Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ephesians 3:17-19 Printable

Full size resolution printable can be found HERE

This verse has been in my mind today. It speaks volume to my heart especially since we have been working on our back yard lately pulling out weeds. Some of them have roots that went down so deep, which make them hard to pull.

I pray that our roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; that we may be able to feel and understand, ... how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, ... And so at last we will be filled up with God himself. - Ephesians 3:17-19

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Exploring Rancho San Antonio and the reason we hike

A few months ago, our family took time to do a short hike at Rancho San Antonio.  I don't know why it took us so long to check out this place. If you live in Bay Area, definitely put this on your bucket list.

After a mile of easy hike, we arrived at this small farm:

This small farm house/ cabin reminded me of our small house.

Made me slightly regret for not painting our house white :p

The inside

Let's see how long you can hang on there:

This is easy peasy

Wait, I don't think this is a good idea

Help... I am falling down

Hiking has been our family favorite sport because it gives us chance to exercise and explore the place together;

plus it also gives us a chance to connect.

I remember precious moments when my first born poured his heart out about his struggle, favorite things, and life questions as we walk down the path. That gave me the motivation to go when my homebody self prefer lazy day at home.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir

Friday, March 4, 2016

Parenting wisdom from seasoned parents

A month ago, we invited the more experienced/ seasoned parents in our church to answer some of the questions we have as parents of young children. 

Below are the questions that we asked them and my take away from their answer:

a. How do you decide what extra curricular activities  for your kids. And how much is too much?
Pray about it. Study your kids, give the activity a try and see if it matches their gifts and interest. Each kid is different. Choose and focus on the one that match their strength and interest. One of the good thing of keeping them busy is less time for games/ television.

One family has tradition: during summer months, instead of keeping the children busy with summer camps, they focus on volunteering, traveling, or going on mission trips.

b. Do you discipline your kids? If so, how and do you do it differently according to their ages/ personalities?
It's different for each family. Pray for wisdom to communicate grace and truth.
Give warning and explain the consequence and be consistent if the rule is indeed broken. For instance too much video games -> no video games for a while. 

c. How to know if we are being micromanaging/ helicopter parents vs. letting the child learn/ choose/ grow on their own? 
When the kids are younger, we have to do a lot of managing/ directing but as they get older such as in middle/ high school (depends on the kids' personality) we have to start letting go and let them handle things such as classes, schedule, and conflict on their own. It's part of growing process. Don't worry, pray and trust your children in God's hands.

d. Any perspective, lesson, you wish you knew when your kids were younger that you would like to share with us?
The years go by so fast especially once they reached teenagers. It's so true that the days are long but the years are fast.

Question to ponder: Can our children say it's a blessing to grow up in a Christian home?
God gave us good times and hard times to develop our character. Sometimes His timing is not ours. 

Never give up on your child because God never give up on you.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Travel: Mono Lake

It was about 32 degree Fahrenheit or 0 degree Celsius that November morning when we drove from our hotel at Mammoth Lake to Mono Lake.

Mono Lake is a shallow salt water lake in California often known for its tufa towers.

The guide at Visitor Center told us to go to the South Tufa area, where we can get better view of its unique limestone rock formation, called "tufa".

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sliding at Mammoth Lake, CA

Remember our trip to Bodie? We stayed at Mammoth Lake area that night. It's a well known ski area like Tahoe but since we opted for sledding this time. Maybe when the kids are a little bit bigger we'll try ice skating or snowboarding.

We don't get snow at where we live so the kids were so excited when they see snow and play for hours until they cheeks turned red. Thankfully we bought them snow boots so I don't have to worry if their feet got frostbite.

The red sled looks nice but it doesn't work so well.

so we exchange it to the round one.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Take a deep breath: Patient & Gentleness Series #13

Max and Wes were playing together at church when suddenly they got into fight. Wes was furious, crying, yelling, and running toward his brother. I hold him, trying to calm him down and ask him to explain what happened. He's still crying and couldn't calm himself down until a friend of ours came by and told him "When you are very upset try this following trick:
Take a deep breath and count to ten. Then you will calm down and feel much better. It works like magic."

I am reminded that day that I can choose my response instead of just reacting. There are a lot of things I can't control: circumstance, other people attitude or mood, but I can always choose my response

"Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs." Ephesians 4:29

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