Saturday, August 8, 2015

A picture is worth a thusand words

Recently we had a dear Kiwi friend come to visit, 
who also happens to be a photographer. 
She always blesses this mama's heart with pictures, 
to treasure for a lifetime!! 

Uwera- 21, me (age unstated), Flora- 17
Rebecca- 10 Moses 3 1//2

Little man has grown up so much, from that 3 week old baby I fell in love with, 
from that 10 month old munchkin who came into my home. 
That totally flipped my world upside down, in all the best ways possible. 
Conversation will revolve around cars, birds, and so forth. 
My animal lover! Who you can find laying in the yard watching the birds. 
My cautious boy! He will often remind this nervous mama 
"I'm OK. I careful mama." and will remind you to be careful too. 
Currently boycotting nap times, and wanting to do everything himself. 
With a slight juice addiction. 

A year and 9 months home! 
Rebecca has grown in leaps and bounds! 
She has become the most inquisitive commentator who you will often find
tagging behind you. 
Her sense of humor and laughter is enough to light up the whole country!
She has dreams of becoming a mom, doctor (till she found out about giving shots!), 
a vet, a pilot, and a myrid of other things. 
She loves the dogs, and has a really good head on her shoulders. 
Just sit down for a conversation with her in French, English, or Kinyarwanda. 
She will give you as much insight as she will questions. 

My Uwera! 
Been stuck with me from day 1. 
She is busy coming into her own, and figuring out this independance thing. 
She has a tender heart, especially for the elderly. 
You will often find her, at a community center volunteering with 
the disabled of the community. 
She has hopes and dreams as wide and vast as the night skys. 
Her compassion runs as deep as her loyalty. 
She is silly and fun, and can make the most cranky person burst out
into fits of laughter! 

My Flora! 
She will trick you into thinking she is the shy girl. 
But you  might walk into the back, and catch her dancing. 
It is worth the time, for her to break out of her shell. 
Under her quiet and shy demenar, is a silly, loud, opinionated girl. 
A insanely talented artist, who loves to crank her music and draw for hours. 
Or you will find her across the street at the tea plantation, 
completely obliterating the guys in basketball. 
If you get to experience her unguarded personality, 
you know indeed you are being given a gift! 
Loyality that runs as deep as her drive to achieve her dreams. 
 Which goes between being a police woman, an artist, or pro basketball player. 

As for me, its been three years now, calling Rwanda home. 
My little family nestled in our little corner of the world, 
keeps my heart firmly nestled in the rolling hills. 
Family dinners, is the highlight of my everyday. 
Laughter, sharing, and unguarded silliness abounds! 
As new ministry moves forward, being home with my little family, 
is the deepest joy I have. 
They have taught me so much, and continue to bless my socks off. 

Joy abounds!

Growth abounds!

Grace abounds! 

Hope abounds!

Love abounds! 

 One time a friend told me about her kids "You grow up together." 
Even as adults, we are still learning and growing up. 
And indeed in a family we do grow up together. 
We do laughter, grace, and hope. 

Life has a way of throwing some curve balls, and some speed bumps. 
But it has become a saying in this house when we face a obstacle. 
"Its a speed bump, we'll get over it." 

We are family! 



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