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Looking back at 2017

PHOTO| Mbuguatis Media

Happy New Year!

When I look back at 2017, all I see is God’s faithfulness. So much happened that I want to share with you but I don’t even know where to start. First of all, I know it has been extremely long since I last posted and I extend my apologies to you my esteemed readers. 2017 for me was a bitter-sweet year full of tears-some of joy and others of pain- but I have many reasons to thank God.

To begin with, I finally started my Masters in Communication Studies…Whoop! Whoop! It’s been awesome so far and I thank God for making it possible.

I also started the year as a bride-to-be to one amazing Nicholas Waweru having been engaged end of November 2016. We did our introductions in January 2017 and were blessed that both families warmly embraced each other. This was followed by our dowry ceremony/traditional wedding which was held in March all geared towards the preparation of our wedding scheduled for May 13th 2017 (PS: Nick asked me to be his girlfriend on May 13th 2016 and there is no greater joy than getting married on the same date exactly a year later).

Our traditional ceremony. PHOTOS| Stephen Mukhongi

2017 also saw me struggle with Bell’s Palsy which is paralysis of one side of the face (I will do a more detailed blog post on this another day). It affected the left side of my face making it difficult for me to smile, blink, raise my eyebrows and wrinkle my face on the affected side. Just imagine planning for a wedding when you can’t even show your teeth as you smile because only one half of the face responds. It was such an emotional phase for me but I thank God for His joy and peace that surpasses any condition that would ever come my way. I am also very grateful to Him for the huge recovery I have experienced so far.

Trying to smile during early stages of Bell’s Palsy.

Juggling between wedding planning, work, school and dealing with Bell’s Palsy wasn’t easy but His grace is sufficient. Just two weeks before my wedding, I lost my grandpa. He raised me up and was to walk me down the aisle but God called Him before He would witness such a beautiful day. That was my lowest moment in 2017. I have always been strong but this loss deprived me of every ounce of strength. I have never been so broken before. I just couldn’t understand why such a loving God would allow such a thing to happen to me at such a time.

My grandpa was my most favourite person, he loved me so genuinely, would call me more than enough times in a day (sometimes I would even miss his calls), and he was my cheering squad. He believed in me and encouraged me to soar to the greatest heights that I could. I just wasn’t prepared to loose him. Not this past year, not ever! It was so hard for me to continue planning for a wedding knowing that my grandpa would not be present to attend. I feared for my wedding day because I did not know what kind of emotions my grandpa’s memory would bring but I thank God for giving me so much peace and Joy. I actually prayed and asked God to be the one to walk me down the aisle and therefore any other person walking me down would just be a symbol. I am grateful to my uncle and aunt who walked me but above all I thank God for taking care of me.

Our wedding day turned out to be more than we could ever imagine and completely surpassed our expectations. God made everything beautiful and we give Him all the glory for an extremely amazing day. He connected us with wonderful people from family to friends who were there for us and helped make our day awesome. Our service providers also gave us top-notch services and we could never appreciate them enough for going out of their way to deliver beyond our expectations.

  • Venue: Post Bank
  • Photography & Videography: Mbuguatis Media
  • Decor, tents, chairs, tables, sound, DJ, PA: S & E Solutions
  • Cake: Pinnacle Confectioners
  • Food: Royal Spoons Caterers
  • MC: MC Waithax
  • Makeup: Joanne Nagi
  • Bride’s Gown: Bibi Harusi
  • Groom’s Outfit: Weza Fabrics
  • Bridal Team outfits: Weza Fabrics
  • Bride’s aunt outfit: Weza Fabrics
  • Transport: Amazing family, friends and colleagues

PHOTOS| Mbuguatis Media

Shortly after our wedding, grief from the loss of my grandpa came knocking on my door so strongly. You can imagine being newly married but going through grief at the same time. It was very hard. I had a lot of negative energy and it is only God who graciously carried me through that season. It is only Him! He also gave my husband patience and strength to be there for me at such a low season in my life. I would break down at home, in the office and any slight memory of my grandpa would just break me down. I am grateful to God for the renewed strength, comfort and peace that He has given me.

All in all, I thank God for the highs and lows of 2017 and above all for His constant presence through it all. I look forward to a wonderful 2018 full of restoration, good health, love, peace, joy and positive vibes only   🙂 🙂 🙂

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It’s the small things…

That count! Cliché saying yet so real. Those teeny-weeny things we do, actually do make a difference. So, most of you have been wondering how I spent my birthday…To begin with, my birthday was on 25th April 2014 (Pardon my late post, everything has been moving on fast forward). I travelled to Kisumu the day prior to my birthday, to cover an event. Being in the communications field, I spent my day in the scorching sun, behind the lens, looking out for infrequent moments from the otherwise familiar ones. It felt really nice at the end of it all to have captured them all. Actually, I found myself so lost in work that I kept forgetting that it was my day and would only remember at the beep of my phone. Most weirdly, this is the day I received so so so many phone calls from people I haven’t even talked to in ages. All the same, felt really nice to receive all the love and get a reminder that people actually do care to remember my birthday 🙂

So, what exactly did I do for my birthday?

Birthday cake (Black forest flavour from cake city..Yummy :-)

Birthday cake (Black forest flavour from cake city)…Yummy 🙂

I celebrated my birthday on Saturday 26th, April (Yes! I had a small kinda celebration). Despite the exhaustion I felt from the previous day’s events and travelling, I managed to get on my feet and go to Dorothy children’s home where I held my birthday. The home is located at Thome in the heart of Marurui slum. It is a safe haven for orphans and vulnerable children who are victims of HIV, abandonment and Post Election Violence. I started volunteering at the home in September 2013 and ever since then, am sold out to the kids. Yes! I’m in love. That is the sole reason why I chose to spend my day with them. The joy of it all wasn’t in the snacks or the celebration. It was in the love I received (so priceless). From the moment I entered that gate, the kids came rushing towards me and suffocated me with boundless hugs almost causing me to fall. It had been a while since I visited and they reminded me that I should never go for two months again without visiting them. I call them my little sisters and they call me big siz. When I had last visited they were 23 and I was delighted to find one new family member making them a total of 24 kids now.

And the little angels helped me cut the cake...

And the little angels helped me cut the cake…

We had much fun. From playing, to singing, cake cutting and then speeches from the management and the kids. Breathe of heaven! The innocently crafted words came straight from their hearts and whenever they spoke, I could see the depth of the love in the words from their eyes. I could see it that they felt so loved and I am certain they appreciated my being there. Their mum, Rose, who takes care of them did not understand what love made me choose them over my friends. The thing is, I am not going to aim at making my birthday a pomp and glamour event but I will strive to make a difference. I want to remember my birthdays as the light in someone’s eyes, the smile on someone’s face or the love beyond measure. Even if it is just that silent, broke moment spent with someone who needs some love, I will gear towards touching a life.

Sharing cake with the ever smiling Joy...

Sharing cake with the ever smiling Joy…

Rose Kanini takes care of the pretty angels and they call her mum. A piece for a superwoman :-)

Rose Kanini takes care of the pretty angels and they call her mum. A piece for a superwoman 🙂

Rev. Elias Mbaabu the founder of the home receives a piece too :-)

Rev. Elias Mbaabu the founder of the home receives a piece too 🙂

Let there be cake

Let there be cake!!!

And we take a groupie...yaaaayyy :-) Note the piece of paper in my hand, well it was given to me by Nancy :-) Has a nice drawing of a princess and a message "Beatrice you are my sister...I love you. God Bless you for what you have done to us"

And we take a groupie…yaaaayyy 🙂 Note the piece of paper in my hand, well it was given to me by Nancy 🙂 Has a nice drawing of a princess and a message “Beatrice you are my sister…I love you. God Bless you for what you have done to us.”

My namesake Beatrice and I pose for a pic.

My namesake Beatrice and I pose for a photo.

So, in case you are seated there wondering how to celebrate your birthday, it doesn’t have to be grandiose, just a small little thing…Why don’t you reach out to the world around you and put a smile on someone’s face? It is the small things that count.

:-) :-) Yummy Yum :-)

🙂 🙂 Yummy Yum 🙂

 

LIVING FOR THE MOMENT

If only we’d live for the moment,moment 5

We’d care less about,

The least important things,

And care more about,

The most important things.

 

If only we’d live for the moment,

We’d forget about the worries,

And live without care.

We’d forever keep our smiles,

Even amidst our saddest thoughts.moment 6

 

If only we’d live for the moment,

We’d care more, love more, share more,

And we’d have immense joy in our hearts.

We’d dance like nobody is watching,

And appreciate the beautiful things around us.

 

If only we’d live for the moment,

We’d not wait for tomorrow,

To live our lives large.

moment 3

We’d take time to rejoice at sunrise,

And stare at the sunset.

 

We’d appreciate the blooming flowers,

We’d notice resting birds in their nests,

And listen to the music of the wind.

If only we lived for the moment…

All the creaks and cracks of life would make sense.