Sunday, July 23, 2006

Happy 13th Birthday to My Delightful, Darling Daughter!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today (Sunday) is the day my daughter officially turns 13.  Thirteen years ago, the Lord blessed us with a precious bundle of joy!  He has been blessing us through that bundle of joy ever since.  As I mentioned in my earlier post, we planned a Double Delight Birthday Party for our delightful, darling daughter.  Well, we did it and we all had a blast (more like double blast!)

On Friday, we had a sleepover party for her and her friends.  First, we went out to do a scavenger hunt in our neighborhood.  The girls loved it!  We gave each team a list of 13 items to collect by asking door to door (only 1 item per house is allowed) within a time limit (about 4o minutes, instead of 1 hour that we planned for… due to the really hot temperature that evening).  They’re under our watchful eyes the whole time and our neighborhood is probably the safest one in our city.  They received one point for each item and three bonus points could be earned by telling  a joke or singing a song.  The team that won (got 10 points)…won by telling a joke :) .  The other team got 8 points.  A close match! 

When we came back home, we enjoyed  popsicles/creamsicles and blueberries.  Next, my daughter opened the presents she received from her friends.  The majority was books and sweet treats (two of her favorite things).   After that, the girls played a variation of hide-and-seek games in the dark.  Lots of shrieking & screaming and running & tumbling!  Then we had a late-night snack break.  We had trail mix, Oreo cookies, and ice cream (2 kinds: Chocolate Crunch and Raspberry Chocolate Chip).  Before getting ready for bed (actually sleeping bag in this case), the girls played charades.  The girls were quite creative… sometimes too creative!  How do you act out "verb" or "Dewey decimal system"?

On Saturday our relatives came to join us.  The kids and some adults played Capture the Flag.  Then we competed (for the best/least time) on going through an obstacle course.  This competition involved not only running, but also golfing skill with a foam noodle for a club, going-down- the-huge slide skill, balancing skill on cement retaining wall, skipping through different loop made by twisty garden hose, jumping over recycling bins, and basketball skill.  The kids did really well (that meant no injuries).  Some adults also had fun trying (my hubby in particular).  In fact, he got the best time over all even with a limping foot (he hurt his ankle during a basketball game on Friday at work).  Both young and old participants had tons of fun.  The spectators also had a great time cheering and laughing.

Then it’s "present time."  My daughter received many nice (useful) gifts.  She was very thankful and glad.  She told me later that the gifts from us are her favorite ones.  We gave her a complete set (8) of Millie Keith books (a Life of Faith series–my daughter’s favorite series).  We also gave her a cool waste basket full of goodies (sandals, hair accessories, candy bowl filled with a variety of chocolates, and a walnut picture frame with her beautiful picture inside).  On the picture frame I put her name on the bottom and the phrase "A Life of Faith" on the top.  I also made a special scrapbook for her.  On the front cover, I used gold letterings to say this: A Life of Faith (on the top), starring (in the middle), my daughter’s full name (at the bottom).  I just wanted to do something special for her because she’s very special to us.  And she is indeed living a life of faith!
After the "present time," we had chocolate cake truffle, ice cream, watermelon, and the big hit: dirt dessert (using Oreo cookies’ crumbs, not real dirt) with worms (gummy worms).  It looked yucky but it tasted yummy!
Wow…what a Double Delight Party!  My daughter thanked us for the best birthday party and gifts she’s ever had (she feels this way every year).  Hmmm…this one is going to be tough to top :) .  I don’t dare dreaming about what a Triple Terrific Party would be like!  Well, it’s the thought that counts, right?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Everyday Is Special Because of Him (My Husband)!

Today is my sweetheart’s 38th birthday.  He still looks 18!  No kidding.  He is amazing in so manyyyyyyy ways (not just the incredibly young & handsome look). He doesn’t make a big deal about his birthday or any holidays for that matter.  It’s another day that the Lord has made (Psalm 118:24).  He makes everyday special for all of us just by being himself.  I even said to him once today that it’s his birthday but somehow I felt like it’s my birthday, too.  He always puts God first and family second.  He is truly "a man after God’s own heart." 

My husband is my hero of faith and integrity!  He may not be famous and he has not changed the world (yet), but he is a real hero in our eyes.  His love for God is real.  His desire to please and honor God is real.  His passion to reach the lost for God’s kingdom is real.  His personal relationship with Jesus is real.  His reverence for our Holy God is real.  His obedience to God is real.  His pursuit of memorizing, studying, and understanding God’s Word is real.   His zeal for Godliness is real.  His compassion for others is real.  He breathes and lives what he preaches (he’s not a preacher by profession, but he loves to talk about God and the Bible).  "But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds." Psalm 73:28–That’s my hubby.  He is also the most giving/generous man I’ve ever known.  His thought is this, "Whom have I in heaven but You?  And earth has nothing I desire besides You." (Psalm 73:25)  Today the sermon at church was about us (Christians) being salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16).  Well, I think my husband is very salty and very bright, indeed :) .

When I read the following Bible verses, I think of my hero hubby.
"The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.  The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip." Psalm 37:30-31  My husband is a wise, just, and righteous man.

"The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him." Proverbs 20:7  Our children are especially blessed!  And I am a very blessed wife!
In addition, my husband is a prayer warrior, a cheerful giver, a humble servant of Christ, a loving & faithful husband, a superb daddy, a Godly leader, a hard-working provider, a strong & capable protector, a talented piano player and composer, a judicious civil engineer, a kind & trustworthy gentleman, an excellent sportsman (basketball, baseball, ping-pong, golfing, soccer, etc.), a hard-to-beat chess player, an intelligent debater, a witty & funny entertainer, a natural linguist, an extremely honest man, a terrific tea & coffee maker, a daring juggler (juggling mangoes, eggs, and such) and lots…lots more.  Did I mention that he’s amazing?  He’s by no means "perfect."  He’s just our real, amazing hero!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Our Budding Song Writer

Our 7 year old son, Josiah, wrote his first song today.  He has such a passion for reaching the world for God!  I wish you all could hear him sing his song.

         This world lies in darkness.
         God, You are the only One who can turn this world
         from its wicked ways.
         Let the unreached know that You are with them
         Let them know that You'll comfort and protect them…
         for You are the only One who can turn this world
         from its wicked ways
         from its wicked ways
         from its wicked ways
         from its wicked ways.