Sweetest son in the whole world
Filed under: family

{Swoon} That pretty much sums up my past couple of days. My son has been consistently filling up my love tank with his sweet ways. He went on a movie date (Rio2) with his lolo yesterday and he came home calling me from the front door, letting me know that he has something for me.

He was overly excited as he told me to close my eyes as he presented a bag with a hello kitty stuff toy and a box of Nerds. He proceeded to tell me how he won the kitty from the game place in the mall and the candy, he bought with his hard-earned money. He’s being paid for the chores that are assigned to him a.k.a. the Dave Ramsey method of kids earning their wages. I know we have got to instill in him on saving up instead of buying random stuff. But this is way too sweet, I cannot pop the bubble there. And today he randomly said his “I love you, Mama!” lines randomly, when I least expected it. It’s totally God providing that balm to my aching soul. What’s really sweet is that it never occurred to me I needed that expression of love until he said it. I just have nowhere to go but express my utter gratitude to God for such provision of love through my son!

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admin @ 9:03 am
Yielding to God everything. Period.
Filed under: home andmusings

I cannot begin to express my appreciation for John Piper’s book, A Hunger for God. I have been a christian for most of my life but it was not until I read this book last January did it occur to me the real essence of “fasting.” I love how the Lord met me during the death of my dreams. The shattered dreams and broken heart, the Lord has given me hope in. Not that a do over can ever be possible for those shattered dreams and broken heart. Those have become my truth now. But the hope that I found in God, the revelation of His presence has gone totally beyond how I have known him more than two decades of my life.

As I resolve to look heavenward here on out, my heart is to seek after God’s face. That resolve comes with the fact that my hope in God and my joy in Him will never depend on my circumstances or the people around me. My confidence will only come from the Lord who knows the deepest longing in my heart, who is the Restorer, the Judge and the one King who will recompense all the pain I had to go through.

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admin @ 10:40 am
Music Room on Hold
Filed under: finances

Yep! We have finally decided to put our music room project on hold. As we prioritized things in our finances. We figured that as insurances for both cars, home insurance and several other priority home projects like the leaky roof, that the original plan of having our music room will have to be put off. This also includes my country theme project. I am not disappointed. In fact, we are excited as we are seeing how we can take better control of our finances.

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admin @ 12:41 am
Dave Ramsey’s FPU
Filed under: family andfinances

My husband and I are stoked on applying Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University’s (FPU) principles. As we are slowly getting a hold of how our finances are shaping, after 13 years of being married, it is only now we are seeing why every penny (or centavo, for that matter) should have a name. We don’t name them and we tend to just spend as we wish. This is causing more trouble than we know. Although we have not have a lot of conflicts with money, we really could make use of taking it to the next level. Especially so that we have to save up for our son’s college education, then apparently, there’s the retirement money that we also need to pursue.

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admin @ 12:27 am
17 Years Ago Today
Filed under: marriage

Technically, it is 17 years ago last Monday. :-)

We celebrated our 17th year of being a couple last Monday, February 10, 2014! It is hard to believe it’s been that long, really! I’d be lying if I say that if I would go back, I wouldn’t change a thing. In fact, I would change quite a few things. Non-negotiables, if I may add. There were definitely times that I could have chosen to give up. But even in that, I praise God for sustaining us. He has been through and through faithful.

Like all our previous 16 anniversaries, hubby pulled yet another surprise. Not his first try to place his present under the pillow but this sure was something I still did not anticipate. (Continue reading…)

admin @ 4:44 am
Legacy Covenant Canvass Print
Filed under: family

Hubby and I are excited to have our family’s legacy covenant printed. We are currently waiting for ArtsCow to come up with a promo code that will allow us to have a stretched canvas printed at less cost with free shipping. We have been using ArtsCow since 2009 and we love how durable their product is.

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admin @ 4:23 am
Music Room this 2014
Filed under: entertainment andhome andhome improvement

It’s been more than half a year since we transferred back to our now 2-storey home and we still have not set up our music room. We are not really rushing. With no house help and a full schedule for each three of us throughout the week, we really have not found the luxury of setting up the music room.

By far, we have invested in 2 guitars, a keyboard and a percussion instrument the hubby bought from Kenya. (Continue reading…)

admin @ 6:36 am
Never ending tasks!
Filed under: blogging andcareer andthoughts

I’m officially done with work week! Yay! In my oDesk task, that is. Now, lined up in my long list of for today are: laundry (second load now spinning), blogging tasks (on my fourth entry now), floor mopping (later), lunch (stove top now burning), homeschooling (ongoing), aside from the perpetual cleaning the house needs. It never ends, does it?

After having considered a helper for a while, we are resolved to be better off without one. A once a week cleaning lady will do. (Continue reading…)

admin @ 3:58 am
Presents everywhere!
Filed under: Celebration

Just like all our previous holidays together, all 16 years of them, I haven’t really taken the time out to buy anything fancy for the hubby. I have gifted him around 4 times tops in all those 16 years. Most of which aren’t really that thought of. After him recently transforming to having “Receiving Gifts” as his secondary love language, which I found out six months ago, I know I have got to make some serious adjustments. :-)

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admin @ 7:01 am
Enough of stuff this Christmas
Filed under: Celebration

As I sat my kid down this week to ask him what he thinks about going easy on gift giving this Christmas, he was not instantly enthusiastic about it for sure. But I knew that when he fell silent, he was already in his thinking mode. In fact, we are to sort out stuff from his closet that he has not used in a long while.

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admin @ 12:00 am