March 30, 2010

The Sea is Our Witness

We would come to this place on weekends. This is where we spent many quality times as a family. The sea was our witness.

It knew how we enjoyed the quiet moments we had here as we watched the waves and the occasional sightings of cruise ships.

It understood that weekend family outings needed not be expensive; and that our children would find great delight in simple pleasure like playing on the sand, feeling secure that mom and dad were just nearby watching them as both were also finding joy in simple pleasure of dreaming together.

After four years, we went back to the same place. It's still a beauty to behold. It saw how our children have grown much but the hearts are the same. Still, keepers of family moments who find delight in simple joy.

Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.-- Cathy Allen

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March 28, 2010

Zinnias In My Garden

I had large zinnias in my garden before. The seeds were brought by my mother in-law when she came back from her trip to the US. My garden had rich soil so they grew healthy and lasted for many months.

Although zinnias are not fragrant flowers, I like them because of their bright colors and they have different varieties. They also are butterflies' favorite so they attract butterflies to my garden.That's my little girl's delight for she loves catching butterflies.

This time, my zinnias have smaller flowers. I got the seeds from our neighbor's garden. They didn't come out very healthy and lasted only for few months. Maybe because of the heat and the kind of soil in my garden...I pulled out the last batch of plant last week. I noticed, my garden soil needed some rest. I saved some seeds for the next planting and I'm just glad I have photos of them so I could share them here.

Growth takes time. Be patient.
And while you're waiting, pull a weed. 

  ~Emilie Barnes


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March 26, 2010

Sunset In Bangkok

With all tall buildings around, it was impossible to get a landscape shot. Taken while riding a boat taxi into the inner city center.

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset 

or the beauty of the moon,

my soul expands in worship of the Creator."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

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March 24, 2010

The Blessing of Matrimony

I thank God for leading my man to me. He spoke to him early in the morning and said, "Go and speak to her today".

I thank God for hearing my prayers and for guiding me through His words. On the same day He spoke to my man, He also spoke to me through the words of Naomi to Ruth:

"Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today." 
Ruth 3:18

It was settled on the same day. And from that day on God has not stopped leading us together. I thank God for His presence in our marriage. It wasn't always a smooth road for there were many bumps and holes along the way but He was with us all the time in our journey. These were the words written on the altar:

"Together we walk life's path to what God has prepared for us."

I thank God for keeping us from the temptations in marriage. He has blessed us with faithfulness and loyalty to each other, the grace to accept, and the heart to forgive. These are the words written on our wedding invitation on March 29, 1993:

 For wherever you go, I will go;
      And wherever you lodge, I will lodge;
      Your people shall be my people,
      And your God, my God.
Ruth 1:16

The ring in the picture was my man's anniversary gift to me last year. It's an emerald stone (my birthstone) with four tiny diamonds on four sides. I thank God for blessing him so he could afford that. The wedding band he's wearing bears another story to be told.

Thank you for stopping by and joining me in my weekly thanksgiving to God. Thank you to my friend, Judy, for hosting this blessed meme every Wednesday. Click here: ~A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings~ to visit her and meet other ladies who are also celebrating thanksgiving everyday.

One Fine Day

On Monday, dear husband took our homeschoolers to the King's Park where we set a picnic mat by the lake. He prepared some fun activities for the them. I like it when DH is in-charged with our Monday special class. I just have to watch and enjoy learning with them.

This time I also get to enjoy a time by myself. While DH was busy with the children, I was away birdwatching and taking photos. If you clicked to enlarge this picture, you would see that the tree was full of birds. 

I went to the other side of the lake, enjoying a time of rest. This is one of my "green pastures"  where I feel refreshed and restored.

You see the 2 yellow boats on the other side? Those are my children enjoying their "green pastures" as well.

I also took photos of flowers, lots of them! I will be sharing more of them here soon.

"He makes me lie down in green pastures...He leads me beside quiet waters....He restores my soul." 
Psalm 23: 2-3

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March 23, 2010

Zoe's Day At The King's Park

 A little invitation from my daughter.
Zoe would like to invite you to her blog and see what she did at the park (and the mall) yesterday. She always wait for someone to leave her a delightful comment ;-)

Many thanks from a mom's heart.

March 21, 2010

Roses In My Garden

I have 4 rose plants in my garden and they're always in bloom all year round.

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."
Source Unknown

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March 19, 2010

I'm A Proud Mom

My Ben was 4 years old when our family left our home country to work overseas. We enrolled him to a local kindergarten and then started homeschooling him when he began his first grade. Now, he's 16 and has finished all his high school requirements. Both of us will be flying back to our home country so he could attend a graduation ceremony. I wish the whole family could join us but we're thankful that at least we could afford to do this important trip.

I'm so happy for my dear only son but that's not the reason why I'm beaming with pride here. If you visit his blog and discern his heart, you will know why.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Sunrise in Kanchanaburi

It was the morning of our wedding anniversary. I woke up at 4 o'clock to spend time thanking God for all the many blessings He has showered upon our 16 years of marriage. From the wide glass window of our hotel room, this is what I saw.

What a beautiful morning! 

That 3-day tour we had was a gift from friends. That was exactly a year ago. We have no plans yet for our 17th anniversary next week. We'll see...God is full of surprises. He lavishes us with His blessings even before this beautiful sunrise is seen every morning.

Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV

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March 17, 2010

The Famous River Kwai

 Remember the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, and the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai? This is the actual bridge.

For my young readers who haven't heard of the bridge, I cut and pasted this information for you from Wikipedia:
According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:"The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre."[1]

This was taken on March 29 of last year on our 16th wedding anniversary. Dear husband and I went on a 3-day tour to Kanchanaburi, Thailand. I thought, with its sad history, it's not a romantic place to be but it turned out to be a very good time and place for both of us. Since the place is new to us, it was a kind of adventure and there I found that learning history together is also romantic.
I took this picture while riding a train passing through the Death Railway.

The green roofed structures you see by the river bank are floating hotel rooms. I love the lush green surroundings and the provincial feel. A good getaway if you're from a big city.

I will be sharing more pictures of our adventure here in the coming days in celebration to our 17th wedding anniversary this month.

The lovers of romance can go elsewhere for satisfaction but where can the lovers of truth turn if not to history? 
~Katharine Anthony

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March 14, 2010

Today's Flower


It's so orange and it stood out among the big green leaves. Click to enlarge the picture. You will know it didn't grow by chance. Someone had this beauty in mind and brought it to life.

Jatropha Multifida

"Let me find joy in doing nothing but just watching nature unfolds how awesome the Lord is!"
Ruth @ Daily Divine

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March 13, 2010

Easy Batik Painting

This is my 10 year old, Naomi, working on her Batik. This is not the first time she did this. When she was 7, she made a few paintings. This means you can do it, too!

Visit out homeschool blog to see more of the kids' Batik Paintings and a tutorial. Click here:Batik Painting Made Easy For Kids.

March 12, 2010

Manila Sky

I took these pictures on my last flight to the Philippines. I was very excited to land after many years away from home.

I love those packets of clouds.....
..... but not the gray line just above the city!

"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth."
Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862

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March 10, 2010

Thank God For Kind People

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
John 13:34-35

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

I thank God for surrounding me with much favor and kindness this week through the people He brought to my life.

  • my neighbors who took part in our community project. Many of them donated items for our library and learning center. Some brought boxes of milk and food on the opening day. Such act of kindness is not possible without God touching their hearts.

  • my hardworking friend who assisted me in our ESL program. She has committed to come 3 times a week to help in any way she can.

  • my children and niece who are also as excited as I am every time we see the number of children on our list increasing.

  • my dear husband (of course) for all the "behind the scene" work he puts in for the project, and for all the encouragement he is generously giving me.

  • and for my two mothers who are celebrating their birthdays this week. I just enjoyed chatting with my mom on Facebook on her birthday. My mother in-law is also celebrating her birthday today. I will be writing a post dedicated to her so I will keep this short. "I love you, Nanay. Thank you for all the love you've shown me since the day I was introduced to your family."

Judy, the grateful hostess of this meme every Wednesday is encouraging all of us to nurture a joyful heart by counting our blessings regularly. Click here: ~A Thankful Woman's Book of Blessings~ to visit her and meet other ladies who are celebrating thanksgiving everyday.

March 9, 2010

Oh, so warm!

We are above 35 centigrade here for many days now. So looking at the picture of my son resting under an artificial waterfalls brings such a refreshing feeling!

To all my friends who are in tropical countries and are affected by El Nino, stay cool and take a break!

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."

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March 8, 2010

Sharing Happiness....

It's midnight here. I'm still up; too happy to go to sleep. I'm baking dozens of cookies for the children (and parents) who will come to our free ESL program that is starting tomorrow morning. Last week, when we distributed promotional leaflets to the nearby communities, one mom was teary-eyed when she thanked us. She was so happy but I was even more.

Those who are the happiest, are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington

March 5, 2010

Longer Days

I woke up early in the morning but the sun was already high. We are very hot for many days now. I looked up and was glad to see some grayish cloud. I thought we would have some rain showers today.

At around 7 in the evening, I looked up again. The sky was different from normal. It should have been darker by that time..... Days are longer now....

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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