Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mommy Moments: The Joy of Motherhood

Posted by Cecile at Thursday, May 27, 2010 18 comments
When I think about month of May, two things come to my mind and these are my Mother's Birthday and of course, the Mother's Day! That is why this month is very special to me and my siblings. Our mother dear will be celebrating her 75th birthday this Sunday...and with that I'd like to say, Happy Birthday, Mother. We love, You!

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This week's theme for Mommy Moments is about "Motherhood." In the Psalms 113:9 we read, “He maketh the … woman … to be a joyful mother of children." “Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the … young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world." ~ David O. McKay ~

“The special bonding that occurs between mother and baby is a unique and powerful love. This picture was to show the confidence that grows in an infant when it feels protected and loved.” ~ Judith Campion ~

"As mothers become grandmothers, they extend their nurturing to grandchildren, a role that is yet another dimension of motherhood, as they continue to watch over their adult children." ~ Lori Anderson Wing ~

As a mothers working with our children at our side......daily tasks pass on skills and traditions. And through our everyday touching, working, and talking together, (we) mothers truly teach profound truths.

Each year of motherhood brings with it new challenges and opportunities for mothers to teach their children as well as to learn from and with them. “A mother’s influence is immeasurable. Even the most insignificant moments can have lasting impact.” ~ Scott M. Snow ~

For me being a mother is a privilege that God has entrusted me....He gave me two beautiful children of which one (Ruth) of them is back to HIM. God knows that I always want to be a mother even when I was still young....and here I am mothering one of God's Spirit Children. It is also a blessing to be able to stay at home and care for my son who relies on me for everything. I love my calling....I love being a mother!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

MM: Mother's Day 2010

Posted by Cecile at Thursday, May 20, 2010 15 comments
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This year's Mother's Day (May 9, 2010) was celebrated at home after church. We didn't do something special. For me, Mother's Day is celebrated everyday when my son gives me a hug and kiss me when he gets home from school....and when hubby gets home from work early in the morning giving me hugs and kisses and saying how much he misses and loves me; those times are so precious to me! I feel special and loved. Anyway, on Mother's Day, Jake gave me a card of which I have posted on last week's Mommy Moments, while hubby bought me a cellphone though I told him not to....! I don't really need anything, but us to be together.

This is the card Jake's made for me at school for Mother's Day.

This red Rose was the gift I got from church

The next day was Mexican's Mother's Day (May 10, 2010), hubby and I celebrated it with a brunch at a Mexican Resto. He had a Posole and I can't remember how they call the one I ordered (scrambled egg with ground beef with red beans and rice on the side).

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Mommy Moments: Message to Mom

Posted by Cecile at Friday, May 14, 2010 10 comments
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In tribute for us.... Mothers, Chris chose the theme: "Message to Mom" for this week's Mommy Moments. And here is my share: On Mother's Day, Jake woke me up in the morning with a hug and kiss, and this Snoopy card with his name written in it. I love the message already written inside. Thanks, Anak :-); you are so sweet ... I love you!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Children's 10 Commandments for Parents

Posted by Cecile at Tuesday, May 11, 2010 4 comments
I can't remember where I read this articles, but this indeed a reminder f a parent like me who sometimes expect so much for my only 5 year old son. Forgive me but am not perfect in many things and that includes parenting. Thanks to my hubby who reminds me to lighten up and let our son be a kid. Anyway, thought this might get you interested.

1. My hands are small. Please don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture or throw a ball. My legs are short. Please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have. Please let me explore safely. Don't restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I'm only little for such a short time. Please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender. Please be sensitive to my needs. Don't nag me all day long. (You wouldn't want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God. Please treasure me, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement and your praise to grow. Please go easy on the criticism. Remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday, I'll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8. Please don't do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn't quite measure up to your expectations. I know it's hard, but please don't try to compare me with my brother or my sister.

9. Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to worship regularly, setting a good example for me to follow.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Teacher's Appreciation Week

Posted by Cecile at Friday, May 07, 2010 5 comments
Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~Voltaire

This week, May 3-7 is a Teacher's Appreciation week, and to show much our kids and us are grateful for them, Jake and I gave Mrs. Mc Crea, Jake's Kindergarten teacher a present. Mini Red Roses and a card. She was very happy with the small gesture Jake showed her. It sure is small and simple thing means a lot. So happy to see his teacher happy and appreciated :-)!

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Adams

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, May 6, 2010

MM: Motherly Advices

Posted by Cecile at Thursday, May 06, 2010 20 comments
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"The ability and willingness properly to rear children, the gift to love, and eagerness … to express it in soul development, make motherhood the noblest office or calling in the world. She who can paint a masterpiece or write a book that will influence millions deserves the admiration and the plaudits of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters, whose influence will be felt through generations to come, … deserves the highest honor that man can give, and the choicest blessings of God.” ~ David O. McKay ~

Happy Mother's Day to All the Mothers Out There!

“Motherhood is the greatest potential influence either for good or ill in human life. The mother’s image is the first that stamps itself on the … young child’s mind. It is her caress that first awakens a sense of security; her kiss, the first realization of affection; her sympathy and tenderness, the first assurance that there is love in the world. ~ David O. McKay ~

Since this week's theme for Mommy Moments is about advices we can share to mothers and expectant mothers alike, here are some that my husband and I use at home while rearing our son:

1. Be an example of good works, and words. Our children learn from the way we talk, the way we treat others, the way we conduct ourselves and they way we live. So we need to be careful with all of our actions.
2. Be patient. Raising children is not an easy job; it needs more patient and love.
3. Be consistent and firm. You need to mean what you say.
4. Teach them them importance of responsibility. Parents are the first teachers our kids would ever have. So we should start teaching our kids while young about responsibilities, that will make them independent.
5. Tell them you love them everyday.
6. Be there for them when they need you. Assure them that you will always be there for them no matter what.
7. Help them develop their full potential. They have talents, we need to help them see and develop it. Expose them to educational activities like museums, visit to a library to name a few.
8. Be a good listener. We can learn from our kids as we listen to what they have to say.
9. Avoid labeling. They have their own names; so let's call they by their names. Labeling our kids lowers their self esteem.
10. And most of all
train them up the way God wanted them to be. For God says: Train up your child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

I must admit, even though we use these tips at home, doesn't mean we are perfect parents...or we have perfect son.... we are just like them trying to be better parents and people at the same time. And with God's guidance and our faith in HIM, I know that our kids are going to be better person, one who have faith in God and in doing what is right under all circumstances. As parents we are partners of God in raising a righteous generation.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

And the Building of Our House Begins....

Posted by Cecile at Sunday, May 02, 2010 18 comments
My husband and I are very excited for the building of our new house. After more than a month of waiting, finally they started building it last week! We were eager to see what took place when we went there last weekend, and found out the they already leveled up the ground and started putting electric power to aid with the whole building process. What a relief! For a while there, we were worried that the house will not be finished in time to avail the tax credit for "first time home buyer." In fact, when we talked with the contractor Friday of last week, he told us that they are already two days behind the time frame they planned to finish building. But he assured us that before the end of June, the house will be done! Anyway, just want to share the progress on the building of our simple dream house.

The ground is leveled up....and the electrical box is already placed ready to be used.

One week later, is ready for foundation...and concrete was supposed to be poured, but because of the weather....the contractor decided to do it on Monday which is tomorrow.
More photos next time....see you!


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