Do Not Worry!

~ Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6:08 AM ~

I came across this bible verse and it reminded me back the time I was deciding whether I should quit my IT job of 9 years in order to be a stay-at-home mother for my child (then about 2 months old). We were having trouble looking for a babysitter for him (one that can take care of him while I work from 9am to 6pm) and were pondering what other options we could have in order for our baby to be cared for properly.

Can't rely much on my MIL as she has (and still does) sleeping problems... she goes to bed at 7-8am and woke up at 12-2pm. By which time I'm already out at work and definitely can't leave my boy at home for her to care for.

And so we prayed to God, and decided to let Him decide. His will, His bill. At that time, we are relying on my hubby's IT business and of course I'm comfortable earning my own salary. To cut things short, decision was made, I quit and became a SAHM since then.

We were lucky to be staying with MIL (her house but hubby paid all the bills and groceries) and we have a car, a second-hand 11 years old car which hubby bought for very cheap price and it's all paid up, so not much commitment on our sides other than we must be frugal and think lots of times before deciding to spend any of our money. No overseas holidays until kiddos are old enough to appreciate and remember, even for family outing, we do it like once or twice a year locally and get the affordable holiday package and simply just budget and save.

Matthew 6:25 (NIV) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Matthew 6:27 (NIV) Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

Matthew 6:32 (NIV) For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

To be honest, today, hubby's business is really picking up and we are looking for resource to help him in his company and kiddos wise, 2 now, with 3rd one on the way in September this year.

And a few weeks back, I checked back my personal bank accounts, the savings there is almost the same as what I had when I quit my job. Meaning, God provides enough for us to sustain through the years. God is good!

Keeping A Good Name...

~ Posted on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM ~

If there is one particular thing I could remember well of the many many things I learned from my late father, it is that our name is very, very, very, important.

A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
~ Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

"Never take it for granted and always take your signature seriously." This is what I remembered my late father telling me long, long ago...

My late father once taught me the 2 different type of signatures he had when he signed for documents, one easy and simple to sign for petty unimportant documents and the other serious-I-mean-business type of signatures which he only used for banking documents and important paperworks.

Because of my dad, I always keep in mind that I will not simply allow my name to be used by others without proper justifications and especially for their personal gains.

Because of my dad, I am extremely wary when people close to me asked for my help to be guarantor and so on.

The prudent see danger and take refuge,
    but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
~ Proverbs 22:3 (NIV)

No matter how lucrative the returns or how honest or great promises given in exchange for my name to be used, I will politely excused myself out of the requests.

I am writing this as I dearly prayed that my loved ones will get the meaning of this. How important it is to hold onto our precious name and not let it be abused.

Book Review - Show Me How!

~ Posted on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM ~

I am very excited to be sharing this book with you guys! I mean, how often do you come across a book that helps you build your child's self-esteem through activities like reading, crafts and cooking? I particularly like that this book is recommended for the age 2 to 5 range and I immediately poured over the book looking for activities I can do with my 3.5 years old boy! Anyway, read on for my review below:

Title: Show Me How! Build Your Child's Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking (Positive Parental Participation)
Author: Vivian Kirkfield

Publisher: MoneyPenny Press, Ltd.; 1ST edition (2010)
ISBN-13/-10:  978-0967014753 / 0967014751
Paperback:  256 pages
Dimension: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches

Description from the product page:
"A must-have resource for busy parents and teachers, Show Me How! pinpoints 100 picture books every young child should hear and provides a story summary, gentle parenting tip, easy eco-friendly craft project and simple child-friendly healthful recipe for each recommended title. The fun-filled educational activities help parents gain confidence in their own parenting skills while building self-esteem, developing pre-literacy skills and strengthening the parent-child connection. Lined spaces on every other page allow parents to utilize this guide as a memory book to record their children's highlights. Library Journal loved the tri-level format of reading, crafting and cooking and so will every parent and teacher who uses this award-winning book. "

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This book comes packed with stories you can use or refer to with your child and there are points and notes given on how the stories can be used to nurture your child's self-esteem, moral values and build up their confidence. On the opposite side of the page there are accompanying crafts and recipes you can try out with your child as well.

The following day after I started reading this book, I came across a recipe for German butter cookies shared by a fellow SAHM friend in a SAHM Facebook group I joined in and decided to try this out with my boy. I got him to help me out with the mixing sugar and butter part and then gently coached him to make soft indent on the cookie dough so that there are stripes on each cookies surface. He was so excited to be able to take part in the cookie making session!

Ever since we did the German butter cookie session, I have been looking for more child-friendly recipes that I can try out with my boy so that I can get him to help (boost his confidence as well that he is big boy enough to help mummy out in the kitchen!) so I'm very happy to share that there are tons of child-friendly recipes that you can try in this book!

I do however would like to recommend that future revision or updates on this book to include pictures or illustrations of the end results of the crafts and recipes so that we can have a better idea on how they look like.

Overall, this is a wonderful book packed with stories, crafts and recipes that will definitely help you and your child as you journey along in building their confidence, self-esteem and at the same time guiding us as the parents on how to nurture our child to be an independent individual.

Highly recommended, do get a copy of this book for yourself too!!

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