Hello friends and family!
Happy Mother's Day! First, to the best mom in the world, MINE, Alicia Collins. Wish I could have been there with you this year, Mom. You are a treasure with all the support and love you always give us kids. We love you! Second, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the beautiful mothers I know out there! You have taught me so much and I continue to follow you in the toughest, most rewarding, and most beautiful job in the world - motherhood. I was blessed to celebrate my second Mother's Day this year and it was a special one, indeed. On Saturday night, Casey surprised me by leaving out a dress and a note for me in the afternoon to be ready at 6pm. He whisked me off to a romantic dinner in town and we had a great time just the two of us. I am so blessed to have a husband who is thankful for my job as mother and partners with me every single day as we raise Kieren to be the little girl of God she was created to be. I LOVE being a mother and feel blessed to the relationship I have with my sweet Kieren. Casey and I were reflecting on our little bond, and how Kieren 'talks' to me more than anyone else. Now when we say 'talk', it's really just babble with a few real words thrown in there. It's hilarious because obviously Kieren really wants to have CONVERSATIONS with the rest of us, but her language hasn't caught up with her heart's desires yet. I have no doubt it will. In the meantime, her and I can talk for hours. She babbles to me, looks with great expression, joy, or concern as she tells me her stories. I respond with, 'really,' 'is that so?' or 'oh, yes, I agree.' It's a blast. I know we are communicating and she is my little buddy every single day. We have so much fun together making each other laugh and hanging out playing games, making faces, or seeing people. What a gift it is to be a mother!
The weekend was PACKED full because on Saturday I took 90 women from Ocean View to Hillsong Church in the city center of Cape Town for their women's event called the 'Sisterhood.' All I can say is 'WHEW!!' It was incredible, humbling, beautiful, spectacular, and we all left feeling deeply loved. I will share more soon, as I want to also post pictures from the day. Hillsong paid for everything, including a chartered bus and food for the way home. Incredible.
Looking forward to a great week - lots to do here and we continue to make plans for our visit back to the States in July and the ministry we will do there!
Lots of love,