My Mother

When we grew up…

You poured yourself to us,
You gave yourself to us,
until nothing left.

Because of you,
I have the courage to say freely my thought about things that now some may hold at the back still.
I have the courage to expect a better life.
Even though at your time, you could never have them nor have the courage to dream on.
But you had sown the seeds in us to grow.

You walked your talk,
you set an example for us.

You nurtured us,
you nourished us,
we were full of love.

Despite all the imperfections,
that happened to all of us,
you did always do for us,
sincerely, willingly, joyfully and cheerfully…in any seasons.
In good times and in bad times,
in health and in sick.

You’re our anchor, you’re our rock.

Now we’ve grown up, and you’ve grown old gracefully…

Time flies,
things change.
Everything dwindles,
subtly but surely.

You are still smiling joyfully and cheerfully to life.

I hope I can follow your example, Mom.

Dear Lord, please meet my mother’s every need.
/from a sharp tongue & impatience grown up child/

Teeny Note

Despite of the many controversies around The Shack (movie), as a person who very easily weeps when watching movie, one of the sweetest part that touched and moved me is: when Mack, the main character, in relief after the revelations, run and race with Jesus above the water on the lake (and its beautiful nature scenery at surrounding), they both run energetically side by side. This scene would perfectly (for me) describe what I read in my me-time just now, “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT. I think this is one of the most treasured things above many things else, above all troubles, problems or riches that can come, around and go. I hope I can be like this, always. Have a great day, Friends. Best regards.

20 July 2017

Bread For the Brain

After 3 weeks of school holiday in my country, including one and a half week of Idul Fitri holiday where factories and most companies in my country close during the season, I become so glued into the very leisure or slow motion mode. No morning hurry to prepare brunch-box and drive 2 kids to 2 schools of total distance 12 kms before the morning traffic starts. And no need to prepare breakfast for hubby before drive kids to school. No need to make sure kids review what they study at school on weekdays. Yay…

But mid July the school will start again. We need to make sure the young one learns a lot to be able to read, write, count & do simple math before the young one tested for the elementary school eligibility, in the same school as the older one. While the older one should have had the proficiency in math: plus minus up to 100. Why? Because the next level, the older one will start multiplying & dividing.

As a stay at home mom, it seems my brain has not been working during the “real” holiday. But I think I have come to consciousness that I need to activate and feed my brain regularly through learning everyday. I and every human being need to feed their brain on a daily basis, because that’s a human nature. I am struggling to do it everyday, to have time & energy to nurture my brain, even though it’s only a bite of mini-knowledge-cake. I see that some people in my surrounding, specially the stay at home moms (some are at my age or a decade younger, more are the old style traditionalist) that they don’t need to activate their brain, or believe so that women with kids don’t need to study/achive more in knowledge/expertise except if it can help the family income. I think that believe is too bad. So many unused potentials for the betterment of human kind. But I believe that it is every human’s Nature and Right to use the brain we are equipped with for a betterment through learning and studying in real life as well as using books as the tool. And I also do believe in part time job, which everyone could give more their expertise and energy to the economical productivity system for the progress and more development of their own country.

I believe that no single seed, effort nor deed is wasted. 

Teacher // Educating

Patience and Inspiration go a long way – – a life time. 

Today, May 2nd, is The National Education Day in Indonesia. This event makes me remember some of my best teachers and my kids’ teachers. One of them is the teacher in the kindergarten, who taught my kid before, told me something I always remember & give me hopes when I find difficulties in helping my kids learning: 

Patience and attention is younger kids’ idols. / Sabar & perhatian itulah idola anak-anak kecil. By Teacher Puji Susanti (Ms.) 

Kelam

Apalah arti menang atau kalah,
Apalah arti sengit,
Apalah arti sibuk,
Bila waktu sudah tak ada,
Semua itu tak berarti.

Waktu berlalu seperti angin,
Masa kecil yang kunikmati,
Masa remaja penuh tantangan,
Masa-masa indah dan,
Tentu tak lepas dari ketaksempurnaan,

Tapi apalah arti itu semua,
Bila mereka telah pergi,
Waktuku telah lewat,
Tanpa ku bisa memberi yang berarti,
Walau hal simpel dan basic seperti,
Waktu dan cinta,
Menikmati kebersamaan dengan kasih sayang.

Ampuni aku, Dad,
Ampuni aku, Tuhan.

Decluttering Updated, 30 Mar 2017 

After several an-hour-decluttering-session on Wednesdays & Saturdays and 10 minutes here & there, the result is I’ve got 3 significant places, that the new organisation I hope more efficient & effective in serving our family life.

1. My room

My room, actually the master bedroom (it’s for the 4 of us). Yup, the small table on the right. Before decluttering, it was full of kids’& my books, toys on it, and on the floor underneath the table. Yes, the study table on the left is still not decluttered yet, my next target. 

2. At the entrance: lockers

Before, at the entrance/guest room, we had 3 lockers like the 2 right lockers for kids books & toys including Legos.  I can declutter couple of toys so 1 locker is empty & then moved to upstairs into the guest bedroom/study room. Here in the photo is our one 3×4 locker & two 1×4 locker for tools, photo albums, hobbies (swimming, roller skate), kids book, toys, Legos – –  but the 2 top right I haven’t decluttered them yet. 

Another place is our guest bedroom/study room upstairs. Before, we had no locker. Now we have 1 for papers, photo paper, photoprinter, CD programmes, and a couple of guest things for the guest(s). 

3. More organised shoe rack

Yeah, I know it’s not a great deal, but I put name for each line & donate one kid’s shoe. 

I think that’s all I declutter in March. 

Thanks for reading. See you next time and have a great day. 

Cheers. 

One Persistence Positive Act Everyday is One Hope

Positive thinking for a child during child’s growing up stage, even just from one adult in the family, goes a long way from what people could think, specially when couple of turbulent environments surrounding the child. It gives hopes, even only one hope. With a hope, a child can look at & have a dream for his/her future. Positive thinking also gives confidence & at least the minimum stability a child needs. 

Negative thinking does the opposite. One with negative thinking, how clever & how successful one is, has almost no use in a child’s growing stage, if not harms or sends a set back message. He/she even blocks his/her positive qualities in the eye of a child.