Dedication to my Brother – Malcolm

I am one lucky girl. Though I may not have been given a biological brother, God blessed me with two super ones. Today we celebrate one of them, miaka ndio ana mingi (he he he he).As B and I made him breakfast, we were happy and wishing him all the best. He looked happy and though he was dissing us and acting macho, we know he felt like letting a tear drop, aaaaaw. I know his day is going well as he is enjoying lunch with big brother, he really will have added quite a few calories by end of day.

I remember like it was yesterday, when I was in lower primary and he was two classes ahead of me. We lived together with mum. In the evenings after school we would meet at pop-in and play car games for like two hours then head home. Of course we would get home like at 7pm as we would leave late and worse still waiting for a fly number 9 mathree to listen to music and zunguka Eastleigh with it, till we got to Parkroad. Sadly, one of the days, he decided to go home early. Seeing as there were no mobile phones, he could not tell me that he was home. I went to pop-in, as usual. I played the various games and then headed home. As I got closer to home, I had this feeling something was not right. As I walked through the door, there was mum looking at me suspiciously. She asked where I had been and I gave my usual lie. This time round however, Mal had already told her where we used to go. The beating I got that day is still fresh in my mind until today! For a very long time, I held it against him but later on he gave me the full story. How my mum made him confess was genius and put in his place, I would have ratted him out and probably faster.

Today he has grown into an amazing old (ok then semi young) man who has gone through so much in life but never given up. I admire his zeal and perserverance despite the circumstances of life. I also appreciate how he always talked bout getting a green house and true to his word, no matter how long it took or what people thought was just talk, he was able to attain it. I believe God will raise him to even higher heights and I continue to pray for his success.

Mal,

For being a wonderful brother and taking care of me since I was young and even now, Asante

For the strength you have as a person and the great advice you’re happy to give for free, Asante

For snitching on me to mum that day, that was honesty being instilled in me and it worked, Asante

For loving me unconditionally, taking me as I am and correcting me without ever holding a grudge, Asante

For your awesome memory that remembers everything especially the lessons in life, that might have passed in between my ears and willingly reminding me, Asante

For being YOU!! Asante

As you enjoy the rest of your day, best believe I love U so much and not a day goes by that I do not thank God for having you in my life.

May God bless you abundantly, guide you always in what you do and protect and keep you for many more years to come.

Happiest Birthday Bro…. Baraka ziwe tele

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Need to pray for our sisters, daughters, friends….

Today I speak on a sad note. This very day I saw a page on social media that broke my heart, I wondered what I would do to help or to change that situation. Change starts with us, so I will share this story, hoping that you will look after your children, sisters, cousins, friends as they head to campus or if they are already there, above all else we need to go down on our knees and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY..

My friend and colleague shared with shock a page, I searched for it and even from its name you can tell what the members are asking for. Some young ladies aged between 18 and 22 years, in campus or about to join, are ‘proudly’ putting up their photos and asking for rich men, sugar daddies and some even married men. Needless to say, they upload their picture, specify their age and go ahead to describe in detail what type of a relationship they want. As I scrolled through this page, tears came to my eyes. I wondered why would young beautiful girls who have potential for greatness, want to choose this road at such a tender age? What is the world coming to? Is it the society which has failed? Are we too caught up trying to make money that we forget our families? Our daughters?  You might say those are people you do not know, other people’s kids, friends, sisters but remember tomorrow it could be your loved one, someone who hold close to your heart.

I am not a parent yet, but I know that I am the person I am today because of my parents, and I would like to make my children even greater. They constantly told me what was out there, what would pull me down, what they expected, what challenges I would face. They walked through life especially teenage with me, scolding me at the smallest mistake, coming home late or even being found talking to a guy outside the house. At that point, I thought they were vintage and did not understand my generation, but as I saw those captions today, I thank God that they had me within their leash.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Parents, Family Members, Friends lets be our sister’s keeper. Let’s bring up our children, talking to them, acknowledging all that is out there and not trying to hide things from them, not giving false stories and being the parent. Let’s not let them find out for themselves what this harsh world has to offer because for sure, it’s horrible out there. Friends, tell her when she goes the wrong way, walk with her, advice her and pray for her.

It is important for all of us to get on our knees and pray for our families. Remember your daughter, sister in prayer each and every day. That they do not get to that level and if they even get close, God may redeem them. Pray for our fathers and brothers, husbands that before they try and do anything with these girls because they can afford to, they remember the women in their lives that they love. What if it was your daughter, your sister, that girl you want to marry, your mother when she was younger? Is that what you would want them to be? How would it impact your life and theirs?

Today I shed tears, thinking about this. Please share ideas with me on what we can do for the girl child. We fought for her to be believed in, to get education, to be a leader, a positive influencer but there is somewhere we did not think of, how can we rescue these girls from what might be the biggest mistake of their lives?

Changes, Closer to Success

Seasons change, time passes by and people grow older

It’s not a wonder if you observe a few changes in them

Circumstances, hurt, responsibility, reality checks might be the cause

Looking towards the future and what to become also

 

Information is power, I hear them say, usually perceived to be a good thing

But sometimes, what you let out might be what comes back to bite

Sharing is good, but caution needs to be exercised

As it’s easy to speak but very difficult to take back what was said

Or the way it made someone feel

 

Build the support structure, small but concrete

Let it be filled with honesty, being real and care

Work towards building each other and speak out without fear,

Only then, will you truly have reality being anticipated rather than surprising you

 

Pray to the Almighty, ask for direction

Listen intently and believe in Him

Trust in yourself and reach for the stars, they just might open up to another unknown planet

Opportunity will meet preparedness and SUCCESS will emerge!

Just Belief and Happiness

Where the winds blow ever so swiftly

Where the grass is green and cool

There would I to lie within

Where the sun is warm, yellowing my day

Where there is no worry

Just belief and happiness

 

Take my hand, lets dance to the music

Take my smile, lets share the simple things

Take my eyes, lets enjoy the sparkle

Take my mind, lets bring together the knowledge

Take my heart, let it be the missing part that makes you complete

 

No anxiety, no fear, no doubt

Just belief and happiness

That it can be done, that it is possible

That is here!

Dedication to Miss B – Baby Gal…

This is a different dedication as I did not write it on her birthday. The main reason was I had a rough day then, and I love writing so much that I would not want to do it without my heart and mind being fully focused on it. Also there is so much to talk about this sweet baby gal that I don’t know what to write and what to leave out. Nonetheless, I will leave it simple and impactful.

Many say that people become wiser with age, which is true but for her age she is way wiser than some who are ten years older than her. She is a dedicated lady who is passionate about organizing events, cooking and fashion. B sometimes doubts herself, but I’m glad to say I am always there to remind her how awesome she is and how even Rome took a while to be built, so whatever she is working on may take time, but she will get to the top!

I know sometimes we have our lives figured out with a timeline that states by this age, one should have done this and that. Not to mention the pressure from the society may weigh us down. The most amazing thing is when one thinks they have reached rock bottom, God releases his plan. I have seen this happen for B and I know though she may not realize it, where she is now is all God’s plan and He will raise her to avenues that she cannot even begin to imagine.

We have gone through our good and bad days, with living together, hormonal imbalances, laughter, tears, hardships, relationships, sharing the special moments in our lives and as I stand today, I cannot find any one person who I talk to more and chat with the entire day, and still get home and talk for three hours. ( and it’s never a boring conversation!)

I pray that I always set a wonderful example as a big sister, that I am there throughout, that even at those moments when she does not want to talk or is feeling low, she knows my shoulder is there to lean on, no questions asked. I will get a tab of ice-cream, a great series and a warm duvet. No talking.

B Gal,

You are an amazing lady, who is so loving, considerate, real and ready to face every situation no matter how it comes

You make me smile when am sad, and even though I don’t say it always, knowing I will see you every evening when I get home brightens up my day, no matter how bad it has been.

You make me embrace fashion and you’re the perfect person, you don’t need to tell me that an outfit does not look good, you simply get another one for me that looks better.

You’re a great cook and so adventurous with it, I hope one day you get your own restaurant. I don’t know anyone else who isn’t an an Odiero, and yet knows all those different cuisines on food network channel. I am sure some people don’t even know about this channel.

You’re my rock and if I have never said it, now you know. (Oh dear, this was another reason I had not written this..emotions galore. Not that I mind)

With the dedication you have to work, I can see you hitting your thirties with a solid plan as far as your career is concerned. Keep up the great work.

Don’t focus on the past, that has well taken its course…Focus on the future and getting to where you want to be without fear or regret.

I am waiting for my nieces, best believe I will spoil them senseless and love them way more!

I want to share my favorite quote with you:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain~

And my favorite verse:

Philippians 4:6-7

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus ’

I love you very much my darling small sister. I appreciate every moment spent together and I pray that even when we are old with no teeth, we will always be tight, partners in crime, YOLOING and going HAM on everything..

I have really worked at filtering as I did not want it to be too wordy, just special and precise.

 

My Prayer

Adawnage is trully more than a band, their entire Safari Album is such awesome music. I listen to it over and over and over again, its a blessing, an encouragement and a prayer. To know more about them follow them on Twitter @adawnage and find out where to get their Safari Album. Its a must have!!!

Naomba by Adawnage

Verse 1

Sikudhani mimi nimekupa weh, huzuni kiasi hicho

Dhambi mingi, maombi hayatoki nisamehe baba

Uchovu na uvivu umenijaza, moyoni sina amani

Naomba unipe raha, msamaha, mi naomba uwashe taa

Popote niendapo chochote nifanyacho sasa, nifungue macho

Nipate kuona, kuhisi, nipate upako wako

Chorus

Naomba baba, mimi naomba, mikono nimeinua

Nishike baba, unifiche mikononi mwako

Nionyeshe baba wema wako, unifanye chombo chako

Naomba, naomba, baba mi naomba

Verse 2

Sikudhani mimi nikiteleza, nakusulubu tena

Uchungu mwingi, machozi yakutoka, nisamehe baba

Unizibie ufa, nisijenge ukuta, bwana umetukua

Naomba unipe raha, msamaha, mi naomba uwashe taa

Popote niendapo chochote nifanyacho sasa, nifungue macho

Nipate kuona, kuhisi, nipate upako wako

 

 

For the L.O.M.L

This is a song I will let the one who sweeps me off my feet listen to seeing as singing is not my forte 🙂

Can I Walk With You by India Arie

I woke up this morning, you were the first thing on my mind
I don’t know were it came from, all I know is I need you in my life, yeah
You make me feel like, I can be a better woman
If you just say you wanna take this friendship to another place

Chorus:
Can I walk with you through your life
Can I lay with you as your wife
Can I be your friend ’till the end
Can I walk with you through your life (fades away)

You’ve got me wondering, if you know that I am wondering about you.
The feeling is so strong that, I can’t imagine you’re not feeling it too.
You’ve known me long enough to trust that I want what’s best for you.
If you want to be happy then I am the one that you should give your heart to.

Chorus

Now everyday ain’t gonna be like the summers day.
Being in love it really ain’t like the movies screen.
But I can tell you all the drama aside You
And I can find what the worlds been looking for forever.
Friendship and love together.

Chorus

Can I walk with you in your life?
Till the day that the world stops spinning.
Can I walk with you in your life?
Till the day that my heart stops beating.
Can I walk with you in your life?
Can I walk with you
Till the day that the birds no longer take flight
Till the moon is underwater
Can I walk with you
Can I walk with you

This is the moment I’ve been waiting for
Can I walk with you
Can I walk with you
Can I walk with you

You are everything I’ve been looking for
Can I walk with you
Creative intellectual too
Can I walk with you
Can I walk with you as your wife