Our beloved Emma turns 8 today! Every year, we’re so thankful and proud of the things she’s accomplished the previous year, adding to her knowledge, skills, and experiences, and shaping the person who she is becoming. And every year, we consider it a challenge, but a great honor of being her parents. Making sure they understand mathematics and reading are important, but every child must have a mastery of such things. But raising respectful, thoughtful, disciplined, motivated, and God fearing children is more difficult in today’s generation. We can never exactly guess who she will be in the future, but we have the hope and assurance that the things she is being taught will grant her the tools to live as a blessing to those around her. Knowing the person that she is and watching her heart in action just humbles us. ——————– Dearest anak, beloved monkey, Em-Em, Zem, We love you so much. Thank you for who you are. Thank you for your great love, esp. towards your sisters, to your family and friends, even teachers. We have so many fond memories with 7 year old Emma, like spending time every night before bedtime telling stories, creating our […]
Zem, years 1-7 Dear Emma, It’s getting to a point where it seems difficult to remember how much you have grown ever since you were entrusted to us by God. I had to dig into our archives to even see how much you have grown, changed and matured through the years. Last year alone, you made your way into the 2nd grade, started learning violin and became an older sister the second time around. You have been a very good “ate” to your sisters and I’ve really seen you understand those responsibilities of what it’s like to be the eldest in the family. You are starting to develop your love for reading and writing and I hope that doesn’t stop. This year, we’ve seen your heart for those who are less fortunate than you and I really appreciate you for that. Em, I want you to remember that as long as you find refuge in Him, He will bless you all the days of your life. I love you anak. Thank you for being my daughter. Your Tatay.
Tonight during bedtime, I pop quizzed my girls on all the memory verses they’ve learned so far and the Biblical characters from the stories I’ve been telling them each week. They got the stories right, but as far as names go, I’ve gotten Samson & Delia, Davin & Golilah, Abraham Lincoln & Ninang Sarah. Also, I asked both of them if they wanted to be baptized, and Emma quickly said she really wanted to be baptized after I told her what it meant. She said she remembered last year, during the retreat, seeing people baptized by Pastor Ding. Then they both went on saying why they wanted to be baptized. I reminded them that I don’t want them to do it for me, to please me so I would be proud of them, because I already am proud of who they are. But they are so eager to follow Christ through baptism, so I told them they’ll have to discuss it with Pastor Ding. I’m such a sap every year when I see people get baptized during the retreats…sometimes even crying when I see the youth get baptized, how much more my own children? I would have to keep such […]
Emma: when you exercise, your heart beats faster because the heart has to pump more blood to your body. If you hold your breath, your heart slows down and if you don’t breath, your heart stops beating. Zi: Ya! And if you go to sleep, your heart slows down because it doesn’t have to pump blood anymore because you’re not exercising. So when you wake up, your heart is slow again.
Last night, while I was tucking the girl in, Emma said, “Mamam, did you know that I try to do things to make you happy?” Then Zienne added, “Ya, we want you to be really happy. Even when I’m sad, I still love you.” I love how honest my children are with me about their feelings. I love that my love for them isn’t in vain. I love how they love me, at the end of the day, they tell me what’s most important in their hearts, and one of them is their love. Man…I wish I could keep them this age, with their hearts in tact.
I couldn’t put the groceries away last night because it was late and I still had to tuck the girls in. Then I took care of Elle while I was trying to finish some of my crafts. This morning, I thought Perze put them away, but it turned out Emma woke up early & cleaned up, putting everything away. I’m floored. I didn’t even ask her to do that, but from her own volition, she wanted to help out. Things like this when I see the difference of ages between Emma and Zi. Emma has such great nurturing, helpful, mothering, empathetic skills, so much that she could look at all the groceries and would think how helpful it would be to me if she put them away. I love you, Emma for thinking of me.
Emma, yesterday after choir practice, you came up to me and reported that you had learned a new memory verse which you just commited to memory. I’m so proud of you, so that night, we taught it to Zienne and added it to the list of memory verses we recite each night. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7