Rediscovering Myself through Homeschooling

 photo homeschool_cartoon_zps5oxycpbn.jpgWe hit the year end and we survived our first year of homeschooling. Throughout our first year of homeschooling, I get to know myself more and grateful that I can do things I thought I am not capable of doing. So allow me to share it with you. Through homeschooling, I discover that: I can teach. I just feel accomplished after having completed our first year in homeschooling. I remember being asked by a friend if it is possible to educate my children even if I am not a teacher. The answer is Yes, we can educate our children without even having a teaching degree. I learned that commitment and perseverance are more important than a teaching degree. Likewise, trusting & believing that God will walk me thru this journey has fueled my determination. Just a little info, for those who are considering homeschooling, please know that homeschooling in the Philippines is legal and protected by article 14, Section 1(2) of the Philippine constitution, stating that the government should establish and maintain a system of free public education in the elementary and high school levels without limiting the natural right of parents to rear their children. Feeling Artist. When my father

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When a Kindergarten Asks About Salvation

 photo 3e60c647-eee2-4ce3-a8e9-8da9104c6ae3_zps0ayilkx2.jpgWe were studying the story of Hanna, and we started with a memory verse from Hebrews 5:9, it says, the Lord gives eternal salvation to those who obey Him. I wasn’t even done reading the verse, a question has already been raised by Zoe. I was actually reluctant answering as I may not be able to explain it appropriately to his understanding. But this not so little boy was persistent and was asking more questions. My mind wasn’t that quick, and I’m ashamed to say, that I even forgot to ask the Holy Spirit to help me answer the questions, instead I quickly pick my phone and googled. What is eternal? Was his first question. While trying to pick the right words, dear husband uncertainly answered “life after death” then I, followed by telling him it’s never ending, it’s like forever. He was staring at me and was attentive, I guess he was getting what I was saying. As we go through the memory verse, comes another question. Salvation! What is salvation mommy? Again, my mind was like, how? How am I going to  explain salvation to a 5 year old? I wasn’t trained to evangelized kids, especially a 5

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Few Things to Consider when Buying a Property

Buying a property is a huge decision on your part. After all, you will be spending a considerable amount of money on this type of purchase. In fact, buying a home is usually the most significant purchase that a person makes in his or her life. Therefore, a great deal of thought should go into it. This is definitely not a decision that you want to make in haste. There are many things that you need to consider when you are making a purchase of this magnitude. Here are a few things to do when buying real estate. 1. Think about the location Location is one of the most critical factors in the world of real estate. Many people who make their living in this industry would say that it is the most important factor. You need to do some research regarding the surrounding area that a house is located in if you are very serious about buying it. For example, you should find out the quality of the local school system if you have children. What type of supermarkets and malls are available in the area? What is the local crime rate? Basically, you need to ask yourself if

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Things to Do When Buying a New House

Buying a new house is always an exciting experience. It does not matter if you have bought several homes before or if it is your first purchase. However, there are many things that you need to consider during a purchase of this magnitude. For most people, their home will be the most expensive item that they buy in their lifetime. This means that there is a lot at stake. You want to be totally certain that the house you are buying is worth the money you are paying for it. You also need to take steps to protect your large investment. Here are a few of the most important things to do when buying a new house. 1. Have a home inspection This is a standard procedure for most home purchases. However, the company that you choose to perform your home inspection is very important. You need to make sure that you hire a very reputable company that has many years of experience in the home inspection business. The purpose of a home inspection is to verify that there are no problems that the previous owner and his or her real estate agent failed to disclose to you. If any

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Guitar for the Little Man

 photo Children-Toys-font-b-Guitar-b-font-font-b-Strings-b-font-font-b-Type-b_zps1omv0nmx.jpgSummer is almost over here in the Philippines, soon school will kick off. But since we are homeschooling this year, we started early. Part of our homeschooling is to enroll the little man in an enrichment program. We are leaning towards a music enrichment program and I am contemplating of exposing him to musical instrument not just to develop the musicality, but also to help nourish his intellectual & social literacy. We were overwhelmed with the variety of 6 string guitars that are available online. It seems that it's me who enjoys most scouting for kid friendly guitar designs. Look at this cute designs I found from an online store I visited. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="366"] photo from google image[/caption] I'm sure the little man would love to have his favorite tank engine Thomas printed on his new guitar. Hoping we could find one.  
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Proverbs 31:10-30

 photo mothers-day_zpsxhgp7ikv.jpg10 Who can find a wife of noble character? For her value is far more than rubies. 11 The heart of her husband has confidence in her, and he has no lack of gain. 12 She brings him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13 She obtains wool and flax, and she is pleased to work with her hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar. 15 She also gets up while it is still night, and provides food for her household and a portion to her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; from her own income she plants a vineyard. 17 She begins her work vigorously, and she strengthens her arms. 18 She knows that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out in the night. 19 Her hands take hold of the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle. 20 She extends her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy. 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all of her household are clothed with scarlet. 22 She makes for herself coverlets; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 23 Her husband is well-known in the

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Is my boy stage fright?

 photo 1F176360-AEBB-43E0-A381-4AB58C0E6BA1_zpsvgvvr4jo.jpgI saw Zoe dancing while singing ohhh...ohhh...ohhh (in the tune of lady gaga's roar). I asked him who taught him and he replied it's teacher Joy. I remember there was a letter from their school informing parents about the upcoming foundation week. So I figured it might be a presentation for that said event. I went searching for the song on youtube and played it and he was smiling upon hearing the song so I asked him to dance for me. After that, he has been practicing at home almost every night. And then the big day came. I remember how excited he was, he even reminded me to not go to work because I'll be going with him to the school to watch him perform. I must say that the little man has infused a great on me excitement as well. Excited as we are, we went to the school on the big day. I can still remember his smiles wearing his blue shirt & white short uniform with high knee socks and poms poms. But...but...but the moment we arrived at the school his mood changes. He started frowning and clinging to me. He refused to join his classmates as they cue

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I Got Note

 photo E11C3EFE-229B-4248-8B6C-764416A1D079_zpsxiomaqrn.jpgThe little man saw a notepad on my desk while we were reviewing for their final exam. Then he asked me to stop for a while as he has something to write for me. While he requested me to spell the word he writes it on the notepad... And I got my first sweet note from my preschooler...He was baffled as to why the word "mommy" ends with "Y" and so I gave him an "I" instead...
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Parenting A Sensitive Toddler

 photo IMG_17881_zpsklpsknyl.jpgOur youngest Zian is naturally cheerful. He made us laugh most of the time. But, you'll hear him shrieked whenever his brother took his favorite toy, burst into tears whenever I said no, and sulk whenever I scold him. Sometimes we will just see his tears rolling on his cheeks just because someone did not pay attention to him. There was even a time that he refused to sleep with me after scolding & spanking him. . He's way too sensitive and obviously, I'm a bit lost on how to handle my son's emotions. Yesterday, he shrieked when I refused to let him drink a chocolate drink early in the morning. I let him feel his emotion for a while, after all I have chores to finish. And in a situation like this, I figured out that the more I try to talk him out of his feeling, the more that he will hold on to that feeling. So let it be for a while... After sulking for a few minutes, he approached me and ask for a bottle of milk instead. At this time he was back to his cheerful self. Then it was my moment to explain what I did. I

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Women’s free ride on Women’s Day

 photo free_ride_zpsykjv0xtt.jpgI was in LRT line 1 on my way home after visiting a wake. I was about to purchase my ticket when I heard the security guard shouting "mga babae wag ng bumili ng ticket". Then I saw employees entrance gate open & women are entering the station through it. While passing through, I asked the guard why is this so? He replied it's women's day and then few minutes after entering the platform, announcement were made. It's International Women's week and the LRT management were celebrating it by giving a free ride to all women from 5:00-7:00pm in both Lines 1 & 2. Wow that's so generous. I seldom get a free ride from a public transport. I can see smiles through many women's faces and mine as well. Thank you for the free ride and Happy Women's Week to all ladies! Thank you for the free ride!
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UAE School Hunting

 photo 8cAEzeAKi_zpsj4j20b5b.jpgFor the past few weeks, we have been preparing for our "big move" to Dubai to be with my husband. We have been praying for our family to be together and we are glad that God is slowly showing us a preview to soon be answered prayer. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="379"] photo from cliparts.co[/caption]   Part of this preparation is hunting for a preschool for our eldest Zoe. I have been thankful that I have access to internet since most schools in the UAE has its website. Also, KHDA's (Knowledge & Human Dev't Authority) 2014 school ranking is really of big help. As expected, tuition fees are expensive and I didn't expect that school registration starts very early. Currently, I have been on a virtual tour to some school with in our budget. United International Private School - This was our first choice since this school offers Philippine Curriculum. Hubby visited the school only to find out that there is a long waiting list for registration. It's under "acceptable" ranking on KHDA and serves mostly Filipino Families. The Winsmenster School - Al Ghusais - is our second choice. Under "acceptable" ranking on KHDA and following a UK curriculum. The tuition fee

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Am I A Monster Mom?

 photo 11008835_10152598079487026_8011258_n_zpsqfczhbtc.jpgWatching our children growing is undeniably one of the best thing parents loves to do. Having two toddlers at home, seeing the happy moments up to their melt downs, are both heartwarming and disheartening. Over the time I have been filled with both heartwarming and disheartening moments from our two boys. How I wish it could only be heartwarming moments, but you know, disheartening moments are inevitable and it often happens in our house now but not for a long time as I remember. Rumblings, fighting up to melt down, has been a common scenario. And so, I thought that our parenting style should be changed. Early in my parenting journey, I don't want to enforce spanking. I was the type of mom, who lose heart when spanking. But with the negative behavior they're currently showing I felt the need to discipline them. I was able to get hold a copy of a parenting video held in our church. It has taught me a lot about parenting. One thing that I noted, which our pastor shared, was that spanking as a way of discipline is biblical. Proverbs 13;24 “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him

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The Lord is Good

At this time, I hardly get the kids to pray before sleeping and so, I thought of doing memory verses with our eldest Zoe as another way of introducing God to our little ones. I was glad he was okay with it, except that I have to bribe him with a prize in order for him to properly recite the verse. We started with 4-6 sentences verses to make it light for him. I picked out Psalm 145:9 The Lord is good to all! as his first memory verse. Our youngest Zian, who is only 2 years old also tried to memorize the verse in his own little "language". God by nature is good and the evidence of his goodness is evident in His creation and triumphs. And although we are not worthy of his goodness, He made it available for us regardless of our status in life. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
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Our thoughts shapes us….

I have been on the battle field for the past few months; Battling negative thoughts, fears and anxiety. The feeling that I am not well has gotten my nerves. And as you know super moms like me need not be sick. Having these thoughts, it magnify my biggest fear of leaving the kids “forever”.  I was only eight years old when my mother joined our creator and it was this chapter of my life that I don’t want my kids to experience. And so the enemy found out my weakness and it is there where he tried to crash me. The devil is trying to make me believe that something is wrong with me. I have been “doctor hopping” for the past 2 months, I have been to pulmonologist, cardiologist, neurologist, endocrinologist, ophthalmologist and tmj specialist. Of all these visits, I thank God that most of my lab tests were normal except for the pulmonary function test that showed a mild obstruction ventilator defect, which according to the doctor is a mild asthma. And that explains my SOB episodes. Also, I found out that my sugar and uric acid are a little over the border line. EMJ and ECG went

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Solaire: Choose from discounted room packages and dinner set menu

 photo Untitled_zpsc66fc677.pngMothers know best. But this time, Solaire has thought of the best for the special women in our lives. From the special discounted rates in the ultimate family staycation to the exquisite set menus in our fine dining establishments, we’ve made sure that this will be one unforgettable Mother’s Day. Bring the entire family this ‘Mother’s Day weekend’ and stay in one of our luxurious suites with discounted rates. Under the Summer Family Getaway packages, our rooms go as low as PhP6,000++ for Deluxe Room Cityview and PhP7,000++ for the Deluxe Room Bayview. The special rates are also available in Grand Deluxe Cityview (PhP8,000++), Grand Deluxe Bayview (PhP9,000++) and 2-Bay Suite (PhP12,000). Our amazing staycation packages come with an impeccable buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids age 6 years and below. For kids who are 7 to 12 years old, we offer a 50% dining discount. Your stay also includes a free use of the swimming pool and the fitness center. To test your luck, the package comes with PhP500 worth of gaming credits. If you opt to celebrate mom’s special day with a lavish dinner, we have prepared delectable set menus in Fresh, Yakumi, Finestra, Red Lantern

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