• My kids' journey,  parenting

    LEARNING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

    As I write this blog, I am listening to Janina practice “The Climb” on the guitar. She started her lessons today. A few years ago, she took piano lessons. I always enjoy it when I’m doing my stuff at home and at the background is one of my kids practicing on the piano or guitar. Paolo and I have always wanted our children to learn to play the piano or the guitar or whatever musical instrument that our children will take a liking to.   I remember reading about it years ago that learning to play a musical instrument engages both hemispheres of the brain. Playing an instrument involves art and…

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    EDUCATE YOUR HELPERS

    While we were homeschooling this morning, a bird all of a sudden flew into the room. While Janina and Ryan squealed in delight at the sight of the bird, I started to freak out and called the helpers to catch it. I guess Joaquin picked up on my reaction and was acting nervously. So I tried my best to remain calm while frozen in one corner waiting for the bird to be caught because I didn’t want to pass on my fear to him. It was quite a funny sight as two of our helpers ran to and fro with their towels desperately trying to trap the frightened bird. After…

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    FATHER’S DAY

    Today, I want to honor 2 special men in my life. First is my dad, who showed me what it means to love unconditionally. I knew that no matter what I did, he would always accept me and stand by me. I thank him especially for the legacy of faith that he left with us. In good times and in bad, he held on to God and I think that is the best thing a father could impart to his children. I wish that he was still alive. I would very much want my own kids to see for themselves how a great person he was. He was a very…

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    GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO HOMESCHOOL

    I love summer! I love vacation. I love going out of town. I love late nights and sleeping in. I love not having an agenda for the day but just to laze around with my kids. But these things have come to an end. At least for now. Goodbye summer. Hello homeschool. It’s been a while since we last homeschooled. 3 years to be exact. But now, we find ourselves again in this season where Paolo and I feel that the kids have to be taught at home by us, mostly me. I’m nervous, yet excited. There are a lot of adjustments to be made, but it seems that all…

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    LESSONS FROM THE PARENTS OF MOSES

    We all know Moses and  how he led the Israelites out of Egypt. The plagues, parting the red sea, the pillars of fire, manna from heaven, water from a rock… we love to hear those stories. To a lot of kids, Moses is a Bible hero, who did a lot of mighty exploits for God. But last Sunday in church, the spotlight was on Moses’ parents. Not a lot of us realize that beginning with very important decisions that his parents made, God’s plans for his life was set forth in motion. Hebrews 11:23 (NIV) reads: 23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born,…