Wanted to archive their reading achievements this summer. Emma took on a really difficult book that her Tito Fred gave her last Christmas, that was almost 500 pgs. long, but she finished it. Although not all the books were shown, Zi finished 6 books, mostly from the Dr. Seuss series. Her reading & fluency really flourished this summer since I had more time to spend reading actively with her. Emma was also a huge help when I couldn’t read with her. Even though summer was a time to rest and play, I’m really proud their hard work. I sometimes felt guilty making them read every day during the summer, but those tiny minutes during the day really goes a long way in the long run. #youngreaders #summerreading #success #smallthings #readeveryday #twelvesixteen #9yrs #5yrs #drseuss #keeperofthelostcities
Zi: Mamam. Did you like my song? Me: Yes, what is it called? Zi: “I Only Have a Little Bit of My Love.” Me: Why only just a little bit? Zi: Because the husband only loves his wife a little bit. And the wife doesn’t want her husband to leave so she feels like she only has a little bit of love left.” Me: That is the saddest song! Don’t stop writing songs, Zi.
Today was a milestone for our beloved Zienne, the much anticipated Stepping Up Ceremony commemorating her PreK achievements. Scholastically, being a PreK graduate may seem trifle, but a school year of learning social behavior, practicing using your voice, building your courage, allowing mistakes (yours and others), experiencing conflicts, progressing in writing, speaking, and reading, refining fine motor skills, exploring your creativity, and getting accustomed to a schedule and rules are all very worthy of a congratulations for 4-5 year olds. So, Zienne Noelle, our beloved, a joyful congratulations is in order. Maybe it’s just us, maybe it’s how we translate your teacher’s stories about you, their praise of your knowledge and personality, but you’ve proved to be very special, easily adapting to what was put before you. You’re such a pleasure to us, my love. Continue on in your pursuits, Zi, and your dad and I will always uphold you in prayer. Jesus loves you. Today is your day, and you really held such pride, taking extra care in how you looked for such an occasion. Your smile during today’s events said it all.
Spring Solo Recitals are always somewhat nerve wracking…ok…for me. Hhahaha. The girls have been working so hard to perfect their solos, practicing every day. This challenge always gives us the opportunity to instill the importance to strive for excellence, but to be gracious despite mistakes; to take control of the song, but to give the performance to God; to concentrate and focus, but have fun and feel the music. It’s soooo tempting to measure up your kids to the next (violinist). I’m guilty of this, trying to find the correct mechanics to improve their technique, but I have to remind myself that they need to be reminded to reach for their potential, but they also have to learn how to love musicianship and music their own way. I can’t draw that path for them. I’m just praying God will lead them the way He’s led Perze and me, passionately, curiously. So, here they are. We’re proud of the both of them. Emma has been playing for 2 years now and Zienne’s first.
“I like how it feels being five.” Zienne admitted that to me this afternoon after coming home from celebrating her birthday with her preK class. Five years ago, Perze and I welcomed Zienne into the world, praying over her and reading Psalms 20. I look back at those verses every birthday and I’m reminded not just of Zienne as an amazing blessing for us, but how good God is. Zi, You are an amazing little girl, full of spirit, pensive potential, and a ball of such promise. I’m just amazed with you, the crazy and brilliant things you say, your persistence to learn new things no matter how frustrating. Your drive to mirror your older sister has catapulted you quickly from being a toddler, to a quasi preteen sometimes- attitude, behavior, knowledge, and interests. The thought of you growing older each year always brings me to a doorstep of ambivalence, knowing the sadness of leaving behind your unimaginably cute idiosyncrasies yet excited to see your talents and purpose grow. Nevertheless, as we step into today, we are ever grateful, ever thankful of just being able to see your smile and hear your present laughter, all the things that make you […]
Speaking of Valentines, that morning, the girls were giddy with excitement when Perze came home that they bombarded him. Every year, since we had Emma, he always made a point not to leave them out of our Valentines. They are, of course, our hearts outside our bodies… Girls, your future suitors have a huge task ahead of them. Sorry not sorry.
On Monday, the kids had their rescheduled Valentine’s parties at school. Zi came home with a card she made for us, and in it was a letter her teacher enclosed for us telling the story of Zi bravely singing “Let It Go” in front of the whole class. Her teacher said it had brought her to tears. I love how at such a young age, Zi is a blessing to those around her. Every day, I tell my girls, specifically, to practice their voices. As girls, I know how hard it’s going to be to find their voices- to know who they are, be comfortable with themselves, AND be able to let themselves be heard. You don’t know how many times I’ve been to meetings, classes, in work, in school, in church, in the group of friends where the guys monopolize the conversation because they just feel comfortable and want to be heard. Even during Bible studies, more men lead the teaching and discussions. Even in the educational scope, statistically, men are in the science field, engineering and math. My point is that I’m raising three girls who I hope will one day be strong individuals. Not strong, as in […]