23
Jul
stored in: 2019

I hear about people having to deal with various personalities in the workplace. We have a variety of personalities, perspectives and opinions among the staff. I’ve come to appreciate each one though I have more affinity towards certain types. I thank God that in a church environment, there is a good amount of grace and […]

22
Jul
stored in: 2019

My day off started with our usual Costco run, Billy’s egg farm. My husband got Haagen Dazs ice cream bars (on sale), and I got parmesan cheese crisps (on sale) as our treats to ourselves for the month. Quiet afternoon, then a quick run to TJ Max for fun, swam just because I feel guilty […]

21
Jul
stored in: 2019

I can’t talk loud over the kids anymore. Since I’ve been having LPR, my voice has been weak. The symptom of my greatest concern about having LPR is a burning sensation in my throat. It affects my vocal cords and potentially damage them permanently. Today, the kids were loud, which I’m ok with. Of course […]

Getting back to the heart of worship, it’s all about you, it’s all about you, Jesus… It’s hard for me to truly worship at our church. My mind is on things I need to do, people I need to talk to, people I should catch up with… And I’m thinking how we can improve this […]

I love reading these “Christian Heroes” biographies for children. Cameron Townsend is the founder of Wycliff Bible Translators. In the old days, missionaries get through many harsh conditions to unreached people groups. Travel was not as easy as it is now. Nowadays, missionaries can go back home fairly easily if needed. I admired the Christian […]

18
Jul
stored in: 2019

It was hard to go swimming by myself¬†for the first time¬†. It was a lot easier today. It takes a few times of anything to overcome the resistance. Then it becomes easier. I did not hesitate at the edge of the pool as I did the first time. It helped that the water was nice […]

17
Jul
stored in: 2019

On Monday we went to eat in LA to celebrate Audrey’s 30th. I can’t believe I have a daughter 30 years old! I was a mother at 30, and I felt like an adult. Yet it’s an odd feeling that my own daughter is 30 and going to be a mother. No wonder my parents […]

16
Jul
stored in: 2019

Such a big event happened on Saturday and I didn’t blog about it! For the past month, Amy and I have been planning the baby shower for Audrey! As with all events, we never feel fully prepared. My only responsibilities are the food and party favor. In the old days I would do some homemade […]

14
Jul

I had to intervene in a situation with a preschooler today, right at the time I had to give the children’s sermon. The 1st-3rd graders were waiting for me when I ran back upstairs. I felt very distracted which probably contributed to the kids not being attentive. Usually I am able to get their attention […]

I haven’t gotten back to reading one book a month since Perspectives. I just finished one, I’ll count this for July. I got this book from one of the Perspectives speakers who is on staff at Barnabas International to care for those in cross-cultural ministries. After reading this book, I am convinced of the need […]

12
Jul
stored in: 2019

Mike and I went swimming after dinner. I think this is the first time we’ve ever done that, just the 2 of us. After 20+ years living here we finally make use of the pool. Unfortunately we are motivated not by fun but for health reasons. It’s good exercise. I would much rather sit and […]

12
Jul
stored in: 2019

My MIL complained of back pains, so we took her to PT. A week later – Me: Are you doing the exercises you learned from the PT? MIL: No, it doesn’t work. Me: It’s not going to work in a week, it’s not a cure. You have to do them consistently to strengthen your back. […]

11
Jul
stored in: 2019

Overheard: “He’s really immature.” Response: “Everyone is immature.” It is true that everyone is immature in one degree or another. Thinking back to 5 years ago, I was really immature in certain areas. Even to last year, I can think of ways where I’m more mature today. And I’m immature today compare to next year […]

09
Jul
stored in: 2019

When you’re young, the best thing about Disneyland are the rides. At my age, the best thing about Disneyland is spending time with the people you go with. And some of the rides. I enjoyed almost 14 hours at Disneyland with my 2 daughters and SIL. We walked (clocked in over 24,000 steps!), talked, took […]

07
Jul
stored in: 2019

I went into the pool today, for exercise, by myself. I hardly ever do that, but I was inspired by the 5 kids who came yesterday with their parents and had so much fun swimming. I realized what a gift it is that I have a pool, and I should use it. I needed to […]

06
Jul
stored in: 2019

PT said I looked somber at the deacon’s meeting this morning. I was alert, but perhaps I felt a bit like a cloudy day. Not tired, but not bright. How do you describe that kind of mood? Another fun gathering in our backyard with Awana core team. While we had fun chatting, there were no […]

04
Jul
stored in: 2019

I usually choose fun over responsibility. Today I chose responsibility. Now I am slightly regretting. I don’t usually regret choosing the fun option. I don’t want to miss out on something that will never come this way again. However, the fun today could come again, so I chose to stay home to support my husband […]

02
Jul
stored in: 2019

There was more personal sharing at staff meeting than usual. I appreciated hearing what God has been showing the staff. We all agree that church has become too busy. Where is the heart of worship and praise of God? Are people more excited about doing things “for God” more than enjoying God? Is there depth […]

30
Jun
stored in: 2019

Talked to parents of 2 special needs kids, one through a translator and our JOG coordinator, the other speaks English. Neither are Christians, they just know that church is a “good” place for their kids. They think of church as a social environment with good people to help their children socialize. I am glad Christians […]

29
Jun
stored in: 2019

We had a lot of struggles re-doing our backyard. My husband and I disagreed a lot. I just want to get it done ASAP while he was taking forever planning it out, getting estimates, etc etc. I say, just do it! The only thing I wanted was to have a clean open space to have […]