Inspired by Michelle W. from Blogging U 101 Zero to Hero.

A couple of days ago, I posted a gallery of images of my family and a few paintings that went well with expressing my feelings. To sum up in words all that was meant in those pictures, I have found a someone who said it better than I could have.

George Bernard Shaw said what my heart feels in every way.. “A happy family is but an earlier Heaven”.

Here are a few more pictures to see where my heart is.

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18 Comments on “Family

  1. Thank you for sharing. You are blessed with a beautiful family!
    For me a melancholy trip remembering my family that I lost over 25 years ago in divorce.
    Please you, Easter, for bringing back the few good memories.
    May God bless.


    • Aw.. I am saddened to hear that you lost that time with your family. The “why” is always so difficult. I know that your faith has seen you through this difficult path.

      I am happy that this made you smile. My own family has suffered tremendously over the years.. stories to be shared as time goes on, but God is our great Comforter and the Healer of our hearts.

      Bless you lots,


        • No worries, some of it has come out before in other postings, but I am not trying to make it private. It is what it is.. just sad things that have attacked my family over the years.
          My eldest followed the footsteps of her dad and decided to become abusive, addicted to drugs and do nothing with her life so far. It is heart-breaking to have walked with both of them to no avail. I believe that my prayers will be answered for her, but she has lost so much time. Both her dad’s and her own behaviour affected my other children tremendously.. evil as well as good both leave their rippling effects.


            • I am sad to hear that you have been through so much also.. but the gift is that it does draw our hearts to God and we are rewarded in knowing the depth of His love in the moments of our need.


        • 🙂 So very true. People always say “you’ve been through so much, yet you have such a good spirit”, it is only thanks to God alone.


    • I thought I’d answered this, but it says that I haven’t so please forgive me if it is twice.
      I am very saddened by your loss and know that God has been your saving grace.
      I am glad that you enjoyed the pictures, but even we have had a road with many sad mountains to cross. God, in His loving Grace has seen me through them and still does. It is in His strength that I get through.


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    a reason to live,to live a life of deciding what to do with themselves, or who to go to.

    My ‘Sambisa’ Tale – Chibok Girl

    on May 03, 2014 / in For the record, The Arts 9:56 am / Comments

    It was going to be like a normal night

    It was going to be a chat with my fellow girls until I give-in to sleep

    It was going to be a night with Amina, Fatima and Hauwa

    Just a normal night… just after I said my little prayer

    A night when the moon couldn’t whisper to my innocent heart like every other night

    A night when my dreams will be engulfed by the darkest night

    Have my innocent heart committed a crime to chase that dream?

    If achieving my goals through education is forbidden, would an early marriage be acceptable?

    If regrets could turn back the hands of time

    If wishes could make the watchman not feel drowsy on duty

    Oh! I wished my life never depended on the weak index of that soldier (God bless his efforts)

    Or on the frail fence where we even jump over sometimes.

    In my sleep I heard strange voices; on my feet was a tap…

    ‘HE’ touched me… Mama! He touched me!!!

    Screams went louder from different sections; I closed my eyes and wished it was a dream

    Lo and Behold! The very aspiration and my pursuit for empowerment delivered me unto ‘HIM’.

    I reached out to Hauwa to at least be on same four-wheeled truck to share from her courage

    Instead my worst fears gripped me as I heard more Horror and masculine voice

    Gunshot loudly mellowed our screams for help

    Could I have jumped off like Fatima and Amina; I thought of it but I couldn’t dare…

    How can this same language they speak become foreign to me?

    I called on same Allah as they too scream…

    Does a different blood flow through their veins?

    My heart beat stopped several times yet my thoughts were wide.

    The sounds of Crickets and strong wind; cries and prayers proved we were going deep

    Deep into Isolation; deep into a cave we talked dreadfully of in our little girl’s gossip

    The plague I once feared has come upon me

    What is forbidden? Is it my aspirations, HIS Hellish ideology or what I have been subjected into right now?

    Father! I need now more than ever your love to rescue me from this hate

    It’s the 7th day so far and for the first time in my tender life I have seen my period in the forest

    Mama! Oh! Mama… they wouldn’t let me do what you have taught me.

    Mama you have no idea what HE has done me…

    I heard some of us have died… some of starvation and some from deep wounds

    Mama, it’s going to be my turn tomorrow…

    I contemplate suicide, would HE do this to me?

    Mama it’s cold out here, I feel pains on my chest am I going to die?

    You will not be wrong if you think we have taken oaths…

    The heights of all imaginations have been done to me Mama…

    I will be 13years tomorrow and I have seen it all

    Mama, my tender eyes have seen the other side of Life

    Be strong Mama, I have tried not to give-up…

    Be brave as you have taught me to be

    If I see you again, please don’t ask me what has happened to me.

    If not mama, know that the worse is yet to happen because I choose not to give-up.

    The stars will never shine bright again…

    The moon will set at noon…

    The cock will crow at Midnight…

    It will never be the same again….

    But I love you Mama!!!


    The insurgent group Boko Haram is opposed to what they perceive as the “Westernisation” of Nigeria, which they maintain is the root cause of criminal behaviour in the country Thousands of people have been killed in attacks perpetrated by the group, and the Nigerian federal government declared a state of emergency in May 2013 in Borno State in its fight against the insurgency. The resulting crackdown has led to the capture or killing of hundreds of Boko Haram members, with the remainder retreating to mountainous areas from which they have increasingly targeted civilians.However, the campaign has failed to stabilise the country. A French military operation in Mali also pushed Boko Haram and al-Qaeda terrorists into Nigeria.

    Since 2010, Boko Haram has targeted schools, killing hundreds of students. A spokesperson for the group said such attacks would continue as long as the Nigerian government continued to interfere with traditional Islamic education. 10,000 children have been unable to attend school as a result of the activities by Boko Haram. Boko Haram has also been known to kidnap girls, who it believes should not be educated, and use them as cooks or sex slaves


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