Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How to Create Wall Gallery

After a year moving in, we finally managed to hang the pictures on the wall.

Just like the one we had at the old place:

First thing first, measure the space.

Arrange the frames on the floor, measured as big as the wall space.

Didi was helping me choosing the pictures.

Then the boys had fun taking each other pictures:

Okay now back to work.

Make a paper template of each frame.

Tape them on the wall. Move around and adjust accordingly before hammering the nails and hang the picture frames.

Papa worked his magic and a few hours later we have our Gallery Wall.

Every time I see it, I am reminded to be grateful and not taking each day for granted.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Visiting: Bodie Ghost Town

Last November our family got an unexpected break due to job loss. God is good through it all and Hebrews 4:16 became real as we prayed and waited, "Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

While waiting to start another job, we took time for a family road trip to Bodie and Mono Lake area. We went very early in the morning that way we can get there by noon.

couldn't resist the temptation to stop and capture the beautiful scene a long the way...

After 6 hours on the road, we are on the last leg to the famous Ghost Town.

It was a long ride to get there even for us traveling by car; I can't imagine being pioneers and have to travel by wagon or by feet.

Finally, we saw the sign:

The old gold mine:

The church and part of the town. This was when I first noticed at that time they built their bathroom outside of the house. Imagine, having to go outside the house during winter make us even more grateful to live during modern time.

The obligatory family picture with the State Park sign.

Max asked if I can put the rest of the Bodie pictures on his blog. I told him sure as long as he is the one who tell the story. So for more picture on Bodie please head to Max's post.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bedtime Routine Printable

After I made the Morning Routine and Low-Tech Toys print outs, Max asked  if I can make Bedtime Routine Printable as well. Of course I can't say no to such a wonderful idea.
Full resolution can be download HERE

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Low-Tech Toys

We limit screen time for the boys to 30 minutes a day so I often heard they said, "What should we do now, ma?" once they're done with their screen time and still have some free time. So thought I made this Low-Tech Toys List for my 7 and 4 years old boys and print them out that way I can just point them to it whenever they ask me that question.

You can download the full size resolution HERE

Reading/ writing

Drawing/ coloring/ painting

Biking, click here to read how we teach the kids biking two wheels bike.

Ball games: soccer, basketball. We use this indoor basketball hoop

Playing tag


Playing Light sabers/ sponge swords

Indoor Fabric Frisbee. DIY instruction can be found HERE

Cars/ Trains/ Toy animals

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Courtesy In Our Closest Relationships

Taken from the book: Love as a Way of Life - Gary Chapman

Courtesy In Our Closest Relationships

Never speaks for each other.
When you speak for someone, you are circumventing her individuality.

Listen to each other empathetically.
When I am listening empathetically, I am trying to understand not only what my spouse is saying but also how he/ she is feeling.

Ask for what you want.
"I wish my husband would do something special for my birthday."
"Have you told him that is what you wish?"
"No. If I have to tell him, then it doesn't mean as much."
"The chances of your husband reading your mind are slim. God didn't give most husbands the gift of mind reading."

When you have a conflict, focus on finding a solution rather than on winning.
When I win, my spouse loses. It's not much fun to live with a loser.

Make requests, not demands.
Demanding something of my wife makes me a slave driver and her a slave.

Before you make a request for change, give your spouse two or three compliments.
"I like you. I appreciate you. I respect you."

Once a failure has been confessed and forgiven, never bring it up again.
We cannot erase failures, but we can forgive them. Once they are forgiven, there is no value in raising the issue again

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Kids Morning Routine

I have been wanting to make Kids' Morning Routine Print Out for the boys but didn't get to do it until last night. Once they woke up and saw the print out below in the morning, they were excited to do the things on the list without a single word out of my mouth. So Amazing! I should have done it way earlier.

You can download mine for free here or make your own. I made mine with but Microsoft Words should works just fine.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Beyond the festivities, challenge, and business of the season; we pray that you experience His love, peace, and joy.

Let the weary word rejoices.

Much love,

Friday, October 30, 2015

Mendocino Coast Botanic Garden

This was our last stop when we visited Mendocino last year. We underestimate how big this place is. It could easily take a half day to explore this place.

It was too late by the time we get there so we just walked around the garden, couldn't make it to the ocean part.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spina Farm Pumpkin Patch

Visiting a pumpkin patch is one of our to do list on the Fall. We visited Spina Farm Pumpkin Patch twice so far in 2012 and last year, 2014. This post contain pictures from both years.

The farm has pumpkins of course,


small train ride,

hay ride around the sunflowers field,

Monday, October 5, 2015

Parenting with Kindness

Kara Tippetts in her blog Mundane Faithfulness shared about Parenting Kindness  
"Anger does not beget heart change; it begets shame. Yelling does not beget understanding; it begets hurt. Harsh words do not beget love; they beget humiliation. Intimidation does not beget kindness; it begets fear. Only kindness begets kindness; kindness begets love.
I’ve already seen a return on my investment; as I trust God to help me respond to my rebellious children in kindness and love instead of fear and anger, these young hearts are learning that kindness is always right and they treat each other with kindness. What a joy for my mama’s heart!
"Your time spent pursuing love will not be wasted. The time spent embracing your moments, reading that extra bedtime book, sitting together to dinner, loving a child in their unkindness and weakness matter. Live each moment knowing even your unseen movement toward love and away from unkindness matters."

Kara passed away a few months ago but her message on Love and Kindness lives on.

I pray that I can be a kind, loving, and joyful mother like her but I still struggle daily to be patient and gentle until Joy Forney shared her secret:

Three Things that has been helpful  for me:
1. I started to make 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 the top of my 'To-Do List'

2. Pray and choose verses to memorize. 
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
James 1:19 " Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry."
Philippians 2:14 " Do everything without complaining and arguing."
Ephesians 4:29 " Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Proverbs 31:26 "She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue."

3. Write it down on the palm of my hand

The kids started asking about the verse on my hand and want me to write down the verse on their hands too so this become our family project.