Another New Year approaches, I write from Perth late afternoon on the eve of 2019. My office now in a home that I have just recently located to and I can already hear the beginning of neighbours preparing for the night’s celebration.
I am looking forward to celebrating not only the year that is to pass but also the new year to come in.
2018, seemed only to contain six months as it passed so incredibly fast. Life I feel tends to move quickly the older I get, or is it that I endeavour to pack so much in, as there is still so much to do?
My annual trip to Kenya achieved the building of our relocated boy's orphanage and again being surprised as to how quickly our children grow.
Meeting children that had joined us in January to begin their education and following the health of our families and children with special needs.
Thankfully I returned in time to Perth to be given a most beautiful grandson from my son Adam and his lovely wife, Georgia a moment of pure happiness and so very much looking forward to spending time doing all the grandmother wonders in the years to come.
My daughter, Sarah, continued to gain success in the art world with great
jubilation and will miss her next year as she continues her passion for her work in Paris.
I was reminded on Christmas Day, through a gift from Sarah, that we are forever growing ourselves, we are always planting new ideas, like seeds that with nurturing, patience, compassion and care that great things will evolve.
2019, I see my life change due to being in a new environment, making a new home, meeting new friends and establishing myself in a new neighbourhood, which inspires me to extend even further for our children in Kenya.
My life has certainly changed over the years due to my work and the enormous responsibilities that most certainly come with the territory of having your own school and orphanage. But as our orphans and school children grow so does the knowledge that we are making such a vast difference — those who came to us as babies are now entering high school and even university. I have seen children born in the direst conditions thrive due to been given food, counselling, education and a home.
2019 excites me to know that this can continue, and will, as I encourage others to remain of this incredible journey that began back in 2008.
It is the same for all of those who are reading this New Year message, and we wish you the same excitement for change, the same interest in discoveries, the thrill of a challenge and achievement.
We know that there will be times that difficulties will find us, but knowing that these obstacles will be faced with the same tenacity of past, we will as you will succeed.
Happy most amazing New Year to you, your family and friends and continue to welcome you into our children's lives in 2019.