Friday, 18 January 2013

The "blanket" episode

Recently Oliver and I together with Lukas went out for dinner at a nearby mall. Lukas was in the stroller most of the time. Since the mall was air-conditioned, I was afraid that Lukas might be cold (it was cold in fact!). I covered Lukas with his little baby blanket - he immediately kicked it off. I put it back on him again and again he kicked it off. This went on for a few times - I would put the blanket on him and he would giggle and cheer and get excited and kick off the blanket. To this Oliver commented, "Aiya, let him be la...may he is not cold". I directed my attention to my dinner and Oliver and I got on with our chit-chatting. A couple of minutes later Lukas had started complaining in his baby talk and when I paid no attention he burst out crying.

After some thoughts I felt, "doesn't God want us to be like Lukas (in this case)? To get excited and giggle with joy in His presence? To coo and baby talk for His constant attention?  To cry and demand to be held, be loved, be pampered? " I am reminded of what Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” God wants us to be and behave like babies, like children - to giggle with joy in His presence, to coo and respond back to Him in anticipation, to crave for attention and to cry and demand when we think we are not getting enough of HIM - for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.

I didn't understand this verse before but after the "blanket" episode with Lukas I guess I want to be like him in seeking God. 

Catchy Challenges - Jan Season II

India will be celebrating her 63rd Republic Day this year on the 26th January.  Here's a card to commemorate the day.

I used the Indian flag colours on these doilies and assembled them to reflect the Indian flag. Since I didn't have a stamp that would go with the theme so I just used one of Mahatma Gandhi's quotes, "Where there is love there is life". (Please excuse my hand writing).  Entering this card into the Catchy Challenges - January Season II

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Clean & Simple Thank You Card

Entering this card into two of the following challenges.

CFC84: Create a Clean And Simple Thank You card

Challenge #123 Ribbon & Bows and Blog Hop~GDT Spots

First day with the babysitter

My classes resumed today. Oliver starts work with the HCD department today as well. So both of us were preparing for our respective first days. We were also preparing for Lukas' first day with his babysitter. I packed his bag last night:
  • 8 pairs of clothing
  • 8 handkerchiefs
  • a pack of wet wipes
  • a pack of diapers
  • some cotton balls
  • a tin of milk powder and
  • a towel
These were the required things. I stuffed in a blanket, few bibs, his teether and a pair of socks. While packing his bag it felt as if I was sending him away... sob...sob...!!!

Oliver sent me to the seminary first as my classes start at 8AM. The babysitter only starts at 830AM. So Oliver had to drive back to the town to drop off Lukas. When Oliver dropped off Lukas he was still asleep. He just woke up in time to say "bye-bye" to his dad. I was concerned about Oliver dropping him off - was afraid he might forget to relay some instructions to the babysitter. But I am glad I wasn't there - it would have been hard for me to leave him alone with strangers. I would have been more worried than I already was. I wouldn't have been able to face his innocent face asking, "mum, can't I come with you? Please...PLEASE!!!!"

Well, when we picked him up he looked a bit sad. I guess he knew but did not understand why the familiar faces of his beloved parents were not there. I wonder if he was thinking and could not comprehand why the parents who love him so much and show so much affection would leave him all alone with complete strangers. When I saw him after my class I felt as if his tiny eyes were questioning, "mom, why?? why?? Why have you abandoned me?"

Sounds familiar??? Isn't this something we always feel?? - abandoned by God?? We question Him, "Why did you create me if you can't care for me" but that's just how we look at it. If we look at the WHOLE picture, we see that God has been there for us and with us throughout. And the times we feel that we are abandoned - He is right at the corner constantly looking out for us. And through my experience with my 4-month old son  I can say that it hurts me more than he knows to leave him with a babysitter so I understand that it might hurt God more then we know. Whatever we do as in attending classes and taking up a job Lukas is and will be part of our plan, just as we are always part of God's plan.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

I am a "Guest Designer"

Well this happened a couple of weeks ago. A dear friend of mine emailed me - sharing that she was going to host a Challenge Blog starting from 2013. I was excited for her. I have known her for sometime now and I regularly follow her craft blog and videos. I know her to be an inspiring and talented crafter. After sometime she emailed me again and asked me to be her Guest Designer. Well, I was excited and but December being the busiest month with Christmas, travelling and family around I told her I can be her February. Can't make it to be her January. To cut the long story short she insisted and I agreed.  I was leaving Penang (where all my craft stuff lay) on the 12th  so I thought to finish this project before that and send it to her. But it didn't happen. I totally forgot about it. When I got to Sibu I had nothing with me. I didn't know what to use.

I prayed and asked God to help. Well he is our creator he created us and every thing around us. So he got to help me create this project, rite?! Now since I didn't have any craft material to make the card. I decide to check my room, hopefully to find some things I can use. I found a paper bag, some ribbons a friend passed to me and a pack of Pot Pourri I bought 2 years ago. So these are the materials I used to create the card for Catchy Challenges.

Do visit this Challenge Blog and do participate if you are up for it. The Challenge is very sweet and simple. I had to make a Birthday Card using 2 Pattern Papers, a ribbon, a sticker and a sentiment. And here is my take!!

BlackBall Signature

First time ever tried some Taiwanese Tea and Dessert. Together with some youths we went to this place called BlackBall in Sibu (I am sure they are in KL too). I was expecting to see some cakes and pies..., but well this is what we got. How do I like it? My taste buds don't fancy it much but maybe after a few tried I might end up liking it. The jelly kinda have some after taste - while sweet potato and yam are my least favourite.

BlackBall Signature 

Grass Jelly, Yam Balls, Sweet Potato Balls, Taro Q, Pearls, Red Bean.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

A New Challenge Blog

A very dear friend of mine has taken flight into a new direction - part of her 2013 resolution as well. And am all out to get her started. Check out her Challenge Blog . She is one of those people who can turn things into treasure. A very creative, innovative and lovely individual. I am sure you will love her challenges too. 

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