Sunday, March 22, 2015

Capitola Beach

A family friend had been telling us about Capitola Beach but we didn't get chance to check it out until last year.

Wes was excited but scare of the wave and cold water.

I was reminded of this verse when I saw the sand, "How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand."
Psalm 138:17-18a

Oh so pretty!

My tough guy

Wish I could stop the time

Then it's time to go home

See you next time!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Random Post on Motherhood

I just got the news that a friend of mine from homeschooling group passed away due to breast cancer; living behind her husband and 3 young sons. Two of them are at Max and Wes' age. Her second son, who is the same age as Max, is one of Max's best friends.

I told Max the news with tears in my eyes. He's sad too. He said, "It's good that she is no longer suffering and is now in Heaven, ma, but she is still young. How come she died?"
Please lift up the family in your prayers and pray for discernment, wisdom, and love as our community walks with her family during this difficult time.

Today is my mom's birthday. I cannot imagine growing up without her. I didn't realized how blessed I am to have such a creative, fun, sensitive and loving mom until I have children. She works all day but once she got home, she always available for cuddling, listening, and story telling.

A college student interviewed me the other day for her report about raising kids in the States. One of the questions she asked was, "What is one thing you do for your children that only you as their mom can do?"
I thought for a while then answered, "Honestly, I think everything I do, can be done by someone else."

But then I think of my mom... I remembered on second grade I cried because she didn't go to dentist appointment with me when I was having a painful filling done. Once she got home, she gave me a hug and apologized. That's the only time I remembered she wasn't present when I need her.

I thought of the day I gave birth and recovering from childbirth. There was no body else on earth I rather have by my side (beside my dear husband of course) but her. The things that she does as mother maybe replaceable but the comfort, love, and joy that she brings cannot.

One more story before I am closing this post. I was just seven years old then, from first grade moving on to second grade.  Back then, teachers wrote on a notebook to communicate with the parents {mostly giving bad report or concern}. As long as the notebook still has blank space, the students kept the same notebook all the way through six grade.

I received one bad report on first grade and I remember kept staring at the note before putting it in my bag. I didn't like the fact that my new teacher at 2nd grade would learn and label me just from that note without getting to know me.

 My mom, being a sensitive wonderful mom, asked, "Do you want me to make it disappear?"
"You can? how?" I asked.
Then she took the book from my hands and ripped that one page. "Don't let one mistake stop you from growing. You learned from your mistakes and move on. Don't let that holding you back."
 The notebook remained blank until I graduated from elementary.

 What she said reminded me of what Eli said to Punchinelo in the book: You Are Special {click on the link to read the story}
"Why don't the stickers stay on her?"

The maker spoke softly: "Because she has decided that what I think is more important than what they think. The sticker only stick if you let them"


"The stickers only stick if they matter to you. The more you trust my love, the less you care about their stickers."

Happy Birthday, mom. Thank you for your sacrifical love to our family.
Giving God thanks for you and praying for you daily,
Blessed to be yours

Thursday, March 12, 2015

52 Weeks of Patient & Gentleness: Effective Morning Routine {Week 10}

A few weeks ago, I heard a podcast about the important of early morning routine and how it impact our productivity. I already had a morning routine before but since listening to the podcast I added some practices that Hal Elrod suggested such as waking up 30 minutes earlier than I normally would and doing 10 minutes exercise. 

It makes such a big difference. Instead of waking up grumpy and in the rush, I am waking up ready to face the day and much calmer through out the day because I have plenty of time to do what need to be done.

You can listen to the podcast titled: Productivity and the Early Morning Routine.

My Morning Routine {ideally speaking, sometimes thing happened like I blogged a little bit late the night before and the kids wake up earlier than normal, so I adjust accordingly}:
  1. Set alarm and wake up 30 minutes earlier than I am supposed to.
  2. 10 minutes Yoga or stretching exercise 
  3. Prayer, Bible Reading
  4. Planning and Journaling
  5. Waking up the kids, Breakfast while listening to worship song on Pandora
  6. Morning devotion & reading time with the kids 
"The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways." Proverbs 14:8a

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Camping at Mendocino & How we turn our van into "tent"

Last August, our family went to Mendocino for our annual family camping trip.

After about 3.5 hours on the road we're finally arrived at Mendocino Campground.

Aaaah.... the trees, fresh air, scenery, quietness... the reasons why we go camping every year.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Bath Room Before

Before we bought our little house, the seller agent already mentioned that the bathroom got some leaks and mold that need to be fixed. "You may want to renovate the whole bath room before you move in," he said. However, since we believe that it's better to live in the house for quite sometimes first before doing any major renovation we decided to move in first.

You already knew what happen next: a few days after we moved in, we managed to break the 50+ years old toilet and sink. 

So we made a quick decision to move back to our condo (before it's sold) for a few days while the bathroom was being renovate.

We're glad that we got chance to live in the house and use the bathroom first though because it really helps us making better decision on the design and layout that would work best for our family.

Enjoy the details picture our 1960 bathroom before the renovation: