willing to take a few moments to hang out with their little brother when I need to get something done around the house. I am bowled over seeing the overflow of their love. I also smile as I hear them tell him all about his big brother in heaven. When they miss Zac, I've taught them to snuggle Gabe a little closer ;0) Man we miss that little guy! 
Mr. Cosmo and Gabriel are fast becoming big friends. They are both fascinated by each other. Cosmo is so protective over Gabe. If he hears him crying, he will come and find me to check in that all is ok. Too precious. 

I have been quite protective of my time over these last 5 months which is why the blog posts have been fewer and far between. There is nothing like having a 12 and almost 9 year old before my eyes to remind me how quickly time passes by. I am trying to soak it all in as I watch these precious treasures growing up. I've been taking my time in discovering our new pace as a family and really allowing the Lord to re-shape the way I am raising these treasures. My mom blessed me with an amazing book that is changing my parenting-paradigms. It's call "Loving our kids on purpose" by Danny Silk. It is one of the best parenting books I have yet to read. Its showing me how fear-based my parenting has often been. The more I read, the more I am discovering God's amazing heart of freedom where my kids are concerned. I can't help but imagine how He is raising my Zac in Heaven ... in an environment of perfect love and freedom. If you can get your hands on a copy, I highly recommend it! I am learning what it looks like to live out a culture of honour and love at home. I can't tell you how much more peaceful it is around here as I am allowing God to teach me His principles of truth and freedom as I mother. 
Hopefully it won't be nearly as long till the next post. Missing you all and just had to say hi. 
Big heart hugs xxx

1 comment:

Denise Malafaia Cerqueira said...

Dear Janine, how long do not come here!
I miss you ... looks like Gabriel is great, my God! He is gorgeous, what a blessing, my sister!
I have been in a great stampede and therefore almost no time for my blog. So, I can not visit more other blogs.
Oh, how time flies ... I did 60 years in the past month, have you thought?
My children did a wonderful party to celebrate this date, it was beautiful!
It is, time passes and even every day we see the grace of the Father in our lives.
May all your days and your family, Janine, is full of grace and mercy of God!
Fraternal hugs!