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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 🙂 🙂 🙂