Hello from the other side...
I can't believe it's the 1st of November. Shame wouldn't allow me to go to bed without doing a blog post! I've actually been beating myself up over the head with a stick over not having done any posts in October, but you know, as I sat down to write this post, I felt at peace with myself. October was quite a hectic month both physically and mentally. In a lot of ways it felt like a landing.....I felt like we touched down in a very real sense. We are creeping up to a year since we moved here (just 3 months to go!) - and in October it really felt like some roots were planted. I don't actually mind that I didn't write in October, it would've been good to, but it's not the end of the world.
Somewhere at the beginning of October, we celebrated 1 year since Judah's seizures came to a complete end! We were so full of thanks as it was a very difficult period in our lives. Never knowing if you'd get a call from nursery whilst at work, or not being entirely sure how much impact each one was having on his body and his development. A lot as it turned out. The day I decided to stop crying about things and face the issue is the day things began to change in the way I saw the situation. We have grown in our faith and in our walk with God through this journey, and I'm a great believer in the authority God has given us as his children to speak over our lives and our children. We have a way to go, but everyday something happens to give us reason to believe the future is bright! And I must say October was full to overflowing with those moments! One day we will share them all!
Ok, so I just had to scroll through my iphone pictures to remind myself of what happened this month! Haha! I can see from the pictures that both kids had their walkathons in October! Feels like a lifetime ago! Judah's walkathon was fun as it had a little obstacle course within it. Unfortunately my little guy loves a slide and in his excitement to run and go down the slide, he tripped and bit into his tongue. Cue blood, sweat and tears. That little guy earned his sponsorship money! Lots of cuddles from mummy, ice-cream when we got home and dancing to youtube kids songs was the perfect cure!
Morayo-Hope's walkathon had a different kind of excitement in store for her. At the end of the walkathon, raffle prizes were awarded. Number of entries per child were based on how much you raised. Morayo-Hope knelt eagerly and waited not knowing I hadn't submitted her form and therefore she wasn't in the raffle. MUMFAIL. Moving swiftly along, she didn't win and was quite sad. After I'd left, a boy from a slightly higher grade popped up to say he was sorry she didn't win because he was rooting for her to win a prize. She was wondering why he would care. So she asked his sibling and was told "Oh yes, it's because he crushes you."
So there I was minding my own business the next day when Morayo-Hope asked " Mummy, what does "crushes" mean?", to which I proceeded to demonstrate crushing in every way I could. She proceeded to give me the context and I proceeded to send her to ask her dad as I collected my jaw off the floor. No-one had a crush on me at 6! Actually, no-one that I know had a crush on me till I was 17, so....anyway. WHAT?! Once I got my priorities back in order I heard her dad simply respond by telling her to get ready for school.
A couple of weeks later as I continued to mind my own business, she announced "Tomorrow I will ask X what crushes means,". I blushed in panic but on the surface maintained my dark brown tone which is how us African mums trick our kids into thinking we are cool under pressure. I said "I think it just means he thinks you're cool." She gave me that look I was expecting 8-10 years from now, the "maybe that's what it meant in the dinosaur age you came from, but not now mother."
I cheered myself up by finding english crumbly fudge at Trader Joe's. I munched happily on it as we drove back from school.
MH: Oh yes, X told me what crushes means. It means their brother is in love with me.
Me: **choking on fudge and trying to stay cool** Oh.
MH: Yeah. Do you know who I crush??
Me: (do I really want to know? why did I have kids? I'm not ready to be a mum!) Who?
MH: My family of-course!! Everyone should crush their family!!
And all was well with the world.
I can't believe I've written so much, yet barely scratched the surface of all that happened in October! I will stop here though, as Morayo-Hope has found her way from her bed to me downstairs and is now fast asleep on a beanbag! (I thought there was a ghost - hehe!). I'll try and share more about our October highlights - up next will be more pictures from our first ever Fall Harvest Festival! November is upon us and I'm so excited. I hope you have a wonderful month - here's to crushing hard on our families this month!!