Family, Marriage, Motherhood, Parenting

Miracle – faith journey in becoming a mom 

When modern science & medicine say it’s impossible, nothing is impossble for Him. She (the author) is a mother of 2 biological children now. 

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Education, Family, Kids/Children

My son – the big brother

Mrs Eio is grateful to have Em around to help her take care of El. This is especially true when Mr Eio works overtime or is overseas. 

Disclaimer: To be frank kids being kids, they still bicker, quarrel & fight among themselves.. but there are days, they are simply loving. 😘lol. 

As a SAHM, there are things that she looked forward to…

Eio kids playing harmoniously together.. 

Cooking together…

Having outdoor fun together… 

Couple of months ago, Eio kids were instructed to do their Quiet Time before bed time. Mrs Eio is amused to hear Em leading his sister in prayer. He read this prayer bookmark (picture below) aloud. Word for word! El repeated after him. When they are done, they proceeded to reading. Mrs Eio was so touched that she wanna cry. Anyway… she had a good shower that night. 

This is a “prayer corner” (photo below) set up beside their bed. Not well “decorated” but serves its purpose. Ultimate aim to for them to “self-service” if they need prayer guides. 

There are days Em will do flash cards with El.

Mrs Eio thinks it starts with the parents reading with the kids. Then the older child picks up reading habits & read to the younger sibling. Frankly, Mrs Eio never once ask Em to read to El or do flash cards with her. It’s his own initiatives. Thankful…🙌🏻

Em reading to El… there are days Em read to El in the room & the house is just so quiet while Mrs Eio is preparing dinner. One important thing to note is that they must be within mommy’s sight. Mrs Eio will instruct them to read in the living room where she can see them while preparing meals in the kitchen. If Mrs Eio is bathing or in the toilet, she must be able to hear what they are doing & she will call El to report to her in the bathroom about their progress! 

Lo & behold… after Em goes to primary one & sits for tests after tests… he came to Mrs Eio with a test script one evening & said El failed the test!!! Mrs Eio wondered what happened?!?!! Em set a test paper for El & guide her to complete the questions. For goodness sake! If El can do all these questions correctly, Mrs Eio will sure progress her from pre-school to primary one!! Haha. 

Well… there are good & bad days. Look forward to the good days & the bad days will be insignificant. A grateful heart is what it needs she guessed. 

Mrs Eio is thankful for his son- the big brother! – With love. ❤️️

Family, Kids/Children

九月… My September 

漫长、沉重的九月,带给我们震撼、彷徨、心酸和希望。

一个月前的车祸几乎夺走了家翁的性命。感恩他活了下来,希望他一天过得比一天好,慈爱的天父会看护他并赐给他平安喜乐!  就像圣经里诗篇121:6- 8, “ 白 日 , 太 阳 必 不 伤 你 ; 夜 间 , 月 亮 必 不 害 你 。耶 和 华 要 保 护 你 , 免 受 一 切 的 灾 害 ; 他 要 保 护 你 的 性 命 。你 出 你 入 , 耶 和 华 要 保 护 你 , 从 今 时 直 到 永 远 。”

以下是孩子们为家翁(孩子们的祖父)所制作的大卡片。这已经贴在医院病房好几周了。希望他早日康复,能记得他们(孩子们)是谁。多数的字是凯宝贝写的!

 
倘若我能许个愿望,我希望时间能在此刻停止。 许多人的生活都恢复正常了, 但是对我家翁、家婆、先生、孩子们、小叔而言,一切都变了样。许多亲戚朋友的扶持令我们感动。一些人无视于我们所面对的考验,只说他们想说的…我们坦然面对。 也罢… 这个地球不只是为我们而转动。

这个九月, 我们学了许多许多。孩子们的单纯点燃了希望。他们在家里做家务,尽量减轻我的负担。就算他们生病了也不给我添麻烦。我还能奢求什么?

  
曾几何时,我是哭着睡着的,醒来了第一件事还是哭。孩子们说:“阿公说这个游戏是这样玩的!” “以前阿公会载我们到医院做体检…”听到这些,我又哭了!

先生的坚强、理智、临危不乱,是我由衷佩服的。家翁出事后那几天,多美味的饭菜都淡而无味。当我还在痛哭,认为一切都很不真实时,他心中已经盘算了许多… 他的眼眶是翻红湿润的,但神仿佛给了他神力和安慰… 他的心是坚定的,思维是清晰的。

  

许多许多不知如何启齿… 宣宝贝两星期内被扎针4次 。我的心好疼。她会变得更勇敢和坚强。

我好累!我想这是正常反应。我好想把手机关了几天不和人联系。反正每个人的日子还不是照常地过。

十月会更好、更美、更灿烂、更蒙恩多福!我是凭着信心这样祈求的…

哥林多後書 5:7 , “因我们行事为人是凭着信心,不是凭着眼见。”- 圣经

Education, Family, Kids/Children, Little Kitchen Helper

Little kitchen helper: Eio Kids make egg burgers

Mrs Eio is starting a new category in her blog- Little kitchen helper. 

Practical Reason: some of her SAHM or mommies friends are asking what she does with her kids at home? How she get them to help to prepare their lunch or dinner? What exactly Eio kids do when they help to prepare meals? 

Here’s some photos & descriptions for easier references. Just sharing some ideas. She’s sure many mommies are doing similar stuff or even better job out there!👍

Please note that most of the photos are back dated as Mrs Eio didn’t really take photos recently when the kids help out. Will try to make an effort to take photos if possible. 😁

  

Why does Mrs Eio need helpers in her kitchen? Very practical reasons again! 

  1. It’s a life skill they need to learn. Just like some parents think learning how to swim is important. 😊
  2. It’s educational. Eggs are not scrambled, poached, fried or sunny side up. There’s egg white & yolk too. Lol. 
  3. Instead of them playing & starting to get bored… bickering around evening time… Come on! Do something constructive with/for mommy & the family! 
  4. Kids to learn the process & be appreciative. If Eio kids ever question their mommy why cook this dish today or gets bored with certain dish. OK! DIY!!! After the kids started helping in the kitchen, they can better understand it really takes effort for mommy to prepare a meal for them!
  5. Eio kids like to help in the kitchen. They like to stand around to see how Mrs Eio prepare a meal. Aiyoh! Don’t stand around. Help out lah! 

  
There’s couple of “things to note” before getting the little helpers to help in the kitchen.

7 key pointers for mommies: 

  • The task assigned must be age appropriate! You can’t expect a 2 years old to fry an egg?!?!? Probably learn how to crack an egg is more age appropriate.
  • Starts with small & simple tasks. Please refrain from getting the little helpers to do complicated tasks when they are asked to help for the first time round. There’s a possibility of them messing things up. If mommy starts to get upset due to the mess, they get discouraged. 
  • Set rules & boundaries. Be clear with your instructions. Hello! They are kids! There’s stove, knives (dangerous items) etc in the  kitchen. You really want the kids to know this is not a playground right from the start! Especially if you have more than 1 little helper! 
  • Avoid wastage & unnecessary “volcano eruption”(getting upset). Eg. You may wanna scoop out the pasta sauce or put some ingredients into bowls to avoid the little helpers from spilling the entire can of sauce or messing up all the ingredients. 
  • Preparations needed depending on what you are getting the kids to help you in. Eg. Stools if your kids can’t reach the table top. Cutleries that’s suitable for kids’ use etc. 
  • Provide compliments & affirmation when you see job well done or good behaviors. Practice makes perfect. The more the kids do, it’ll get better. 
  • Last but not least, adult supervision is absolutely required!!! They are little helpers. Not adults. It’s important to teach them how to use a plastic knife & supervise how they do the task. 

    
Egg burgers

As you can see the Eio kids crack eggs & add the sesame oil, salt & pepper to the egg. Beat the eggs. But Mrs Eio did not let them fry the eggs then as they were already very hungry. As of now, both kids can crack an egg. Em can crack it beautifully without breaking the yolk most of the time. El is still trying to attain that standard. 

 Making burger… Spread butter… Add tomatoes, eggs etc. 

   
Eat lah! Yummy! 

From level of difficulty 1-5, 1 being easiest. This kind of preparation is considered level 1. Easy for both their age. For el perhaps it’s 1.5.. But still, very safe & easy to manage. 😊

 
Frankly speaking, when these little kitchen helpers prepare their meals, they tends to finish everything. Lol. 

Enjoy…😄

Education, Family, Kids/Children

Singapore Maritime Gallery (Eios 3-part Marina excursion)

Eios 3-part Marina excursion includes gardens by the bay, Marina barrage & Singapore Maritime Gallery. If you are looking for an educational & less crowded place to bring the kids, welcome to the Singapore Maritime Gallery. 

  
A place with various experiential zones. Parking car could be longer than usual as there’s limited lots but it’s worth the wait as the Eios had the gallery all for themselves last school holiday. 

 

Interactive screen to find out things that Singapore imports (ship in) from other countries. 

  

Learn about how Singapore’s port develops over the years. 

 

Viewing the exhibits.    

Do they know what they are doing??
  

Ring the bell!! Em can’t reach it. Lol. 

  
  

Beautiful view of the port.  

  
  

This is the most fun part for the kids. 

  

What do you want to be when u grow up?    

You may email the photos to yourself. 

   

Touch screen activities. 
 

A place worth bringing kids to. Discover Singapore’s Maritime story… 

Check it out: http://maritimegallery.sg