Garage Project

March 8th, 2019
Before …

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Today, perhaps because of the fast, I had the presence of mind and internal capacity to actually get into the project. It took a lot of physical and mental strength to get through it, but it shows that I’m getting stronger spiritually. Thank God! It also made me realize how much I still need to do.

Joyanne was so good the whole day. She played by herself, watched TV, ate, and looked for things to do by herself. Every now and then, she would ask me to play with her. She looked for me when she was bored. I’d spend a few minutes with her at a time during breaks from my project. I’m so proud of how independent she is. Though at one point during her play, she said, “I cannot play with you because I’m busy.” I’m sure she got that from me!

and After

It felt good to see the before-and-after shots. I feel a great sense of accomplishment. But this is only half of it. I still have more to do. Hopefully, the momentum will get me to where I need to be to finish.

After dinner, we headed to the mall to take a walk. It was windy and chilly outside so it was nice to be indoors. Joyanne had been asking to ride “the firetruck” just like before. “After the bathroom, we ride the firetruck, ok?” She must’ve learned to negotiate from her brother. Luckily, when we came down, there were two free carts waiting for us to take them.

For the first time in a long time, I felt lighter and freer as we walked in the mall. No strollers, no diapers, no high chair. I feel our little ones are now fully functioning human beings. It’s like we graduated into another phase in our responsibility as parents. What a feeling!

Walk in the Neighborhood

March 7th, 2019
Cloudy Day

It has become an almost daily routine. After breakfast, we would make one circle around our neighborhood. When Ian is in school, it would just be the two of us. When he’s around, it slows the pace but they have a lot more fun. Today was a cloudy day, comfortable and brisk.

Some of the things they like to look at are dandelions, flowers, bugs (pill bugs!), worms, leaves, sticks, snails, bees, birds, house decorations, small rocks. Today, Ian successfully “protected” as many pill bugs as he could by touching them so they can roll into a ball and picking them up to return them to the grass. He feels better that they won’t get stepped on.

Ash Wednesday

March 6th, 2019

He wondered for two days whether to receive the ash on his forehead. Finally, after we discussed it last night, he decided he wanted it. We agreed that it’s because it means God loves him.

After he showed me his forehead, I asked him what it meant. He said, “It means Jesus loves me.”

This is mine!

More than knowing that Jesus loves me, the symbol of ashes on my forehead signifies a deeper meaning for me. It symbolizes death of self, denial of self, sacrifice of self because of a renewed realization of God’s grace in my life. It also symbolizes the hope of resurrection as I go through spiritual defeats in my life. For the first time in my life, I look forward to Easter.

New Earrings!

She lost her white flower earrings while playing with her brother so we had to break out the new ones! She cried that she lost the old ones and, surprisingly, she didnā€™t mind wearing these new ones, as long as she has earrings, I guess. My daughter is such a girly-girl, pretty pink princesses and everything šŸ„°

Tustin Library

March 6th, 2019
Children's Learning Center
Children’s Learning Center

A few days ago, I visited the library after a long time being away. I used to come to story time with Ian when he was barely 2 years old. Now, I am here with Joyanne. It was sweetly pleasant remembering the memories, even though that was only a couple of years ago. I have more confidence the second time around, for sure. My daughter was as resourceful as my son, running and exploring and touching everything.

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