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LTML 35: The Reader

Our days are usually a grind.  We wake up, pray, wash up, brush our teeth, pray, eat our breakfast, clean up, and then start our lessons. We grind daily to the point that there are days when I cannot step back and enjoy the fruit of our labor. Until a few days ago, I happen upon this in the living room.     I was so blessed to capture this moment of Zee reading her book out loud!   We started our reading exercises at the end of Pre-K. She knew her letters, recognized site words, and understood sound blending.   Still I didn’t want to push her.  I wanted her to come into reading on her own, like she did when she learned how to walk.   In the spring we stepped back for vacation and started again in July. That break was the glue that she needed to put everything together!   Everything just clicked and she took off reading at lightning pace.   I would love to take the credit for her learning how to read, but it was through the grace of God that she is learning and it is her practicing that gets her through every lesson.  My my role was just to guide her.  Not push her beyond her what she could handle, but challenge her, and nurture her.  On days that were too hard for her, I gave her what encouragement that I could.  But all the sweet words mean nothing if she didn’t internalize them. Our words have the power to help our children realize everything that they are. Click To Tweet I am...

Do We Really Get What We Deserve?

What goes around comes around. I don’t treat people bad, because I don’t want that happening to me. You get what you deserve.     Karma. For a long time, I thought I believed in it. I bought into the idea that there was some other force out there that determines how the scale balances. That my actions would decide how others may act towards me. If I wronged someone, then they (or someone else) would wrong me in return. But if I believed in that, Karma, then I would have to accept and believe in everything that surrounds it.   Bad Things Happen To Good People   In a nutshell, Karma cannot explain why bad things happen to good people. Why bad things happen to children. In all honesty, it’s very brutal. For example: your child gets hit by a flying baseball and is seriously injured. Someone comes up to and say, “ Looks like that kid did something horrible in a past life, looks like he’s getting what he deserves.” That must be Karma…or is it? What would you say to that person? Agree? I know I wouldn’t! Karma cannot explain why bad things happen to good people. Would we then say that’s Karma gone wrong? It’s just how the universe corrects itself. It’s just the way things are. Maybe the parents did something wrong, and the children are paying the price….   Multiple Lives.   Karma (action, deed) is able to cross lives through reincarnation. If you had good Karma, then you have a higher place in rebirth, bad karma, the opposite But now the next...

Sunday Reflections and Prayer: Work

I’ve always loved to learn something new, I loved how my mind was able to think and turn out new ideas, with just a simple statement. One can only hope that I get older, I would enjoy learning complex ideas, and spend some time meditating on it. At least I hope. But this week, I found myself giving my daughter a home school pep talk. It’s was Friday, and we were practicing handwriting once again. It’s not her favorite subject since she likes to do her own thing. However, it finally dawned on me what all of this was about. When we finally break it down on what school is, and what learning is, it’s the knowledge transfer from one person to the next. It’s not just saying that you have to learn this subject, it’s mainly me telling her in different words, that I love her so much, I’m sharing my mind with her. I’m sharing with her my knowledge, and her father and grandmother are doing the same because we love her and her brother so much, that we want the best for them. Yes, homeschooling is a sacrifice. We miss out on a lot of things around us, but I have no regrets.  The rewards are so worth it.  The prep-talk that she did get from me was that her work was not a testament on how well she can do, but on how thankful we are. How thankful we are to in a position to home school, how thankful we are for her learn from her parents, in an environment that will encourage and foster that knowledge. Her practicing...

LTML34: Making New Foods

The past few weeks, I have put my extra energy to good use in the kitchen.  My baby boy is getting older, and I have noticed that his tastes has changed a lot too! I have mentioned before that he was a picky eater, so I wanted to know more about why toddlers are picky, and what can I do that will maximize the food that he eats without all the pickiness.  Well I did manage to find the information that I was looking for, and I will give you a full post on that in the upcoming weeks. Now that I have officially diverted myself *ahem,* I have had some extra free time that I have put to use in the kitchen.  Mostly to challenge myself, but also to find a way to have fun night with the family without paying takeout prices.   Challenge yourself to make your favorite dishes without paying the takeout prices. Click To Tweet Pizza in my home is a huge treat.  We buy it now and then and it’s gobbled up quickly.  But that’s expected because it’s pizza!  The only thing that I didn’t like about pizza was that there is hardly any fiber in it, and you have to be creative to keep it healthy.   So, with my trusty bread maker, I managed to make a robust (with herbs) pizza! This is not a recipe, since I seriously forgot how to make dough by hand (I don’t like my hands getting sticky O.o) but if you are interested in the recipe for this I will be more than glad to share!...

The “S” Word

I wanted to start this post with talking about submission, but I found myself having difficulty in trying to explain it in detail.  I then realized that I cannot talk about submission unless I talk about love. The word submission is considered to be a nasty word in our society.  Just thinking about the word usually sends most of us running for the hills!  We don’t like authority in our society, and to be honest, when it comes to marriage we don’t like the idea that someone is over us telling us what to do. But if I was to say that we have the idea of submission wrong? What if the idea of submission does not mean what we think it mean? In our society, we think submission means: The husband should make all important financial and other decisions for the relationship. The husband and wife should work together on all important decisions, but the husband has the final say. The husband should go out to earn the family’s daily bread, and the woman should stay home to bake it. The husband is the president, and the wife is the executive vice-president. The husband should control the tv remote (actually, I’ve never heard preachers say that; I just threw that in)    (Source) If anyone has the idea that submission means that the man is the “boss” and the woman just has to take the orders with a smile is sadly mistaken.  Wives are not inferior, or a subject of their husbands, she is his partner, his “help mate” who helps forms is sanctity and helps him along his road...

LTML33: Six To One

As my youngest is getting older, I sense that there is a shift going on with how I’m feeling and how I’m writing.  I know you noticed, but bear with me!  A lot of my humor and joy has been reserved for my kids.  That doesn’t mean you get the sober parts of me, it’s just that when I’m able to sit down and write, I’m a bit more reflective (and forced to stay calm because it’s nap time).     We took this week off from homeschooling (we had 6 weeks straight, so yup, we needed a break) and in this time off, I’m just amazed at how much information my daughter is retaining from her lessons.  I get that homeschooling is not for everyone, because it IS a lot of work, but I’m still thankful for the option. LittleZ wants to do what his sister (and mommy) do, by working on his laptop, and Zee loves showing her little brother how to work a mouse (I know, so old school right?)  LittleZ has shown Zee how to scribble (although she doesn’t need the lessons).   But to see these two playing, peacefully, and loving with each other, will forever be etched in my mind.  Getting to this point has taken a lot of work, but finally we are back into the groove of things, and I’m excited for it.       Of course playing does have its drawbacks for parents (the mess…oh the mess..)  But if this is the price to pay, I’m okay with it. Since our plan is all year home school, it makes sense to have breaks...

Social Injustice: Perishing Together As Fools

It’s hard not to hear and read what has gone on in the news lately. There has been a lot of talk, demonstrations, and hashtags about the inequality that has gone on in our country.  The truth is: these inequalities are not new.  They have been in our society since we were a society.   I was reluctant  to add my voice to the voices of others, but I feel I cannot stay quiet on this matter.   The Founding Principles of This Country   Thinking back to history classes, this country was built with the follow ideas, that a person is entitled to: life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.  After all, these were rights that was given to man by God.  Perhaps somewhere, there is an asterisk or a footnote in part of the Declaration of Independence, because by the way it looks, clearly it did not mean all people.     Life   Our lives are so unique. From the moment we are conceived then born, we know that there has never been person like us, and will never be another person like us ever again. That in itself makes life a gift. Since we were chosen to walk this earth, we are entitled to live our lives. Not many of us makes the best of it, but we are free to choose to live our life the way we see fit. However, we are not entitled to remove each other from their life. Our life is ours and ours alone, and no one has the right to take that away. It’s a shame that we live in a country where all the care is...

The Problem With Envy

Tel me if you have ever been in this situation: You are struggling.  You are trying to have everything together all the time buy you are always falling short.  You look over at your friend (be it online or in real life) and it always seem like they have it together.  The best houses, the best clothes, the best behaved children.  The more you look at their lives, and other people in your similar situation, you become dissatisfied, and begin wishing to have what they have.     That my dear friends is what envy is about: Envy: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck.   From A Child’s Perspective   I love teaching the Ten Commandments to my children, and while doing so, I also realize that it’s an ongoing process.  Even though learning about religion is very important to me, I like to make sure that they understand the commandments in a way that they will understand. Envy is explained to children as wanting the good things that other people have–like toys or treats or things like that. Of course it’s easy to explain things in a way that a child could get it according to their wants and desires, but it’s easy to over look ourselves when we are reviewing it.   Why We Easily Forget   Sometimes, I think we forget about this commandment, because it’s easier felt.  Let’s think about this, whenever we are feeling envious of others around us we begin to feel uneasy.  Like we know something is lacking, and we wonder if we are...

Back To School Prayer

With everything that has been going on, I have missed my Sunday prayers on the weekend.  I am glad to have this moment to share my prayers with you.  I truly enjoy sharing my prayers with you, and I hope that you can find some comfort in them. This Sunday, my prayer is especially for the children.  Many of them started school, and others will begin in September, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t say a prayer for them!  Please join me in my prayer.   Dear Lord, Thank you for the wonderful summer that many of us had.  Thank you for a chance for us to reconnect with our children, and truly see how they have blossomed under the care of teachers throughout the year. We ask you Lord, that You continue to watch over our children as they start a new school year.  Please keep Your loving arms around them and help them know the differences between right and wrong.  As well as when to be leader or a follower. As their parents, we know that our job is to guide them on Your path, so we ask that You help us teach them a good example by living out Your word. For some of us who children are older, we ask that You watch over their comings and goings....

LTML30: Life With A Boy

Ever since Little Z was able to run and ride his bike (among other things) life with a boy is very different from life with a girl! Zee may dream of princes and parties, Little Z (at the moment) loves on crashing things and throwing things in the air.  He loves chasing and running.   It is a very welcome changed though, since it also exposes Zee to the many boy things that are so much fun (in my opinion).  After all, how many dolls can a child own?  (Mr. C and I do not buy the dolls since she usually gets them as a gift).  But really?  Maybe it’s me, after all, I never really liked to play with dolls–I was more of a video game person myself.     My days are filled with loud laughing, and crashing toys, but I welcome it.  However, now if they are quiet, they are truly up to something… What are some of the differences you noticed from raising a girl and boy?  Is your home always filled with crashing noise?  If you have just girls, seriously, how many dolls can a girl play...
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