Quick Update

Dear friends

Time truly passes by so quickly, doesn’t it? I have so many things I’d love to share here, but just don’t have time to fit the writing in.

Well, here is a quick update on the Timberlake family as we currently are:

Amié-Jayne (AJ) has just turned 18. No, we can’t quite get our minds around that either! She is taking her drivers license test next week. She wrote her final Cambridge exams at the end of last year. We were initially disappointed that she didn’t do as well as we all hoped for, although she got an A for English, a C for maths, and passed her ABRSM Grade 8 flute exam with distinction. However, we have since discovered that the lower marks won’t affect the direction she wants to move in, and once again we were humbled as we learnt life lessons and saw God’s guiding each step of the way.

She is participating in a ministry and discipleship programme at a Bible college run from our home Church, called BBISA (Berean Bible Institute of South Africa). She is thoroughly enjoying it and thriving academically, spiritually and emotionally, and even physically as she enjoys a 1km walk to and from school each day :-) The work load is intense but results in a solid and complete grounding in scripture, doctrine and ministry, practically and theoretically. She has stepped into a leadership position with the junior youth programme on Friday evenings which, to her surprise, she has enjoyed. She continues to serve alongside her family in music ministry, blog (deniedself.com), and seeks opportunities to serve in various other ways, such as crocheting for charity, caring for little ones to give busy moms a break and making meals for families going through a trial of some kind.

BBISA 2015

BBISA 2015

She is also working part-time as a child minder/aupair to several families and as a virtual assistant handling administration for a ministry that arranges conferences (Truth Walk). So, she is a busy young lady.

Jess turned 14 in February. In addition to playing violin and piano, she has started playing viola too and is working towards her Grade 3 Piano, Violin and Viola exams later this year. We love to have her playing with us when we minister musically. She is enjoying the senior youth group and looks forward to being a Sunday School assistant periodically too. She will resume horse riding in May which we all look forward to (trips to the stables are fun for the whole family!). She cooks and bakes delicious treats and is currently working on scarves for a charity.

Cael is enjoying some “school” most days and is eager to learn to read and write. It is so exciting! He has also started learning violin but his enthusiasm waxes and wanes. He is a very affectionate and caring little boy, courageous and adventurous, a real delight to all of us! Cadence is just beautiful and very, very cute. She loves to sing and adores animals. I enjoy reading the Bible with them in the mornings, and both delight to sing or give thanks at meal times and pray at bed time, which is a real blessing to Andrew and I.

My wonderful husband continues to work and study hard and seeks to serve and minister at every opportunity. The youth group (which he co-leads), our young adults group and music team all thrive under his guidance. I am so blessed to share my life with him and raise our children together.

We arranged a travelling supper for our Young Adults Group on Valentines Day. It was a delightful evening; we learnt so much from the three wonderful couples who hosted us with such flair and ministered to us with their testimonies.

We arranged a travelling supper for our Young Adults Group on Valentines Day. It was a delightful evening; we learnt so much from the three wonderful couples who hosted us with such flair and ministered to us with their testimonies.

We enjoyed having Gran with us for 2 weeks in March. She will soon turn 89 so we are very aware that time is precious. Adam and Andrea also spent a few days with us for AJ’s birthday, which was wonderful! Adam and Andrew have been close friends for about 30 years now, and he and Andrea are dedicated godparents to our children. We enjoyed 3 days at the coast a few weeks ago; hope you like our photo!

Family Fun, Ballito Beach. Feb 2015

Family Fun, Ballito Beach. Feb 2015

That’s enough for now, the highlights if you will. I hope to write again soon. Have a blessed Easter!