Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Favourite 10 Photo's of 2008

Jules from the Roost challenged us to choose our favourite 10 photos of 2008. Oh, that was so difficult to choose.

This first one is of Kobus and me taken at the beginning of the year. My favourite side of the camera is behind it is good to see a photo of us together now and then.
This beautiful photo was taken at Wynand (pronounced Vaynund) and Nadia' s wedding. They are such a gorgeous couple.

Also taken at the wedding. He is so cute! (In a manly kind of way...naturally) Love him to bits!

Me holding Lukas shortly after his birth.

The first time Lukas stayed overnight with us, he was only one month old and this photo was taken the next day...the two of them trying to catch up on lost sleep.
He is so gorgeous! Look at those beautiful blue eyes.
Christian on his 6th birthday....much more dashing than Johnny Depp don't you think.

Oupa and Lukas! This grandpa so adores his grandchildren...he tries to make a point of seeing them everyday.

Christian enjoying his icecream.

My beautiful little Leane! She has got such an interesting character...and the love for hats is only one of them. I just love how she chatters non stop in her own language.

Now my challenge to all my blog buddies. I have now shared mine...please post your favourite 10 photos. I would love to see them.

New Years wishes

This is the time of the year when we reflect on the year that was and start thinking about the year that lies ahead. There is so much I am thankful for this year. My son, Wynand, married his sweetheart Nadia and they make each other so happy. Nadia gave birth to our beautiful grandson Lukas. Bianca finished school and started college and her whole outlook on life changed and became more positive. I am so thankful that God has blessed us with a wonderful relationship with our children. We were so blessed in our ministry this year...God truly came through for us in every situation and met our every need. With the economy on the downturn and business and individuals doing less for charities....I can only say "Thank you Lord, that we are so dependant on You and not on the government or on the economy."

Now... I must say that I do not believe in New Year's Resolutions, because I have never been able to keep them. I have however come across this very nice poem that I would like to share with you.
Christian New Year’s Resolutions

How can I use the New YearTo better serve my Lord?
I’ll read my Bible every day,And be more in accord.
I’ll find new ways to serve others;
I’ll love my neighbor, too.
I’ll focus on "give" instead of "get"
In everything I do.
I’ll forgive the people I’m mad at;
Angry feelings I’ll discard;
I’ll try to love my enemies,
Even though it’s hard.
In the new year, I
’ll lift people up,
Instead of putting them down.
I’ll fill my heart with love and joy,
And never wear a frown.
I’ll let go of my worries;
I’ll put it all in His hands;
I’ll repent and try to sin less,
And obey all His commands.
These new year’s resolutions
Are difficult, at best,
But there’s something I can do each day
That will put my soul at rest:
I’ll love my Lord with all my heart,
With all my mind and soul,
And if I do that essential thing,
All the rest will be in control.
By Joanna Fuchs

I received these word via e-mail the other day
I wish you enough

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
May each of you experience a wonderful 2009. God Bless.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas with the Jacobs family!

Christmas Eve

In our family it is tradition to get together on Christmas Eve for a finger supper and then the gifts are exchanged.

Our tree...fibre optic this year.

Leane's amazement at all the gifts.

A little reindeer.

Oupa and Lukas.

Lukas the Reindeer.

Kissing Cousins.

Leane ripping open a gift.

Oupa Santa:)

Daughter in law - Lache.

Oupa looking pleased with himself.
Christmas day.

In our country we have a very warm summer Christmas day. Traditionally we make cold meats (gammon, lamb, chicken drumsticks) and salads. We also have trifle and fruit salad with ice cream for desert.
This year all our children and Nadia's family came to spend the day with us. We had our tables outside under the Lapa (thatch roofed braai area). It is always nice and cool there.
A pic of Bianca's fruit salad.

Trifle the way my Gran used to make it.

The feast.

Cold meats and salads.

Table decorations.

One of the tables.

Yours truly under the lapa.

Guests arriving.

Chatting and enjoy the company.

Little Lukas eating a foot...those teeth will be coming soon.

My two sons, Wynand and Kobus.

Daughter Bianca and Wynand.

Little Leane with her Springbok cap. (I told you she loves hats.) Oh yes, and chocolate for starters.

A Kodak moment.

Me, Bianca and Wynand.
I hope your Christmas day was as blessed and happy as ours.

Carols by Candlelight

Every Sunday evening we have a worship service at Vistarus. Last Sunday we did things a little differently. We started with a boerewors braai (Sausages barbecued and in buns with a sauce) in the park in front of the Centre at 6'o clock and when it started getting dark we lit candles and had carols by candlelight. It was amazing to see how many children of the surrounding area came to the Centre to take part and watch the nativity.

Our children practiced for weeks to get the nativity you see some of the scenes from the play.

Our children were beautifully behaved, I am so proud of them. They looked so gorgeous in their costumes.

The angels.

A little cow
An angel and a lion

More angels and a donkey.
Our little donkey.

Supposed to be shepherd...but look more like soldiers.

Another beautiful angel.

And another.

A little lamb. (boerewors roll in hand) How did she stay clean?

More angels.
Another cow.
Have a blessed Christ centred Christmas.