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Juggling two under two…and Easter Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday. A day that celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, his victory over death and our sins.
Just two months ago, I gave birth to our beautiful daughter. Ever since then, our lives had been taken by whirlwind, so very exhausting, emotionally and physically. This birth felt very different from the first a year and a half ago, it was less exciting and with more anxiety. We worried about who was going to take care our firstborn while in labor, the logistics of arranging for childcare, and how we can take care of them both. Therefore, when I met miss K, my heart was a tangled mess.
Then she turned out to be a very different baby from M. Very in need of warmth, and is very clingy. On top of that, a gassy, colicky baby. Needless to say, there are lots of crying on her part, and also lots of crying out of frustration on my part.
Big brother M has been doing relatively well, he welcomes the arrival of his little sister, but he is also entering the terrible two phase. He craves constant attention, whines and cries when things don’t go his way, and is constantly pushing our limits.
There are days that are so peaceful with smooth BF sessions, perfect nap times so I can focus my attention on each of them. Then there are days when everything is going wrong, both crying and screaming at me, and I scream back out of frustrations. No patience nor love left in my tank.
It is in those days of chaos I see how limited my love is for my children. I turn into a snappish person that yells at both of them, my heart full of bitterness and resentment, and then guilt. How can I feel this way toward my beautiful children gifted by God?

Humbly, I see the end of my humanly love. The best I can give is so very limited compared to God’s unending love. I need to love with His love and not rely on my own.

So today is Easter Sunday. Though I am not emotionally exuberant, I am very thankful for what Jesus has done for us. Conquering my humanness, my limitations, my bitterness and resentment, and my guilt. The end of me means the beginning of Him in me. I want to experience Jesus’ victorious life in me, in my family life and beyond. Today, I celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
Thank you Jesus, for without you, there is no hope.

Easy, healthy one person lunch 簡單,健康,一個人的午餐

I have been home bound most of the week due to some back /neck problem, so I am getting more and more creative on making one-person meal that requires no work. It started with the left over, then  wonton soup, then dumpling. Yesterday, even boiling a pot of water for more dumplings seem like too much effort ( I know, I am getting way too lazy. But hey, I did do some house chores). So I want to share with you my new discovery, a new easy breezy way to cook dumplings.

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This was my lunch yesterday. Let me break it down. I had ChiMei chives dumplings, and prewashed, pre-cut collard greens. I also have a traditional rice-cooker (Tai-Tung) that works as a steamer as well.

I added some water to the inside of the rice cooker, placed the steam plate in, arranged the collard greens and dumpling, closed the lid, and pressed “cook” button. 10 min later, my meal was ready. I then made the dressing by mixing soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar and chili paste together in the bowl. Add the steamed veggies and dumpling in the bowl. Voila~

It really was simple and delicious. In the time it took the rice cooker to cook my meal, I caught up with my emails and bills.

The health component came with steaming the veggies. It is one of the best way to retain all the nutrients vegetable has to offer. Maybe the frozen dumpling was not the most healthy food, but ChiMei is the only brand I have seen in Chinese markets that doesn’t use MSG (mono sodium glutamate), and only all natural ingredients. Although the effects of MSG is controversial, no scientific proof that it is harmful to human body, but I really dislike how it makes me feel. Drowsy, bloated and extremely thirsty. Yuck!

Anyways. It was my first time steaming dumplings. Growing up, we’ve always boiled it, and when it is overlooked, we got stuck eating soggy dumplings. Maybe I am late to the show, but I am really glad that I found a new way to eat healthy without doing much.

What are your tricks of eating easy and healthy meals?

welcomeing a new beginning

The creation of this site marks a new beginning that is a bit overdue. Those who have known me for a while knows that I have been feeling stuck in complacency for years. There is a deep desire to make a difference yet the execution seemed so daunting.

With all that is happening around the world, and here at home, I wondered about how to really use my time in a meaningful way. Conversations with friends and hubby really encouraged me to start with the tangible first. So, here I am, taking what I already do on a normal basis to the next level.

Regardless of outcome, I welcome this new beginning, and I look forward to God’s leading.

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