Re-learn how to care for an infant It has been a month since Daniel is born and he is fast outgrowing the clothes that he used to be able to put on a few weeks ago. His 0-6 month rompers are a bit tight to put on him now. From 2.966kg to 4kg, it’s time… Continue reading Our first month re-learning how to care for an infant
I’m thankful that my parents always made time to bring us outdoor and even for short trips to Malaysia, though we were not well-to-do and my father as a sole breadwinner had to work two shifts to make ends meet. It touches my heart to learn from my mom that my father though he was… Continue reading Sports and outdoor activities I did when I was young
I bought this January 2014 issue of Motherhood magazine for ONE reason – Prunenurture is featured, together with five other blogger moms, in this article, “Life Lessons your child can teach you“. In November last year, I was invited to share a lesson I learn after I become a mother. Here’s my biggest lesson learnt… Continue reading Prunenurture is featured on Motherhood Magazine
I woke up early on the first day of 2014, took out my past year diary and browsed through the posts I wrote in my 2013 personal diary. It brought back precious memories of Dot’s first few days in her kindergarten, some amusing conversation we had, my personal thoughts, some useful and wise quotes I… Continue reading Only ONE thing in 2014
Last year, I only exercised once a week and some weeks I did not even jog. This year, I have resolved to exercise at least twice a week but I wondered how I am going to do it. J suggested that after I send Dot to her pre-nursery class in the morning, which is a… Continue reading New exercise routine?
A Kindness Story – True story One evening, S and D saw an old man pushing a cart loaded with stacks of cardboard behind them when they were crossing the busy road to get to IKEA . He walked and pushed the cart in snail pace and halfway on the road, his cardboards fell off… Continue reading Random acts of kindness are good for our souls
Jay told me that Shannon, our niece has been paying $50 to learn baking for one hour. At the end of the day, she got the cake home, a certificate of particiaption but no recipe to bring home to practice baking the cake again! After discussing with Jay, we think that it is not worth… Continue reading Our first home-made apple pie
There are so many distraction in my world that the task of writing to our Bridge of Hope children never get to be crossed out on my to-do-list. Writing letters to our sponsored children has been a pending task for a couple of months and we finally took action and wrote letters to our children.… Continue reading Finally we wrote letters to our children
One morning, Dot got off the bed, rubbed her sleepy eyes and walked towards me in the living room. “Mommy, I want to watch Sound of Music.” “Cannot watch TV in the morning. You want me to read you a book.” Shaking her head, she replied, “No. I want to paint.” “Ok.” Painting in the… Continue reading Like a rose trampled on the ground..
It is not often to hear from J said that he cried listening to a sermon – not just once but twice when he listened to Dr. K.P. Yohannan, the President and founder of Gospel For Asia. After listening to this sermon, he urged me to listen. As I listened, my mind and heart are… Continue reading It only takes a spark
Mother’s Day is a day to honor those women who have made a difference to our lives – our mother, aunt, sister or even a dear friend who have added new meaning and perspective in our lives. Even as mothers ourselves, we are on a divine mission to raise up our children in the ways… Continue reading Mothers, do you know you rule the world?
After Dot turned one, she starts to exercise her independence more as she grows. When she does not get things her way, she will whine and cry. Sometimes she will just swing her hands and knock off what is before her. Many times, I found myself fuming within when Dot made a mess, refused to… Continue reading A lousy mom learns to discipline her child
It seems like of late little plant by the sidewalk and the orange sky are speaking to me. Let me explain. One late morning, I just got off the bus with Dot and was on our way to my mom’s place. As I walked, this little plant by the sidewalk just seems to speak to… Continue reading Nature speaks
Childhood, so pure and innocent, passes by so fast – such beautiful memories ought to be captured cos’ they are so precious!
I was flipping through my old childhood photo albums and they brought back beautiful childhood memories. I told Dot that I used to be a baby and toddler just like her. Pointing at the photos, I asked Dot, “Mei, where is mommy? Ah Yee (aunt)? Ah Gu (uncle)?”. Then we were still babies, toddlers and children. After a while, she could recognize the younger version of her mommy, her aunt, her uncle and even her grandparents.
Recently my childhood playmate got in touch with me via Facebook. We lost touch with each other for more than 15 years. It warmed my heart to be able to get in touch with her again. She told me she still remembers that bottle of paper cranes I made for her. So touched!
I remembered life back then was so carefree and fun. We always got to play “zero-point”, hide and seek, hopscotch, “five stones” with our neighbours. We visited our neighbours’ home often as well to play.
My parents and relatives brought us to many interesting places during our younger days – zoo, bird park, parks, playground, Haw Par Villa and many more.
My siblings and I visited our grandma often who stayed in a kampong. We enjoyed running and chasing the dog, fishing, rearing chicks, climbing trees, catching ladybird – many fun things that kids nowadays rarely have chance to do.
As much as we could remember, we would like to share with Dot our childhood memories and our lives. Just in case, she does not know that her mommy and daddy used to be young too!
I am thankful especially to my parents, grandma, relatives and childhood playmates who left such beautiful childhood memories for me. Thank you!