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.

What a lovely lovely place
Admission Fee: $14 per adult. $7 for kids 5-7. Free for children age 4 and under.
For more information visit the Mendocino Coast Botanic Garden's websitetripadvisor or yelp's page.

Related Posts:
Mendocino Camping Ground
Glass Beach, CA
Mackerricher State Park, CA

Between posts, you can find me on Instagram, where I share my captured blessings.

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.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The Kitchen Before and a sneak peak

Our home renovation is done and we are now back home living and loving it. It is still 1000 square feet with one bathroom but much more functional with working heater, A/C, windows, doors, kitchen.

Speaking of kitchen, I took the time to take few shot of the old kitchen before it got a makeover

There was a wall that separate the kitchen and the living room.

I still can cook and bake but the lack of surface and storage makes it a harder and more time consuming.

The cabinets and drawers was the original ones built in 1960.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Wesley's First Swim Competition

The boys started swimming lesson this summer. After two months of practicing, we asked if they want to participate in a swim meet. Wes said he would love to

while Max said not this time.

The event number that he was participating: backstroke and freestyle

He fell down and got bruises two days before the competition and was having a hard time walking but still determined to swim.

Checking out the event

Getting ready

Get set, go!

Getting ready for the freestyle round

His wonderful instructor happened to be on break and was able to swim along with him this time:

almost there, Wes.

and he did it!

We learned later on that he won first place in the 4 years old group for both freestyle and backstroke. There maybe only 2-3 competitors though but still it was a great experience. :)