A Day Full Of Blessings

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.  ~ Stacia Tauscher

I think all of my friends with kids are currently having a good chuckle at me.  Maybe this is God’s way of preparing me for when it’s my turn to have children. I have completely forgotten what it is like to sleep late on a weekend and I don’t even have kids yet!! Although my body is craving a really good, long lie in on a Saturday or Sunday morning I can’t complain too much because I am absolutely loving what I am doing.

Tomorrow I am up even earlier than today, long before the sun begins to wake this side of the world. We are back on the mountain, this time to hike Devil’s Peak.  I did this hike a few months ago ,working our way to the summit from the front side of the mountain, in 38 °C (100.4 °F) heat. It was tough! I am looking forward to doing this again, but this time from the back of the mountain, starting at Rhodes Memorial, in much cooler weather (below 20°C predicted). The views from the top are spectacular to say the least ~ photo’s will be posted!

Today has been such a beautiful day full of blessings! It started at 6:25am when my alarm sounded, much to the horror of my body knowing it was actually a Saturday!  I was off to volunteer with Sisanda FunDaytion at the Sarah Fox Children’s Convalescent Hospital, which is a 60-bed facility based in Athlone, Cape Town.  The kids from the hospital are recovering from illnesses, and have been referred down from hospitals such as Red Cross. The children are improving, but are not yet well enough to return home. They are from troubled communities, they are ill, and some of them have been hospitalized for quite some time.

It was heart-warming  yet heart-breaking to spend the day with these babies and children. From the outset all these kids wanted was love.  When we walked into the play area where the toddlers and older kids were they came running up to us with such excitement ~ All they wanted was to be picked up and given a hug and the babies were no different ~ all they wanted was to be held, cuddled and talked to. It was heartbreaking to put a baby down and walk over to another only to have the one you have just put down cry out for your love again. If I had more arms, I would have had held them all.

Spending today with these kids again reminds me how blessed I am in my life to have health and everything else that I have in my life ~ I am richer than I could have ever have hoped to be ~ and if giving up a few hours of my day to spend with kids brings smiles to their faces like it did today, then how could I not?  I walked away more blessed than ever.

But that wasn’t the end of my blessing today. Logging on my blog I found a comment on one of my pages from Carol, a Trustee at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust asking if they could please put some info about what I’m doing and the link to my fundraising page on their website and on their Facebook page. My reply of course was a resounding YES please!! The more awareness I can get out there about Cystic Fibrosis the better.  But that is not where it ends, I logged onto my BackABuddy Fundraising Page to find some new donations had come in.  From the bottom of my heart, thank-you to Anonymous, Sabine and the Staff Adult CF unit JHB Hospital for your donations ~ there really are no words that convey how grateful I am to each and every one of you.  Thank you for helping make a difference in someone’s life.

I feel like today has been such an incredible day honouring Emma’s memory yet again. It’s been abundantly full of blessings of every kind and tonight I sit in absolute gratitude and peace that maybe, just maybe, today I made a little bit of a difference.

“As one with a peripheral, marginal and off-center existence in the world I would like to seek how–with what I hope is a modest decent and humanist contribution–I can be of some use in a cure and reconciliation of mankind.” – Oe Kenzaburo

Tonight, my heart overflows with love and gratitude.

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