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Sunday, August 29, 2010

My son - my boy

First tie moment
I absolutely love being the mother of a son. Seeing the world through a little boys eyes has made life such a rewarding and interesting adventure. Every moment is full of surprise and wonder. Bugs and insects have become a fascination ... mine is watching him carefully and lovingly scoop up a bug, his is capturing it and finding it a new home. As he marvels at how it moves, creeps or slithers, I marvel at the awe in his face ... the delight of another discovery, the depth of his curiosity. How is it that such tiny insects exact such opposite responses from little girls? Having the joy of both a son and a daughter, I know that a little girl is not quite so enraptured by a crawling bug. As long as it keeps its distance she is happy to observe its antics but should it come anywhere near her then the squealing really begins ... which is soon taken over by jumping and jiggling ... a most unusual dance! Is it any wonder that boys delight in showing girls these little creatures when they can extract such a response?

From the time my son could crawl, life has been about taking things apart ... it never ceases to amaze me how creative and inventive one can be when given the opportunity to pull something apart. Early on I had to get good at seeing this seemingly destructive task as being purposeful and even necessary to the development of essential cognitive pathways leading to inquiry, discovery, knowledge and understanding. This need to understand and figure things out is what drives forward a love of learning. I have learnt to appreciate, value and even anticipate the unusual inventions, crazy creations and interesting designs because more than anything I love my sons passion and zest for life, discovery and learning.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sisterhood Fundraiser Night

My Daughter practicing her first solo event at our Sisterhood Fundraiser night 'Tribal Vibe' - Heart 4 Humanity. It was simply amazing!

What a fantastic night, we raised $3500 for the Watoto building fund and have a pledge of $3000 for a facial reconstruction. It was a night that left us inspired, deeply moved and eternally hopeful ... lives being changed and destinies unfolding. The night was a buzz with over 200 donations to give away and a lively performance by African drumming and dance group, 'Afrogroove'. Thank you to everyone who got behind this endeavour to 'Be the Change'. Our hearts and souls are forever imprinted with a resounding rise up sound, as we extend the hand of kindness and impact humanity for a cause greater than ourselves.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Inspiring lives

I am so inspired by the story of amazing women....big hearts and big lives.

* Marilyn Skinner - Founder of Watoto children's village in Kampala Uganda, inspiring a generation of people to be the difference.
"I believe in justice and change, but most of all, I believe in people."
- Unbelievable - check it out ...... http://www.watoto.com/projects/project-gulu
- Marilyn's blog...... http://marilynskinner.wordpress.com/

* Vanessa Hoyes - bringing soul to a city and solution to the earth.
"A day of miracles ... Anything can happen and I believe it will!!"
- http://www.hoyesinc.com/
- http://sisterhood.generation.org/

* Lynne Hybels - Dangerous women
"Nice girls don't change the world."
"A dangerous woman is alive! ......out of her fully alive heart, she radically engages with the needs of her world. " - Lynne Hybles
- http://www.lynnehybels.com/dangerous_women.asp

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Heart and Soul Girl

The girl behind Nzuri beads ... a girl with lots of heart and soul. Love her - My beautiful girl. 

Here she is selling her beads at the school carnival for my trip to Africa. 

Without your talent this would not have happened and without your heart to make all those bracelets, this dream would have looked very different. You made it all possible. Thank you for your kind heart and beautiful soul. My beautiful girl, my heart and soul, you make me so proud. Thank you for the gift that you are. Love you to the moon and back.
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