Another one for the books… our three year old threw up one evening because he kept on jumping up and down while he was eating his dinner.
I ask him a question, “Ryan, what happened?”
To this Ryan answers, “I made ‘suka’, BUT I DIDN’T DO IT!
IT WAS MY MOUTH.”
It’s but natural for a kid, in fact for most of us, to shift the blame. We saw it in the Eden, we’ve seen it in our own lives and now we see it in our kids’ lives.
One of the important lessons our kids need to learn early in life (and so should we) is to take responsibility. We may become successful in passing on the blame to something or someone else, but have we really learned our lesson? Soon enough, it boomerangs back and hits us without us even realizing it.
So I told them, ‘Whoever has gold jewelry, take it off.’ When they brought it to me, I simply threw it into the fire—and out came this calf!” (Exodus 32:24)
I had to discipline Ryan because he disobeyed an instruction. In an attempt to explain to a 2 year old that obeying is about
pleasing God, I said “If we obey, God is happy. But if we disobey, God is sad.” To this Ryan replied, “You’re making God sad because you are making me cry.”
Our eldest, Nathan, graduated from gradeschool last Monday. I was a bit emotional from the first moment I saw him in his toga, to listening to his speech. (Yes, I’m OA!) It was just like yesterday when I sent him off on his first day in preschool. I am so proud of my son. He was homeschooled from Grade 3 to Grade 6, then we decided to put him in a regular school for Grade 7 to help him transition to highschool. By the way, he is going to Ateneo de Manila for highschool. Despite his rough start in school last June, Nathan came out top of his class, which merited him the “Scholarship Award.” He also received the “Best in Computer” and “Best in Music” awards. I realized how mature our son is when we saw him rise above his difficulties and challenges.
Highschool will be a totally different ballgame but I am confident in my heart that Nathan will excel there as well, not just academically but also in character. I trust that God has big plans for him there.
I am so proud of our one and only princess, Janina. Here are the awards she got from school this year (Grade 3):
Academic Excellence in Language Arts, Reading and Writing, Mathematics and Science and Health
Principal’s Circle Award for Mind Mapping
Best Dance Moves Award
I am also looking forward to our eldest Nathan’s graduation on Monday.
We surprised Paolo on his birthday today. Unfortunately, we were the ones who got surprised because he showed up 30 min earlier than expected. Oh well… I thank God for everyone who celebrated this special day with him. Special thanks to Sheryl and Marge who helped me organize it.
Got a balikbayan box from my mom from the U.S. the other day! She sent a lot of clothes for Joaquin, and stuff for all of us. The picture shows Joaquin wearing one of the onesies from her. My mom is such a generous mom and grandma! I really appreciate her!
We just came home from the 7th birthday party of Daniel Suarez. I had a great time chatting with my good friends Sheryl, Jeje and Jiji. I always thank God for my spiritual family. They are always an encouragement to me.
I am looking forward to tonight. Nathan and Janina are having their school “evolution of dance” presentation. Nathan’s class is dancing to Michael Jackson’s Black or White, and Janina’s class is dancing to Buttercup and Footloose. It was fun putting their costumes together. Made me reminisce over the 80’s era. Over the weeks, we’ve seen bits and pieces of their dances as they rehearsed at home after dinner.
This morning, Janina asked me “Mom, will you still be excited when you see me dance tonight?” I guess Janina doesn’t completely understand yet how moms are always excited to see their kids perform. In fact, we are always excited to see them accomplish every single feat, whether big or small, from taking their first spoon of cereal to receiving their first award in school. So my answer to Janina’s question? “I can’t wait to see you tonight!”
Now I know why Joaquin’s colds haven’t cleared up after 2 weeks. The pediatrician confirmed that it is allergic rhinitis. Once I got home, I immediately had the curtains washed and the sheets changed. I also had to order an air sterilizer that should kill all the bacteria and allergens in the room (if that is even possible, living in Manila). With my fingers crossed, I do hope that these steps will help Joaquin.
I have been sleepless for about a week now. Our youngest child, Joaquin, who is 6 months old, has been sick and teething at the same time and haven’t been able to sleep at night. And of course, I have been up with him too. It is such a big temptation to get frustrated during times like this. But I choose to comfort myself with the thought that this too shall pass.
As I look at my 3 older kids, I don’t even remember the times I have been up at night with them. And they all sleep so soundly at night now. So i just cherish this time with my little Joaquin…