My daughter has grown.
She woke up from a bad dream crying.
Instead of me offering her milk for comfort,
she was content when I held her on my lap
and went back to sleep.

She now values my company more than my milk.
As we continue our daily routine with her new little brother of 2 weeks, she's now
learning to control her emotions.
I noticed she has become more selfless everyday.

When love is indeed cultivated in the home,
you don't have to force your children to embrace it.
It becomes a part of them.
Happy Valentine's Day to all!

On Potty Training

Potty training seems to be one of the trickiest thing to do for me. I have even thought that I'm the worst mom in the whole world simply because my daughter isn't potty trained yet. But come a mother angel to the rescue who has just potty trained her daughter who is over 2 years old now. She didn't force her. She let her daughter decide when to go for it. I will do the same.

Daughter turns 2

Daughter turned 2 recently and we wanted to keep the celebration simple. We have established a party rule and that is to give a 'big one' only on 1st birthday, 8th birthday, and 18th. Those numbers
have significance as each child grows. But I think it would be different for boys. They might not have to get big 18th birthday celebrations since they should be at the missionary training center that time.
For my daughter's second birthday, we invited no guests. Just the three of us. And ever since she woke up I sang to her the Happy Birthday song few times of the day. We played a lot and made sure that she would feel it was indeed a special day for her.
We bought a cake and lit a candle. She was amazed by the candle light, especially that she doesn't see it often. Candles really do have a special way of fascinating the beholders. She was.

When we started singing the Happy Birthday song before blowing the candle, she started dancing and giggling. She knew it was the best part of the day :)

I hope she will carry the special feeling of her birthday as the years go by no matter the celebration (big or small). And that happiness for her is not having the fancy of the world. Not receiving expensive gifts or getting loads of them, or getting everyone's greeting on social media, but understanding and being grateful for the gift of life that is given to her and the relationship that she has with people around her.

I hope that we are raising our children right.

I'm excited for Christmas, too. We plan on having an intimate one again. I would hold precious these kind of memories---one small family, one small home.