Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Life’s little lessons….


Today as I was taking my morning jog, I remembered how it was hard for me when I started. There is a small hill that I have to pass and I really hated it, every time I got there I would tell my husband that I need to rest, he would push me on, do not stop jogging just slow down but do not stop.

That is how life is, that hill represents the hardships we endure. We want to stop and take the easy route but we have to push on, you can stop to refocus but you have to keep moving and when you get on the other side of the hill you will realize nothing lasts forever and the satisfaction of having endured makes you a fighter.

As you pass the hills of life slow down but do not stop, keep fighting and jogging through all of them.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Caro....

Dear Caro,

Today is a big milestone for you, turning 25.

I want to wish you well, happiness, love and joy, am so proud for the far you've come. Watching you fight so many obstacles and still smiling through it all. I envy you Swits, I had not achieved what you have, when I was 25. Hold your head high, because you are an amazing, confident woman and I thank God Leyla has you to guide her.

Thank you for what you been in my life, more than a sister, you have never turned your back and though i am older I always learn alot from you. As you celebrate your birthday, remember i love you so very much and i'm keeping this space open because i know you are going places.

Happy Birthday First born and Mapenzi tele.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

My Mathare...

One thing I remember most while growing up in Mathare Slums is the LOVE we shared, back then we were one big community. It saddens me what has become of Mathare right now, Tribalism has taken root, and the sad part is that the ones causing it is our generation.
Back in the day I remember my mum speaking luo and kamba so well, we did not have the tribal barrier. Our parents did not care about it, instead they cared about raising children as a community.

Christmas was for all, Fatuma would braid our hair so well, while Akumu would cook great pilau, then we would all go for Maji Mazuri camping trip. I wish I can recall where we went wrong, what happened that we lost respect for human life, what made us feel so at ease to kill each other so quickly.

I wish I knew when we allowed our heads to be filled with dirt about other tribes, I wish I would go back to my Mathare, where we would play outside till late in the evening with no worries, where one neighbour’s loss was a loss for all of us and where children were not afraid of being associated to a particular tribe.

I thank God for the young people who are still fighting to have that Mathare back, Titus Kuria, Julius Mwelu, Wairimu Gitau, Maji Mazuri Youth group, Roots Group, David Waithaka, and our big sister Naomi who loves Mathare in a special way. I pray and wish that My Mathare will be back one day, but as we wait lets spread LOVE, LOVE and more LOVE….

Monday, March 25, 2013

A letter to my daughter

Leyla, today you turn one year old. You have been and are such a blessing, watching you grow has been a joy. Every day I pray for you sweetheart, I pray that God will always watch and Guide you, as you grow. I pray that life will treat you kind, that every experience will make you strong and a better person. I love you very much and you will never lack in that department, I will not always be able to shield you from the hardships of life but you will always lean on me.

Leyla, since you came into this world our lives have changed, you have helped us smile even in the most difficult times and as your mum I promise as you grow I will help you smile even when it is hard to smile. Sweetheart you are only one today but one day you will read this and when that time comes I pray that you will have become a woman that we are all proud of, may you have your father’s kind heart and may you have my confidence but above all that you will be your own person, a woman who is prayerful, confident, kind, strong, wise and loving.

Sweetheart, I am more than blessed to have you in my life and always remember I’ll be your first home. I pray when everything in life turns upside down that you will still be able to keep the balance….I wish you love and so much more…..I love you so much and you are my best.

Happy Birthday….

With lots of love,
Mum.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Vote Peace

The elections are here again!

Every Kenyan is voting for peace, and I pray that we will not let any politician lead us on the wrong road.

I love Kenya, my best friends come from different tribes and we have never had an issue with our tribes.

My Luo friend has taught me the art of cooking and eating fish, my Nubian friend has taught me culture, my Somali friend has showed me the art of business, I can’t live without my friends and that is why I pray come March 4th Peace, Love and Unity will be voted in.

As you vote on March 4th remember we need each other, you need your neighbor and after the elections he will still be your neighbor, kindly remember he is the one you turn to when you need help, do not let any politician tell you otherwise.

As I vote I will be thinking of my daughter, I pray that peace wins the day and that she will have a great future in this great land.

God Bless Kenya!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Journey to Motherhood....

Its been a while since I last wrote... In June 2011 I became pregnant and my life changed, being pregnant was fun...mostly when it came to doing banking, no lining up and getting first priority i miss that.... It was a good journey everything was new, baby kicks were the best it made me realise that someone else was depending on me. I gave birth in March 26th 2012, if there is a movie director reading this, you should do a movie on the dramas that take place at a Labour ward (a story for another day)...the pain of giving birth is bitter sweet, knowing you are about to bring a bundle of joy into the world makes the pain worthwhile... My daughter came into the world at 1.14 am and when i heard her cry i just cried, it was a miracle and a gift that i will forever thank my God for...holding her in my arms and looking into her tiny eyes melted my heart, i was now a mum and since that hour my life has been revolving around her.... Today as we celebrate mothers day, I am proud to be a mum...I am a new mum but i would do anything for my angel she is the center of my life and i have come to understand my mum more....Like my dear friend Des told me, the best i can do for my daughter is to Cheerish her coz God entrusted me with her.... I am thankful to so many people who have stood by myside, answered all the questions that i kept asking....To my dearest friend Lilly i am glad we walked through this journey together, my sister Loise, thanks for teaching everything i know today about babies and to Des thanks for the advice....

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dreams Do come true…

We all have heroes in our lives and if you are lucky you get to meet your hero.

I have always admired one man, his name is Mr.Vimal Shah (Director - BIDCO). I cannot pinpoint the exact date he became one of my heros, but I can remember seeing him on TV and thinking, God he is so humble and he has achieved so much. At another event he was being honored as one of the best Directors in Kenya, he was also among those chosen to spearhead changes in football organization in the country. He is also one of the highest tax payers in Kenya.

On 14/07/2011 I met this great man, as I shook his hand I could not help but stare. True he was humble and welcoming, and as I did my presentation I was full of confidence. I wanted to forget about my presentation for a minute and tell him how without knowing it he had changed my life but I focused on what had led me to his office. I am glad I met him, my dream did come true…Mr. Vimal Shah thank you for being so humble and for teaching me to never set myself up for failure but for success….