Mother’s Day Spoils
This Mother’s Day was extra special for me this year. Not only am I a mother of two gorgeous girls, Bryce and Kaylee but am mother of many at iKhaya. This year I was treated to breakfast in bed by my girls (ok, chocolate cake actually but that’s the way I like my eggs best… in cake ). They stayed up late after begging me to take them to the shop for “something”. They sent me to bed early and got to work in preparation for a morning surprise. It was delish!!! Two of our pre-school boys chose to bless me with their handmade flowers. One added that it is because he loves me; Oh how he melts my heart!! Woolworths in Empangeni supply us regularly with much needed groceries for our home. Occassionally we receive bunches of beautiful flowers and so I was treated, much to my delight, to fresh flower’s just in time to brighten my day too. And as if that was not enough, Solid Ground Church honoured each mom at our Sunday services and gave us each a chocolate too. Taking time to bless our mom’s is a treat in itself but to be on the receiving end is humbling as I realise the enormous role we play in the little lives we touch through love,care and parenting as moms at iKhaya.
Breaking the Rules
Kid’s love camping out whether it in in the lounge, under a table or even in the backyard. Allowing kids to be adventourous and breaking out from the norms can be somewhat liberating for a parent while it is beyond exciting for the kids. I love to let them explore and try new challenges and one of my mottos is “if it can’t hurth them then why not?”. These two decided to camp on my veranda. Dressed in winter woollies and armed with a stack of blankets they made a bed for themselves in a quest to brave the cold. I checked on then before retiring myself and decided they need extra protection from the cold. I added a barracade using my overturned table and a few chairs with pillows and blankets drapped over them. I, needless to say, I never got much sleep but they survived the night oblivious to my interventions and regular checking-up on their wellbeing, so much so that they were thrilled to see the enclosure they found around them in the morning!
Learning or Playing?
Every morning we start the baby program with playdough time. Sometimes they make pretend food and use cutlery to “eat” it with. Making snakes, snails, balls or flattening the dough and using cookie cutters to cut out shapes is all great fun for the kids. Little do they realise the number of lessons they are learning while they play away. Making learning FUN is key but putting a little extra thought into an activity can increase the benefits for our kids. So moms get cooking and make some playdough too. Here our kids got to work on their fine motor skills, exercise hand eye coordination, practise eating with cutlery, learned to hold and cut with a knife, stimulated their creativity and artistic talents and fine tuned their listening skills.
We celebrated in style with our 4 year old Princess. These are heart warming moments as we witness and share in the sheer joy of a child who is made the centre of attention, loved on and adored as we with cake and gifts for their birthday. It is occassions like these that we realise the difference we make in the children’s lives, in partnership with you all. Thank you friends for your gifts of love that make all we do possible.
Daily life for our kids is very eventful and full. School followed by homework, school projects and studies keeps them busy for the most part, while the many outdoor games, walks, bike riding, parties and other activities keep them on the go and active. Here is a little photographic taste of some of life’s eventfulness in our home.
From My Heart
“Either we spend time meeting children’s emotional needs by filling their cup with love or we spend time dealing with the behaviours caused from their unmet needs. Either way we spend the time.” Pam Lee
These are such wise and profound words. Read them and let them settle in your heart for a moment. These words don’t only apply to the parenting of our own children. We can meet the needs of siblings, cousins, neices, nephews, puplis, friends’ kids and so on. But why should it stop there? We all have God given talents, gifts and skills that can be spent by giving our time to others in our community. God called us all to love one another and to care for others in need.
Matthew 25 v 34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” The saying “broken crayons still color” is significant to me as I watch the kids of iKhaya growing up. All of us are affected by our pasts and even been “broken”. But so often we have learned or been been taught to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and to carry on. But, sometimes this is just not enough to bring healing and resolve from the trauma we faced, and deliberate help is required to bring about recovery and change.
And so I feel God stirring in me the need for us to invest ourselves in the lives of others. To be a family and community who cares for one another. Do you have time? Are you a trained preschool teacher, counsellor/ psychologist/ therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, medical doctor, sports coach or have a talent to share? Your free time is our treasure and I would love to have a chat with you.
Kindest regards Loressa, kids and team