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
My darling Emmanuelle Grace turned 9 last Tuesday. Thankfully, we were able to celebrate that special day with our church family since family was so far away. Also, her cousins were with her that day, and the night before she blew out a birthday cupcake during the ice cream social at the family retreat. On that day, I read her birth verses for her and we left the retreat refreshed, strengthened as a family. I believe God’s blessings on our family through those messages and the reaffirming of our dedication to serve God through our family was probably the best gift we could give Emma. All gifts fade away, but having a strong family rooted in faith and love are the things that last throughout one’s lifetime. (She looks so much younger in my head…) We made a stop at Norristown to pick up something to signify the milestone in our family, then headed home for some swimming and dinner with her cousins at her favorite restaurant. The next day, we drove again to finally reunite with her lola and lolo who have been gone quite some time to the Phils. So we spent the day there for them […]
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.
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.
Emma came home so I asked her to spend some time with me before her sisters consumed all her attention. She cuddled in front of me as I hugged her and we talked about school and her subjects, hoping to get time to ask about her hardships, but everything was seemingly ok. Then we got into the topic of Martin Luther King Jr., how her teacher’s grandfather had the opportunity to march in DC during MLK’s time. We both agreed how amazing that must have been, taking part of history and how his dream, one man’s dream and courage was able to reverberate even til today, with Emma and her classmates being able to live out that dream. Thinking about it was actually very moving and I was glad I was able to really have a thoughtful conversation with her about its significance. Then she said something that stopped me from seeing her just as my little innocent eight year old girl. She said, “Mamam…one day, I want to be like Martin Luther King, Jr. and be able to do something great and stand in front of everyone to tell them how much Jesus loves them.” Her voice became thin […]
This morning, while at the bus stop waiting for Emma’s bus, I shared this video with her. Brave by Sarah Bareilles Right before she boarded the bus, I reminded her to be brave, to practice using her voice and not be scared what other people might have to say about who she is. I think it’s difficult raising strong girls these days- teaching them how to take care of a future family while teaching them they can also be good at science, math, physics. Teaching them to be “meek” without being timid or silent. So, I guess, “brave” is a good word.
Tonight was their parent/teacher conferences. Their teachers had so much good things to say about them. The 1st was how fashionable they are. Emma’s teacher said our whole family looked so well dressed, and how Emma always had cute outfits. To be honest, I was a little embarrassed. I don’t know why. I don’t like to show it off; I just really like putting clothes together. And 2nd, they are pleasant to teach, being hard workers. Although Emma has some reading issues she needs to improve on because of how she comprehends due to her personality and thinking, her teacher sees how hard she works at everything. She excels in everything else. I notice that the places she needs improvement are the same things I had a hard time learning when I was her age. Looking back, I’m glad Emma is in a better place with her learning and studies than how I understood things. She’s aparently stronger in math, in writing, and esp. science. Then it was Zi’s turn. Zi’s teacher asked us if this was her 1st year In school because of how well rounded and smart she is. She mentioned how Zienne engages in conversations, in class […]