SO thankful to the Lord for everything! Been blessed listening to this song.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
The many faces of City
She's lovely. Call me crazy, but sometimes I think "We should have a 5th." I Know, I know, sounds crazy! But we just love how little they are and the blessing they are.
* Her hair is ridiculous. Definitely different from the other three. She has the least hair with a nasty mullet.
* I don't feed her solids much. She's still strictly breast-fed and avocado here and there. My hippie neighbor/doctor, who has a baby, always informs me of things to watch out for. He recommends me to not feed her solids until she's older because it'll help her digestive system mature and it'll help her not have food allergies. Honestly, that sounds great, but I'm refraining because it's easier for me to just put her to the boob then to prepare food. At least for now.
* Still not sleeping through the night. The other three did at this age. The reason she hasn't? My neighbors. I usually let me babies learn how to cry themselves to sleep but because our walls are so thin, I feel bad for my working neighbors. We've been slowing trying to get her to cry herself to sleep. PJ's been waking up and rock her instead of me feeding her but I feel bad for our neighbors. But I promise, we'll all get better sleep soon ; )
* One morning the kids feed her whole milk as an effort to help out. I had to sit down with them and talk to them about not feeding her things. (Babies aren't suppose to get fed whole milk until they are 1 year old)
* Her crawl is funny! She tucks one leg in as she crawls. It's so weird, funny, and inefficient. It slows her down a bit, so that's helpful since she's all over the place.
* She has siblings that love her and take care of her. It's so endearing to watch them love her and get so happy to see her every morning and really throughout the day. So sweet, it warms my heart.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
It's such a privilege to live in an area where we are infested with wonderful cafes. I'm always keeping an eye out for just those types of places.
I finally got a chance to visit Sqirl with some girlfriends and it's my new obsession! The food there is superb, and there atmosphere is great. I can't wait to visit again, and it's so close to home!
Sqirl | 720 North Virgil Ave | Los Angeles | 90029
Monday, November 18, 2013
This past Sunday, God was kind in showing me my self righteousness. This past week I was tired. I was tired of chasing CrossView people. I was tired of repeating myself. I was tired of not seeing their life decisions change. I was tired of giving counsel-- for it to be given lip service or tossed along the way. And at the heart of it all, I was tired of serving people, because that's what it really came down to. The message on Sunday reminded me to stand firm, to continue and even be thankful for my brothers and sisters. I surely didn't have a thankful heart towards them. God reminded me that I too am hard of hearing, need love, rebuke, patience, kindness, and CrossView family pursuing me. Living life with these people isn't easy but that's what family is all about. I can't just disown my biological family (even if I did, they're still my family!) and I can't disown my spiritual family, which is where I have stronger bonds (rightly so!). So, I cling to the future grace that God has promised, and I'm thankful for the kindness in the past.
Time to ride on Frances...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Forgotten memories in my camera! My camera's shutter jammed in Chicago :( Since it's out of warranty, I went back to my Best Buy technician roots and repaired it myself last night. Hopefully we can start taking pictures again around this house.
This July we were extremely blessed with a speaking engagement for PJ in Chicago at the Legacy Conference! The Legacy Conference coordinator, and friend, invited PJ to teach a workshop about The Glory of God and the Local Church. City and I went along for the ride. I was extremely blessed watching the "hip-hop" culture get invaded with: Christ exalting rap concerts, gospel preaching, and edifying workshops. My highlight was being able to have several dinners with just urban workers/missionaries throughout the States! I really felt at home and I didn't feel like a crazy lady for, moving to the city, raising my kids in urban Los Angeles, and living out the gospel here!
On the last day Sunday, we attended their church gathering in our friend's neighborhood (they're actually a network of house churches but gathered together after the conference). It felt homey again--in a "rough neighborhood," but people from all walks of life gathered to worship Christ The King.
Chicago is a beautiful place. This was my second time, and each time, I get treated with something terrific...This time, Frontera Grill and Yolk. Two great places to eat at, if you're ever in the area. Love. Love. Love. Craving them both now!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
(with a 7 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old and 6 month old)
7:30AM Wake up and get ready
7:45 Head to track to work out while everyone is sleeping
9:30 Get back from working out
9:30 Feed City and feed kids
10:00 Have kids do beds and clean up and i try putting City to. She doesn't want to sleep yet.
10:30 Start Rock's school, typically math while I make my protein shake. Drink that quickly.
11:30 feeling stressed since Rock's taking too long to go through his math pages. Depending on how challenging it is, he can breeze through it or take awhile. City begins to get mildly fussy. Help Story draw her dolphins onto transparent sheets
11:35 City s cranking and needs to sleep now. If Rock is done I give him a break while I put City down.
11:50 I read and do reading comprehension exercises with Rock and Key. Rock does dictation exercises.
12:00PM He reads independently Magic Tree House book, while I shower. Key plays with sister Story.
12:20 I prepare their lunches.
12:25 Rock takes a break
12:40 They begin eating. City wakes up and has a dirty diaper.
12:45 After washing City I set her down in her playpen while I scarf my lunch up.
12:50 Tell kids to please stop talking and eat their lunch.
12:55 No more talking until lunch is eaten.
1:00 Story takes her nap or rests while I begin work with Key and Rock. I nurse City.
1:05 Key does her math I have prepared in her notebook. (9+5=?) and Rock works on his spelling list.
1:25 I start Classical Conversations cirriculum, beginning with geography. We sing and do map work according to week. City is becoming more restless. She needs a nap.
1:35 I try putting City to sleep. She fights.
1:40 I nurse City she finally sleeps. I put her in her crib. Kids are finishing up map geography work.
1:45 Listen to history sentence and sing song according to week. Test each individually to see if they memorized info of subjects.
2:00 Rehearse english, latin, and science songs
2:25 Break. I need a break.
2:30 Kids want to me to read them a book.
2:35 Rock and Key fight. I step in and talk to both about their heart issues. On bad days I just want them to stop fighting! And I don't draw them out as I should.
2:40 Key and I go through phonics book while Rock does his phonics reading
2:55 City wakes up and is talking in her crib. Buys me some time!
3:00 I ask Key to please wake up Story. She lingers in her bed.
3:10 Key and Rock recite their two poems they are working on. City becomes a little restless.
3:20 I get City and change her dirty diaper. Key takes a break. Rock practices piano.
3:40 Story asks for a snack, I tell her fruits and veggies are available. Rock begins to draw and practice penmanship.
3:45 Story and Key draw and make a huge mess in the living room floor. I nurse City.
4:00 Do Language lesson on commas in dates. I write up sentences for him to copy. Put City in her high chair.
4:25 Rock and Key go over Classical Conversation tutorials (science, history, geography, math, latin, english, and timeline) on iPad. Story plays upstairs or listens to tutorials to. She sings along since she knows the songs. I get City out off her high chair and play with her on my bed.
4:45 Break. I begin their pre-dinner. I nurse City and put her in her playpen.
5:00 Give them a pre-dinner since we'll be at Rock's game (P.E.)
5:30 We get ready to leave. My Lovely comes home and takes over a bit after he settles in.
5:45 I nurse City before heading out.
5:50 We pack in the car and head over to the park to engage and love our neighbors.
7:10 Get home and bathe kids or they bathe themselves while I just bathe Story and City.
7:30 They eat a fast dinner. I nurse cranky City.
7:55 They do their bathroom routine (brush teeth, potty, etc) and get ready for family worship.
8:05 Family worship. PJ reads to us and we pray together.
8:25 Kids are upstairs in bed. PJ blesses them. I nurse City and put her to bed.
Some days differ greatly, other days, the schedule is as such. I left a lot of things out--I basically just gave a quick homeschooling overview. Typically, we'd like the kids in bed at 7:45pm but since some days Rock has practice or games, we have to adjust.
Homeschooling is indeed hard work but still fun! Why do we home school? Here's a few reasons why...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
- We obey God.
- We love, honor and pray for one another.
- We tell the truth.
- We consider one another's interests ahead of our own.
- We speak quietly and respectfully with one another.
- We do not hurt one another with unkind words or deeds.
- When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
- When someone is sorry, we accept their apology.
- When someone asks for forgiveness, we forgive them. ***
- When someone is sad, we comfort him.
- When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
- When we have something nice to share, we share it.
- When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
- We take good care of everything that God has given us.
- We do not create unnecessary work for others.
- When we open something, we close it.
- When we take something out, we put it away.
- When we turn something on, we turn it off.
- When we make a mess, we clean it up.
- When we do not know what to do, we ask.
- When we go out, we act just as if we were in this house.
- When we disobey or forget any of the 21 Rules of This House, we accept the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
My Lovely found this helpful list, which in a nutshell explains the way we try to conduct our home, by God's grace! Living as a family is not easy and requires communication and healthy boundaries, right? A great list to have! We have it printed and in our kitchen. I'd like to write Bible verses to coincide with each boundary, as a reminder to myself, PJ and the kids, that God loves us and wants us to be happy in Him and it's clear through his Word.
It's originally from here by Gregg Harris (Joshua Harris' father).
***Number 9 was added because we make a big emphasis on using biblical language when we sin against each other. Sorry's are for mistakes, and asking for forgiveness, is for sin.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
An old post I didn't get a chance to share. Looking back on these photos, it's obvious she's the birthday celebrant!
The Wonder and Magnificent Key,
Five is a big number. Or small--depending how you look at it. Abba and Mommy think that's too big because it feels like yesterday that we welcomed you into this world! I remember the day they put you in my arms. We were so excited to have a little girl Tibayan! We lived all the way in Washington D.C., the place you were born--Your favorite place :)
We're so thankful God has loaned you to us. We love you so, so, so much! You've been a pleasure to teach, love, hug, tickle, kiss, and play tea parties with. There's so much more we want to teach you. I love talking to you about being a woman and what that looks like. You're so interested. You've always been so dainty. Also, a hopeless romantic. You're such a treasure to us and we love you so much that you make our hearts hurt. Your smile, accompanied with your laugh is one of our favorite moments in life! Abba always says your "so excited about life." Thank you for making our heart leap for joy. We pray for you often in regards to following Jesus Christ, purity, marriage and so much more. Always remember to not dance with a prince for hours and not know his name (inside joke).
Love you forever,
Mommy and Abba
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
A nice place to explore. Too bad it was 110 degrees!
The Sandwich Spot had the Best. Cookie. Ever.
The cousins had so much fun together!
Stopped by the much talked about Saguaro and Ace Motel.
Ate breakfast from Palms Greens Cafe. Pretty good blueberry buckwheat pancakes. The figs shake was disappointing though.