My Trip to South Africa: Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY

May 1, 2012

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Why we love this book:

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” Most are familiar with this classic book and song about the enduring love of motherhood. I’ve been rocking and singing to babies for a long time. This Mother’s Day, I’m getting ready to travel halfway across the world to rock and sing to some very special, little babies.

Meet my baby Alyssa, my almost 26-year-old baby. Alyssa is my youngest child and I guess the youngest child is forever labeled the baby in the family. Many of you know that in January I gave Alyssa a great-big, tear-filled hug and put her on an airplane to South Africa.  Talk about a tear-jerker! I knew there would be no hugs for my baby for six months.

But Alyssa had important volunteer work to do and it was time for me to let her go out into the world to give of herself to others. Since January, Alyssa has been rocking, hugging, loving and caring for abandoned babies at The Door of Hope in South Africa.

Almost immediately upon her arrival Alyssa began asking me to come visit her in South Africa. At first I thought, “That’s crazy, I’m not going to South Africa. This is your adventure not mine!”

Then I let myself toy with the idea, “Maybe I should go. Why not? When will I ever have this opportunity again? It seems just a little too ironic that when I was a little girl I dreamed of being a missionary in Africa.”

But then I came to my senses, “I don’t have the time or money to travel to South Africa! What was I thinking?! No! I’m definitely not going!”

But you know how your little kiddos can talk you into doing the unexpected. Well, it doesn’t get any easier to say no as they get older. Before I knew it, I really let myself begin to dream of visiting Alyssa and volunteering at The Door of Hope.

It’s official, I’m going to South Africa! I have my ticket and everything. This year for Mother’s Day, I’m giving myself two gifts. First, I get to travel to South Africa where I’ll hug my baby and tell her “I’ll love you forever!” Second, in my own way, I’ll get to live my dream of being a missionary in Africa. I’ll hug and rock those sweet little babies and sing them a lullaby like, “I love you forever, I’ll like you for always . . .”

Life with Joyce

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of  Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is the craziest thing your children have talked you into doing? It’s probably also one of your fondest memories! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, May6, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, May 7, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellie May 2, 2012 at 2:55 am

Hmm … the craziest thing my kid has gotten me to do is run around the house chanting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 … over and over … until I was worn out. We were really into counting up to 10 that week! Having kids is crazy all the time, but of course it’s the greatest joy as well. I’m sure we’ll get crazier as we all get older!
Have a great trip to South Africa! I’m sure you’ll love it. Our family has done volunteer work in Tanzania and Malawi.

Katy May 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I still cry when I read that to Sam. What an exciting mother’s day! I’m so excited for you! This made me tear up.

Robin May 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm

My children talked me into a water log ride, oh my it was a bit scary and fun in the end… and wet.

Tiffany May 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I cannot think of anything so I am saying “Hey.” this time.

Cindy S May 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

He, age 5, is a roller coaster and really tall water slide junkie…and some way even though my brain is saying NO! My mouth says…okay.

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