We had an awesome time at Church camp this year. The messages by Pastor Chua Chung Kai were reflective, personal and God's word struck deeply in my heart. Despite missing 2 of the 4 messages taking care of Ellie (thank God for Mum who took the other 2), I was moved by the messages I did sit in for. I am going to take steps to read God's word more regularly.
Now after we have gotten back from camp, I (and what must be more than 50% of the campers) am down with a bad flu bug that was making its way around the entire camp. I woke up this morning to chills and aches and feeling terribly under the weather. But I am feeling much better now because of the medication that I got from the doctor. It brings to mind immediately a part of the sermon where Pastor Kai said people have asked him whether he prays or takes medicines when he is sick. His answer? "Do both lar! Why must be so exclusive? God can heal with or without medicine, with or without prayer, with or without surgery, with or without chemotherapy." So thank God for medicines.
We also had a swell time spending every moment with our little boy, who is really not all that little anymore. Everyone who asked how old he was, all shook their heads and said 'ah, the terrible twos are coming!'
I am already beginning to see the start of the terrible twos with the way Ellie asserts himself and makes it very clear what he likes/wants or does not like/want. He has also started to hit other children when they take away his toys or just come too near. It is very distressing when that happens, I pray with him every morning that he will be more gentle with his friends and teach him to touch others more gently. He tries to follow but somehow cannot resist the urge and will lash out in a split second if someone comes into his personal space. Needs more more work.
Yet at the same time, it is amazing to see his personality emerge, he loves some things but doesn't like others. He LOVES music and attempts to sing along to his nursery rhymes, he loves Wiggles and dances along with them (he says 'ggle, ggle' all the time, even in his sleep!). He also loves to 'play' imaginary instruments along to songs which is the cutest thing ever. Mummy and him often form a 'band' where I play piano and he blows a trumpet or the assortment of imaginary instruments he has. Cuteness.
He doesn't like books that much, especially the written word. He loves pictures and flaps and textures but immediately closes the book when I try to read words to him. Not so much of a scholar that one.
I love how after 4 days, I can read his signals so much better and can preempt his needs and wants. A mummy's intuition I suppose. He is now equally affectionate with Merv and me, which is awesome seeing how he used to only want Merv to carry him and push me away. Now he goes 'mum mum' and leans over to me, so nice. :)
I love this little boy of ours! But at the same time, Merv and I got some alone time every night because Dad would come over in the night to watch Ellie when Merv and I drove out to town to buy water and supper, had Ramly burgers every night! Super unnutritious but it is proper heart-stopping holiday food. LOL.( Pictures of our trip!Collapse )