June 30, 2010

Young, Budding Authors

For our homeschool project, we did an experiment on how our homeschoolers can create their own original stories. We call it "Creative Storying".  Try this with your kids of all ages and you'll surely be surprised of the richness of their imagination.

Try opening the link below to see it for yourself. You'll be amazed of the endless creative possibilities.
Original Story and Illustration by Naomi, 10.

Original Story and Illustration by Zoe, 8 years old.

Please leave our young authors a comment to encourage them.
Let us know if you have created your own story and we'll be flying over to read it!
Thank you.

June 29, 2010

A Photo, A Quote, and Memory

"The hasty and the tardy meet at the ferry." 
Arabian Proverb 

(I thought this quote was cute.)

I was organizing my photos and found this. This was from my last visit in Penang, Malaysia.  I was reminded of good friends there. God bless all of them.

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The Faith Of A Child....

I saw this drawing in Zoe's journal. I believed she drew this sometime late last year when she was 7. She has several drawings like this one in her journal. It is her way to express her thoughts because she didn't know how to write them in words yet. But I think this is a lot better than words!

This picture ministered to my heart. I was comforted and encouraged. It reminded me of my The Good Shepherd who is gentle and loving. I instantly felt safe and secured.


I thank you, Father, for my little girl's faith in You. I clearly remember how she cried when she accepted You in her heart on February 5 this year. She told me the reason why she cried, "I felt the Lord touched my heart."
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little  children,  you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 18:13

I thank, God, for blessing me with 3 children and for entrusting them under my care.

Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. 
Psalm 127:3-4

Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity and the right to homeschool my children. They're with me all the time and I have control of what they are absorbing from outside influences. I am fully aware of the affairs of their minds and hearts.

             Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

My heart is in awe of You, who keep sending little children to my reading class. 4 new students came, and I was a bit overwhelmed of the class size but You, Great Teacher, reminded me of how precious these little ones in your sight.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. 
He said to them " Let the little children come to me, 
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
Mark 10:14

I thank you God, for giving me the heart to to love all the children in my class. On my own, it would be impossible.

"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven." 
Matthew 18:10

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June 27, 2010

Pomegranate in My Garden

The tree is just as my height but it's becoming heavy with a dozen of fruits that are yet smaller than my fist. Soon I need to brace its branches with sticks to hold the fruits. For now, I'm enjoying its buds and red-orange blossoms.

Loved that expectant feeling and of anticipation!

Se more of this beauty in my Heart's Garden.

Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb,
a lovely garden in a seed, 
and a giant oak in an acorn.

-William Arthur Ward


A Week In One Page

Sunday - 06/20/2010

DH and I drove Naomi to her dance class. She's preparing for their big concert in August. So, after the class, she got the chance to be on a lunch date, alone with mom and dad.

Monday- 06/21/2010

The whole day we were busy with our special class. For our practical arts, we learned how to recycle old shirts.

Some little fingers needed time to learn the art of braiding. Hard work for them but they enjoyed it though. You never know; this skill could turn into a little side business!

At first they were asking one another to hold the other end of of their cloth strips but one of them was clever enough to think of clipping the ends in between the drawers of our shoe rack.

Tuesday - 06/22/2010

PACE WORK! The usual routine from Tuesdays to Fridays, 9:00am - 3:00pm. The girls need to works on 8 subjects everyday.

For this school year, I'm glad that Zoe can read on her own so she needs less of my supervision now. I am freer to do other house work while watching them from the kitchen or the garden.

Wednesday - 06/23/2010

Back to the garden! My little pomegranate tree is heavy with fruit now. DH is encouraging me to pick up my gardening time again. I have been pretty occupied with many other things these past few months... and he said that I've picked up a lot of other new hobbies :-) He may be true but this building up of curriculum for my classes is really taking a lot of my time. I'm glad Ben is such a big help in filling my lessons graphics.

With my comeback to the garden, I have started my garden journal, Heart's Garden. I still have to transfer some related posts from my other blog.

Thursday - 06/24/2010

Our community reading program keeps going. I'm happy to see my students keep coming to class, happy and excited even after the whole day they work in their own regular schools.

I notice how the pingpong table is taking much of our space. Students are crowding by the four sides. Have started praying for proper classroom furniture.

Friday - 06/25/2010

TGIF for Naomi. School work is quite a lot for her. She is very outgoing and of the three, she's the one who needs more activities than what we have right now. DH and I have been looking for opportunities for her to be involved in bigger group activities periodically.

Naomi likes to perform. I have been encouraging her to keep singing. Zoe is catching up too in this hobby.

I had an hour-free karaoke coupon at the mall that I had been keeping in my wallet, so we took the girls there.

I also uploaded 2 videos of Naomi on Youtube:here and here.

Oh, how Zoe likes long Friday afternoons! No schedule at all for her. She's free to use the computer and watch DVD, and also just play with Timmy.

Saturday - 06/26/2010

After driving Zoe home from her dance lesson, DH and I spent the whole afternoon looking after the workers installing the awning in the front and back of our center. We're glad that the afternoon sun is no longer too bright from inside our community library.

 In the evening, our Buddhist neighbors had a prayer gathering in front of our center. We were honored to be invited. They were pleased to see us sit there and observed. They know we are not Buddhist so they were happy that we came as part of the community.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. 
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; 
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

             Thanks to  Amy of Peru for hosting this meme. I find this a beautiful and creative way to journal my week, and also to organized my snapshots.

June 20, 2010

Million-Dollar Flower

I grew up calling this a million-dollar flower. Funny, it's only today I learned that it is scientifically called Hydrangea Macrophylla (Mopheads).

I love its generous blooms. No wonder why it is locally called in my country as such.

This beauty has color-changing properties depending on the soil composition.

The blue and pink ones are the most common planted in home gardens. I'm always attracted to blue ones because I seldom see blue flowers. I've seen white varieties beautifully used in weddings .

Again, I'm awed of its Creator.

" 'Tis my faith that every flower
enjoys the air it breathes! "

This quote is written by William Wordsworth in 1798 (Lyrical Ballads).

I hope and pray that this quote is still true at present.


My Papa...

Fathers are celebrated once a year. I celebrate mine everyday..in my heart. It's not a hard thing to do. It's almost spontaneous. Each time I remember him, which often I do, heart celebration  follows. But I wonder if he knows this. Perhaps I need to let him know.

I was in my teen years when I slipped this note in his pocket one day when he was about to go to work.

I've said the same words to him on my wedding day. Perhaps, he needs to hear them again today.

It may become cliche someday but what better way to affirm a father than to tell him he's what God wanted fathers to be?

 Read more of my celebration here.

Weekly Wrap-Up


Sunday - 06/13/2010

Finally, the 3 children were re-enrolled to a music school. Ben for classical guitar, and the girls for dance class.

Monday - 06/14/2010

We officially started our homeschool program for this school year (June-March). DH is in-charged of Practical Arts where he though our homeschoolers t-shirt printing. Ben is happy to join the class even if he's already finished with homeschooling and is ready for college. Never too early to get involved with like this either.

Tuesday - 06/15/2010

I separated the pingpong table into two so more students would be accommodated in my reading class. I started praying for funds to buy proper chair desks for our class.

The girls worked hard with their homeschooling. 8 subjects for Naomi and 7 for Zoe. They have to work n 4 pages for each subject everyday. Ben helped me build a curriculum for my reading class. He does most of the illustration work for our print-outs and visual aids.

In the evening, we took the kids out to watch the movie, Prince of Persia. "Hard but not impossible". This line kept coming to mind.

Toy Story 3 was the coming attraction. Here the girls posed with Woody.

Wednesday - 06/16/2010

I lost my set of keys to the learning center. I was a bit absent-minded that day, thinking too much about too many things.

I had my after-school class outside the building. These girls just came back from a whole-day class in a regular school. Still, they have energy to continue learning until 6:30 in the evening.

Thursday - 06/17/2010

I was happy to see the progress of my students. This is a free program. We rely on donations from parents and from those who believe in the value of instilling the love of reading among young children.

I started this reading class when I realized that our library project would be useless if the children just flip pages to look at pictures.


Friday - 06/18/2010

TGIF! The week's almost done. School work went smoothly.

That evening, Naomi went with me and DH to do some marketing. I noticed my girl, at 11, is growing taller everyday.

 Zoe stayed up late playing chess with her dad. I like watching my kids building happy memories with their dad. It reminds me of my own childhood.

Saturday -06/19/2010

I helped Naomi on some song projects she's working on.

I cleaned our room and changed bedsheets. Then I finally finished sewing the curtain for the girls' room.

It's very late now but I'm still up. My first to do this post for Snapshots Summary. I thought this meme would help me be more discipline in journaling my week. We'll see if I can keep this a weekly thing.

Thanks to my friend, Katia, for leading me to the blog of Amy who is hosting this meme.

June 18, 2010

Singing For Dad....

My daughter had thought a creative way to surprise her Dad. She sang a song on Youtube for him. She's shy about it because it's her first time to sing in public. I thought she did well. Please take a peek.
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June 16, 2010

Contentment and Joy of Parenting

I saw her outside, again , sitting alone, waiting for me to start the class.

Other children joining my reading class have not arrived yet from regular school.
She didn't mind. She could wait....

My girl just turned 8. When dear husband and I realized we will not be around on her birthday, we left a gift on our bed on the 18th. Her birthday was on 27th. She was patiently counting down days until she finally opened it right on her birthday.

"I have learned to be content." 
Philippians 4:11

She is learning this verse this week. And I'm re-learning it from her.


I thank God for blessing me with 3 wonderful children. They're different from one another but all beautiful at heart.

I thank God for the privilege He gave me to nurture and train them in the  way they should go.

I praise Him for the joy of parenting, of seeing them grow in righteousness and love for Him, which is my precious and worth reward.

Be doubly blessed by joining joyful Judy and finding more thanksgiving here.

Fog, Mist, and Sights

(sights @ my favorite harbor. I took all pictures except, of course, the last one.)

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