Our beloved Zienne turns 9 today. ? It’s funny; the moment I first laid my eyes upon her, my mind automatically raced to the future, and in a millisecond, I wondered what her smile will look like, how her voice will sound like, what idiosyncrasies will she develop. Then when she gets older, I forcibly make my mind focus only on the moments of her birth, longing to remember her scent, the tiny coos of unfamiliarity, her confused gazes to the world around around her, and the small changes of her visage. We have come to NINE, + as much as I go back to her birth day, I look at who she is now and rejoice. Zienne is my little budding perfectionist- in school, in music, in learning new skills- she chases after things with fervor. Her resolve is so admirable. But what I love most this year is Zienne’s growth in opening up. Zi is more reserved, observant and analytical. But this year, her mind is starting to verbalize how she makes sense of her world through her feelings, and I love the new dimensions in our dialogue, a deeper understanding of how she processes things and how […]
Encountered some milestone while in the Philippines. On this trip, Zi learned how to swim using her forward strokes above and in the water. She also learned to combine back strokes into forward strokes as well as jump into the deep end and swim into the shallow part. Now all she needs to learn is to tread water. ?? This is about the same age when Emma learned how to swim. The day of Isabel’s birthday, we went to a bicycle park for Isabel’s birthday. They all chose bikes ? to ride around this surprisingly breezy day. Emma was frustrated, but persisted to learn to ride a bicycle. So after a few scratches, some tears, falls, she learned how to ride one!
Zi chose indoor rock climbing for her birthday. Turned out to be an awesome time for the kids to learn together! Zi cleared 6 courses, and developed a love for climbing. Even Elle at 4 years old almost reached the top. They all did great, some conquering their fear of heights and trusting the harness as they jumped down. This place we went to were kid friendly, as well as accommodating more experienced climbers. But they were the only one that allowed 4 year olds to climb. We’ll definitely repeat this activity again soon.
Happy birthday to our beloved Zienne. Year 7 has been a year of progress and firsts: learning how to rollerblade, playing keyboard for praise and worship, learning chords on the piano, going to Disney World, watching musicals in the theater, swimming at the deep end, growing in her permanent front teeth, cooking her first dish, learning cursive, and graduating Book 1 in violin. Sometimes we don’t notice that these little things and experiences are shaping the things that will take up big spaces in her heart, so I’m praying that we will take the time to encourage her to the things pulling at her. To Zienne’s tribe, who are there to speak words to her that may shape who she will be tomorrow, thank you. You don’t have to give her attention, but you smile at her, tell her things to let her known she is seen, compliment her so she will know what sweet words can do, encourage her when she sits on a fence of insecurity, laugh with her to cheer her heart, teach her to feed her soul, and pray for her when Perze and I know we do not hold her universe in control. We […]
2nd grade. She’s shy, but she’s very vocal on things that matter, like speaking for someone being bullied, or if it’s her being bullied, or if someone is inconsiderate with using their class computers, or if you’re eating peanuts and dangerously too close to her, or math equations… ??? 6th grade. Emma is loved by her teachers. They truly believe she has potential, and this year has proved itself as a continuation of last year, fixing and tweaking the problems. First half of the year is pretty much set, and Emma has earned a Student of the Month for November, and worked hard to earn the Gold Honor Roll for 1st marking period. She’s also become such a go-getter for extra activities like her orchestra and chorus. She’s trying out for solos and opportunities she can share her talents. She’s so unlike me when it comes to her bravery!
My Zienne finished 1st grade today. She has really grown into the shoes set before her in the beginning of the school year, now being independent in waking herself up and getting herself and her belongings in order and on time for school. She works efficiently in class and at home when completing her homework and violin practice. I can really see that her personality is the type to just get things done. Although still a little shy, she is brave enough to occasionally initiate in helping her peers with reading. Also, the last few weeks of school, she was hard at work making bracelets for the girls in her class, including her teacher. Job well done, Zi! ——————————————– Emma had such positive experiences in 5th grade. What I’ve learned most about her is her outgoing personality to try so many new things to stretch her skills, even without our prodding. She became involved with so many things and tried out for several activities. She has shown to be a natural leader among her peers, and a helper to her friends who might have needed her, scholastically or emotionally. I love that she did really well […]
Our beloved Zienne Noelle turns 7 today. Last night, I prayed over her before she went to bed, and this morning, her dad read her life verses to her when she woke up. Zienne is usually known for shadowing her older sister, but we are starting to see glimpses of her life outside of the younger sister bubble. At school, she usually helps some peers in reading. Her teacher is so amazed that Zi would take time to independently insert herself into that role. I guess it helps that she has Elle, who Zi patiently teaches to read. What I love most are the moments when she is finding what is shaping her to what she is meant to become, like when I catch her singing in her room, practicing or perfecting different skills in her voice, or when she is at the piano or on her violin, plucking out a melody that she’s heard, even though I haven’t taught her how to play it. Sometimes, I even hear her composing a song, belting out her voice on the piano while she tries to play chords. Or I’ll find a story she wrote in a random […]