Music Review - Light for the Lost Boy (Andrew Peterson)

~ Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:51 AM ~

I would like to share my feedback and review on another awesome album by Andrew Peterson that I get to review. The album is called “Light for the Lost Boy” and was released on August 28th, 2012. Here goes my review...

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Light for the Lost Boy (Andrew Peterson)

One of the songs in the album which caught my attention is "Rest Easy". I've been playing this song over and over again and just find myself relaxing and feel peaceful. The lyrics are so meaningful and touched my heart.

To be honest, as a SAHM with 2 kids and pretty much occupied with caring the kids 24/7/365, not to mention unofficially teaching my 3 years old boy since few weeks back, my 1 year old getting more and more mobile and seeks my attention all the time and also trying to maintain my blogging passion, I was just listening to this song and soaking in the lyrics of the song and all of a sudden, it makes me feel like God is telling me these words from the song:

"You don't have to work so hard
You can rest easy
You don't have to prove yourself
You're already mine
You don't have to hide your heart
I already love you
I hold it in mine
So you can rest easy "

Some other noteworthy songs in this album are "Come Back Soon", "Day by Day" which has an upbeat tune to dance to, "Carry the Fire" and "Don't You Want to Thank Someone".

Andrew Peterson's songs are very very nice to listen to (not to mention his sultry sand papery voice which is dreamlike hahaha), wonderful lyrics which is definitely inspiring and uplifting! Go on, get a copy, no regrets to get this album!

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You can purchase it from The Rabbit Room store or the iTunes Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the 10-track album in MP3 format to assist my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

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Buying Things Via Postal Services

~ Posted on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 12:20 AM ~

Do you know that we can buy things online via our postal website? Prior to this, other than to mail out our letters and parcels, I only know we can buy stamps, postcards and renew our driving licenses and that too, you need to go to the post office to do so. For online transactions, I always thought our postal website is just to allow us to track our parcels, find out the fees and FAQ on shipping and so on.

Just last year, I saw a friend of mine posting up some pictures on her Facebook page. It was a personalised stamps with her daughter's face on it and she got it via the postal services! That was totally a cute idea!

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Just like the australia post catalogue, for Malaysians, if you check out our national postal website, you can also find that they do personalised stamps services too!

It is not difficult to do the personalised stamps as everything is automated and the website takes you through the steps with easy to understand instructions. All you need to do is just upload the picture you wanted to be printed on the stamps and made the payment before you get the stamps.

I was contemplating to get it for a close friend of mine who just gave birth to her third child then but due to time constraints meaning I did not have enough time to order it online as I need to get a nice picture of her baby so that I can upload it into the post website, I got her another present instead. But personally, I think it is a very thoughtful and creative idea as a gift to someone.

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Do you buy things from your postal services?

The Stress in Comparing Your Child With Others...

~ Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM ~

The other day in Ben's Sunday class, I experienced for the first time how stressful it is to compare my own child with others... FYI, I have shifted Ben to the 3-4 years old children group 3 weeks back and as he is still new in this class, I can still accompany him. Plus, I think he is still too attached with me and insisted I sit next to him everytime.

So anyway, in the first class Ben obviously hated being in a new environment, new teachers, new kids, new everything. Unlike the 1.5-3 years old class group he was previously in, now there are no more taking off shoes in the class, no more sitting on carpeted floors, no more being able to play the toys freely.

During activities time, I realised Ben was a bit advanced then the rest of the kids in his table when it comes to the glue and paste task. This was mainly because I do quite a number of such tasks with him in our learning lessons everyday.

In the recent class, the children were given a printed paper with 3 sections, each section showing a child doing a particular task such as cleaning up toys, throwing rubbish into the dustbin and so on. Each children in the class had to color the printed paper and then glue this colored piece of paper that matches the same image on the printed paper.

Ben went on excitedly and chose his favorite red color pencil and draw - everywhere. I kept reminding him to color within the shapes. I looked on his left, a little girl named Melissa was slowly coloring this little cube on her paper, when I said slowly, she really was very slow in coloring. Another girl on Ben's right was accompanied by her mum was coloring herself while her mother looked on.

After Ben finished his coloring (which he trailed off with his doodling when he lost interest in coloring), he looked at me tiredly and told me he is 'tired and no energy and hungry'. Sigh... Then I checked back at Melissa who is STILL coloring the same cube. Then I looked at the girl on Ben's right, most of the colors were inside the shapes which was pretty neat.

I nudged Ben to color somemore but he wouldn't have it. He leaned on my legs and started whining the tired-no energy-hungry phrase. Then I realised he's telling the truth. He was hungry. Yikes, my bad. So I kept comforting him to wait a little while as after crafts time, the teachers will hand out snacks for the children. Of course I do have some snacks in my bag but I thought better to wait for the rest of the kids.

I glanced around and noticed kids from the other tables are gluing the colored pieces. All except the kids on our table. So I signalled to one of the teacher that we don't have any glue. Then the teacher handed a glue to us and when it was Ben's turn to glue his colored pieces, he immediately got his correctly, matching the colored pieces and gluing them himself.

I checked out Melissa again, she was coloring the shelf on her paper while the girl on Ben's right sits patiently waiting for her mum to put on the glue for her. I looked further and saw a dad telling his daughter where to put the colored pieces.

Then I looked back at Ben who was happily matching the colored pieces and trying to paste the last one... when the teacher came over and snatched his colored piece and tried helping him to glue it onto his paper.

Oh my... Ben look pissed. He immediately crossed his arms and kept real quiet and I quickly told the teacher there is no need for her to help my boy out as he was managing pretty fine. She passed back the colored piece to him but he refused to take it. I just told the teacher is OK, let me handle him and then I had to comfort my boy, telling him that the teacher thought he is having problems matching the item and gluing it and that she's just trying to help.

Ben told me he doesn't want to do anymore, that he can't do anymore. Sigh... I think I understand why he reacted this way. If I were him, I'd be pissed too. I mean, here I am, trying to glue something which I know where it matches to and someone else just swooped in and thinks I can't do anything at all. Of course I am pissed if I was him. It's like I'm being made useless and stupid.

So anyway, after much coaxing, Ben finally took the colored pieces and glued it back onto his printed paper.

Picture above taken after Ben completed pasting the colored pieces that matches the printed paper. You can see the teacher trying to help Melissa on the left in gluing the colored pieces.

Now lessons learned from this:

- I should not compare my child with others. True, he doesn't color within the shapes this time and it's all over the page but he does his matching and gluing by himself. What he is not capable of (at this moment) or slow in (again, at this moment), he does better in other areas. Each child has their own characteristics and abilities.

- That said, I should also not give myself stress over small things like this! I mean, my boy is behaving and does not disturb the class nor run around doing other things (well there is a boy at our table who keeps passing color pencils to us instead of coloring his paper), in fact, I should be happy that my boy is attending the class!

- We as adults should not help our children too much. Guide yes, nudged abit OK, but not to the extent of taking over what the child is trying to do and doing it for them. Sorry teacher in the class, I think what you did (yes, good intention I understand) are not helping my child. It makes him feel he is not capable of doing something. It might also make a child lazy since there will be an adult to help him.

There you go, just another mummy rant of mine...