Today is the day

I might miss today
I might miss your funny face
I might miss your whinny cry
I might miss your proud creations
I might miss your witty jokes

Today, i will look at your face
I will hug and smile more
I will pray and pardon more
For I might miss today
And regret it tomorrow.

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Hello 2015

2014:
-Full of unexpected surprises and unexpected blessings.
-Few farewells to a couple of dear people, missing them soooo much. God blesses us with friends who stay and courage to make new ones.
-Took a leap of faith to make few major changes in our lives, to stand up for our conviction, come what may. 🙂

Looking forward for exciting 2015!

Fun with chores : Laundry

I am so lazy prioritise my chores so if you come to our house at the right time, you will see our little hill made of clothes, sometimes as high as 1 metre. :p

I have 2 strategies when it comes to doing laundry :
1. Dedicate a day to do endless cycles of laundry (good for a busy week)
2. Do a cycle a day (our usual routine)

The kids will help when it comes to laundry. They really fancy the washing machine.

Here is what I will do to encourage the kids to help :
1. Announce that I’m going to wash the laundry. Ask, “Anyone wants to help?”

2. Give specific tasks.
For lil n (3 years) :
– roam around the rooms and see whether anything need a wash and is left behind.
– Fold clothes
– missy’s tasks

Missy (16 months) :
– transfer dirty laundry into washing machine. Close the door when done.
– transfer washed laundry to the drier.
– take laundry out from drier.

watch lil n fold his clothes.

Thoughts on Blogging

I started blogging 12 years ago. I thought it was a cool way to keep in touch with my friends. 🙂 Late 2005, when we’re deciding that we would get married, I thought it would be cool to have a family blog. So, here it is. It is quite empty. 🙂

Seriously I don’t think anyone ever “follow” this blog. It is pretty cool to have followers, though I’m not sure whether I’ll like that? I’m quite a private person, you’ll never know what’s on my mind. Eventhough I seem to share a lot on Facebook, I do not really share so much details.

Recently I was compelled to share more on our convert to minimalism and various homeschooling ideas (which i though was awesome idea to connect with other HSer, but the documentation kills). However, it is hard for me to find time to “sacrifice” for this blog. At the same time, I realise writing keeps me sane, as I can freely express myself without having to deal with the instant judgements (delayed judgement is fine – you are allowed to talk behind my back :p).

So. Should I continue to blog?

Maybe, yes.

🙂

Common Questions about Homeschooling Decision

People often ask curiously when I said we are/will be homeschooling our kids.

The most common questions are :

1. Why do you decide to?

  • Do you hate Singapore? 😀
  • Are you sure you can do it?
  • Are you very smart?
  • Are you very rich?
  • Even with two kids?
  • Are you crazy? ;D

2. How do you home school? 

  • Do you have lots of teaching tools?
  • How much money do you spend on resources?
  • What resources do you use?
  • What do you do all day?

3. Socialization Seasonal Topic

  • Don’t you go out at all?
  • Don’t you feel lonely?
  • Will your kids have friends?
  • Do you think that’s why your kid is shy and/or scared of people?

4. Mommy’s ME-time Seasonal Topic

  • Are you crazy? ;D
  • Can you still join me for weekly high tea?
  • How do you find time for yourself?
  • How do you pee peacefully?

😀 I hope to be able to answer the list of questions I have compiled here.

Fellow homeschooling moms, are there any other common question that you have encountered?

KFC & Me

Yesterday when we had our night time talk, I recalled one particular childhood memory, about a reader’s letter in Bobo (an Indonesian children tabloid) that I read when I was a little girl. It was written by a trash collector’s son, about the most memorable experience he had with his mom. He used to work (collect trash) behind a KFC restaurant. Long story short, they have no money to buy such luxury food and only after few months saving, his mom has enough money just to buy one piece of fried chicken. They ate the precious piece of chicken behind the KFC restaurant because they were too ashamed to eat inside the restaurant. It was finger licking good (ok, I totally added this tiny detail :p).

The story lives in me for a very long time, about 20 years or so. It was very impactful for me. I always feel emotional thinking about how some people live in such poverty, that purchasing a piece of KFC chicken is equal to few months’ saving (well, personally I think $3 for a piece of a overgrown chicken is expensive too, but that’s another story :P).

Whenever I recall this story, I always think about it through many different scenarios. This time, I think of me resembling the poor boy. Although I was never that poor, and we’re definitely not collecting trash for a living :D, I keep thinking, how many times have I act like this little boy, peeping through the glass door of a place I know I’ll never fit in, drolling to have a taste of good life and heaven (in my definition ;P)? How many occassions in which I keep fixating my eyes on something that is definitely out of my league, aiming too hard and sacrificing the more important things to get momentary pleasure and pride?

These questions express my very current struggle, especially after our recent decision to be self employed with no fixed income. I don’t really worry because I believe Lord will provide for us in a timely manner, but I have notice that a part of our glorious lifestyle definitely has to go, like forever (or until further notice :p). We have to be frugal and some things that come easy when we’re on fixed income, have become luxuries.

However, like the boy in the story, here I am, sticking my body to the KFC  door, all wet in my own drolls (pardon the gross visual). I realised that I still refuse to let go few things that are found to be too precious and dear to my heart (like membership in certain places, ‘organic and all-natural’ things, and expensive outings). Those things are nice to have, but are not necessity. If I let go, I know for sure, I will be happier, living a more grateful, purposeful and slow-paced life. This makes me wonder, why do I cling so much on those things? Have they become little idols in my heart?

Perhaps I still can hold on to some, but it will come with a great price and sacrifice. Do I want to pay the price, and will it be worth it? I believe that God put us through this humbling experience because He wants us to take a look again at our priorities in life. I have, and it is a shame to know that I once put too much time worrying and doing many unnecessary stuffs.

Our life has been simplified much this past few months, and we’re loving it. Would you join us in our journey towards simple living? 🙂

Do you feel like you’re on a journey chasing after wind? What are the personal ambition/worry/need that are hindering you to be grateful today or that are taking a toll on your relationship with God and with others? Are you willing you to let God take them away from you today?

~ the girl who once wanted to eat KFC

Sorting Activity

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I prepared this sorting activity for Missy & Lil N. Throw a stone kill two birds. ;p

Task for Lil N (3 year) :
– Sorting the links according to colors
– Counting numbers of links in each color section (also doing a simple addition activity)
– Putting some links in his own and telling me the reason why he sorts them that way.

Tasks for Missy (15m):
– Sorting according to colors (or, you know, just messing things up is fine too! :D)

Materials needed :
-I used recycled materials (that I got from conducting spree) as containers.

-A colorful set of baby links bought from Tom & Stefanie. I could not remember the exact brand, but there are so many choices available.

I really recommend this toy as it is versatile and has many purposes. You can create links to attach bottles, toys, or hankies to your stroller or bags, play sorting games, or use it as counters. Your baby can have fun chewing it, throwing it, accessorizing him/herself with colorful little bracelets (alert, it might not fit for big hands :D)…. well, the possibility is endless.

You can use any other things that you can find at your home for sorting, e.g. Handkerchief, socks, spoons n forks, buttons, ribbons – seriously, anything!

 

You don’t always need elaborate and expensive toys to teach and play with your kids. It can be done at low cost, you only need to invest your time. 🙂