Traveling is something we both enjoy and taking a few days off to enjoy the countryside is usually very welcome. After considering the Coast of Kenya and the Masai Mara, we finally decided to head west and explore the beautiful countryside of Western Kenya. Home to the expansive Lake Victoria, it is actually believed that the best fish in the world comes from here. It was a time to explore, travel and just relax out of the busy city of Nairobi. And so we began the preparations to leave. The joy was evident and we were both looking forward for the holiday. My best friend, Triza, was very excited to finally get a break off work. Deep in my head, something kept bothering me. Neatly tucked in one of the corners of the car was a beautiful engagement ring that only me knew about. As we began our road trip, I prayed to God to grant us a safe travel and give us the best time together. Silently I also asked Him to give me the best time and spot and indeed an answer to a question that has been bothering me for a very long time…
The lake is just so calm in the morning.
Once in Mbita, We quickly drove off to the Rusinga Island, a very beautiful Island right inside the lake but joined to the mainland via a bridge. This Island is home to one of the greatest Kenyan sons to ever have lived; Tom Mboya.
Tucked inside this beautiful Island is a heaven on earth place. Rusinga Island Lodge is just breathtakingly beautiful. A place of infinite beauty to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body, Rusinga provides a welcome break before, during or after a rigorous and exciting East African safari. Exuding an atmosphere of serene tranquility, Rusinga’s manicured lawns stretch to Lake Victoria’s edge. Peace and calm usually has a beautiful way of blending with joy and love.
The breath of the lake usually goes deep to the soul. The spectacular view of the expanse of the waters bringing a connection between man and His Creator, Yahweh, the creator of the Universe. It was His spoken Word that brought all this into existence. He said, ‘Let there be….’ and it was. And it was with great faith that I went down to my knees, not one but two. Looking down straight at this beautiful soul that I’ve come to love so much; and with calm in my voice and faith in my words, knowing so well the Power in the spoken word asked, ‘Triza Wamaitha, will you marry me?’
And what’s more, she affirmed this by speaking those three powerful words; ‘Yes I will.’ And quickly added, ‘I will marry you John.’
The glittering ring securely on her hand. It was a beautiful ‘Mission accomplished’.
What was so evident in all this is that she had no idea whatsoever of this. I was overly excited that all this was a surprise to her and I thank God for granting me a perfect answer through a ‘BIG YEEEEES.’
Under this tree, believed to be 365 years old, we posed for a photo and prayed to God to grant us a long blissful life.Rusinga’s grounds, with its exotic trees, are haven for a myriad of bird species – many of which are unique to this small corner of Kenya. And YES. She said a YES.
Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
We just love the way God allowed this to unfold, we are so grateful to the friendships we made along the way.
We traveled the two of us but we met friends who spared their time, resources, knowledge and photography skills to make sure that the record of this day is preserved for the future generations. To our great photographers:
-Dr. Justus Omondi, Mr. Paul Ndiege and many others, we thank God so much for you.
And to the management of Rusinga Island Lodge, http://www.rusinga.com/, we are indeed so grateful for the great hospitality.
To our brother Paul Ndiege, thanks for becoming part of us even as we begin this journey. We pray for many more years to know each other more and more. Thanks for allowing me to share with you my vision and for helping me immensely to execute it even much better than I thought. May the TOM MBOYA MAUSOLEUM continue to educate and inspire many more generations to go out and fight for worthy causes for betterment of mankind.
And now to my BRIDE to be;
May God teach me to Love you, Just as Christ loves the Church,
May this holiday, as it was, a journey through the countryside,
Always bring joy, hope, faith and love to our being.
May the ring on your finger, always be a great reminder to our approaching wedding.
I Love you so much, and always will.
May God grant us a beautiful marriage and life together.
Wedding Date: January 28th, 2017.
You are all welcome.
Till next time, thanks so much for the read.