Guardians of Hope

18 July . Mandela Day. A day commemorating the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. On this day, people are encouraged to donate 67 minutes of their time to help those in need. Why 67 minutes? One minute for every year of Mandela’s public service. Even the smallest gesture of kindness is a step towards a better South Africa. A South Africa that Nelson Mandela would be proud of, where his legacy can live on forever.

“We need to restore and reaffirm the dignity of the people of Africa and the developing world. We need to place the eradication of poverty at the top of world priorities. We need to know with a fresh conviction that we all share a common humanity and that our diversity in the world is the strength for our future together.”Nelson Mandela

On 18 July 2017, some of my work colleagues and I, visited Guardians of Hope Place of Safety for abandoned babies.

It was a phenomenal experience. I cried. Just soft tears rolling down my cheeks. It was so special to see my work friends with the babies, to see a softer side to them. The best part was, I got to hold a beautiful baby girl. So petite, with the cutest, craziest hair and soulful eyes. There’s nothing sweeter than holding a tiny baby close to you, the warmth is indescribable. All the small noises, the cuddles and the sweet smiles are enough to MAKE MY HEART MELT. This little miracle will have a beautiful life, all thanks to one incredible person, Elaine Brenkman.

Elaine runs Guardians of Hope. She is unbelievable! Her love and dedication is beyond amazing. It was truly inspirational meeting such an extraordinary person. She is soft, caring, kind, loving and remarkably strong. She is my inspiration. My motivation. Elaine makes the world a better place. She has adopted two boys and a girl, so we have something in common, AND we are now Facebook friends. Yay!

There are six babies at Guardians of Hope. Six beautiful babies being loved and cared for by Elaine and her dedicated staff. Guardians of Hope is not funded by government, they rely completely on private funding and donations. Elaine also encourages people to give their time, to visit the babies and give them much needed attention. Vince and I will be popping around there soon. Hoping to make a difference where we can.

Read more about Guardians of Hope here http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/03/blanket-love-unwanted-babies-new-el-centre/

Read more about Elaine’s incredible story here http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2017/07/21/being-the-complete-mom/

 

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The best Christmas gift

December is always a crazy busy month for us and this past December we were expecting some exciting news. We had been waiting for this news since October. It was by far the hardest three months of my life, just waiting. Thank goodness for Vince, he was my rock, he kept me sane and made sure I was always ok. Best husband ever!

You see, we had finally been approved for adoption and we had been matched with the cutest baby boy.

I wanted him home asap. I felt like I was missing out, I cried a lot, like everyday. I desperately wanted to hold him and love him. Things were taking way too long. So much admin and red tape. I was convinced we would only bring him home in January. But on 21 December we got the call. We needed to fetch our little boy on the 23rd. Hooray!!! So after a long journey to Upington (10 hours there and 10 back), we finally brought our little boy home.

This is our first family photo. I know it’s blurry and we look exhausted but I absolutely love this photo. It makes my heart so happy.

I will write a more detailed post about our adoption journey. It was hard but now I get to hold my baby boy every single day.