Friday, December 14, 2012

Cloth Diapering

I wanted to talk to you today about Cloth Diapering! I'm sure you're a little surprised I cloth diaper. Well I decided to dive into the world of cloth diapering when we were thinking of how to utilize our smaller budget wisely. At first I thought they would be a nightmare to use so I prepared my heart for what was to come. I pictured poops exploding everywhere when they were sleeping, I would need to hand wash them to get stains out and so many more nightmares!

I started researching cloth diapering and boy was I surprised, please check out these videos on Youtube, they really helped me learn about cloth diapering:

ObbsAndLala - Kayla who is so informational
Kdhoney1 - Great diaper reviews and blog

There are so many different types of cloth diapers out there now that there are communities of cloth diapering moms and parents who love cloth diapering. I tell you it's not like the pieces of cloth you pin to your baby anymore, some are sheets of fabric with an additional waterproof cover you put outside of it to keep it from leaking, some are regular disposable "looking" diapers but made out of cloth!

I decided to order the most economical choice I could find from Amazon with gift cards my friend had given us to lower our out of pocket even more just to try them out. I think in the end I spent about $60. I got two packs of each size (one for toddler, one for baby) of unbleached 100% cotton prefolds and two waterproof covers, one for my toddler and one for my new born. I planned to use these as long as they would last, hopefully till the next baby or whenever!

I made a video on them when I received them here so you can get a better look at them.

From the month and a half of using cloth diapers I really like them. They aren't as horrible as I pictured them, although I did have to deal with some baaaad messes here and there... But yes, I still like them. They are better for the environment and way easier on your wallet. Here are pictures of my two boys in their matching diapers: Immanuel my 2 year old and then Israel my 2 month old.



Honestly, what we have right now can easily last us more than a year. It's when big explosions happen and it leaks on the cover that's the problem, I only have one for each kid, I would need to put the soiled one in the wash, hope my toddler goes potty in the potty and constantly change my newborn because there is no outer waterproof cover to keep everything from getting wet. Because of that I do need to get a couple extra diaper covers for accidents like those.

I am learning so much more about cloth diapers and will definitely post more as I discover more about them! I'm looking into purchasing some all in ones which are the "cloth disposables" which you don't throw away but they look and function exactly the way you would a disposable.

I will educate you all on cloth diapering more for those who are interested because it really is a better system and should really be tried in all families. I hope you all are having a wonderful week and please comment and let me know what you think!


Monday, December 10, 2012

Being Wise Stewards of God's Money



He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. Prov. 13:18

Being frugal with God's money is not at all being cheap, it is a smart thing. God calls us to be wise with what He has blessed us with. For some it's a breeze, for others it takes a process to learn to be frugal. We were so blessed the last few years, we had two incomes and we didn't have to pay childcare or rent. We made some bad financial decisions in our lives but God has helped us learn from our mistakes.

As a lot of you may already know and from my previous posts I no longer work but am a full time stay at home mom. Obviously without an extra income budgeting would be a part of our daily lives. We had to cut down many things like our grocery budget, eating out/entertainment and cable, which my husband already thought about before because he didn't want us spending 24 hours in front of a dead TV.

When working out our finances I was stressed out and worried, I thought I needed to go back to work or find a night job so we didn't have to spend on childcare, how are we going to manage? So many worries went on in my brain. But soon we realized "wow, God gave us just enough.". Enough that I didn't have to work, enough to pay bills and spend on groceries! That's all we need, we just need to spend wisely with our Father's help and everything will be ok. God wanted me to stay at home with the children, He didn't want me to find another job and He was basically shouting at us to wake up and not worry because He will always provide!

He blessed us with so much little extra's here and there, from the grocery blessing (post here) to extra cash here and there. It's so amazing our Father knows exactly what we need. He was there to teach us that our foolish spending ways needed to stop and learn to live frugally and be appreciative of everything He's given us. We need to be wise stewards of His money.

Do you live frugally? How is God providing for your family needs?

Monday, December 3, 2012

A little homesick for food

Some of you may already know I'm a huge foodie. I love to eat food, make food, watch food (on Youtube or Food Network), look at food, and again.. EAT FOOD. Sometimes I wonder if God gave me this passion because He wants me to do something in life with it? Only God knows and He will make it happen if it's in His will. But today I just wanted to share with you some childhood memories of my family with food.

I'm not sure how my passion for food grew this big, perhaps I was raised in a family that loves good food and as we traveled we lived alongside many different types of cuisines. My "Gong Gong" (grandpa) on my mom's side cooked authentic Cantonese food. I remember as he grew older he had to give whoever cooking being my mom or aunty or his maid the exact instructions to make dishes as he wasn't able to cook himself. If the food was not up to his taste standards, he would not eat it. Yes, he was rather picky and had the power to be picky in his house. So as a result, my mom and aunty knows how to make Chinese food.

My "Ah Ma" (grandma) on my dad's side made authentic Nonya Malaysian food. I remember a childhood memory looking into the kitchen, seeing my Ah Ma and my mom, including whoever she had over for dinner (just the ladies) gather around a table with their beautiful Sarongs (Malaysian skirts for both men and women) dangling down to the floor as they sit and pick the ends off long green beans, preparing it for dinner that night. My dad would be alongside my Ah Ma watching her as she cooks and thus, my dad cooked Nonya food.

I spent most of my young years in Singapore, because South East Asian countries were so close we would travel to Malaysia very often. We would have dishes like Rendang beef (thicker curry-like dish), Chow Kuay Teow (friend noodles) and Rojak (a tofu, squid and sweet sauce salad) and so much more. I grew up in Thailand for 7 years too so Thai food will always be one of my favourites. Neither of my parents know how to cook Thai food but love to eat it! So now when I do get the chance we go to a local Thai restaurant in Vegas called Komos to bring back tasty memories of my childhood. I also lived in Taiwan for several years and I miss Taiwanese food as well, from roadside spring onion pancakes to beef noodle soups to pork and vegetable dumplings. Chinese food is so simple and yet so heart warming.

I wish I paid more attention to my parents cooking when I was younger, I get so homesick for Cantonese food and Malaysian food sometimes. I can only look for recipes online to try and mimic the taste but it will never be the same. Enough said about food, it's making me homesick for home cooking, I can just smell the aromas in my head! May I just end with pictures of our rather easy yet scrumptious cucumber sandwich my son and I had for lunch today? :)



What are some of your favourite foods or childhood memories with your family?


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Groceries! Blessings from our Father

I am so excited to write this post today because an amazing blessing happened to our family last night and I give all credit to our loving Father. Words cannot describe what this means to our family and it was truly an act of pure love, love which overflowed from our Father Himself, working through others.

My family and I have had to watch our budget very closely as my husband is the only source of income currently, I mentioned this in the previous post. We were able to stretch our groceries for 5 whole weeks. I will talk more about cooking ahead and grocery budgeting if any of you are interested if it will help, just let me know!

At the end of our 5 weeks our fridge was bare, I saw we had some milk left and a tupperware of mashed sweet potatoes. My husband got paid on Friday and we were so excited to go grocery shopping again for the month and that was the plan this weekend.

My husband called me after getting off of work last night and said "Guess what?", I anxiously asked "What??" as I started running through the possible good news scenarios it could be. He said two friends (who shall me left anonymous) of ours decided to go grocery shopping for us, that we have a whole trunk full of groceries, FOR US. "Are you serious?" I exclaimed with my jaw half way down my face. I was in shock and awe, neither of us had ever witnessed something like this before.

He went on to saying the Lord will always provide, He showers us with blessings we don't ever deserve. He is so merciful and so giving all the time and we should always trust in Him. I was in tears at that point. I was just so touched by the blessings He has given our family.

Here are the pictures of the groceries and the inventory just to show you all the magnitude of this.. lol. I'm still in shock!! So overwhelming!



  • 2 boxes of cereal (not included in pictures as I forgot I put them away)
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • A whole cake! (It was someone's birthday at work and decided to give us the rest of the cake :) )
  • 3 packages of beef sirloin tips
  • Nutella snacks
  • Hot dogs
  • Fruit which included: Kiwi, apples, oranges, bananas, avocados, tomatoes
  • Veggies: Lettuce, onions, garlic, peppers, carrots, cucumbers, celery
  • 2 whole chickens
  • Cookie dough
  • Eggs
  • 4 packages of rice
  • 2 silk milks
  • 2 packages of fish
  • 1 package of chicken legs
  • Ground turkey
  • A sack of potatoes
  • Cran-apple juice
  • 2 Apple juice (Do you know how long it's been since we had juice in our fridge? We have been living off of water lol!) 
Oh boy what a blessing. I love my God :)



Monday, November 26, 2012

Stay at home mom

Being a mom is a challenge, being a stay at home mom is a never ending challenge, being a stay at home mom with a new born and a toddler (and a new puppy! Post about her will be coming soon) is like doing the Tough Mudder, most of the time! (If you don't know what a tough mudder is go here).

When I had Immanuel, my toddler (picture on the left), I worked a full time job and had my mother and brother in law watch him. I missed a few of his "firsts" if you know what I mean and wish I would've been the one to witness all his "firsts", although having an extra line of income was very useful.

Unfortunately I had to stop working due to having my newest baby as childcare would be way too expensive for both of the kids, so I am now a stay at home mom.

Switching from being a full time working mom to being a stay at home mom was a lot to adjust to. I had all the time in the world with my kids and house work was my job. I had to get in the groove of taking care of a new born and a toddler at the same time, getting used to doing chores everyday to make sure the house was at least in decent shape when my husband came home. Do you know what it's like to have the house clean one second and your toddler has his letters and blocks out all over the house the next? That's my life!

This is where practice makes perfect comes in. You do it over and over, improving each day and you will start to adapt to it. Getting used to staying at home all the time was also part of being a stay at home mom, at least for me. We only have one car and my husband uses it to go to and from work so when we do go to church on Wednesdays or even just the weekends really makes me feel good, it's like I get to see the world again!

After doing it for a about 2 months I realized it was a great job, getting to set my own schedule was the best part! I try to make a schedule for us three at home. Don't get me wrong I still have my lazy moments and have days where I don't want to do a thing, but that's the beauty of it! I CAN have lazy days and just make up for it later at night or the next day. I thank our Lord so much for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to be a stay at home mom. Stay at home moms deserve all the respect in the world and quite frankly I think we are meant to stay home and watch the children. If you reflect on the Proverbs 31's Virtuous Woman, you see she takes care of all her duties and works from home, she is a Christian wife. Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Are you a work at home mom, stay at home mom, working mom? Do you like what you are doing? What would you like to do? Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The Birth - God's way

The birth... What an amazing experience doing it God's way. I uploaded a video of my birth on my channel: Wifelifeasachristian for those who are interested in watching :)

On "THE" day I truly felt God holding me and giving me a sense of calmness and peace as I went into labor. My water broke in the morning at around 8 am and contractions started to kick in. My husband, mother in law, daughter, son and I went for a walk around the block a few times to help contractions progress.

I had timed them as we walked and they seemed to get more and more intense and closer together rather quickly. I was still talking and enjoying the laboring process (I know it sounds weird but I really did enjoy it!).

After a few times around our community we went back in the house and called my midwife Kathya to let her know how I was feeling, she had told us this period can take a few hours as I was still talking in between my contractions and didn't sound like I was progressing as fast as I thought.

I took her word and just kept doing what I was doing, relaxing and letting each contraction pass. I felt an ease using the birth ball to sway back and forth or just to lean on as my family was watching, awaiting and husband was comforting me whenever he could as he timed each contraction for me. I remember somewhere in between the contractions my midwife called her Assistant to come over because she lived closer to me.

My midwife's Assistant Margo arrived at about 11 am. She monitored me and watched me as my contractions were so close apart yet I was still talking in between them. I could tell she wasn't sure herself whether I was really progressing that fast or something else because I was smiling, joking and one time telling my husband "I'm tired.." (lol). Margo decided I should be checked to see how dilated I was.

We went up to our bedroom where my tub was set up and got checked, I was 6 cm. So, Margo told me I could get into the tub if I wanted to and called my midwife. I got into the tub with whatever sports bra I had on and honestly didn't care what I had on at that point, I just wanted to get into my warm tub.


After getting in I immediately felt relaxed. Margo told us I might have to go onto the toilet as being too relaxed in the water can slow down the progression and the position when sitting on the toilet can really help descend the baby. But she was wrong. About 20 minutes or less later I began to really feel the need to push, I positioned myself subconsciously (my body just knew) and started pushing myself. My mother in law and Margo asked if I was pushing, I nodded.  I felt a huge descent of the baby and grabbed Margo's hand.

Margo wanted to get ready for the birth but I couldn't let her hand go but she managed to switch out her hand for my husband's hand to hold. She got ready and told me I could give her a push and so I did. In a total of two pushes baby Israel was born at 11.59am!

Later my midwife Kathya arrived and while she settled to help Margo she commented "from 6 (cm) to having a baby in less than an hour!". Yes it was that fast! If it wasn't for the Father being there, I doubt the labor would've been so quick, fast enough for me to handle. He was able to make the labor process so fast and I am so grateful for His presence.


Many many thank yous to my loving husband Travon who was there throughout the pregnancy and birth, such a loving support he was for my pregnancy making sure I was taking all the vitamins I needed and so much more! I thank the Lord for providing me with the birth team to help with the birth, you can check out my midwife's website at www.midwifelasvegas.com. Most of all I thank my wonderful family (mother in law, daughter, son, brother in law and brother). I hope this brings God as much glory as He deserves. I know without Him I could not have done it this way. I can now say I did it! Birth - God's way.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Supernatural Childbirth



Being pregnant is a wonderful thing God has blessed women with, the feeling of growing a seed into a baby, an actual human being is so incredible! But when it comes to the birthing process most women have the same reactions to the idea, they think of words like "scared", "lots and lots of pain", and because of pain - "lots of pain medication". With this second baby my husband and I (ultimately me) made the decision to go all natural, medicine free and a birth at home experience having faith that God will be with us all the way.


I started looking into Christian births and to my surprise there aren't many resources out there educating or talking about a Christian birth. During my venture I was watching many videos on Youtube on natural births and home births and I found a video of a Christian woman who had her baby naturally at home. She recommended a book called Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize and without delay I ordered the book.


In the book Jackie talks about her birth experiences, having faith in Christ and believing God will bless her with a pain-free supernatual birth with all her children. Her testimony stated she did have pain-free and fast births with her children and I thought to myself I too wanted a pain-free supernatural birth!

Almost all my colleagues were shocked when I told them from the beginning that I was going to do a home birth. Their reactions included them telling me I should take the epidural, why have a natural birth? Why be in pain when you can have a pain-free birth with meds? What if something goes wrong, there won't be a doctor there... and the list goes on. But I had this calmness in me every moment like God was telling me not to even consider what they were telling me, that He will be there and He will make everything ok.

It's truly amazing that so many people think having home birth is dangerous, it's not the normal thing to do but it SO is! God has handcrafted women bodies to go through what it needs to to give birth to a human being, people need to start realizing that and trust Him, our creator.

What do you think about home births or natural births (medicine free)? How did you have your children or how do you want to have your children? Let me know!  


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Introduction to my Christian Pregnancy Journey series

 

It's been a while since a post was written, I apologize, a lot has happened during this period including the great news that I am pregnant with my second! So I figured this would be a great opportunity  to start a  Christian Pregnancy Series!

 

Finding out I was pregnant again made me nervous, I honestly didn't know how to deal with the news and was more shocked with the fact I was pregnant so soon (little over a year). I knew I wanted a completely different pregnancy and birth for this baby. I wanted an all natural, no drugs, comfortable and safe home birth, so we hired a midwife. As much as we tried to find a Christian midwife, mine is not a Christian but felt she was a good fit for us plus financially, she was more affordable. She is very health oriented, everything has a fix with herbs or a good diet, which made my husband a happy man.

During my pregnancy, which currently I am at 23 weeks, I felt the morning sickness everyone talked about which I did not experience with my first (that was definitely a change of pace) I actually thought I was physically sick until I took a test at home and realized "Hey, no wonder I was feeling sick!".

I was also constantly thinking about the birth. For my first, I opted for an epidural to help me rest as I went into labor at 3am and was so tired, not to mention the hospital made it so readily available I gave in when I should've tried harder to go without. I also had a painful IV in my hand and monitors on my belly that made it impossible to move into different positions. Because I took the epidural, it supposedly caused my baby to have jaundice and (this is just between you and I...) my husband made me feel so horrible that I had failed terribly. They had turned off the epidural once I was fully dilated so I could feel the urge to push and gave birth to my first son Immanuel.

Thinking back at the whole process, I realized the reason why I "failed" was because I wasn't fully walking in the word and as a result, my faith was not as strong as my faith is now and could not make the right decisions and put everything in God's hands.

This pregnancy I am a growing Christian and have the faith to trust in the Lord to help me through and am going to have this baby God's way. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Year Resolutions - JOY





New Year Resolutions


I know it is quite late for a new year resolution however it is never too late to set new goals to better yourself.

I'm going to set goals for myself that include JOY:

JOY – Jesus, others, you.

1.       To communicate with our Father through prayer on a regular basis and to be a dedicated servant of our Lord. Have Him direct my life just as a master to a servant.
2.       To be a better wife and mother as far as being more responsible and completing house duties and not slacking off. Put family first then myself.
3.    Be healthier and more active as far as spending time with family, camping, snowboarding. Just try new things.


I hope your new year brings you peace and joy and be joyful always!

What are your new year resolutions?