December 31, 2009

Our Loving Way To End The Year!

I woke up to a beautiful morning. Dear husband played an old music that made us danced around the room. He stopped the music and sang the lyrics in acapella. He turned on the music and we danced again. What a beautiful way to start the last day of the year, don't you think so? A good way, too, to thank a spouse for "being there" the whole year, and to affirm each other "I will always be here" for the coming year.

Here's the music we played.....enjoy.

There's a spark of magic in your eyes
Candyland appears each time you smile
Never thought that fairy tales came true
But they come true when I'm near you
You're a genie in disguise
Full of wonder and surprise

And betcha by golly, wow
You're the one that I've been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin' strong
Keep growin' strong

If I could I'd catch a falling star
To shine on you so I'll know where you are
Order rainbows in your favorite shade
To show I love you, thinking of you
Write your name across the sky
Anything you ask I'll try, `cause

Betcha by golly, wow
You're the one that I've been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin' strong
Keep growin' strong

Betcha by golly, wow
You're the one that I've been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin' strong
Keep growin' strong

Betcha by golly, wow
You're the one that I've been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you

After this music, dear husband went on to find another music and we danced once more. Can't say no to things like this especially coming from DH. I love my man!

December 28, 2009

Hurrah For The Last Monday of The Year

Monday, December 28, 2009

Outside my window...

It's a fine day....sunny, warm and quiet.

I am thinking...

ramdom things that just happened during Christmas many million people in my host country missed its meaning (again) this year.

I am thankful for...

all the miracles, big and small, I experienced in 2009. God provided for all I need to come out whole and victorious over many challenges the whole year.

I am wearing...

a pink Giordano T-shirt and a black sporty capri with pink design on the sides.

I am going...

to continue rearranging the house. It's a major work before the New Year!

I am hoping...

for a meaningful New Year's celebration. We have invited relatives to come on the New Year's eve. Dear husband is gonna showcase his cooking skill.

I'm pondering on.....
the verse in 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." I become a new person when I believed in my heart and mind that Jesus is Lord and Savior. But I believe I'm also in a process to perfection. Still far from there but I look forward to the new year to becoming a better person than I was....with bigger heart to embrace more people into my life, bolder to take on bigger challenges, and wiser to discern the best among good things.

I am hearing...

the chirping of our budgies outside and the faint hum of the computer.

I am reading...

a novel 'Reading Lolita in Tehran', a memoir of books.

From the kitchen

we had pancake and chicken sausage. Let's see what for supper .

Around the house...

more spacious now that the learning center is moved to our community library.

One of my favorite things...

baking. Dear husband bought me a new oven, yay!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

create a new blog for Zoe, give my homepage a fresh new look, start a new meme for my friendship blog, get all blogging stuff done before I get busy with homeschool again! Not to forget the preparations for the new year celebration.

Pictures I am sharing...
Can you find the best among all these gifts? It's my little girl pretending to be one! But she really is!
One of the gifts was for me from my 10-year old daughter Naomi. She bought me an expensive kettle from her own money! The Christmas basket was for a special family in our neighborhood.

Thank you for visiting and spending few minutes reading my Daybook. I hope to read yours, too. If you haven't done this unique way of journaling, join the fun, click the daybook picture above to take you to the Peggy's link that tells you how.

Hello And Welcome!

Hello everyone! I missed reading your posts.
It's good to be back after days of being away from my blog. And it's even better to come back finding new names on my list of friends.

I would like to welcome Marie @Blossom Time Creations.
Actually, Marie has more than one blog but this particularly link made me and my girls fall in love with her creations. Visit her to see how talented this new friend is.

A warm welcome also to Joyce Marie @A Fistful of Dandelions. I'm delighted to have another homeschool mom with us. Reading her posts and seeing her profile picture made me believe that she's a sweet soul. 'A lady in love with her bestfriend-husband and a mommy gently guiding her teenage daughter to adulthood...' you would want to meet her, too.

Thank you, Marie and Joyce Marie for following Daily Divine. Hope you find more friends here. I would also like to invite you to visit my other blog Celebrate Friendship. There's a new meme I'm starting soon.

December 23, 2009

Thank You For All Your Greetings

Merry Christmas to all the readers and friends of Daily Divine. May you have a blessed celebration of God's love and salvation.

I will be away until Monday but please free to leave your kind notes and browse older posts. See you!

December 22, 2009

Sweet Award From My Daughter

When my daughter turned 10 in November, I gave her a blog as a birthday gift. Now, she's very much into it (of course with my supervision) and is making friends with fellow young bloggers.

In just 2 months, she now has 4 awards from friends and she's so delighted to share some with me. The first she gave me was The Jesus Blog Award which is now in my sidebar, and this One Lovely Blog Award is the recent. (Thank you, sweetheart. That is so sweet of you.)

Please check her blog Sweet Life. She'll be thrilled to see you visit. Thank you.

By the way, if you're looking for gift-giving ideas, Judy of benmakesten has one very good suggestion here.

December 21, 2009

4 Days Before Christmas

Monday, December 21, 2009

Outside my window...

Sunny and breezy. It's a beautiful day!

I am thinking...

What special thing we can do this year on Christmas day aside from the usual family gathering?

I am thankful for...

friends in blogosphere for making me feel the Christmas season more festive. We live in a country with only 1% Christian population among 60+million. It's hard to feel the Christmas atmosphere in the city.

From the learning room...

We just had our Christmas party! Children are happily taking a break.

I am wearing...

work clothes. I just came back from cleaning our community library.

I am going...

to start moving things. We are transferring our learning center from our residence to the community library we are building.

I am hoping...

for a very meaningful Christmas!!!

I'm pondering on.....

the angel's opening statement to the shepherds of Bethlehem.

"I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10

Christmas is a wonderful news . We should rejoice, be glad and celebrate!!!!

I am hearing...

dishes clanging in the kitchen. My son's turn to wash dishes.

I am reading...

a novel 'Reading Lolita in Tehran'

From the kitchen

We just bought beef noodles for lunch from the food shop down the block. I was too busy to cook. We'll see what I can do for supper ;-)

Around the house...

Quiet and clean. No Christmas tree this year but we got few Christmas decors in some corners of the house. We have blinking lights too on our window grills and door to the patio.

One of my favorite things...

To date....blogging!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Do whatever I can to make this year's Christmas a meaningful one!

Pictures I am sharing...

My kids were so amused with these cookies sent by our friend. So they decided to take pictures of them. My little daughter picked the heart and wrapped it with a napkin, put it in a small gift box and handed it to me, "surprise!".

Merry Christmas to everyone! I know you're busy but thank you for taking time to visit. Click The Simple Woman's Daybook above and it takes you to Peggy's blog. There, you find other simple women. Check their journals and see how their week looks like and how they take joy in simple things especially this Christmas season.

December 20, 2009

7 Honest Confessions

I received the same award from 2 friends. Thank you, Renee and Audrinna.

Honestly, when I saw this award from someone's sidebar when I was still new to blogging, I thought this would be given to you when you published a post that showed your honesty e.g. a confession or something you're brave enough to air your opinion over sensitive issues. So, I wondered if someone would give me this award? Haha! No sweat, I got it.

To accept this award, I am to tell 7 things about myself and award it to 7 people. So what I thought before was wrong. To honor Renee and Audrinna for giving me this award, I want to give a little sweat on this. These are the 7 things about myself that even my children don't know.

1. I used to dance on local TV show when I was in high school.
2. I was a Menudo fan so I named my first pet dog, Menudo.
3. I stopped one semester in college because I wanted to buy a sewing machine and become a dress maker/designer.
4. I used to dream of becoming a stage performer and still wonder if that dream would ever come true.
5. My dear husband proposed marriage before our first date.
6. I desire to become a professional writer.
7. My husband used to proofread/edit my posts first before I click the orange publish post button . Now, he just enjoys reading them.

Whew! that's quite a lot of sweat.

I will be giving this award to 7 people next time, after I checked who else have not received this. It seems that this has already been passed around.

December 19, 2009

What Jane Austen and I Have In Common

We both have a heroine named Emma! Our Emmas have similar qualities, "handsome, clever, and rich", as Miss Austen described Emma Woodhouse. Her Emma, however , is rather spoiled. In fact, before she began her novel, she wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like." My Emma, I'm sure, will be liked by everyone as much as I do because she does not only speak her queen's language with the standard accent ( as I'm told by another Brit friend), she's so down-to-earth and old fashion at heart even though she's a highly intellectual privileged woman. With all her access to high and fast communication technology, she still would write by hand and post a letter to me. Yes, the one you fold and put in an envelope with a stamp and is delivered to you by a postman; still sounds familiar to you? How my heart jumped with joy upon receiving her sweet letter. That's how old fashion she is in many good ways.
Find out more about Emma, my celebrated friend this week. Click this link:Especially For Emma

December 18, 2009

Each Day's A Gift To Remind Us of Him

I woke up this morning and was surprised to see a bloom by my window. I haven't seen one in my garden for many weeks. And when I opened my blog, I saw one new follower. Her name is Sharon. What a coincidence! A rose and a Sharon! Aren't they pointing me to someone? The Rose of Sharon.

"I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys."
Solomon 2:1

Then a verse of promise came to mind.

The wilderness and the dry land will be glad; the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.
Isaiah 35:1

I would like to welcome Sharon @ SHARONS PLACE OF BLESSINGS. Click the link and you'll see that it's truly a place of blessings.

December 17, 2009

Mom's Confession:Kid's Online

I signed up my Facebook account few months ago. I did it to monitor my children's activities online. So that means my children got their individual accounts before I did.

Although they're only allowed to be online on weekends, still it was a real blessing for my children to be connected with friends and relatives as we are living away from our home country. My girls can play and farm together with their cousins online and exchange virtual gifts.

But 2 things came up yesterday: a friend's post and an article online (see links below) caught my attention. So we had to talk as a family and decided that my girls (7 and 10) had to say goodbye to their Facebook friends. Surprisingly, it was a quick unanimous decision and the girls are willing to wait till they're 13 to qualify to be on social network again.

So they said goodbye. We got strong reactions and relatives are asking "Why?!!!". It's sad to end this but all I can say is, as a family we are committed to observe all righteousness.

As a parent, I take responsibility of this mistake. I don't know how they got their accounts when they're still under 13. It's an obvious violation of the network's terms and conditions. My ignorance is not innocence. I let it slip. So it's not an excuse.

To my friend, Judy, thank you for your brave post This Whole MySpace Thing. I'm sorry to have indirectly offended you. I take it as a rebuke from a friend.

Better is open rebuke
Than love that is concealed.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
Proverbs 27:5-6

December 16, 2009

Thank You For Ben

My dear friend Judy at ~A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings is hosting this meme every Wednesday. She wanted this to become a gathering to celebrate giving thanks to God. Click her link above to find out how to join and also to meet other thankful women on her list.

For my entry this week, I want to focus on my beloved first born son who turns 16 today!

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3 NIV

I praise and thank you God for blessing me with such a sweet and loving son. Ben always makes me a proud mom. He loves you and is always sensitive to hear your voice. He reads Your word and prays a lot for others. He's a loving and giving big brother to his little sisters. He does his chores faithfully and has been diligent in his studies. Well Lord, You know him more than I do :-) and You know fully well why I'm thankful for him.

I thank you for equipping me to be a good mom to him. I'm not perfect and I know I could always be a better parent for Him, so I pray that You bless me more with love, strength and wisdom. Thank you for the instructions from your Word and the loving guidance of Your Holy Spirit as I seek to be a better mom for this child.

I thank you for giving my son a loving father whom he can look up to as a good example of a man who is after Your own heart.

Thank you for all the provision for his life. Everything he needed, You provided from the moment he was conceived.

Thank you for placing him in a loving and caring environment. He has loving parents and sweet sisters who are always with him almost everyday. He also has relatives and many friends who care for him.

Above all, I thank You for Your salvation which he received the moment he believed and confessed in his heart that Jesus is his Savior and Lord. I know he is eternally secured in Your loving hands.
And as he seeks your will for his future, especially now that he's soon entering college, I thank You for You promised in Your word that You will never leave him nor forsake him and that Your plan for his life is good.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper
you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future...."

Jeremiah 29:11

December 14, 2009

Another Monday To Thank God For!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Outside my window...

It's sunny but cool. I like this kind of weather!

I am thinking...

how to spend our last week of school days for this year.

I am thankful for...

the successful business trip that dear husband and I just had. It also turned out to be a little vacation for the family. We did it cheaply this time. Train ride was 3 times cheaper than the plane and that's for 5 of us. We managed to get a nice one triple bedroom at YMCA with free breakfast. A friend lent us a car and gasoline was very inexpensive in that country.

From the learning room...

academic classes resumed today after a week of field trip.

I am wearing...

the garments of praise, very comfy!

I am going...

to pull my Christmas decors out of the boxes and start decorating today! Finally, I found inspiration and time to do that. Been super busy the past few weeks.
I am hoping...

for my creativity to be playfully working while I plan for this week's school activities.

I am hearing...

my girls' whisperings while working on their Maths.

From the kitchen

We just had roti canai, our favorite Indian breakfast bought from our recent trip.

Around the house...

clean and quiet and ready for Christmas decors.

One of my favorite things...

finding a quiet corner to do some leisure reading.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Try not to do too many things and enjoy preparing for Christmas.

Pictures I am sharing...

The first Christmas gift we bought for the family this year. Very good investment!
Oh, the joy of adding one more good book to our library.
{Regardless of your background, religion, problems, or circumstances, Christmas really is the best news you could get. In his powerful yet compassionate voice, Rick Warren explains how God designed Christmas to meet your three deepest needs and how understanding and receiving God's three Christmas gifts to you will transform your life forever.
An instant classic, this book is one to be read every Christmas season and then passed on to friends, family members, and loved ones.}

Thank you for visiting!
Check out Peggy's blog by clicking The Simple Woman's Daybook above. Peggy, the kind host of this unique way of journaling invites everyone to join her and many other ladies in finding joy in simplicity by observing the little details your ordinary day.

December 13, 2009

Sunday Sightseeing: From Thailand To Malaysia

This is how it looks when taking a 24-hour train from Thailand To Malaysia. And this is why my children don't mind the long trip.

Inside the train, there's plenty of room to do many things.

Each passenger has a comfy seat during the day. And 2 seats are converted into a bed (lower berth) at night. There's also an upper berth. Zoe likes to go up and down the ladder when she's bored on her seat.

One of our favorite things to do on the train is sightseeing. We live in a big city so it feels good to to see lush green most of the travel time. My camera didn't do justice to what our naked eyes did see outside our window.

And this is how it looks like once the train has crossed the border of Malaysia; more local people hop into the train. And that's another cultural sight we love to see.

Hope you enjoy your virtual trip from Thailand to Malaysia.

December 12, 2009

It's Good To Be Home!

I'm back from a short vacation. I'll be posting more pictures soon. But let me show you one of the books I bought from my trip.
I enjoyed reading this while on vacation and while on the 24-hour train ride on the way home.

"Whether you have a few seconds or an hour, you can open this book to any page and find encouragement, comfort, and hope that you need. This book will become a personal place for you to replenish your deepest self and be reminded of your God-given inner strength and beauty."

And this same book is my gift to my celebrated friend this week. Please click the friendship button below to read more on this.
Friendship Button

Friends in your life are like pillars on your porch. They sometimes hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you. Sometimes it's just enough to know they're standing by.
Author Unknown

December 6, 2009

Sunday Sightseeing: Revisiting My Favorite Island

The following pictures are taken few years ago. Today, my family and I are taking a 24-hour train ride back to that island where we lived for some years before. Everyone is excited to visit familiar places and to be found among old friends again.

This means I will be away for a week. I would like to invite you to read my old posts when you happen to visit again this week. I would be thrilled to read your comments when I'm back. Thank you.

December 5, 2009

Sunday Sightings: Glorious Sky

When your day is gloomy, and the cloud above you is heavy, be not dismayed. That same sky has its own glory.

I took these pictures on the same beach, just half an hour interval. I was almost hooked to the sight of the heavy clouds just above me. Only later did I notice that just to my left shoulder, the sky was declaring it's glory.

These two photos remind me of my hope in the One whom I trust my life with. He turns my mourning into dancing and my sorrow into joy.

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.
1 Corinthians 2:9

December 4, 2009

Some Christmas Thoughts

Before you get busy with all Christmas preparations, pause for few minutes to read this. This is something worth your reading time.

A Letter from Jesus about Christmas --

Friendship is A Soothing Balm

I attended a 10 whole day- intensive training along with 15 aspiring school administrators from different places... I didn't know anyone... I had to do tons of readings and exams. I was away from dear husband and children for many days...I wasn't familiar of that area and traffic was terrible....can you imagine how I felt those days? Though there was excitement for this kind of adventure, It was most of the time tiring and draining. But towards the end, I had the chance to spend the weekend with a dear friend in another city. I haven't seen her in few years so it was really a soothing balm to my soul.

This is my friend's guestroom. This is how it looks when I was there that time. I'm sure she made another beautiful decorating these recent days. But however she does it, it's always a place of rest. I have pictures of her other rooms in the house but will not show it here without asking her permission first. Every corner is beautiful and peaceful. There are shelves of many good books in the living room...well, more than those mentioned, what makes it a place of rest for my soul is the family living there.

She is my celebrated friend this week for my Celebrate Friendship meme. Read our story here.
Join me and other ladies in reminiscing the good old days with friends. Please click the friendship button below to visit our restful short stop.

December 2, 2009

Homeschoolers' Interpretation of The Nativity

Our homeschoolers completed this project today. I invite you to visit our homeschool site by clicking on the link to see more pictures of their work: Revisiting The Historic Nativity Scene

Thank you for making our homeschoolers proud of their hardwork!

There' Are Many Reasons To Be Thankful

They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145:7

Heavenly Father, I continually celebrate your goodness that is abundant in my life. May I always be found thankful and singing joyfully of your righteousness.

    How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.
Psalm 31:19

Oh, God, I thank and praise you for all the blessings in store for all your children. I need not worry of what to wear or what to eat in the coming days. You supply my daily bread and you clothe me as you beautifully clothe the lilies on the fields. Those who come to you will find refuge and comfort.

Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.

1 Chronicles 29:11-13

I thank You that You are the One sitting on the throne of my heart. I need not run after riches and fame for Your Word teaches me that a good name is better that riches and a reputation than material wealth. You take pleasure on those who honor You and that's what I seek for.

I thank you also for the strength you gave me to accomplish the things I needed to do last week. Thank you for the new measure of strength that will sustain me this busy days ahead.


Thank you for taking time to read the things I'm thanking God for this week. This exercise had been a very helpful discipline for me. In our stressful lifestyle nowadays it is always good to pause and take time to count our blessings. This is not only to make us feel good but also because it is God's command for us to follow.

You are very welcome to join me and other thankful ladies in thanking God for all your blessings. Visit my friend Judy by clicking the horn of plenty picture above. She has the easy guidelines for you.

Enjoy your many blessings!

December 1, 2009

My Mary Is Missing!

That doesn't sound like a good news for the first day of Christmas month, right?

This is one of my few nativity scene collection. I bought this set from a Russian market when I lived in Central Asia. It is neat to see another culture's interpretation of this most special historic event. But over years of traveling with our family, Mary got lost!

It's just sad to see only men gathering around the new born baby. Aw! The picture is painfully incomplete! Was she kidnapped, or someone in the group doesn't like women in the picture?

Joesph's lost his thumb, too! Did it happen when she tried to protect Mary from her abductors, or it happened when he was defending Mary's equal rights with men?

That must be a big trouble because the shepherd lost his thumb, too. Was this the criminal's signature, cutting thumbs of those who opposed?

This is cruelty! Even this harmless and helpless creature suffered!

Will my Christmas be merry this year?

I'm sorry to ruin your excitement for the coming Christmas season. I have no intention of disrespecting the blessed family picture by making a fictional story out of it. It's just my sad reflection of the reality happening in our recent days. I can't hide the angst and my disgust of the fast growing godlessness in our society. My heart grieves against the gruesome mass murder/massacre that had just happened in Southern Philippines.

But as we anticipate the coming holiday season, let us not give up in hoping and praying that light will overcome darkness and love will overcome hate.

May the example of these wise men be our inspiration these days. Despite their high position in life, they left behind their comfort zones, "walked" many miles, and who knows what dangers they faced following the bright star that led them to the One who was born to save this lost world. They're wise so they knew the sacrifice and the risks ahead but still they went their way to offer gifts to the One who was worthy.

May our gift giving be done in the same spirit, selfless and sacrificial, as our way of worship to the real reason for the season.

Visit this link and you'll find a beautiful reflection and wise suggestions for your gift giving this season.