& goodbye, for now :)

Have been giving this a lot of thought this Chinese New Year, as I soak in the festive cheer and enjoy a different kind of celebration now with Ellie joining us. 

It’s a different season that we are in, and I’m seeking greater focus. So I’m intentionally dropping a few things in order to make space for what God has called me to in this precious season of parenthood. Have enjoyed blogging over so many years and making new friendships through it, but I’ve decided to take a break…at least for now. No idea if I’ll come back to it, but I’m taking one thing at a time.:)

Thank you for the encouraging words and the sweet love you’ve blessed me with over the years, friends! 

I thought it’ll be apt to end with this picture…

  
Onwards to more snuggling and cuddling of my loved ones! 

{am still going to update and connect through Facebook and Instagram though. that’s part of my way of connecting with the outside world now that I’m staying home most of the time! haha}

God bless you!:)

whispers for your weekendΒ 

  
May you take time for self-care this weekend. May you kick off your shoes, put on your favorite comfy pajamas and indulge in something sweet for your soul. May you taste and see that the Lord, our God, is indeed good. 

He is very, very good.:) Let’s let him reign supreme in our lives. 

+ a little prayer for you, dear friends:

  
Happy weekend everybody! 

A breastfeeding thanksgiving :)

Thinking back on the past {almost 4} months, gratitude and amazement just swell up in my heart, for I know that only God’s grace could have seen me through the ups and downs of this breastfeeding journey. 

It was one filled with several challenges and obstacles, none of which I could have predicted nor overcome, if not for the sheer strength provided by God. Supply was slow in coming in, I received unexpected pressure from people around me, soon after I  experienced blocked ducts, engorgement, mastitis, and in January, I went for breast abscess surgery. It was also difficult to find time to express out, since I was home alone most of the time and Ellie cried a lot in the first 2 months. 

But God is ever faithful, and He has truly turned things around.:) Ellie is now more adjusted to a routine, so I have more time to express. And instead of a low supply, miraculously I now have a ton of excess. 

One morning, the output was so much that I kept praying it will not spill. For it’ll be such a waste if any of it leaked out! 

When I finished the pumping session, I carefully twisted open the bottle, and was so relieved to see this:

  
It was just perfect! 

I was so happy, decided to take a picture as a testament of God’s faithfulness, even in the smallest aspects of our lives. It truly is a reminder for me to surrender this breastfeeding journey to Him. 

Very thankful for Bren who has been quietly cleaning up my pump parts every night and sterilizing it after my last pump session too. It is teamwork, and I couldn’t ask for a better team-player.:)

Have no idea how long I’ll continue to breastfeed Ellie, but each time I encounter difficulties, all I need to do is to look at her sweet face, smile and surrender it to our faithful God. For He will provide, He will lead, He will show His miracles, in the most ordinary yet amazing ways. 

whispers for your weekend

Am quite late with this post, because well – life happened. πŸ˜† Some hard stuff, some happy stuff, a lot of stuff in between. 

I asked God this morning, what is it that you’d like me to share through this weekend’s whispers?

And it was clear when it came – “don’t give up. Tell them not to give up.”

  
So whatever your heart has set out to do, or whatever God has convicted you of, don’t give up. 

Don’t give up. 

Just don’t. Don’t give up, friend. 

Let’s not give up. 

Let’s not be overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation, nor be frightened by the uncertainty of outcomes. 

We don’t have to.:)

We really don’t. 

Just take one small step at a time, hold His hand like your life depends on it {because, it does}, and walk towards the dream that you’ve been working towards. 

May you receive the strength and wisdom needed to persevere, to not let go of the hope that is found in Christ. May you know you are never alone in this journey, and our faithful Father in Heaven will fulfill every promise in His good time and will. 

This weekend, may we develop grit and determination, knowing that it’ll pay off in the end. May all glory go to Him, our awesome Heavenly Father. πŸ™πŸ»
//+ something to consider this Valentine’s Day? Chocolate-covered strawberries:) see link HERE. 🍰

Blessed Chinese New Year! πŸŒŸ

  
As you gather round the table with your loved ones for much-anticipated reunion dinners, may you always know that you have a Heavenly Father who deeply loves you too.

We are always invited to His table – not forgotten, not rejected, not excluded. For He loves us even more than we can ever comprehend. πŸ’

Sending you lots of love from Ellie & us! Take good care, friends.:)

whispers for your weekend

  
This beautiful weekend that’s coming right up…may you stop and slow down enough to be at rest. 

To be thankful for the chance to take a break, for the smell of homecooked food and yummy baked goods, for the hugs and kisses from loved ones, for sweet fellowship with your friends, near and far. 

May you seize every opportunity to play, to let your heart get lost in the wonder of the simplest things. May you stop to stare at the clouds, and realize how sovereign our good God is. May you write, draw, doodle, create…whatever your heart desires. It’s never too frivolous if it makes you soul-happy. πŸ’– 


+ the recipe for the Blueberry Custard {pictured above}:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup plain yogurt

4 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups blueberries (enough to layer the baking pan)

1. Place butter in 8×8 pan. Place pan in the oven while it pre-heats to 175C. Remove pan once butter has melted. Set it aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk together honey, yogurt, eggs, vanilla, salt and melted butter. Place blueberries evenly onto pan. Pour batter on top. 

3. Bake for 45-50 mins till custard is set. Remove and let it rest for few minutes. Enjoy warm or chilled. 

Happy weekend friends! 

One afternoon…

I found Ellie with scratch marks on her right cheek. It must be her fingernails, so I chided myself for not clipping it sooner.. Anyway, I expressed out a little breastmilk and rubbed it on the marks. Very miraculously, the redness left within the hour! 

I actually tried taking a photo of her, wanting to let Bren know about it. But this funny daughter of mine saw me whipping out my phone and started looking straight into it and she then kept smiling, haha. 

This was the successful picture after she relaxed from her “pose for camera mode”. 😬

  
This was her smiling away in the beginning. πŸ˜…

  
Happy Thursday everyone! 😘