TEN STEPS TO BEING A GOOD DAD

With Father’s Day just right around the corner, why don’t we take the time to ponder on what truly makes a good dad!

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There are many experts on fatherhood and the best ways to approach the job, but it seems to me that God gives us all the answers we need in His Word. Parenting is mentioned countless times in this book and the requirements are clearly spelled out.

  • Spiritual Leader – A dad should be an example of his family’s spiritual path.   It isn’t just a suggestion,  it’s an obligation.  Proverbs 4 is explicit about a father’s responsibility to instruct his children in the ways of God.  Take the time to read it today.
  • Family Authority – Fathers have been relegated to a lower position lately, but according to God’s book, the father is to be the head of the house.  This does not mean he should rule his family with an iron fist, but love them above all things and defend them with his very life.
  • Disciplinarian – This doesn’t mean a dad has…

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2017 Summer Trip – Camotes Island

It’s been a while since I had an original post. With all the deadlines prior the Holy Week and summer outings with the family, I had little to no time for writing something I’m truly passionate about. So now that I’ve gotten a quick break from work because the boss is out of the country, let me share with you a few photos from our Camotes trip.

Camotes Island lies somewhere east of Cebu, Philippines. Since Cebu is well known for its beautiful beaches and one of them can be found in Camotes, it’s no surprise thousands of foreigners and tourists visit the place, especially during summer time, which starts from March and lasts until early June. I mean summer is practically all year round in the Philippines but those are the hottest months of the year. And when I say it’s hot, it’s 90 F or more than that!

We stayed in Santiago Bay Garden and Resort. For only 50USD a night (some cottages are actually as low as 20USD), the place was all worth it! So the next time you visit Philippines, or you are in Cebu, you should try Camotes Island.

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Through The Eyes Of A Child

“I know children are supposed to learn from me, but through the years, as I’ve watched them closely, I am aware of how much MORE they have taught me!

And although they are oblivious to how much of an impact they’ve had,

I would be a fool not to follow their lead on how to live this one life!”

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

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Paulo Coelho has said that . . .

“A child can teach an adult three things:

 to be happy for no reason,

 to always be busy with something,

and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

Being an adult is a constant reminder of our responsibilities, all the while forgetting how to LIVE LIFE FULLY.  We remember to be an active participant of the “rat race” while forgetting what it’s like to “slow down and smell the roses.”

As adults, I believe we can learn much when we view the world through the eyes of a child.

Here are 5 beautiful ways in which children live and the valuable lessons they teach us!

#1 THEY LIVE IN THE MOMENT

Children don’t dwell on the past and certainly do not worry about the future.  They fully enjoy the HERE AND NOW! For them, the…

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The Good Wife

I’m not sure how many of you have read this story. I come across this on my Facebook feed just this morning and I couldn’t put into words how blown away I was after reading her story. The strength and achievements of this woman are truly astounding. This is a long read but it’s definitely going to be worth your while. I hope you take the time to read the full article here.

When I was a kid, my only goal was to get a good education. I dreamed of attending Harvard or Stanford, and planned to become a doctor one day. I was the eldest of four daughters in a Pakistani Muslim family. We lived in Ruwais, a small town in the United Arab Emirates, where my father worked in an oil plant and my mother was a teacher. At school, I always stood out among the girls in my class—I was brash, clever, outspoken. I took pride in acing every test. When I brought home top marks, my father would celebrate by handing out sweets. Continue reading “The Good Wife”

Parents – Unite 

“When we stand together, support each other and let the world know the ups, downs and the hardships of being a parent in todays society, and share the moments that make us proud to be who we are, then we might just begin to spread the love to other parents across the globe and have a real effect on people’s lives.”

Thousands of Parents out there are putting pen to paper and I think it’s bloody brilliant.
So many of us are doing it all over the world.

yoga lovers, wine drinkers, shopaholics, vegans, football fans, netflix junkies, potty mouths, supermodels, teachers, house wives, builders, baking enthusiasts, business owners, singers, the couple down the road, doctors, lawyers, those who knit, the good the bad and the ugly!

The list is endless.

We are all so different. We aren’t defined by parenthood. We have our own passions and quirky lives. But parenthood is what unites us.

What do we stand for?

Well that is a good question…

We aren’t just a bunch of insta wankers posting cute pics of our kids and the occasional glass of vino to show we can have fun too, we are normalising 21st century parenting.

We are showing the world there is no wrong and right way…

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Wishful Wednesday: If only I could stop time

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My second son, Benjamin (we call him Bien for short), wearing a gray shirt, loves trains and anything blue.

So my second son just turned four on Saturday. As my sons blew the candle together, (unless we want to witness a nonstop tussle over nonsense stuff for the rest of the day, the boys need to blow the candle together regardless of whose birthday we are celebrating in the family, whether it’s mine, my husband’s or my parents’) I couldn’t stop smiling and think to myself how fast time flies. I was only 22 when I became a first-time mom, pretty much fresh from college, and now I have two little men at home, with the first one entering primary school this year. Continue reading “Wishful Wednesday: If only I could stop time”

It’s never too late to take your grandparent’s advice to heart

Growing up in a much different generation from our grandparents can give us the assumptions that what we don’t have anything in common with them. They have lived longer than we have, they have overcome way too many hurdles than we have, and they definitely have, in one way or another, experienced the most difficult circumstances in life, which we are likely to encounter one day. So even if we think we’ve got nothing in common with them, they pretty much have gained enough wisdom and knowledge through time that we can take advantage of – that is, if we’ll listen to them.  Old people are not a nuisance, a contradiction, or a roadblock to pursuing our grand plans, they are just wise people who want the best for the younger generation.

So instead of rolling our eyes and showing our annoyance for their unsolicited advice, why don’t we try to listen to them with an open mind and heart. You might be surprised how a single unwanted counsel can create a profound impact in your life.

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