Eating chicken wing - 30 Dec 2007
Now Yongren can identify chicken wings and he loves to eat them! He ate 3 and could still consume more if not for the fact that there were no more. Still unable to say "chic-ken", mummy taught him to say in chinese instead "ji".
Shepherding a child's heart
Anyway, mummy is currently reading a book "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp. I have learnt some precious lessons which helped me understand how to really shepherd my son's heart. It roots from the principle that our God is concerned with our heart, the well-spring of life. (Proverbs 4:23 "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.") (Mark 7:21 states:"... from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.") As a Christian parent, I was reminded that true shepherding my son is not on the external behaviour, but the internal. Not for making him a success as the world sees, but to guide his heart to love, fear and obey God's ways. In so doing, I draw on God's promise that when we train him up in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it. (Prov 22:6). And that his heart will one day come to realise that without the Lord Jesus, he is enslaved to sin and cannot be satisfied. What is chief end of man? Chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Well, there's homework for me. To be more diligent in my bible study and draw on God's wisdom to be a good wife and mother.
Yongren had friends over at our place - 29 Dec 2007
Amadeus, Yongren and Benaiah. The three boys sat contently watching "Discovering Water" DVD. After that they took a nap while the the adults (Kim, Allan, Karen, daddy and mummy) played board games. Auntie Lishan napped too.
Hong Kong here we come! - 18 to 24 Dec 2007
This was Yongren's first trip on a plane! It was a great trip bonding with everyone - gong gong, popo, daddy, mummy, yongren. Our main focus: Relaxing, good food and some fun! Mummy stayed in the hotel to rest as much as she could, and store up energy to visit disneyland and ocean park! All the exercises that gong gong and popo did in the gym paid off because they did lots of shopping and carrying our heavy son! We had a wonderful time! Thank God for everything.
At the airport On a train to Disneyland Cinderella's carriage
Auntie Ade, Auntie Irene and Claire "I want to sit on Dumbo!" On Dumbo with Daddy
Wearing 3D spectacles Playing on drums! I'm high!
"I'm an astronaut!" Waiting for mummy Goodbye disneyland
A very shy boy beside a new friend The often visited playground at our hotel Glorious food!
The amazing night view at the pier with popo, gong, daddy and mummy
At Ocean Park: hot air balloon! Leashed to daddy Little reindeer friend
Ultrascan on 13 Dec 2007
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." Psalm 139:14
Twin A was visibly smaller than twin B, and my heart just cried to hear of the doctor's report that twin A was not getting enough blood flow and his size is smaller than normal. The love God has put in our heart for the twins were unspeakable and I know that God is always in control. My husband and I stood firm that we will trust in the Lord no matter what happens. Despite all the risks that are there, mental or physical handicap, heart stopping, etc, we need to walk by faith and not by sight. To trust in God and not in man. We want to be shining lights for our Lord Jesus, and we choose to hold on to the babies and not entertain any thoughts of terminating the pregnancy (another nice word for abortion). We are able to love because God first loved us!
"For You formed my inward parts;You covered me in my mother’s womb."
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
Ultrascan on 29 Nov 2007
Wedding of Chee Keong & Grace - 24 Nov 2007
"His grace is made sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Cor 12:9
After 11 years of dating, they have finally taken the step to get married! It was truly a joyous occasion for all of us! The verse they have chosen to reflect God's work in their lives is from 2 Cor 12:9. Indeed it was an encouraging verse to know that God's grace is sufficient for them and they can have His strength despite their weakness! We are all sinners in need of the Lord! In Christ Jesus, He will help us to be good wives and husbands, if we trust in Him and give our lives to Him. Without Him, we cannot be the wife or husband God has want us to be.
Grace and Chee Keong, we are so happy for the both of you!
Till this day, the following verses are God's teaching to me and my husband. God always gives us the grace to obey Him. Even when we don't feel like it, when we are angry after a quarrel, when we just want our own way, God reminds us that our lives belong to Him and we need to obey His Word. And how sweet it is to obey the Lord! We can't do it in our own flesh, but in Christ Jesus we can do all things! Are we willing to trust in Him for all things? Do we have this new life in Him?
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." Eph 5:22-27
Playing with balls! - 18 Nov 2007
We went for Lena's son, Kah Weng's 1st birthday celebration. What a brilliant idea to leave an *inflatable playpen with balls inside! It was a simple idea, yet the children were thoroughly thrilled to be playing in it. Yongren could stay inside for daddy and mummy to eat their dinner before he climbed out to join us to eat. *recommended idea* for kids!
Popo's birthday - 17 Nov 2007
Strawberry cheese cake! Though cheese cake is not a favourite for popo, it was so light that everyone enjoyed it tremendously! Jiu jiu (Uncle Lye Sheng) and Jiu mu (Auntie Rachel) ordered it from a man who bakes it as a living in Clementi. Highly recommended! Great grandma loved it so much that she ate at least 3 helpings! It was a lovely end to the birthday celebration.
Yongren's motor skills has picked up swiftly. He takes it a challenge to seat belt himself everytime he seats on the highchair and refuses to let us help him. Food is also an enjoyable time for him as he uses the spoon to scoop food and put into his mouth as easily as a cow eats grass. Of course he drops bits and pieces along the way, but that's part of learning isnt' it?
Ultrascan on 16 Nov 2007
The twins are 12 weeks old. It was amazing to see 2 babies inside the womb. Twin A is the one below. Twin B is the one on top. A is slightly smaller than B, both moving and playfully disturbing one another. It was a sight that just causes both of us to be in awe. Thank God for giving us this twin bundle. He indeed has a special purpose for this in our lives. We shall trust Him in everything.
Visit to Physics Demo Lab - 6 Nov 2007
It was a 3E4 Physics Excursion! I was more excited than the students (I think) as I was anticipating what kind of hands-on experience NUS Physics Department will provide for my students. I have heard many good things about the Demo Lab and even tasted it before few years ago during a workshop to NUS. Nevertheless, we all got onto the bus like some excited primary school kids and made our way there. The students yaked and chatted all the way and we finally reached the Physics Demonstration Lab.
The activity started with a Demonstrator named Andrew, who went around each station and explained the apparatus to us and showed us many Physics phenomenon. Only equipped theoretically with Mechanics and Thermal Physics, the students were surprised to learn that what they have touched in Sec 3 was only the tip of the ice berg. Many of them looked at me (their Physics teacher) during the demonstration with questions in their eyes.. as if to say, "are we going to learn that?" or "how come we weren't taught that?" or "how come the object behaved that way?". After 30 minutes of listening to Andrew, some of the students became restless and couldn't wait to try their hands on the stations. Still, they persevered till the end (with some nudging and encouragement). Finally, when the green light was given, the students went around with new found energy to experience everything they could!
And with that, I end my last lesson with 3E4 in 2007 as their Physics and Form teacher. I will surely miss them. It is my desire that they will not only appreciate the subject and gain new interest in it, but also to know the Creator of our universe.
Hello? - 3 Nov 2007
One lazy saturday morning, daddy and mummy were still sleeping in bed when Yongren, being the early riser that he is, busied himself on our bed with the phone. It was a hilarious sight to hear him talking on the phone in his own baby language! Blabbering as if he was talking to an invisible person on the other side of the phone, he made meaningful pauses as if to hear the other side responding to him!
Gong Gong's and Jiu Gong's birthday - 6 Oct 2007
One, two, three... BLOW!
Every year, we celebrate their birthday together because their birthdays are just a few days apart. (One on 9 Oct, the other on 11 Oct). It's great to celebrate birthdays together! In everything, give thanks to the Lord. Gong gong would pray and give thanks for the food. Zhen zu mu (great grandma) and zhen zu fu (great grandpa) would also be praying and taking time to eat. Indeed, I am thankful for God's mercy in the lives of my grandparents. For sustaining them, for saving them, for being their God. I continue to pray for my grandma to grow in Him, and for my uncle to one day trust in the Lord. Does Yongren understand that our God is good? Whether in wealth or poverty, whether in sickness or in health, whether in good times or bad times, we can trust in Him.
No greater love: http://cantata.bfcministries.com/2007
Like father, like son. - 6 Oct 2007
Before Almost After
A new haircut! Popo insists that Yongren gets a haircut from a proper saloon. Mummy thought Popo has been doing a great job all these while and wondered why the neccessity. Well, since Popo had a recommendation and strongly felt that he get a proper one, the whole family followed along.
Yongren sat perfectly well on a wooden plank that brought him to a level that the hairdresser could cut comfortably. He played with some sweets and toys to keep him distracted. Everything went well until.... it was time to cut his fringe and his sides.
It ended well anyway. Handsome boy!
A visit to Popo's Office - 2 Oct 2007
Popo brought Yongren over to her office to "show him off". haha. That's what grandparents proudly love to do. A new life, a young life.. brings even freshness and newness into the lives of everyone around him. God's word is true! Children are a heritage from the Lord. Though a responsibility that every new parent fear - bringing them up in this corruptable world, may the Lord help mummy and daddy depend on the Lord's promises:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Prov 22:6
May we train him up in God's ways, that he will be in the very best Hands. God's Hands!
Cousin Michael's 2nd Birthday - 16 Sept 2007
Yongren went to his cousin's 2nd year birthday celebration at UE Square. He was fascinated with the colourful balls and held on to them and didn't want to let go. After some encouragement and playing, Yongren started to understand that there is lots of fun throwing them. He also tried to share them with his cousin Beatrice.
Double images of Yongren!
Happy birthday Auntie Jingting - 22 July 2007
Daddy, mummy and Yongren went to visit our relatives, and it was Auntie Jing Ting's birthday! The boy on the right is Yongren's cousin, Aden.
Self feed noodles - 17 July 2007
1st photo: "How am I going to eat noodles with my spoon?"
2nd photo: "Fingers are the best!"
3rd photo: "Hmm this is nicer than my porridge"
4th photo: "Hur hur hur! Look at me!"
5th photo: "Oh oh, I think I messed up the floor... mummy's not looking very pleased."
Yummy Thai Food at Josh and Jan's Home! - 12 July 2007
Jan prepared a yummy thai dinner for us at their new home! Consisting of chicken curry (white one) that taste like tom yam, green vegetables, prawn and pork salad! Yongren could not wait to dig in the food too! We thank God for the lovely fellowship over dinner and fruits chocolate fondue. And thank you Jan and Josh for your hospitality!
First attempt: Yongren looked terrible although everyone looked VERY happy.
Second attempt: PEACEFUL and happy faces
Computex Taipei- 8 June 2007
I am in Taiwan! Sitting at the Buyer's internet lounge, waiting for my husband to call me when he has finished his meeting. We came here for the Taipei International Information Technology Show: COMPUTEX TAIPEI. The sight here is overwhelming. As I walk around, I am surrounded by all sorts of products that blows my mind away. The technology is so advanced, the frontier keeps moving forward. Unlike the Singapore IT show, this is HUGE and the feel is different. Perhaps the reason is because it is not opened to the public today yet. My husband and I came in as traders, buyers. I've walked till my back aches.. and its only the 2nd day! I was desperate for a chair, and there were NONE! So imagine my happiness when I saw this internet lounge which is free :).
Anyway, I really miss Yongren. I wonder what he is doing now... 1.10pm.. he must be walking around at my mum-in-law's place, playing with the kitchen cabinets, throwing toys on the floor, playing with his yeye, making lots of noise. Does he miss me? Does he realise that mummy and daddy is not with him? I'll only be back after 7 days! Argghhh. Ok, I'll go check out his photos. Hee.
The prophet Isaiah records that, God keeps in perfect peace all who trust in Him. (Isa. 26.3).
Nowhere is this truth more aptly illustrated than in the story which accompanies the writing of the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul".
Horatio G. Spafford lived, with his wife and four daughters, in Chicago. He was a lawyer by profession and a devout and sincere Christian.
One day in 1873 he stood on the quayside in Chicago and bid farewell to his family as they set sail to visit relatives in far off Europe. He was not to realize that he would never see most of them again.
Some days later their ship, bound for Le Havre in France collided with another steamship in Mid-atlantic, and sank almost immediately.
Before it did so, however, Mrs Spafford was able to have a prayer with her children and commit them to the mercy of the Lord. That was the last time she would ever see them on this earth.
Fortunately, a lifeboat spotted Mrs Spafford and she was rescued. When she arrived in Britain, with the rest of the survivors, she sent her husband this brief, but telling message: 'SAVED ALONE.'
The words struck Horatio Spafford with full force, and, understandably, plunged him into deep sorrow. He left for England, without delay, to comfort his grief-stricken wife.
The great American evangelist D.L. Moody and his associate, singer Ira D. Sankey, were conducting a campaign in Edinburgh at the time. They were personal friends of the Spaffords and came down to London to give whatever help and comfort they could. They found their friends in surprisingly good spirits, strong in faith and able to say through their tears, 'It is well; the will of God be done.'
Three years after that tragedy, Mr. Spafford wrote his hymn "It Is Well With My Soul", in memory of his four precious daughters. Happily each of them had personally received Jesus Christ as Savior before embarking on that fateful voyage.
It would be very difficult for any of us to predict how we would react under circumstances similar to those experienced by the Spaffords. But we do know that the God who sustained them would also be with us.
No matter what circumstances overtake us may we be able to say with Horatio Spafford...
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul!
It is well ... with my soul!
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Why the sudden interest in this hymn and the writer? Because recently things happened in the lives of my friends that brought grief, sorrow and questions. Lost of precious lives, lost of dreams lost of things that were once your joy and hope. It is sobering, indeed. Putting myself in their shoes, I am brought to the place where nothing makes sense. However, when my eyes are lifted up to the cross of Christ, I realise that at that cross, where nothing makes sense to the people then, everything makes sense to God.
Horatio G. Spafford lost his four daughters in the ocean. Only his wife was saved alone. I can imagine the grief that a mother feels. To have cuddled the children since young, dressing them, bathing them, feeding them, loving them, bringing them up just to see them die. The tears overflowing reflects the pain and sorrow felt. Yet both husband and wife were able to "stay in good spirits" and "strong in faith", speaking through tears that "it is well with my soul."
The most important thing I brought back through the story is that their children have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, and I'm sure it must have been their parents speaking daily of the Lord in their lives. I must remember that my son is a sinner and needs the Lord. I only pray and hope that my husband and I can one day lead our children to the saving grace of our Lord. That our children will one by one choose to follow Christ.
Recounting the year 2006 and looking ahead in 2007
(I am typing this on 5 Apr 2007 (Yes, that's how long I haven't been updating my section.)
2006 was indeed a life changing year for my family and I. It was also one of the most enjoyable and precious year - I have absolutely no regrets forgoing 5 months of my salary to take care of my new born and enabling family time that would not have been possible if not for being on no-pay leave.
While most people who are slogging away at work may say "Such good life, no need to work." I beg to differ. It IS work at home taking care of the household chores, bathing the baby, feeding him every 2 to 3 hours, singing to him, playing with him, talking to him. But it was a choice I made, and a choice that the Lord has blessed my family and I through. I mean, waking up in the morning without work stress is of course something I must not take for granted. But each morning when my hubby wakes up, he can spend time with baby and I, and say good bye to us at the door. My parents could come to my place conveniently and grow close to Yongren. And on top of that I find myself a more confident mother - I've learnt to cook baby food, puree, porridge, bath a baby, change his diapers,
hahaha yes blissful.
But to all young mothers, I do not want to paint a picture of no problems, no trials, no tears. There were moments of helplessness when the baby kept crying, don't know why. Having no "human" to talk to the whole day. Waking up and going to bed with aching back, cramp fingers, tired bones with all the carrying (Yongren was heavy!) and housework (i'm totally untrained in housework in my childhood). Looking like an "O-ba-san" certainly made me feel unattractive and ugly. Doesn't help when hubby also says "O-ba-san", though he says it tenderly. Haha.
I thank God for the ladies in my church who have been encouragers and testimonies to me. Ladies who HAVE young children, ladies who HAD young children, ladies who decided to be full-time homemakers, ladies who decided to go back to work. Each of them held unique testimonies to me of God in their lives. It is my heart's desire to be the woman in Prov 31, to be a good, efficient, kind, loving wife and mother in the eyes of the Lord. I guess in Singapore, with all the materialism and career opportunities, it is easy to be swept into the rat race. To find myself investing in earthly treasures instead of heavenly ones. I have come to a point in my life when I think "enough." I must not serve mammon, but God. But that does not mean I should slack in my work. Rather, I believe that if I'm working, I must do my best for God's glory. But if work gets too heavy that it compromises
what is important, then its time to take a step back and relook at my job.
Also, many parents feel that they need to give their children as much enrichment programmes (music, english, craft, swimming, singing, etc) and send them to the best childcare centre. Parents work hard to provide for their children's intellectual and talent nourishment. Sometimes they work so hard that little time and energy is left to play and spend with the children. Is it really worth it? To exchange time raising your own child with a big pay cheque? "We want the best for them." Me too. I am reminded that the most important thing is found in Deut 6: 5-7.
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up."
How does a parent teach them diligently, talk of them when she sit, walk, lie and rise up?
I have met so many parents during the Parents-Teachers Interaction (PTI) in my school. And I have seen so many youths who turn out the way they are because of struggling parents, single parent home, busy parents. Those who have loving and close supervision from their parents display a stronger sense of accountability and responsibilites towards their studies and attitude. Those whose parents work late and spend little time with them display a "free" attitude, little accountability towards their parents and poorly disciplined. My heart goes out to the parents who are single-handedly bringing up their children for it is not an easy task. They have to work for shelter, food and clothing. Sometimes the children take advantage of the lack of supervision and get involved in negative activities and bad company. So we really have to pray for our children that they will love God and choose to follow Him.
As a parent of a one year old son, it is clear to me that the simple things in life is important. To love the Lord wholeheartedly, to be a submissive and loving wife, to bring up my child in God's ways.
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