The eternal truth

You know how with toddlers they will just keep asking why even after you’ve answered the first or second or tenth “why”? I finally got an “ok” to an answer to a “why” last night before bed. Amazing!

The context was that I said “lets pray” and she said “why”. I said “because God wants to talk to us and likes us to talk to Him” and she said “why”. I said “because God loves us and cares for us.” That appeared to settle the matter for her because she said “ok”. First time ever!

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Creche

She still likes going to Creche a lot. These days she nods when I ask whether she likes Sunday School but after Sunday School she said “I want to go to church”, took me a while to figure out that she meant I want to go to creche. To her little mind, those 2 are synonymous.

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Happy Sundays

This weekend Sophia was down with a tummy upset (“tummy egg” to her – hope that doesn’t put her off eggs in the future!) So when she continued sleeping past the time to head to church, I allowed her to till we missed the start of the service. SO I decided to stay with her at Sunday school since she was unwell and extra clingy anyway.

Happily I learnt a few more children’s bible songs since I know woefully few of those. It was also Samantha’s birthday and we had fun eating chicken nuggets and mango roll cake. I like that people at this church are so down to earth. No 3-tier ridiculously professional-looking fondant cake and truffle oil this-and-that. Sophia had fun and of course all the children were happy to bring home a balloon.

Happy Birthday Samantha!

Happy Birthday Samantha!

 

Story and worksheet time seemed extra short that day, perhaps because of the birthday celebration and soon it was time for freeplay! Sophia was the mad scientist that day:

Look at me, I'm Einstein.

Look at me, I’m Einstein.

 

After that I brought her to the basement of Forum where allegedly the Playclub bears and Toybox are performing and art and craft activities are going on. However, when we arrived, we discovered that Toybox was only playing at noon and Playclub bears only at 2pm! Sophia kept pointing at the bears and saying “wait for these to come out”. They never did before we went home because she was getting way too tired. And at the Toybox performance too many tall parents were blocking her view so it wasn’t much fun for her.

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I do hope Sophia will recover from diarrhea soon so that she can enjoy all the things that children enjoy again.

Peace be with you

We went to NEX with Sophia over the weekend and the moment we pu her down, she dashed straight for the manequins and started holding their hands!

Peace be with you

 

And with you too

 

I think she picked it up from church, where we go around greeting everyone around us, shaking hands and spreading the peace.

Also in NEX, there’s this rather large Disney store with lots of soft toys for Sophia to hug.

Mickey

 

Ane I was glad to note that disney themed clothes are no longer bright and gaudy these days but much more tastefully designed. Like that:

Cinderella dress

 

I wouldn’t mind so very much if Sophia were to wear this dress at home or outside.

While we are on the topic of church and hence God, I’m really grateful that God seems to have answered my prayers. I was getting worried that Sophia is showing signs of being a spoilt brat and prayed about it last night. This morning she was already better behaved! No screams or cries the entire morning except for a short while to protest about being placed in the carrier. I hope I don’t jinx myself with this post again!

Christmas service

I attended the Christmas service organized by Cornerstone Community Church on Christmas Day and I must say it reminded me very much of the few services I attended at City Harvest which I didn’t particularly enjoy. I’m not being a pharisee here, just that these charismatic services is not my style. But it was cute to see Seth and Sophia interact. And Sophia had fun playing with the couple behind us too.

Babies in church

Sophia was completely the greedy baby that day. Seth’s mummy offered her a piece of Seth’s organic apple rice cracker and I said there’s no need for her to snack but she went and grabbed the snack container from Seth’s mummy’s bag after she kept it! So she got a piece which she tried to stuff into her mouth in one bite. Then as Seth was taking a walk with his daddy I gave Sophia some of her corn snacks, thinking Seth can have some when he’s back. No such chance. Sophia very quickly demanded piece after piece and finished it all up!

When Seth was back his mummy gave him his cup with 3 pieces of rice crackers and asked him to share. He was reluctant initially and pulled the cup back when Sophia reached out for the crackers. I found this really funny so whipped out my camera to take a shot and guess what my really “smart” daughter did? She took my camera from me, and used it to barter trade for a piece of half eaten cracker! It worked alright. She handed the camera to Seth and Seth handed her the nibbled on cracker which she promptly stuffed into her mouth. What am I to do about this little greedy guts?

Jonah verse 2

Recently I keep stumbling upon references to Jonah. First I stumbled upon a mummy’s blog where the mummy was sharing about a whale craft that she made with her son and how they even included a bible verse in the mouth. She also used the craft items to act out the story of Jonah for her son.

Then in the library for some reason I was attacted to a book about Jonah when picking out baby books for Sophia. It was really cute! Each page had just one picture and a word. It started with a picture of Jonah and God where God said “Go” and in the next picture Jonah said “No”. I can’t remember the ship part but then the fish came along and “gulp” Jonah was swallowed. Then “burp” Jonah was spat out and finally ended with God saying “Go” and Jonah saying “Yes”.

Finally, yesterday, I met someone called Jonah. And S, D’s husband, actually followed up with “like in the fish story” or something like that. So I figured God really wanted me to read Jonah. Which I must confess that I haven’t really studied before. Just like to share this very good verse.

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God.

2 He said: “In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.

3 You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me.

4 I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’

5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head.

6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.

7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.

8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.

9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’”

10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.