Burdens of Life...

~ Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 12:06 AM ~

Sharing these quotes I came across the Internet through my blog meme:

Looking at the quote above, I remembered a year ago, when I was toying with the idea to be a SAHM, I was worried of course! Less 1 income to the family (On monthly average, I earned more than my hubby at that time as his business is just picking up). Are we going to be able to continue our standard of living? What about healthcare? All sorts of questions lingered on my mind but when the time came to decide, I went ahead and quit my high paying job and trust God will help us pull through this.

Maybe my case is different, but ever since I'm pregnant with Ben, there are a few situations which made us stop and think, "Who are we to plan all this?" And one phrase from our previous pastor stood out "God's will, God's bill". If He brings you to it, He will brings you THROUGH it!

Read: Matthew 6:25 (NIV), Matthew 6:34 (NIV), Proverbs 27:24 (NIV), Psalm 39:6 (NIV)

From the time we were trying to search for a nanny or babysitter to take care of Ben when I go back to work after maternity leave (2 months for Malaysia) and then meeting a nice Christian sister who asked us why not take care of the baby ourselves and which we then ended up with me quitting my job to become a SAHM and caring for Ben,

From the time my confinement lady (kinda like a doula) who suddenly broke her right leg 2 weeks before I was due which we ended up doing our own DIY confinement and take care of Ben ourselves from day 1,

From the day I was supposed to be admitted to hospital to induce labor (low amniotic fluid) to suddenly starting contractions (without me knowing until I was leaving for the hospital) and ended up having the most awesome supernatural childbirth (going from 0 to 10cm in 4.5 hours)

The above are some of the few awesome works of God in our lives.

You know, 1 year on since I quit my job to be a SAHM, hubby's business is getting better, I don't need to be worried about our one income less because God is good! He provides! I get a small allowance from hubby every month and I can still give my tithes every month. Yes, the amount may be way smaller than what I used to tithe but it's still 10% of my income. I don't need to beg other people for money. My savings are still untouched, in fact, I think it is growing bit by bit, thanks to the allowance gave by my hubby, which of course, thanks to God who provides the continuous projects and jobs to hubby's business!

I have my family members, friends and ex-colleagues to thank for. They passed on their kids' toys and clothings down to us (some of them are still brand new and some clothings and shoes are worn few times only). For us, we do not mind at all! Receiving all this wonderful gifts helped us save a lot! Maybe some would think we have to be money conscious and stinge in every situations and are like beggars to be accepting all this freebies and pass-me-down but we don't think that way, and whatever others choose to perceive, we can't control or have a say to that.

* I'd rather save my money and be glad to receive all the toys and pass-me-down items and used our money for savings and wise investments rather than splurging it on new or branded items for Ben or to maintain our lifestyle.

* I'd rather save my money, faced the challenges in designing my own blog than hiring a web designer to do it for me.

Being a SAHM, I think I'm fullfiling God's promises for our family.

I trust that He will lead us to the right path.

Read: Psalm 138:8 (NIV), Proverbs 19:21 (NIV), 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV)

I hope to save up my treasures in heaven rather than on earth!

Read: Ecclesiastes 2:26 (NIV), Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV), Matthew 6:19 (NIV), Matthew 6:20 (NIV)

Have a blessed weekend to all of you!

Happy Birthday to my Hubby!

~ Posted on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 12:01 AM ~

Today is a special day!

Finally my hubs crossed over the age 30 line and joined me (I'm 3.5 months older than him btw) and from today onwards, he can no longer claimed he is still in his 20s! Hahahaha...

Anyhooo, like I promised him, I'm going to get him this:

But in the meantime, I'm arranging for a belated birthday lunch with our immediate family members on Sunday after church service. Oh, did I mentioned I'm going to get my birthday cake as well? Yeah, MY birthday cake. He didn't want one, and I wanted a JELLY cake... so, I'm getting MY birthday cake! My favorite! Yumyum!

On top of that, I just want to dedicate this post to the man of my life, my first and only boyfriend... to the daddy of my mischievous little monster, to the sole breadwinner of the house, to the mobile playgym for Ben.

Pictures below are taken recently during our family outing at the park... I rarely show pictures of myself and my hubby, so these are the closest you get to see the man of my life!

 

Ben curiously stepping on leaves...

 

Ben hanging on to the rail..

 

Hubby playing with a chuckling Ben...

Happy 30th birthday dear!

(*Note: If you still want to be in your 20s, fine, fine...

"Happy 1st anniversary to your 29th birthday dear!")

Read: Ephesians 6:1-4 (NIV), Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV), Isaiah 11:2 (NIV)

Wordless Wednesday (Ben Strikes a Pose)

~ Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM ~

While weighing himself... What a vainpot! Kiss

Ben posing while weighing himself