Luwellan and I met in 2005, he was studying and I was working 3 jobs just to get by. We both went clubbing on our off nights and got introduced by a mutual friend. Never in a million years did I think he would be my husband. He was more of the nerdy type and I was more of a jock-ish kind of girl, but he had some charm to him that kept me intrigued. After several occasions bumping into each other, I gave him my telephone number – yes, I kind of made the first move – and as they say the rest is history.
Months into dating him, he admitted that he told one of his friends on the first day that we met, that I was going to be his wife – sy trouvrou. How incredible is God? We met at exactly the right time in our lives, and although neither of us knew the Lord, He had a plan mapped out for us.
We got married in August 2011 and gave our hearts to the Lord together in 2012 at an alter-call at the Storehouse Church – now our second home.
In December 2013, we had our first son. We decided in March that year, that we would start trying to have a baby. I did some research – googling is not always the right thing to do in situations like these – and read that an average couple takes roundabout a year to fall pregnant. Lu, being a little reluctant, felt a bit more at ease. He is a thinker you see, he needs to process everything. I am more of an impulsive person, I do what my heart feels. To our surprise, on the 19th of April, we were 5 weeks pregnant. Wam bam thank you mam! Meet Landen…our gorgeous joyful boy with the sincerest heart…
We were pretty chuffed with ourselves that Landen was still alive and kicking, and he was such a cool kid, that we decided to have a second. Lu was so excited, he decided we would have no less than 4 kids. More of that later.
3 & a half years later, July 2017, Arden was born…Our miracle baby, our child of promise.
I am not going to go into too much detail as yet, but we cried a lot of tears over this little guy, looooong before we were blessed with his life. It took us a while to fall pregnant again, but we had a promise from God, and we held onto that.
The two most perfect additions, to our already existing family.
I too often hear parents only call themselves a family, once they have children. Nee man! Lu and I became a family the day he liked it enough to put a ring on it. My life did not only start when I had my boys. They are not my one and only. They are not my beginning and end. They are not the reason I wake up in the morning. (although literally speaking, some mornings they are) They did not take over my life, they added to it. God does not only give us children to fulfill our needs to nurture nor to take His place in our lives. He entrusts them to us, to raise them to glorify Him and to add to His Kingdom here on earth. So we as parents, need to keep our hearts in check. Our hearts should always be found in God. He should remain our number 1, even when we feel like our hearts are walking around outside our bodies.
So that is us, The Esterhuizens.
Until next time, be blessed mommies.