We celebrated Isaac's ONEderful year of growing with a party! It was only fair since we also had first birthday parties for our three older children.
A first birthday is significant. It marks a fantastic year of growing - from a tiny bundle that I could easily carry in one hand to this toddler who is now capable of single handedly turning my house upside down!
I catered the Western dishes (Shepherd's Pie, Lasagna, Lamb Meatballs, Turkey Ham Quiche, English Trifle) from Luscious Treats and the Briyani Rice, Chicken Rendang, Mutton Curry from another Malay lady. Ah Mah made siew pau (all habis!!!) and bought very good yong tau foo and chee cheong fun from Seremban. I made the jelly and coleslaw.
The past year has certainly been our most challenging thus far. We get plenty of stares when we're out with 4 children. We could be having dinner out at some mall...just the 6 of us as always... and people just look like we're some rare species.
Thankfully the children are well-behaved most of the time. They do drive Daaling and I up the wall very often but they are also a great joy and blessing.
A wise man once told me "It takes a village to raise a child".
Our village consists of our parents, our families, our cell and church friends. On Saturdays, Daaling takes all 4 to church on his own while I'm at work (the kind where I get paid). I thank God for the many willing youth and ladies who help to babysit Isaac when Daaling is on worship leading duty.
Having young children need not be an excuse or hindrance to ministry. After a break of 8 months from Little Lambs Ministry, I resumed in July when another lady when on maternity leave. I'm also very thankful for a very understanding and considerate boss.
So we celebrated and gave thanks to God for all his goodness, providence and blessings overflowing.
|our complete family|
|hee hee....this is all mine!!!|
|I'm sooooooo happy!!!|
|three candles - one each for Isaac, Daaling and Isabel|
In my books, the first year is the most difficult. So theoretically, we've passed the most difficult hurdle. Hopefully Isaac will sleep through the night soon and we will all be less sleep deprived. He is much easier to care for already as he eats well and very quickly too.
As they grow, there will be different challenges. Joseph is almost a pre-teen and the teenage years will dawn soon enough. My prayer is that they will all grow in His ways to know Him, love Him, serve Him and walk with Him faithfully all the days of their lives.