Thursday, March 14, 2013

Micah our son turns 5 months today - 15th March 2013

One day old Micah - 16th October 2012

5 months ago today, Micah was born to us at 06:00hrs, making us very proud parents. He was small, he was young, fragile, he was innocent and yet very active and very adorable. We were so grateful for the gift that was bestowed on us on that blessed day we will live to remember and be thankful for.  We instantly fell in love with him even though another part of us was scared and uneasy that this little delicate human being was in every way depending on us to be providers and good parents to him and we were so determined to be the best parents we could be even though we knew very little about what that entailed being first time parents.  We had picked his name which means ‘Who is like Yahweh’, several months before he was born.

In Chingola visiting grand parents
By Yahweh’s grace, he has always been an easy child, he rarely cries, he is very friendly and extremely lovable. It’s been a journey of learning, mistakes, uncertainty, joy, patience and so much happiness. Micah brought a lot of happiness into our lives.  He is Yahweh’s perfect gift to us. Seeing him accomplish his milestones is so fulfilling and rewarding. Seeing the once frail baby discover his hands, chomp on his fingers and palm, kick and play with his feet, roll, sit, babble and sing in his own language is just so warming to us. When he laughs and smiles you can’t help but reciprocate, it’s so contagious and heartwarming.

Yes being parents comes with a lot of responsibilities and it can be a bit tiring but rewarding; the middle of the night changing and feedings, the under five clinics, establishing good nap and sleep time routines, the pain to see your little one in pain (after injections), etc but Yahweh has been very faithful in providing us with a network of knowledgeable and experienced people in this regard who are always on hand to help and advise. The last 5 months have been a great period of change upon change as the newborn grows and progresses to where he is now. We give Yahweh the glory.
Micah and daddy - 13th March 2013
In a world full of pain, uncertainty, suffering, hunger, hatred, sin, etc, we have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful for what Yahweh has done in our lives and for what He has shown us through the miracle he granted us-our lovely baby boy.
Micah as you turn 5 months old today, we choose to give Yahweh the glory for your life, we choose to thank Him for showing us how faithful and mighty He is through you, we choose to acknowledge Him as Yahweh Ebenezer-The God who has brought us this far.  We choose to thank Him for showing us that no matter how complete and fulfilling our lives may seem, He alone has the ability to show us that He always wants to bless us in an even mightier way and we will be eternally grateful to Him for having given you to us our dear boy.

Micah and mummy - 19th January 2013
May He continue to show Himself strong in our lives and may He help you to grow up in His way and to teach you more about Himself as you grow. May He give us the wisdom necessary to bring you up in a way that is pleasing in His eyes, may He help us with the nurturing tools necessary to help you live up to your name so that the world may indeed ask, “WHO IS LIKE YAHWEH”
Family picture - 30th December 2012
We continue to pray for you each day as you grow older. May Yahweh show Himself mighty through you, may He set you apart for His will, may you grow up to one day declare – How great is our God! May you always know His love, joy, justice, peace, foundation, strength, power, beauty and understanding. Micah, thank you for filling our lives with so much joy, laughter, happiness and so much learning.  Its good to see Yahweh’s beauty revealed to us through you.

Loving you always,

Mom and Dad

The Kamanga family - 9th December 2012

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

We must honour and recognize our grand parents

Me and my grand father Mr Mumba Kamanga - 25th Dec 2012
There must always be times in life when we appreciate our grandparents for bringing up our parents, without them we would not be alive neither will our parents be because they bore our parents. Take my grandfather for example, he was born in 1932 (81 years ago) and he is still alive today, his name is Mr. Mumba Kamanga. He bore my father. I remember him telling me a story while he was in UTH sometime in October 2012 of how they really struggled in fighting for our Independence in the early 1960s. Indeed it was like I was watching a movie. 

Phoebe my sister with grandpa
He is now much better and was discharged from Hospital. On 30th December 2012 just before crossing over into the New Year; dad, mum, Phoebe and I visited him at his residence here within Lusaka just to say hi and wish him well as we were entering into a new year. We found him sitted by the door watching passerby and behold he was so happy to see the family; we paid him a surprise visit. We did not find grandmother as she was at the market. The few hours we spend with our grandparents were so refreshing and how I wished I could spend much more time with them.

Mrs Matildah Munthali Sambo
The other woman I want to talk about is my mother’s mother. Her name is Mrs. Matildah Munthali Sambo, she was born in 1935 (78 years old) and lives in Mazabuka. She visited us to see our little bundle baby boy in November last year. Oh how I miss her, she is a very funny woman to talk to, she cracks jokes and when need be she really gets upset especially when she gets drunk. One part that I always remember her of is when she would claim to have stopped drinking; she would talk to convince you that she has stopped drinking even when she would have a bottle of beer in her hand. I always pray for her salvation that God softens her heart and save her; she is a church goer and claims to be a Christian as she is in the choir at United Church of Zambia (UCZ)

One interesting thing about my grandparents is that none of them remembers their birthday. They both know the year in which they were born but date and month only God knows. I just hope that I will not forget mine if God permits me to reach old age.

Grandma with Micah our son - November 2012
As we begin this New Year, may we honor and recognize our grandparents if they are still alive and find time to visit them, they will surely feel good and appreciate your visit.

Mum and my sisters visit grandma in Mazabuka - December 2000