Thursday, December 30, 2010


For there is no friend like a sister

In calm or stormy weather;

To cheer one on the tedious way,

To fetch one if one goes astray,

To lift one if one totters down,

To strengthen whilst one stands.

From Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

to be a child

Know you what it is to be a child?
It is to be something very different from the man of today.
It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism;
it is to believe in love,
to believe in loveliness,
to believe in belief;
it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear;
it is to turn pumpkins into coaches,
and mice into horses,
lowness into loftiness,
and nothing into everything,
for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul.

Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

Monday, December 27, 2010

B's story

Once upon a time, in a faraway Kingdom, the prince invited all the ladies to a royal ball. One of the girls was named Cerise, and she was ready to go to the ball. At the ball, the prince was ready for the ball. When Cerise arrived, he was dazzled. Another guest came and she was much prettier than her. The prince was even more dazzled. And so he danced with her. And it was arranged that the prince would marry the mysterious guest. Cerise was watching the lady's every move and found out that she was going to destroy the castle! She tried to warn the prince but he would not listen. So because she knew karate she managed to stop her. She brought the lady to the prince and had her arrested. So the prince married Cerise. This story tells you if you do suspect, stop the crime. The end.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

rejoice today

Jesus really got it right when He said, "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:3). How wonderful to live life with child-like faith and simplicity, seizing each moment of each day with passion and exultation. I wonder, when did we outgrow that? Now it has to be a conscious decision -- a deliberate, continual choice to live joyfully, and in the moment. Psalm 118 says "THIS is the day the LORD has made" -- not yesterday or tomorrow, and -- "Let us REJOICE and BE GLAD in it".

It's strange how our minds dwell on the past, or jump ahead into the future -- often with great negativity -- when right NOW is the only time we can be sure of. We put off living, and the present slips away -- wasted -- and is gone forever.

This reminds me of Canadian physician Sir William Osler's address to students at Yale University in 1913 -- he told them to live in "day-tight compartments", similar to the water-tight compartments that keep ships afloat (remember Titanic?). Osler urged that "you so learn to control the machinery as to live with 'day-tight compartments' as the most certain way to ensure safety on the voyage... Touch a button and hear, at every level of your life, the iron doors shutting out the Past -- the dead yesterdays. Touch another and shut off, with a metal curtain, the Future -- the unborn tomorrows. Then you are safe -- safe for today! Shut off the past! Let the dead past bury its dead... The load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes the strongest falter. Shut off the future as tightly as the past... The day of man's salvation is now" (Way of Life, William Osler).

"Live neither in the past nor in the future," Dr Osler said, "but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well".

Dr Osler also had a beautiful poem written by the classical Sanskrit writer Kālidāsa on his desk called Salutation to the Dawn:

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life,
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of beauty,
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow only a vision,
But today well lived makes every yesterday
a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.

So again, THIS is the day the LORD has made, let us REJOICE and BE GLAD IN IT!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

B's words of wisdom

"Think of 'what if' thoughts like what you get in Gmail. The email might be 'what if the house burns down?'. Just delete it. Then go into the Bin folder and delete it forever. And if you keep getting those sort of emails, just tell the person not to send anymore or you'll be furious!"

B's story

Once upon a time, a princess named Ruby was playing in the garden. It began to rain! She looked up into the sky and realised the rain was actually pearls! She gathered some of them and went back to the castle. The queen was surprised to hear it actually rained pearls! The next day, Princess Ruby was reading a book about a girl who had seen the sky raining pearls! As she read on, she found out that this was called "lucky rain". The more she read on, the more she found out about it! And she also found that the more she collected the pearls, the more luck in her life there will be! One day she was really lucky! She won a gold medal in the Olympics! And a lot of great things happened in her life! So if you look carefully enough, you can be like Princess Ruby too! The End.

Monday, November 1, 2010

mom story

Irene at BloesemKids was SO sweet as to feature me in her super cool column "Mom Stories". BloesemKids is a beautiful blog for design-conscious parents, which includes finds, and crafting and cooking features. Thanks so much Irene!

{KID} independent

Wow, I just learnt of this cool site -- {KID} independent!

It's chock-full of indie goodness for kids and moms, and they were so kind as to feature Sailor Ghost! What an honour :))

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Christ Notes

Some time ago, a lovely lady I got to know via Flickr introduced me to Christ Notes. The cool thing about the site is that it has a "Daily Bible Verse", as well as "Weekly Wisdom". You can even sign up to have these emailed to you regularly (but for some reason, it's not working for me and so I have to keep visiting the site). This week's "Weekly Wisdom" is great -- press on everyone!

If God took you to it, He'll get you through it

Exodus 14 records the story of how the Hebrews escaped from bondage and slavery in Egypt. On their way out of Egypt, they camped in the desert near the Red Sea. They thought God was leading them out of Egypt. However, Pharaoh led the Egyptian army to where the Israelites were, and he trapped them against the sea. The Israelites must have felt betrayed by God, for it looked as though he didn't follow through on his plan to lead the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. But God was faithful to his word -- he didn't let his people down. He led them through the Red Sea and delivered on his promises.

You have probably faced times when you thought that you could never do something, never complete a particular task, or never make it to the finish. However, if God has promised you something, then you can be confident that God will get you through the difficult times in order to bring about his promise.

This is true in Joseph's life. God took him through years of pain and suffering for an ultimate benefit; Joseph realizes this and, in Genesis 50:20, says, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." God had a bigger plan for Joseph's life, and God didn't let him down. God led Joseph through his struggles.

This principle is also true in your life. Even though you may be going through extremely painful times, do not fear for God will get you through the hard times you face (see Psalm 23:4). If God took you to it, He'll get you through it.

From Christ Notes' Weekly Wisdom

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I read this not too long ago; in the book in which it was quoted, it said the author was anonymous, but I've since found out it's attributed to the late Nadine Stair, who wrote it when she was 85:

If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax. I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances. I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles, but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I've had my moments and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

* * * * * * *

The part that especially struck me was that she said she would choose to have nothing else but "moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day".

I was walking Kip today, enjoying the serenity of the evening and the fact that I was actually living in the moment, with my thoughts actually dwelling in the now, when it seemed to me that that is what a content life is -- living moments, and not some grandiose, hypothetically endless affair in which one continually plays centre stage. Just moments to be fully experienced as they happen, without pointless reasonings, analyses, and fearful what-if type imaginings. Just moments, experienced with gratitude and a conscious focusing on one's blessings.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

B's poem

While (finally) tidying up B's room today, I find this:

Through the year our hair will grow,
But one day the hair will go.
You will have to go to Primary One,
And that will be the end of fun!
* * * * * * *

I also find this:

memo to Dollyland Animal Palace Staff

My doll company is called Magical Letters, and is the most popular company in Dollyland! With the power of Magical Letters to design a webshow titled: "The Life of Hers", it's a show where I show what I do every day and where we are, and how we began to create this show! (with the help of Magical Letters).

Note to all Dollyland Animal Palace Staff.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

B's cryptic remarks

"God is the umbrella protecting us from Satan's rain (reign?)".

And yesterday: "Praying for crabs makes me sweat".

Sunday, September 12, 2010

in which we are crabby

While at the supermarket today, B and R decided we must rescue the crabs. Now I've always felt terrible for those poor creatures, because their claws are all bound up so tight against their bodies, and they're just dumped all over each other in some huge tub. Crabs are usually killed by being frozen, stabbed or steamed alive. Just thinking of that, and seeing them suffering in the stores, is enough to make me not want to eat them at all; I imagine more people would stop eating meat if they actually saw the cow or pig or lamb they were eating while it was still alive, and then being killed. I don't think many people stop to think of their steak once being a sentient, intelligent, even affectionate, cow whose life was a misery from tiny pen to slaughterhouse.

Unfortunately, I did not think I could afford the entire tub of crabs (well I'd never bought crabs before and only had some hazy notion that in the restaurants they're expensive). So we picked the two that had "spoken" to B (especially the one who could not right himself up). It was something of an exertion for me to pick the two crabs up, put them in the bags, pay for them with my other groceries, and get them home -- I was just so petrified of somehow hurting them.

And then, after I got them home, I realised I didn't know much about them at all. For example, I learnt that these particular crabs are cannibalistic in nature, and so hurried back down to separate them (I had cut off all their bindings). Seeing them stretch their legs after being freed made the girls and I very happy. We decided we'd wait till it was evening before releasing them in the river, having come to some vague conclusion that we'd have to do it surreptitiously because there are always crazed crab-hungry people hanging around.

And that's what we did. When it got dark, we brought them to the river -- in a pram no less -- and released them. B insisted we pray for them, which we did. Now of course there's every chance of them being caught again within ten minutes by those crazed people, but we like to think there's also as much chance of them having a real chance at a proper happy crab life. Well, I'm glad anyway to have perhaps given them at least a moment of joy, and also -- perhaps more importantly -- to have encouraged the mercy and compassion my kids have for their fellow creatures.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Along with hiccups, biting the inside of one's mouth, and sneezing more than twice in a row, stubbing one's little toe against furniture has got to be one of those little everyday physical thingies which are just plain irritating but which we need to learn to cheerfully laugh off.

what time I am afraid...

... I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in [God].

By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. (Ps 56:3-4)

I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.

He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.

And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.

Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who makes the Lord his refuge and trust, and turns not to the proud or to followers of false gods. (Ps 40:1-4)

BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits--

Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle's [strong, overcoming, soaring]! (Ps 103:1-5)

PRAISE THE LORD! He has delivered me YET AGAIN! Yes yes yes -- what time I am afraid, I WILL remember His wondrous goodness and loving-kindness to me, and His faithfulness to deliver me!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

B's latest composition

To be sung to a "soft, gentle melody":

Decorations, and celebrations
Represent every nation (2 times)

Festivities, and activities
Made for one and all

Decorations, and celebrations
Represent every nation (2 times)

Decorations for different celebrations
Made for one and all

Monday, September 6, 2010

one day at a time

One day at a time sweet Jesus
That's all I'm asking from you
Just give me the strength
To do everyday what I have to do
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Lord help me today, show me the way
One day at a time.

(One day at a time, sweet Jesus; Marijohn Wilkins/Kris Kristofferson)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

facing fear

The past week was so challenging for me to say the least. I prayed and prayed throughout each and every day for God to help me overcome the spirit of fear, and to remind me that He is faithful to deliver. Indeed, when I look over my life I do see how God is faithful and merciful to me without fail, and how abundantly blessed I am, but I guess it's a human weakness, or my weakness, to forget that and panic whenever life throws out something apparently negative. But everything in life is subject to change, everything except God.

As I grow older, I find I have to come to terms with my frail human frame and my mortality. We have a vague notion of it when we are young, we think we are not afraid, but in actuality we never truly accept that we are not invincible. Then one day we are middle-aged and we gradually realise that we are subject to decay, and that our joy has to come from God and from within, and not be reliant on the external world or circumstances. The importance of truly living in the now, living each day to its fullest, suddenly becomes clearer than it has ever been. Yet it's strange, or sad, how, as I come to grasp this truth, I also seem to have become more anxious, more worried, than I ever was in my "younger days".

But as Jesus said, "... stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?" (Matt 6:25-27, Amplified Bible)

Like any frail human however, I am still miserably subject to my worries and fears, despite the fact that I know that God is my omniscient, omnipotent, all-powerful, Almighty father, that He is always with me, that He is my hope, my strength and my deliverer. I see that I need to more than just know this -- I need to know that I know that I know. It's like a muscle that I need to exercise regularly, a habit I have to build up, till one day I find that it is truly natural and instinctive in me to truly "cast my cares" on Him, and confidently trust to His mercy, goodness and love. I need to accept too, that no one is in control of their life, but that it is enough to know the One Who is. And in order to know God, we have to spend time with him, LOTS of time, and do our best to live our lives according to His commandments, for "the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" (Galatians 5:6).

And so, as happens when we are panicky and fearful, I prayed and prayed with all my might, with heart and soul as bared as they could be. I prayed for strength and for deliverance, and I also prayed for comfort -- and in the midst of my distress, I suddenly did hear that "still, small voice". It said, "Psalm 56". (Now I must admit I've never been much of a psalm reader, and beyond the obvious ones like the 23rd, I don't know them very much at all (there are 150??). So really, hearing "Psalm 56" was like something just sort of dropping out of the sky. I even paused and asked, "Did you say Psalm 56 or 53?". Which was when I actually saw, in a visual way, the words "Psalm 56". So of course I'm like, okaaay... I'll go read that. And I'm so so glad I did:

BE MERCIFUL and gracious to me, O God, for man would trample me or devour me; all the day long the adversary oppresses me.

2They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up or trample me all day long, for they are many who fight against me, O Most High!

3What time I am afraid, I will have confidence in and put my trust and reliance in You.

4By [the help of] God I will praise His word; on God I lean, rely, and confidently put my trust; I will not fear. What can man, who is flesh, do to me?

5All day long they twist my words and trouble my affairs; all their thoughts are against me for evil and my hurt.

6They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they watch my steps, even as they have [expectantly] waited for my life.

7They think to escape with iniquity, and shall they? In Your indignation bring down the peoples, O God.

8You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle -- are they not in Your book?

9Then shall my enemies turn back in the day that I cry out; this I know, for God is for me.

10In God, Whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose word I praise,

11In God have I put my trust and confident reliance; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

12Your vows are upon me, O God; I will render praise to You and give You thank offerings.

13For You have delivered my life from death, yes, and my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life and of the living.

I cannot begin to describe how much this uplifted me, reassured me, helped me to press on, to "do it afraid" -- reminded me that YES! God IS faithful to deliver. And it's true -- HE DID DELIVER ME YET AGAIN. O Lord, help me to remember this every time I must confront my fears, remembering as David did when he had to confront Goliath, how in the past the Lord had helped him slay a lion and bear.

And even now, as I still struggle with my fearful thoughts, I will declare, "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

B's poem

In the ocean blue,
Sea creatures we welcome you!
And as you grant our wishes,
We award you with treats delicious
So in the ocean blue,
Sea creatures we welcome you!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

first haircut

After being told by several people, and then finally the vet, that Kip's hair was "kinda long", I started seriously looking around for a decent groomer. Which was when I learned that the reputable ones I might maybe perhaps trust were a) really really far from where I live and b) cost a mint.

So -- lightbulb moment -- I decided to trim her myself. The thing is, I never had a problem with Kip's scruffy look; I actually like her like that. And I've always been pretty conscientious about keeping her clean and brushed, so she doesn't have any mats or skin issues. But I had to agree with the vet that giving her a trim would cut down the increasing tangles, and help her keep cooler and drier.

Me? Too long?

No look, really?

Sigh, ok, if you say so.

And so me, who had only ever had to deal with Labrador/Alsatian/Beagle types in the past (read super easy grooming issues), got myself a dog trimmer.

This is what we ended up with:

While certainly not professional-groomy-perfect, I think it's okaaay, and I have to admit she looks neater and cooler (in the less warm sense). Well practise makes perfect they say (and saving 100 bucks each time certainly doesn't hurt)!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tam and Nine

A postcard perhaps?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

R and Tamsin discuss what to play next.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

a pure heart

"See now that ye love one another" (1 Peter 1:22). Obviously, this love is not a wild plant that will grow of itself. It is there in the heart by a divine planting, but it must be cultivated... The human heart must be cultivated; we must work on it. We must pray, search the Word, obey, believe and humble ourselves, opening our minds to the incoming Holy Ghost so that we might cultivate and see that we love one another.

How? "With a pure heart." No other kind of heart can love purely; because for the heart to love purely it must love unselfishly. Unselfish love does not exploit its object and it does not ask anything in return. That is so lofty that the modern world knows little or nothing about it.

This true love is to be demonstrated "fervently." God hates everything that is halfway. He hates half-minded people... "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways" (Jas 1:8)...

Then Peter talks about being lukewarm. Is a bottle half full of something or half empty? Is lukewarm water half warm or half cold? Is a half Christian a half sinner and half Christian? I do not know, but I do know this: God will sweep the whole business out together. He will have nothing to do with half stuff. Did He say we are to be full unto the half fullness of God? Never. For God to say a thing like that, He would not be God. Filled unto the fullness of God, He said, not unto the half fullness. God has nothing to do with half-full things. He gives us a whole day, not a half day; He gives us a whole personality, not a half personality; a whole mind, not a half mind; a whole salvation, not a half salvation. And He expects our love to be a whole love, fervent and not half cold. "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (Rev. 3:16).

Think it over. See that you have purified your soul by believing the truth through the Spirit unto one thing, love of the brethren. See to it that love goes to work and you really do love each other fervently out of a pure heart.

(A.W. Tozer, Living As A Christian -- Teachings from First Peter)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

R does not think Meg should go to a new home.


Custom order. Intriguing green fabric with rain cloud.

Monday, June 28, 2010

R and her new Roro


Father in Heaven who lovest all,
Oh, help Thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.

Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and careful truth;
That, in our time, Thy Grace may give
The Truth whereby the Nations live.

Teach us to rule ourselves alway,
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.

Teach us to look in all our ends
On Thee for judge, and not our friends;
That we, with Thee, may walk uncowed
By fear or favour of the crowd.

Teach us the Strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak;
That, under Thee, we may possess
Man's strength to comfort man's distress.

Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

(From Rudyard Kipling's The Children's Song)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The only kid in ballet class with a winged heart on her head.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

So B finally cut her hair. About 5 or 6 inches' worth. But no one noticed.

Monday, June 21, 2010


R and her Sailor Ghost.
(You can have your own Sailor Ghost here)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

cryptic, profound truth

Today while waiting outside the supermarket with B, we see a little girl about 4 years old playing with the ATM there. I say to B, "Look, that little girl is doing what you and R like to do -- pressing buttons like crazy".

And B replies, "That's the point of kids".

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

And now R wants to keep Tig. (I said no). (For now).
(The adorable top is from a lovely lady at Ginger Ale Shop)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tig goes for a walk

He's always up for adventure :)
(Available here)

do a dance of joy

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matt 18:1-3).

not bad for a 2-year-old

Masterly painting technique and choice of colours :)

Thursday, June 10, 2010


There was this tiger who woke up one morning and just felt great. He just felt so good, he went out and cornered a small monkey and roared at him: "WHO IS THE MIGHTIEST OF ALL THE JUNGLE ANIMALS?"

The poor quaking little monkey replied: "You are of course -- no one is mightier than you."

A little while later this tiger confronts a deer, and just bellows out: "WHO IS THE GREATEST AND STRONGEST OF ALL THE JUNGLE ANIMALS?"

The deer is shaking so hard it can barely speak, but manages to stammer: "O great tiger, you are by far the mightiest animal in the jungle."

The tiger, being on a roll, swaggered on up to an elephant who was quietly munching on some weeds, and roared at the top of his voice: "WHO IS THE MIGHTIEST OF ALL THE ANIMALS IN THE JUNGLE?"

Well, this elephant grabs the tiger with his trunk, picks him up, slams him down; picks him up again, and shakes him until the tiger is just a blur of orange and black, and finally throws him violently into a nearby tree.

The tiger staggers to his feet and looks at the elephant and says: "Man, just because you don't know the answer, you don't have to get so mad".

This fellow makes me really happy -- he has such a good attitude, he's so cheerful. He's all the childish joyousness of parties, carnivals and fun fairs :)
(Tiggy is available here)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting some fresh air. In the shop now.

B has decided she doesn't want to cut her hair. For now.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

sailor ghost

I love anything nautical. And striped. And smiling.
(Sailor Ghost is available here)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Several googly-eyed Roros get ready for their new owners.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"it shall be life"

Thus, if there are afflictions, there are also comforts: great consolations, great chastisements. There is a comforter, and there is a chastener. Every man must taste of death: every man must taste of life. It shall not be all bitter nor all sweet for any. It shall be life. The unseen ministers of a stupendous equity have their eyes and their hands about every man’s portion; ‘as it is written, he that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack.’

It is the same earth for all; the same earth for the dead, great and small; dust to dust. The same earth for the living. ‘Thorns, also, and thistles shall it bring forth,’ and God provides the flowers too.

(J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Wylder's Hand)

Friday, May 21, 2010

~* the shop is up! *~

The Bikbik & Roro shop is up! Well, the skeleton of it is anyway (technicalities sure are a chore). With God's help it shall be officially open in the next few days (weeks?), with a few Bikbiks and Roros :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mrs Harriet Maybell-Winthrop

OK, I don't really know her name. But wasn't she a beauty?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

having a great life

The other day a nice customer service lady at one of the major clothing companies was emailing me about my order, and in closing she wrote the usual, "Hope you're having a great weekend".

It was a routine, standard courtesy and I don't think she expected any response from me, but on the spur of the moment I decided to write this back:

"YES, I am having a great weekend really. I've been enjoying myself with my kids, spending so much fun time with them, shopping, eating well, and then having a lovely peaceful home to return to to rest and relax. I am so blessed!

I realise as I get older that it really boils down to one's attitude, doesn't it. like, you could choose to fixate on something that you think isn't right in your life and let that get you down, or you can choose to rise above it and be grateful for all the blessings you do have.

more and more I see that it is wasteful to think that you'd be happy when such and such happens.. like you'll be happy when your knee stops aching or when you've gotten or done whatever.. you have to choose to be happy NOW, whatever your circumstances, and not waste any time worrying or fretting about the future or what you cannot change.. being happy and content really has to be a conscious choice one makes".

I apologised if that was too much information, but explained that I had been contemplating life a lot lately. Now I didn't expect an
y response from her (except perhaps a mental rolling of the eyes at her end), but this is what she wrote back:

"You are so right. Life is way too short to get caught up in the little things. Thank you for sharing that. I needed to read that and be reminded. It really did make my day".

Honestly, I felt SO happy when I read that. You just never know when, how and to whom you can be a help and a blessing, however small.

Monday, May 17, 2010

latest distraction: cat vomit

Sophie contemplates the results of her sensitive stomach and unnecessarily rushed eating.


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