Precious moments – Precious memories

Pictured: the most amazing 50-something’th birthday dinner you could ever imagine. (The capacity to keep track of large numbers diminishes after the 50th year, by the way).

When it was just about time for dinner last night, Debbi called me to see something outside. She led both Ibrahim and I by the hand, blindfolded (well, with the promise that our eyes were closed) to a little spot just at the side of our house. Then we opened our eyes. It was unbelievable. A small table set for dinner with red roses, fireplace in an earthen stove, lighting and a love seat, under/ inside a bugenvellia bush. It was so beautiful! But we were still in for an even bigger surprise.

“Just sit down and enjoy it,” she said.” We will bring your starters in just a minute.” Daniel was ready with warm water, basin and towel for washing our hands.

What!? We were being served dinner. I had no idea this was coming . . .

The first course was guacamole, salsa puree, and freshly-baked whole wheat buns. Daniel was our ‘waiter.’ The main dish followed; unbelievably delicious and including all of our personal favorites. Debbi stayed in the kitchen, preparing the dishes, as Daniel continued to wait on us. “Is everything okay? What else could I bring for you?” He was so sweet and accommodating. Every time he came to fill the waiter role, we just had to laugh.

The funniest part was the ‘beverage selection.’  We typically don’t keep juices or sodas on hand. Realizing this, the list came confidently: “We could offer you tap water, filtered water, refrigerated water, hot water, hot water with lemon, hot water with honey, or a combination of the above,” he said, keeping a straight face.

After dishes were cleared and we were relaxing on the love seat, it was time for desert. That was frozen papaya sorbet for me, mixed fruit lassie (a popular yogurt drink) for Ibrahim, fresh strawberries, and chocolates! I haven’t been so full for a long, long time.

After clearing the table, Daniel came to spread the red rose petals  and continued to stoke the fire.

We convinced them to join us, and sat enjoying the moonlight, the beauty, the company, the potential of our home (imagine if we would do this for honeymoon couples; could be quite good business!!) and the blessings of our loving heavenly Father that we had again experienced in one another. All so precious!

~ Diane


About Omondis In Kenya

Ibrahim and Diane Omondi serve on the DOVE Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council, giving oversight to the region of Africa. They have been ministering together in Kenya since 1984 and now oversee the work of more than 100 congregations in four nations. They also give leadership to the missions thrust of DOVE Africa which includes 14 Kenyan and Ugandan missionaries serving among unreached people groups in these nations. The Omondis direct Springs of Africa, a non-profit organization sponsoring micro-finance, community development and various education initiatives.
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6 Responses to Precious moments – Precious memories

  1. Bill & Carolyn Sprague says:

    Well a blessed and highly favored birthday! It sounds like it was really special and deservedly so.

  2. Nan S. Garber says:

    Having some of the most wonderful young adults of the world show up as my own children is one of the most grace-filled experiences of my life! I guess I raised them with intention for them to be kind, compassionate and giving people, but never considered that I might be a recipient too. It is always a moment of awe and gratitude for me. Glad you could experience the same.
    Cuzin’ Nan

  3. Deborah Cressman says:

    Sounds (and looks) like a wonderful time for you both! I’m so glad you had a quiet evening to enjoy each other and the beauty of God’s creation that cuddled you in His arms… and to be blessed by your children was the “icing on the cake”! May you have many more!

  4. Laurie says:

    This brought tears to my eyes….what a special gift, and all the more special because it was planned & presented by your awesome kids! Happy 50-something’th to you!!

  5. Lilian Mukanzi says:

    wow!that was so lovely and very thoughtful of your son and daughter!My congratulations to you Pastor and Diane.

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