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Ice cream really ice cream, what a treat!


One proof of God’s faithful provision and bonus to me for choosing my family over career in the corporate world is my chance to homeschool and to do a part-time job. It was God who placed me over this kind of job. It was true that God provided a ram in replacement of Isaac’s life in obedience of Abraham to God. When I obeyed the call to be with my children in their growing years on a full-time capacity, God provided a work for me at home with minimal time required. Later on, I realized that God prepared my part-time job and honored my desire ahead of time. In fact, I started with that part-time job while I was still performing my full-time job. It was really amazing.
Until this day, I am doing that same job. Good that homeschool is so flexible that even if we have regular class hours, I can modify our schedule anytime. Since I know what tickles my children’s creative mind, I have supplies and stocks of activities that will make them busy for hours. Stuff like beads, colored papers, markers of all types, paints, clay, paper money, things from the kitchen, chopsticks, grains, my scrapbooking supplies and a lot more are included in the list. So when I have to go out or busy about something, homeschool still runs smoothly.

Above are some of the pictures taken while I’m doing my stuff.

Funfest 2007

Waiting for the helicopter to drop candies

As years went by, Halloween is being celebrated more in the Philippines with much of western influence. The preparations and decorations in malls and even in villages are some of the evidence. Parents are busy dressing their children with the most creative and unique costumes. Even ordinary barangay residents prepare for children who will do trick or treat.

As a family we don’t celebrate Halloween (derived from All Hallows Eve). We don’t agree that kids are nice to see dressed in a witch or devil costumes. It’s like identifying kids with those characters which of course parents would not want.

With the commercialism and gaining popularity of Halloween celebration, our kids were not left somewhat “deprived” of celebration that other kids enjoy. Kids Church had treated kids with fun, activities, games and show. For 2 years now, at the Fort Every Nation vicinity, booths, play areas, food stalls, and many more treats were there for children and families.

There were many families who attended with kids wearing their favorite superhero costumes. The little girl wearing Amihan costume of Encantada caught our eyes. She was so cute but it was not easy to wear costume because of the humidity. I know that my kids would also like to wear costumes but we chose not to at this time to avoid discomfort. Anyway, we had a picture with superheroes (Supergirl, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime and Incredible Hulk).

We missed some interesting things like the alpaca who is a relative of lamas. We missed Esther’s spa too, where little girls are given massage and parlor treatment.

Our funfest day was just a completion of our family day celebrating Adrian’s 8th birthday. We started our day with kids playing at Market Market with their cousins from Mindoro. Adrian enjoyed a play all you can treat at The Little Martian with his Dad.

It was a day full of fun, treat and eat for Ad, Mich, Tin and Mac (who happened to be a first-timer in Manila).

Swimming Class

Adrian attends swimming class for beginners every Saturday at Makati Aquatic Sports Arena. Though his P.E. is soccer, we took the momentum gained from last summer’s breakthrough for him to enjoy swimming and be confident with water. This also paved the way for all the members of our family to swim while waiting for Ad.

Earthworms! Experiments!

I can’t stand looking at earthworms. I can feel the hair on my skin standing. Whenever I see previews of documentaries about earthworms, I really would change the channel or close my eyes. And yaiks, other people took the challenge of eating earthworms alive! Well, people are created with different characteristics. I’m one of those who would not even touch any worm or else I would faint. If all the people in the world would have a phobia of some sort, phobia of worms and snakes, I belong to that group. Maybe I would take other challenges like sky diving than to have a photo with a snake on my neck or holding earthworms in my hands.

It’s true that when you are fearful of something, that fear would paralyze you in some ways. I remember when I was a child, I saw a small earthworm, as thin as a needle, passing my foot. I did not feel it but it made me freeze for minutes. I did not have the courage to remove it from my foot. I just let it pass. It was the longest 2 minutes ever!

Another encounter with earthworms was during one of the strongest typhoons, Laurence and I were walking along Ortigas, because of the heavy rains, earthworms were sliding down the road. Wheew! I screamed and I looked like dancing tinikling.

Well, homeschooling forced me to work with earthworms. I have no other choice but to do our experiment. Of course, with the assistance of other people. Thanks to my helper for digging the soil to get some worms. Again, wheew! the earthworms she got were so big and fat. With the help of Laurence (thanks Dad!), inspite of his busy hour (he has a meeting at 10am), the first trial was successful. We were supposed to do 10 trials but we were not successful in finishing it. Even if we just did 2 trials, we were convinced that God is really a great creator.

What we just want to prove in our experiment was that God created living things and He placed them in suitable environment best for them. Plants and animals they will grow and multiply in cold places, Others would be best suited in warm places. Like the earthworms, they don’t need much light, they would be more comfortable underground. When we put the earthworms on top of the soil, we timed how fast would they go underneath. They were fast. It’s their comfort zone!

Earthworms are useful in making plants healthy by what they do to the soil. They contribute in the balance of nature. That’s what Adrian contributed upon reading books about earthworms. So I said to myself, ‘Ok, fine.”

Since we were working on worms, my son cut the worms into two. Maybe he was just curious if the book is true that one way to reproduce worms is through regeneration. I just said to myself, Oh no! another worm. There will be more experiments to come but good thing my husband is very supportive.

 

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