Saturday, July 26, 2008


I desparately want to do a scrapbook layout! But once I take my materials out...they are going to mess up my dining table and for many days for sure!!!!


Cos I will leave them there. Then ponder for a few days everytime I add something on the layout. I cannot sit still for 2 hours just to do one layout.

Why again?

Interruptions...good interruptions, actually...attending to Jonathan, house chores, emails, et cetera, et cetera.

I'm itching to do one....and I still haven't even finished my "string art" layout! My sisters from Amercia gave me glitter papers from DCWV, a 80 pcs of gel pen set and I itching to use them!!!!

I guess what I'll do is sketch my layout first then I'll know what I want to place what on the cardstock. That will probably speed things up. time!!!!! X-}


Every now and then I get struck by an article by Max Lucado. Here's one:

“He will shield you with his wings. He will shelter you with his feathers.” (Psalm 91:4)
My college friends and I barely escaped a West Texas storm before it pummeled the park where we were spending a Saturday afternoon. As we were leaving, my buddy brought the car to a sudden stop and gestured to a tender sight on the ground. A mother bird sat exposed to the rain, her wing extended over her baby who had fallen out of the nest. The fierce storm prohibited her from returning to the tree, so she covered her child until the wind passed.

From how many winds is God protecting you? His wing, at this moment, shields you. A slanderous critic heading toward your desk is interrupted by a phone call. A burglar en route to your house has a flat tire. A drunk driver runs out of gas before your car passes his. God, your guardian, protects you from

“every trap” {Ps. 91:3};
“the fatal plague” {Ps. 91:3};
“the plague that stalks in darkness” {Ps. 91:6};
“the terrors of the night…the dangers of the day” {Ps. 91:5}.

One translation boldly promises: “Nothing bad will happen to you” {Ps. 91:10 NCV}.
“Then why does it?” someone erupts. “Explain my job transfer. Or the bum who called himself my dad. Or the death of our child.” If God is our guardian, why do bad things happen to us?
Have they? Have bad things really happened to you? You and God may have different definitions for the word bad.

God views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book. When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater. Everyone else gasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you. Why? You’ve read the book. You know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence. He’s not only read your story…he wrote it. His perspective is different, and his purpose is clear.

God uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way. {James 1:2–4}

Trust him. “But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you” {Ps. 56:3}. Join with Isaiah, who resolved, “I will trust in him and not be afraid” {Isa. 12:2}.

God is directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life {Ps. 37:23–24}. In fact, that’s his car pulling over to the side of the road. That’s God opening the door. And that’s you climbing into the passenger seat.

There now, don’t you feel safer knowing he is in control?

From Come Thirsty© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2004) Max Lucado

Friday, July 25, 2008


What does Jonathan do when he WANTS to....

1) be carried by his daddy?
~~ Keeps jutting his butt upwards as a sign that he wants to be carried.

2) wants to listen to music?
~~ Look towards the door of daddy's music room.

3) get our attention?
~~ Keep touching his feeding button until the gauze tears and the button cap opens.

4) take his meal?
~~ Also touch his feeding button...LOL!

5) change his diaper?
~~ Touch the diaper he is wearing.

6) sing a song?
~~ Goes into a falsetto voice (like a soprano singing voice, yet gentle). He will always sing a few lines then stop.

7) when he suddenly feels lonely when we're busy and not paying attention to him?
~~ Start pouting his lips and immediately there will be tears in his eyes.



What does Jonathan do if he DOESN'T WANT to....

1) take an afternoon nap?
~~ Refused to be carried into his room or lie with me on the sofa. He will twist or straighten his body until it's very, very difficult for me to carry him.

2) go out with us?
~~ Straighten and lock his arms and turn and twist his body until it is impossible to change his t-shirt. He will also turn and scoot away from me if he doesn't want to get his bermudas changed until we have to give up and bring out the home clothes.

3) join the school's ECA like Boccia?
~~ Refused to sleep at night. Purposely stay awake until 2am and both of us will be too tired to even go to school.

4) learn his spelling words?
~~ Tells me he already knows how to spell all the words. (Turns out...IT'S TRUE!!! LOL!!!)

5) wait for me to change video clips?
~~ Will keep calling and calling and calling until we do.


So...these are some of the "What Does Jonathan Do..." episodes that I can remember clearly. If more come to mind in the future...I will definitely blog it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Jonathan had the same symptoms again ... I E ...phlegmy, lots of secretion, retching because he couldn't handle the large amount of secretion formed in his throat.

Brought him to GP last night. Spoke to doc about the past attacks and he concluded that it could be the way Jonathan is sitting now, both in the buggy and the wheelchair in the school.

Jonathan is slouching...alot. That presses down on his lungs and causes discomfort. That in turn causes the build-up because he cannot breath properly.

Doc advised me to give him ventolin puff and medication before he goes to school each day. This will help to open up the airways. That will last for about 4 hours.

We didn't go school today. He was tired out. Just as well cos it rained so heavily around 8am. Will start the medical prescription tomorrow. Praying that this will only be temporary.

PT will help me. {I've had enough with otum, who, to my amazement, suggested I solve my own problem (just by the words spoken)}. I'm just thankful PT is here.


I did this for Teacher's Day last year. Superimposed the faces to the ficticious bodies. it was fun and everyone loved them. Since I still had them in my desktop thot I'd just feature them here. It was fun doing them and the teachers, therapists and school staff who were featured here didn't mind it at all!

Saturday, July 19, 2008


During snacktime (recess) on Thursday, Jonathan's classmate, Kelvin, was peeling an orange. Another classmate, Omar, was looking at him, probably asked Kelvin for a slice. This is what I heard:

Kelvin: "You cannot eat. This is not halal (referring to the organge).

Omar kept quiet.

Kelvin: "You cannot eat this. This is not halal. This is MANDARIN orange."

What was my reaction? A big burst of laughter when I related the conversation to Teacher Lay Keong, who later explained to Kelvin what halal meant.

Such an innocent statement that can turn into a joke of the day. It's just so natural. Certainly blew my blues away!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


I've been busy. Really busy. But I'm thankful to the Lord for giving me wisdom again and again to do up a gallery for Scrap-n-Crop. It has taken me months to look at the free software. How to load it up into the webserver. After praying for some time, I finally took the courage, trusting the Lord.

Downloaded the program, unzipped them in my desktop. Then uploaded it all up in the webhost.
Then changed the settings, put the links, uploaded the image files and the final result:


One thing I have to make clear...I didn't design the page of the gallery. It was a template designed by the people of the free gallery program which suited us real fine.

I've learned how to edit html, css, etc. Thanks to Val from SnC who gave me free reign to do everything and anything I needed to do. But ALL glory to God for giving me the wisdom. If not for Him, I wouldn't have know what is MySQL, which was alien to me before.

Thank you Jesus....thank you...

So...the Project Scrap-away is still on. We are now into Week 8! So fast! How did we do it? but check out the CONTEST BLOG. There are loads of things to read and also Mini Challenges for blog readers who can win RAKS (random acts of kindness....scrapbooking materials given free).

It's amazing how when one is put to a test...that the creativity juice just flows. Go to the YOUR ONLINE GALLERY and see all the works that has been created so far by the contestants.


Jonathan has finally hit the big 20 in his weight...Yes....he's 20kg, last checked on 3rd July 2008.

I'm happy that his putting on weight and growing. The last half year saw him lose about 500g and was a little under the growth chart. But dietitian advised us to give him a caloric booster and increased the quantity of milk powder.

So after he started this new diet, he put on weight. I'm thankful.