Sunday, 26 August 2012

Goodie Bags for Mom-to-be

Both my husband and I were not able to attend the Prenatal classes offered by the hospital. While my OB in Penang was hosting these classes - Oliver was preaching and I was terribly in pain due to my first ever migraine - and we couldn't attend, even though we had registered for the classes long ago and paid in full. Thought the amount paid for the classes was not refunded but we did get the class materials and some baby stuff - sample diaper packs, car stickers, baby magazines and some sample baby products and some discount coupons from Mom's Care. We also received the Mummy bag from  Here is a picture of things we received from the Penang Adventist Hospital.

During my 7th month of Pregnancy I was invited to stay at my mom's in KL (Indian tradition). So we were visiting an OB at HUKM Specialist Center - this was also the hospital where my mom worked for almost 10 years. When we inquired about the Prenatal classes here in HUKM - they didn't have any for the month of August (due to raya) and July was super full with 16 couples and the one scheduled for September was way after my due date. So no baby classes for us in KL as well. But we did receive those goodie bags from them.

We have been reading and preparing ourselves for the things ahead. I also attended the classes online with - not sure if that gives one enough information. But we are trusting God and praying for a smooth and hiccup free delivery. Do pray with us!!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Birth Announcement Cards - Boy

Yesterday I posted a couple of Birth Announcement cards for girls. Today I was working on some Birth Announcement cards for newborn baby boys - so here is what I came up with.

You can affix your baby's picture on the inside - right, and include the details of the birth as well. I am selling a pack of 6 cards with white envelopes for Rm 30/- including postage (Malaysia only). PM me if interested to buy.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Birth Announcement Cards - Girl

This year of 2012 is the "Dragon Year", according to the Chinese Calendar. And many of my friends are popping babies - including me (week 37 now). So I decided to make some birth announcement cards to sell. Here are 2 simple girlie birth announcement cards for Newborn Baby Girl.

I am not sure if in Malaysia we follow this tradition of sending birth announcement cards, but I think its a wonderful way of announcing the arrival of our newborn. 

Welcome Baby - Purple

Welcome Baby - Pink

You can affix your baby's picture on the inside - right, and include the details of the birth as well. 

I am selling a pack of 6 cards with white envelopes for Rm 30/- including postage (Malaysia only). PM me if interested to buy.

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Happy Birthday, Oliver!!

This post is dedicated to Oliver, my beloved husband. As we celebrate his 33 years on planet earth - we thank Christ Jesus for his love and provision and for his call upon Oliver's life. We strive to serve him - and serve him alone.

"If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
- 1 Peter 4:11
Adding to Oliver's collection of Transformers - as his Birthday Present 

 Transformers Animated Dinobots - Grimlock, Swoop and Snarl.

Transformers Cybertron: Red Alert (2005)

 Transformers Alternators: Rodimus

Here are some compiled "expression of love and encouragement" for the Birthday Boy - taken from facebook.

Grace Ngu:

Epic youth expressions -Emergency Performance Improvement Committee=EPIC 
Photo: Epic youth expressions -Emergency Performance Improvement Committee=EPIC 

Photo: Hey Oliiiii! Happy happy birthday! :) In conjunction with your birthday, I would like to remind you of a joke that you posted on FB awhile back. 

This photo I took at Gold Coast...reminded me of this. 

"There's no one in here...looks like he went out for the knight..." 

HAHAHA. Selamat hari jadi! :) 
Thank you to all our friends and youths and everyone for all your love, wishes and prayers. You guys just make things extra nice and beautiful.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Martha and Mary - A Christian Hospitality?

Please refer to Luke 10: 38-42.

Martha and Mary, Lazarus' sisters are wonderful examples of Christian Hospitality. When Martha and Mary are preached, we are led to make a conscious or subconscious choice. We either fit in Martha's shoes or in Mary's. We often get divided. For those of us who believe in keeping their houses functional and providing for visitors - we side with Martha, and for those of us who enjoy the love and companionship will side with Mary. 

Martha and Mary, by He Qi, China
I feel that many times Martha has been frowned upon. But in real life circumstances we know that even if we want to be Mary and sit at Jesus' feet we are forced to wear Martha's robe and are framed between the pots and pans. So my question is who should we strive to be Martha or Mary? Was Martha right when she asked Jesus to release her sister Mary so that she can help her? Or was Mary right to leave her sister alone to manage the household stuff and to care for Jesus as well as his disciples all by herself?

As I read the passage further, I find Jesus' response to Martha - a rebuke. So then what is a Christian Hospitality? Sitting and listening? Leaving your household chores to others? 

I am not siding with Martha or Mary here - but I think we need to bring a balance between these two sisters. We need to combine them - we can't have Martha without Mary or Mary without Martha.  We will have to wear Martha' apron as well as Mary's scarf. Neither of them are wrong. Both were struggling to meet the needs of their guest. Just that Martha was concerned about her guest's physical needs - providing food and drinks to meet the natural need and a cosy home to make him and his friends comfortable. While Mary was focused on Jesus' emotional need - a friend to talk to.

I guess this does happen to us as well - we get so entangled with household chores and showing off our hospitality skills - which might include - cooking, baking, sewing, cleaning, knitting, crafting etc.. that we forget how uncomfortable our guest might become as we represent ourselves so highly. Same goes with Mary's attitude - even though she has a listening ears and a gentle heart - she might totally forget to offer a glass of water or a simple meal to a starving stomach. 

We do not need a "Martha Stewart" Perfect Home for a Christian Hospitality. We don't need ONLY Martha or ONLY Mary - We NEED them BOTH.

Monday, 13 August 2012

A Sacrifice without Defect

I watched The Da Vinci Code few months back. It's quite an interesting movie. I had watched it before - a long time ago - when it was released. Well, the questions about the divinity of Christ never posed any doubts or has never challenged my faith. Talking about the Holy Grail and descendants of Christ has never been an issue. I understand this book as a total work of fiction with some crazy twists involving historical details. Just like combining Transformers III: Dark of the Moon with the historic event of the first man on the moon. Like merging X-Men: First Class with the Cuban Missile Crisis. I guess we are smart enough to differentiate the truth from fiction (or are we?).

Well, regarding the Jesus issue in The Da Vinci Code - I believed that Jesus having any descendents or a family and so on didn't matter. I thought it doesn't make a difference if Jesus had any marital relationship or had a family - He was (is) still God. It doesn't make him different, or defiled. But after re-watching this movie I am forced to think and take a stand. Just as Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) says in the end of the movie, "A living descendent of Jesus Christ, will she (referring to Audrey Tautou) build your faith or destroy it?". 

I guess my stand is: 

  1. Christ did not come to have "companionship" or have family - to take a wife or make babies. He came to fulfill - to carry out his Father's will, and he carried it out all the way to the cross. 
  2. Regarding his relationship with Mary Magdalene - she was no more than a disciple, a believer and a follower. Christ's love for her would be the same as for me or as for any other woman.

Christ was a sinless sacrifice, a guiltless offering - innocent blood who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29). If Christ had any "such" relations with Mary Magdalene or any other woman per se - then that would make him an unworthy sacrifice. Wouldn't it? John refers to Christ as "The Lamb of God" - if we refer to Old Testament we learn that lamb offering was for atonement and the lamb or bull for the offering of atonement was to be without defect (Leviticus 1). And Christ is our atonement - a sacrifice without defect.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

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