Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Joel!

How time flies when you have grandchildren! It seems like just the other day that we were sitting up late one night at the end of January 2010... awaiting the birth of our second grandson. Grant and I were in Khartoum at the time and although we weren't in the clinic's waiting room with Amanda's parents, several of their church friends and her sister and brother-in-law, Angus kept us up to date via cell phone text messages. As he  announced the birth of their first-born, I sent a message back saying we'd like to call him. It was 12.30pm in South Africa. We called him, congratulated him and sent our love to Amanda. 

The next afternoon, Angus set up his laptop in Amanda's hospital room, and we could see out grandson for the first time. I've said this before, but say it again: how wonderful is technology?

I can't find any early photos of little Joel in my archives, as he was named, (I know they're there somewhere, I have records and photos of everything!) but found some really cute photos of him at seven months.
Joel. seven months

Waiting for my dinner!

Last year, I bought a Smart Phone and loaded the Application, Whatsapp. This free service allows me to communicate (called CHAT) with my friends and family and to send and receive photos instantly. I received  the photo below, of Joel in his dad's running shoes.
I can fill my dad's shoes (one day!)

Joel loves motorcycles. I wonder why? LOL! 

Joel is a confident little lad. He speaks English, Afrikaans and Sesotho; mostly a mixture of all three in one sentence!  

Since he could sit up and focus, he has loved buttons (as in on TV remote controls, keypads, cell phones, calculators) Both his parents have i-pads, ultra-books and Samsung Galaxy cell phones. Joel knows how to use each one and he is as careful as an adult with the gadgets. Two weeks ago I looked at my phone screen and saw a message from Angus' number which said "Hello Granny" I sent a CHAT back and a lively conversation ensued between me and little Joel (Admittedly, Angus was there to help him type, but Joel knows how to back-space, where the "x" is to delete a letter/ymbol and how to press send. He also knows how to take photos and with his father's help, sends them! Below is a photo he took of himself and sent to me at the time!
Two weeks ago, I received this photo on my phone with the accompanying message: Hello Granny!

Last night Amanda sent me a CHAT saying that they had a power outage in Marquard. She also sent this precious photo of little Joel, obviously fascinated by the candle!

Our birthday boy !

I can't wait to phone Joel at lunch time today and when I ask him how old he is, hear him saying: I'm FREE!



  1. What a beautiful child! Happy Birthday Sweet Joel!!!!

  2. What a cutie... I love all of the photos, but that last one is GREAT.... And to think: He's FREE now... Wow... Won't be long til he's Firty Free... ha


  3. Congratulations, Jo. It doesn't seem possible Joel is "free" already! He's sure a darlin' wee boy, so bright and interested in the world around him.
    All the best to you and Grant, and Angus and Amanda.
    Oh, yes, and the photo of Joel waiting for his dinner is a prize-winner for sure. Those beautiful eyes, and those pudgy baby precious.
    Love, K

  4. The technology is the next best thing to being there. Joel is a quick study. Guess that runs in the family. :)

  5. He is so cute. I just want to kiss him to bits, and he's not even my grandson. I hope you don't mind sharing him ;-) Hugs dear Jo. xx

  6. Jo, your Joel is just adorable. I loved all the photos. He has grown! Happy Birthday, Joel!

  7. He is such a cute little boy ! Apparently Toby with his 2 years, knows how to handle Skype ! Geez, where we are going ! That's progress !

  8. What a cutie Joel is, Jo!! I know he must bring a lot of delight into all of your lives!! Happy Birthday, indeed, Joel!!

  9. Happy birthday Joel!Enjoy your day!

  10. What a sweet little boy. He looks just like you.

  11. I love the pic of Joel in his daddy's shoes! I have a photo of at least one of my boys in their daddy's shoes when they were little.

    Joel is quite a child prodigy!


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