1 day after I turned 408 months old, lil Natalie turned 18.
Happy 18 months darling, we have never been so deprived of sleep since you came but at the same time, we have never been happier.
Archive for July, 2012
A good night’s rest is one of those things we miss most ever since we became parents. Just when we thought things are getting better with Natalie being able to sleep through the night, Nathaniel starts waking up in the middle of the night, walks over to our room and demanding to sleep with us. Depending on how sleepy we are, we will either hush him back to his room and pat him to sleep or allow him to crawl in-between us and sleep for whats left of the night.
I do not think Nathaniel will want to sleep with us when he grows older, so even as we display displeasure at his ‘nonsense’ in the dead of the night, I can usually afford a smile as he is nicely snuggled in-between us and asleep again for I know these are moments I would probably miss next time.
Our pastor once shared with us the importance for a family to have their meals together at the table. It is a time where we share what happened in our day or simply just discussing about the breaking news or sharing a simple laugh. Sounds simple enough, but we really do not do that often enough. Ask my mum, and she will tell you the frustration she had (and probably still have) to have everyone sit at the dining table for a meal together. It is made harder by the different schedules we have and the long hours we work. And when we finally do sit down at the table, we will be multitasking.. either watching the TV or being on our phones.
That was something we set out to change in the US. We have our dinner at about 545pm, when mummy calls, everyone (just 4 of us) gathers at the table (including Natalie). We thank God for the food, thank mummy for preparing the food before we dig in. We talk about everything under the sun. Nathaniel will be sharing about his school (or toy), Natalie will be screaming for water or another spoon full, and Yvonne and myself will be sharing a laugh amidst the whole din.
We really love the fellowship and long may it last (hopefully even after we return home to SGP).
Its been more than a year since I last blogged and I hope my next blog will not be in a year’s time..
So, one year later, I find myself as a student once more and in a foreign land.
The good thing about being a student is the tremendous amount of time I have with the family. As far as time spent with the family is concerned, I feel that sometimes quantity is as important as quality. We see the children 24/7 and we do everything together. We are literally watching the children grow each day.
With God’s help, I am quite sure that the time we have here will set a strong foundation and shape this family for the future.