I'm very grateful that Joash is learning well in school despite not having me around to supervise his academic growth for the last few months. There were times when he would proudly show off to me his new skills, be it a new song or a new Chinese word learnt.
Today, he carried the big magnetic writing board into my room and eagerly demonstrated his writing skill. I had no idea what he was going to write but I could soon guess when I recognized a well written 'J' and 'o'. Somehow, he had the most trouble remembering how to write the letter 'a'. They turned out like the letters 'p' or 'c'. But after some prompting from me, he could spell out his name: Joash Low. I could already see his in-born perfectionistic streak in the numerous times he erased the entire board simply because the letter 'o' was not round enough or the letter 's' was too high up or too big. He even explained carefully to me why they were not good enough before erasing them.
5 minutes later, he got bored (as I kind of expected) and started drawing a train, some thunder clouds complete with rain, a bright shining sun, a rainbow and used the shape stamp to create stars in the sky. He didn't know how to draw a crescent moon though...
Such a pity that I did not take a picture of his scribbling. Next time perhaps. *grin*
I thank God for Jayna's growth in the past half a year. Although she is still rather whiny and wants to be carried pretty often, she has picked up some of Joash's cheeky and cheerful personality, albeit not as hyperactive as him. She is now able to verbalize her needs and wants better instead of constantly spinning into a whirlwind of uncontrollable emotions and crying. That said, it can still be very frustrating when she chooses to whine instead of telling us what she wants when she actually speaks so much better than Joash at the same age. All we can do sometimes is to patiently remind her to talk properly and pray that God will help her learn to take charge of her emotions as she grows older.
Last week I upgraded her wardrobe, a task long overdue since her rompers were bursting at their seams and her dresses could no longer cover her bottom adequately. When she started wearing the "new" dresses (They're actually hand-me-downs but are new in relation to her) I realized suddenly that she has lost the baby look and is now a respectable toddler. I pray that she'll be a loving and responsible older sister to the coming sibling just as Joash has been a wonderful brother to her. *beam*
I really love my church cell group! Even though, we don't have very many dynamic activities, detailed and in-depth bible studies and our meetings are often fluid and chaotic with the numerous children amidst us (Yes, we're very fruitful... Literally!), we do show Christ-like love in action apart from praying for one another.
For the past many weeks, I have CG ladies coming down to help me get lunch and do my laundry. They make personal sacrifices to arrange for alternative childcare or lug their children along so that they can take turns to bless me each day. Their company also does wonders in boosting my spirits while I press on in my personal suffering. I'm so grateful for their help and I am sure they'll reap their reward bountifully in heaven!
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”