For every father

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We are now about one month to Father’s Day, and a group of friends and I have joined hands to raise funds for a good cause. Besides our own fathers, and (for those of us who have kids) the husbands we love, there is a special group of fathers that often go unnoticed and unappreciated.

Most days, we pass by them on the streets or in the malls and food courts, and scarcely give them a second look – but these are men who have sacrificed precious time with their families just so they can put bread on the table, pay the bills, and perhaps send their kids to school.

This June, our team hope to be a blessing to these fathers through two Father’s Day gift sets. All sales proceeds will be donated to HealthServe, a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing healing and hope to migrant workers in Singapore.

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A Mum’s Treasure

IMG_3489There’s a verse in the Bible that I always used to puzzle over. For some reason, the words leapt off the page at me, and even before I learnt the wonders of inductive Bible study, I noticed that they appeared twice in the same chapter. Among all the women of the bible, I don’t think I’ve learnt as much about motherhood from anyone else – Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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It takes a village to SAVE a child

Photo credit: Preemptive Love Coalition
Photo credit: Preemptive Love Coalition

Some of you may know that Preemptive Love Coalition is an organisation whose work I admire and support. (Here’s my story) Every day, these men and women are in the trenches of human need, rescuing families, establishing communities, building facilities and bringing hearts of compassion and hands of aid.

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the hope that Easter means than to join hands and pool together the little that we have to make a difference in the lives of these displaced Iraqi families. We may not be able to offer long-term solutions for the many struggles that they face, but we can be part of the process of restoration and rebuilding of lives. Come, be part of that “village” with us!

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Get CNY-ready with 3M

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Last month, we received a huge box of goodies from the kind folks at 3M, and they have seen us through a month of fun crafting, card-making, house decorating and gift wrapping! The boys and I have always been huge fans of their washi tape, and this time around, we have been really spoilt for choice with the array of pretty designs. Our box of treasures included a range of Scotch Expressions Tapes and other Scotch brand tapes, a pair of Multi Purpose Scissors, a pair of Precision Scissors and some adhesives.

Read on for our review, a couple of CNY tips, and a special giveaway! #huatah

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I’ll make my heart a Bethlehem

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I’d like to share a song that I’ve loved for well over a decade. To my surprise, I couldn’t find a single cover on YouTube, let alone the original. But here are the lyrics of the chorus.

I’ll make my heart a Bethlehem
A place where love can dwell within
A place where hope and joy begin
where his new life can start

I’ll make my heart a Bethlehem
That’s open wide to welcome him
and let his love be born again
This Christmas in my heart

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Birth Stories: David

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Every year when each boy’s birthday comes around, I can’t help but think back to the eventful day of his birth. It’s bittersweet, isn’t it, mums? Amidst the joy and celebrations, we get all misty-eyed thinking about that first time we set eyes on our teeny-tiny babies. We marvel at how much they have grown in a year, yet we wistfully long for that baby smell that is now just a memory, and the feel of soft newborn weight in our arms.

I never did take the time to pen down the boys’ birth stories, so it took quite a bit of thinking to remember all the details for this post. But it was good to relive the moments of David’s birth and to share it with the boys. (David was shocked to know that mummy was in labour for that long) Hopefully I remember to write about Daryl’s crazy fast birth before his next birthday!

Here is David’s  story.

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