All posts tagged: Big ‘n Lil Sis

The 30-day Praise Challenge for Parents

Why I am embarking on this 30-day praise challenge for parents

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Praying for my daughters’ best

I’ve been married for nearly 13 years now, but it feels like my husband and I have been together way much longer than that. We’ve probably already talked about everything under the sun except our daughters getting married someday though. As you already know, we have two daughters, now ages 12 and 9, and as Christians, one of the things that we are taught to do as parents is the importance of praying for our children. That includes not only praying for their health, a heart that would always want to seek God, discovering, developing and using their talents to serve God, and more, but also praying for their future marriage, the person they will marry someday (and whether it is part of God’s plan for them to be married). I have not started really thinking about them getting married one day, and so you can say that I slack when it comes to that prayer aspect until I had an opportunity to speak with one of my friends’/mentor’s only son recently. Somehow, after that …

Not quite a mom

It’s Sunday. Instead of having a relaxing evening, I’m nursing disappointment and frustration. This is not how I envisioned any of my days or nights as a mom. When I was younger, I had seen myself as nothing but a nurturing, sweet, loving, and capable mom. Now, however, I question myself whether I am any of those, whether I should have been a mom at all… why God allowed me to be a mom. Lately, I tend to lose my temper at the slightest hint of disrespect and disobedience, and discipline my children, especially my eldest, out of anger. I tend to say harsh words (as opposed to spanking) in my attempt to make her understand that I am very, very displeased with what she had just said or done (or not done). In the end, it would look like I have won and have broken her spirit, but the truth is, it would probably be much easier to contend with a child with a broken bone than one with a broken spirit only to …

A full house and a whole range of generation gap

  There are 15 kids in our house right now and only two of them are mine. My tweener asked if she and her classmates could come over and practice their dance presentation for Wednesday’s school activity, since they’re not allowed to overstay at school. She initially said there were only seven of them, so my husband and I agreed. Lo and behold, a van brought them here and one by one, came all thirteen of them! Good thing I have ordered two party-size pan pizzas and the pizza company gave us two buckets of mojos instead of only one. For once, their mistake became favorable. The kids arrived a little after 12 noon, famished. I expected them to devour everything, but I was in for a surprise when some of the girls said they did not want to eat much because they might get fat(ter). I mean, really? They’re just 11 or 12 years old and they’re worried about their figure? I was already 22 when I started paying attention to my weight and …

What makes you happy?

  Today is the U.N. International Day of Happiness. This is the first time I’ve heard of such a celebration, but I’m happy there’s one nevertheless. I first saw it on Instagram earlier today, when someone hash tagged his post, and it made me start thinking of the things that make me happy. Off the top of my head, here are 20 of them: 1. Seeing my children grow in the knowledge of the LORD and being bold enough to share about Jesus to other kids; 2. Receiving a hug, a kiss, or a gift, especially from people close to me; 3. Being with my family and friends, and serving them a delicious meal or desert (and getting compliments for it); 4. Accomplishing a task (it doesn’t matter if it’s as mundane as cleaning the bathroom); 5. Receiving stuff in the mail, such as post cards, letters, and packages (including things I’ve bought online!); 6. Having enough time to myself during the day to do some of my hobbies, such as reading, writing, taking photos, and trying …

11-12-13

It’s ironic that my husband had to remind me how special this day had been, Not only because I’m celebrating my birthday, but also because this day shall never appear again in the calendar. 11-12-13. And I think this is the last time I shall be writing about dates or numbers, for that matter, then. To be honest, I didn’t really feel any extra special today. I didn’t sleep last night excited about today, although I did feel happy because I just earned my first ten-digit profit from my business in just one sale. Finally, I felt like I really was in business. I’ve been trying to determine why I didn’t feel like celebrating this year, and I suppose that must have something to do with the recent changes taking place all around me. First, we just moved and the house is still in chaos. Second, hubby’s back in Singapore again after just a week of vacation, which was mostly spent on moving. Third, because of our recent move, I’m facing a lot of adjustments …

Having an early nest syndrome

So this is how it feels to have both of my children gone to school while I’m left all alone in the house… I have to admit that there were times when I looked forward to this day, but dreaded it at the same time. I looked forward to it because I thought having both of my children gone to school at the same time would finally allow me more time to build my business as well as the luxury of me time–obviously, the latter is something that happens very rarely and what I am craving for the most! On the other hand, I have dreaded this day as I have gotten so used to having my children with me all the time, especially during the summer vacation. We eat together and sleep together. They also attend business meetings and training with me that they’ve come to treat some of my business colleagues as their adult friends. No, I don’t think I’ll ever be complete without my girls by my side. Now that my Big Baby A …