I don’t know about you but for me, it feels like Christmas has come so quick this year. It feels just like last week we celebrated Christmas and here we are again. I think the weather might be to blame as it has not been particularly cold and another reason could be my busy schedule with my job,home and family. I am of course thankful for another Christmas but the speed of which it has come again has really taken me by surprise.
We have been taking part in lots of festive activities and last Sunday we attended our second Christingle. My children love it because they get to learn about the true meaning of Christmas in a very simple way. Of course they love that they get to light up the candle at the and and also they get to eat the sweets after. I love that my girls have a deep understanding of why we celebrate Christmas. They know that yes we get presents but the most important present ever given to man is Jesus Christ himself amen.
A few weeks ago on St Georges day we all shared in the wonderful news of a new royal baby. The news that usually comes after the birth is the baby’s name but sometimes it is not as simple as that. Sometimes it takes a while to find a befitting name and i am sure the pressure is even more so when it is a royal baby. I was glad a few days later when it was announced on the news that the royal baby is to be called Louis Arthur Charles. It is wonderful that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose such meaningful names.
Before the royal baby was named, my colleague asked me why it was taking long to give the baby a name. I told her that naming a child is a special thing because a name is for life. My colleague gave me a strange look and said , ‘wow but they had 9 months to do that’. I told my colleague my own story about how i named my children. The first one i researched the name for 3 months before giving birth and even after birth we had a naming ceremony with our wonderful pastor. Nobody except myself and my hubby knew the name of the baby until the naming ceremony when baby was about 1 week old. With the second one again we had a naming ceremony when she was 1 week old. Both names were roughly researched and most importantly we prayed over their names. I hope i do not come come across as snobby but naming a child ridiculous names is rather selfish and disrespectful to the child. Parents need to think of their children’s future and see their names as prophecies.
A couple of years back i saw on the news that some countries around the world actually have a banned list of names. In France it is illegal to name your child nutella,strawbery,deamon and mini cooper. According to the law in France, such names can lead to bullying hence not in the best interest of the child. I know there is a huge banned list with some hilarious names but the above is just an example.
Back to my question again, and the answer would be as long as it takes to find great name.
Happy Mother’s day to all you sweet and wonderful mothers out there. May God reward you for all that you do and increase your knowledge so that we can do better. I know there are lots of parenting books out there but even with all that knowledge it is all by the grace of God. There is no such thing as a perfect parent or perfect child because we have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23-24) but still we can do all all things through Christ amen…so please remain blessed and keep up the good work 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed myself this morning. I enjoyed the fresh morning sun,cup of tea and most importantly the word of God. It has been weeks since i have sat down to relax like this. Normally i am either stuck in traffic, attending playgroup,assembly or the usual school activities. My usual routine keeps me so busy that by the time i have done the morning school run, get home, blink twice then it is home time and time to dash off again but today was simply beautiful. Today i was able to just enjoy the early morning sun bouncing from the sky to my windows while i enjoyed the daily word. I did not just pour my tea in my mouth as i normally would when rushing…no i just sat and enjoyed every drop and appreciated the fact that summer holiday is indeed upon us. God is so good and i intend to enjoy the beauty of His works even beyond the summer holidays when the hustle and bustle returns.
On the news this week the Duchess of Cambridge Katherine gave a talk to a group of school children at St.Matthew’s primary school in Westminster. According to Daily Mail, the Duchess attended with with princes William and Harry shortly after attending the commonwealth service.The Duchess told the children that prince George now has a scooter and he loves to speed and that she cannot keep up with him…But don’t worry about his royal boisterousness because the Duchess also said that baby sister princess Charlotte keeps him in check(typical baby sister behaviour eh).
The scooter is a lovely thing but my goodness when your child is using it you often find yourself panicking or running after them in panic. The whole experience can be stressful for parents too especially when you are doing the school run and perhaps have a buggy and another baby plus you are surrounded by traffic and roadwork .
Regardless of the panic, it is great to see prince George having a wale of a time on his scooter and long may the fun continue.
I am a firm believer in using whatever i have at home to make yummy dishes. Funny i say yummy because i often don’t enjoy it as much as my family and the reason being is that someone else’s cooking always tastes better to me..yep funny logic.
Anyway so i opted for spicy fish and chips with mama Grace twist. To make the fish I used the browning technique to seal in the flavour and then allowed it to cook in the oven. I made some delicious chips with the skin (i heard its healthier) and made my spicy red onion garnish to serve on top of the fish. I also steamed some delicious sweet corn served with a dollop of butter.
Result was happy faces at the dinner table and even little Shalom enjoyed it but i had to tell her its meat or chicken before she could it lol..yep little lies mums have to tell little fussy eaters.
I am not a big fan of forwarded messages but once in a while i receive something which makes me go ”awwwww”. I got this nice message yesterday morning and i thought i would share so enjoy and be blessed Amen.
Mother, You’re a Blessing!
‘Her children … call her blessed; her husband … praises her.’
When it comes to motherhood, this sign on a church bulletin board says it all: If evolution is true, how come mothers still only have two hands? Seriously, Mum, today we stop to salute you and let you know how much we appreciate you. Some days you probably wonder if what you’re doing even matters. Your work is never done … you’re always exhausted … and there’s no big financial reward. We live in an age that seems to diminish service and exalt glitz…sometimes it’s hard to value your investment. But hear this: God says you’re highly esteemed by Him, and that children are some of His most precious gifts (see Psalm 127:3). Eugene Peterson paraphrases Solomon’s words in The Message by describing a mother as someone who ‘senses the worth of her work … [is] diligent in homemaking … faces tomorrow with a smile … has something worthwhile to say, and … always says it kindly … Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise’ (Proverbs 31:18-19 MSG). Then Peterson finishes the chapter with these words: ‘Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!’. So Mum, while your role isn’t defined by a pay cheque or a promotion, you’re vitally important to your family and your children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Nobody can take your place! Samuel was one of Israel’s greatest prophets, but who was the driving force in his life? His mother, Hannah! When Samuel was born she said, ‘I am giving him to the Lord for as long as he lives’ (1 Samuel 1:28 TLB). Mother, you matter more than you know. God is moulding tomorrow’s leaders in your hands.
Just a little note to say a very happy mother’s day to all the mother’s out there. As hectic as our daily schedules are and as tired as we get sometimes still we now deep within our hearts that being a mummy is one of the most rewarding roles ever. Sometimes it feels like you do not even have a moment to just relax and those weekend lay in are a distant memory yet we would not trade mummyhood for the world.
I had a lovely mother’s day and for me the highlight was receiving a card from Grace which she had made at school. She already told me on Friday she had a surprise for me in her book bag but i had to promise not to peep. The card was so beautiful and i could see all the effort she had made to make my day lovely. We went to church and we enjoyed a wonderful message titled love by Dr RT Kendall. We also took communion (as we do first Sunday of the month). The service was so beautiful and i felt so blessed.
After church i received another card from hubby and a big box of chocolates which we all demolished after lunch yummy yummy. As much as i am thankful for these things…i am also thankful; for life, health and family. I am also thankful for pure love which we have in Christ.
Its kind of tricky keeping up to dates with these interesting happenings. Yes yes i should follow on twitter (which i do) but my number one ministry means i am often busy..So i was catching up on real talk today on BET and i saw a very pregnant yet immaculate looking Tamera Mowry-Housley so i thought i would go online to check. I was surprised to see a congratulations note on Real talk’s website. It seems the sister sister star already gave birth to a bouncing baby girl almost 3 weeks ago. The new baby girl has been named Ariah Talea and it is nice to see a celebrity choose a sensible names for once (please don’t get me started on Apples et al). Tamera explains the meanings behind her new baby’s name in her July 6th blog entry. She writes, ‘Both Hebrew names, Ariah means Lion of God and Talea means one who resembles the morning dew of Heaven. We couldn’t have found names with a better meaning if we had tried’.
Congratulations to the happy couple who already has a 2 year old son called Aden. I am sure their new addition will bring them great joy.
*Tamera pictured above looking amazing at her princess style baby shower which took place in April. Image belongs to people.com
It can be a bit tricky as a busy mama to get into the word because there is always something to do. My mother is right when she says, ‘a mother’s job is never done’. Sometimes you think great i have gotten the children dressed and ready, house cleaned,dinner cooked and play group done but yet as soon as you sit down to read something else comes up.
It is no excuse for neglecting the word but sometimes its a real battle so i have devised a new strategy. As the summer hols is here i shall be waking up extra early whilst my lot are still snoozing. Today is the first day of my new strategy and i woke up about 7:30am to see my darling hubby off to work. As soon as he left i put the kettle on and made me a strong cuppa…you know the strong one where the tea bag stays in lol. I almost got distracted by the shopping channel ads trying to sell something that banishes ‘mummy aprons’. Anyhow i kept my focus and soon found myself lost in Colossians chapter 4 and 1Kings chapter 17. It was not randomly selected, its just that i am following my churches reading and prayer diary so that is a great help. I am grateful i got some proper soul food in this morning and long may it continue…long after the hols!