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 […]

We look at circumstances from a natural point of view, but God sees the big picture and can change the course of what we think “should” or “would” happen by working behind the scenes where we cannot see. Recently God worked out a situation beyond what I can imagine possible, with outcomes so much better […]

25
Jun
stored in: 2019

I scored my first senior discount yesterday. Mike and I went on an overnight getaway to Big Bear Lake. Since we haven’t been to Sizzlers in decades, we decided to be nostalgic and have dinner there. And as I said in a previous post, cashiers never offer me the senior discount. Sure I am slightly […]

22
Jun
stored in: 2019

The day after I wrote about wanting accountability partners, a friend asked me to get lunch. We used to meet up weekly to pray, after we drop off our kids. That was many years ago. I am thinking, is God bringing me an accountability partner? She meets my qualifications of being geographically near, and biblically […]

21
Jun
stored in: 2019

I hate making travel decisions. After several round of researching locations for an overnight getaway – San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside (I know, why Riverside), or just anywhere with a bed & breakfast, we booked a cheap motel in Big Bear Lake. It is nothing like what I was looking for haha. This proves people […]

18
Jun
stored in: 2019

I appreciate our pastors. If I have any problems in ministry I feel confident they can help. But I need a female mentor. I am praying for one. But have not taken active steps to ask to meet up with a particular woman that I want to get to know. She lives far so that’s […]

17
Jun
stored in: 2019

My son and DIL invited us to dim sum and Huntington Library, so we were more than happy to give up our usual Monday run to Costco. I had a Huntington Library membership a couple of years ago, but decided to take a break from it after the year was over. We renewed it today […]

16
Jun
stored in: 2019

When talking about adoption today, one of the boys took me by surprise and said, “I have a birth mom.” Later I asked him privately what he meant. He has a birth mom and a stepmom. Makes me love this kid more knowing what he has had to go through. Yesterday I had lunch with […]