A Letter to My Son

5 01 2012

“May the LORD bless you and take care of you; May the LORD be kind and gracious to you; May the LORD look on you with favor and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

Dear Baby H,

Happy 1st Birthday, baby boy!  Mommy and Daddy love you very much.  This day is such a blessed day because it is the day you arrived in our lives.  This day may be a cold wintery day but you warmed our hearts with your presence.  We cannot get enough of your smiles, giggles and laughter.  You amaze us more and more with each passing day.

The Lord is great.  He blessed us with you.  He trusted us enough to raise a tiny child and to be the ones to help shape you into what you may become.  We know that we will make mistakes along the way but we hope that it will never be too late to correct ourselves.  We know that we don’t always have the right answer but we hope we can make the best decision for you.

Our wish for you is a happy, simple life.  We want to give you the world and support you in all you do.  We wish for a life filled with happiness, joy and love.  We may not always be able to shield you with the downsides of life but we will be there to help pick up the pieces and we will be there offer a shoulder for you to cry on.

May you always trust the path God has put before you.  May He always shower you with His love and blessings.

WE LOVE YOU, BABY H.  You are our greatest blessing.

Love always, with endless hugs and kisses,

Mommy and Daddy

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Proud Parent Moment

15 12 2011

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.  – Charles R. Swindoll

Tonight was a proud and happy moment for DH and I.

Baby H took his FIRST steps!!  He was standing right by my sister’s Christmas tree and then he moved forward about 2-3 steps.  Soon after, he tumbled to the ground.  He attempted to walk a couple of times later on in the night with a few successes and a number of fails to follow after.  DH and I were so happy to see him experience this milestone.

I love watching Baby H grow but at the same time, it melts my heart.  He is no longer this tiny baby that would sleep in our arms.  I remember just staring at him for hours.  Now, I cannot get him to sit still for a few minutes.  He is so curious and active that I knew this day would come soon.

The best thing we can do is to encourage him when he falls and trust that he will gain the confidence he needs to walk on his own.

I guess the three of us are just going to take it “one step at a time”.





The Recipe for Failure

7 12 2011

You learn you can do your best even when it’s hard, even when you’re tired and maybe hurting a little bit.  It feels good to show some courage.  – Joe Namath

It only takes two ingredients to create the recipe for failure.

me + baking = DISASTER

Let’s remember my name here is “Far From Pefect Mom” – not, “The Pefect Mom”.  So why do I even bother trying?  You know, I fail EVERY single time!  I don’t just ruin the stuff made from scratch… I even ruin the boxed mixes – you know, the one that you just add water and eggs.  It is actually quite funny to me.  It’s just that I always try hoping to succeed one day and I actually learn from my mistakes so the next time I try, I’m just a tad bit better.

I tried to make Crème Caramel last night but I was not too successful at all.  Although, DH did give me an A for effort =)

I think I made the crème part okay but the caramel part was a disaster from the moment I started!  I found a recipe online to make this rich dessert and I thought it was great because there was a video that I could follow.

First step for failure… make sure the video is in a language you understand.  I didn’t think I needed to understand what the baker was saying but that’s where I went wrong!  The recipe calls for the melting of sugar on the stove top.  So I copied the baker’s actions in the video – stir the sugar.  For some odd reason, my sugar was forming clumps instead of becoming nice and liquidy.   After standing at the stove stirring the sugar for what seemed like an hour, I asked DH to see if he could understand the video.  DH said I should not have been stirring the sugar right away.  I had to wait for the liquid to form and then stir later on.

SIGH

So I decide throw the first batch away and start over since I still had the crème mixture waiting for me in the fridge.

I patiently waited for the sugar to melt… and SUCCESS!  I finally got the consistency I wanted.  I realize the pan I was using was too small for me to add the crème mixture so I quickly find another pan and transfer the liquid caramel before it hardens.  The pan is now the right size… I swirl the liquid caramel to even it out in the new pan.  I wait a few minutes for the liquid caramel to harden just a bit before I pour the crème mixture in.

I slowly pour the crème mixture in and I begin to steam the new pan.  Success?!

WRONG!!!!  Yet another fail  =(

Second step for failure… make sure you use/have the right equipment, such as the pans.  When I was looking for a larger pan, I grabbed a springform pan (the type of baking pan that you can remove the sides from the base).  When I poured the liquid caramel in, I checked to see if it leaked.  It didn’t so I decided to pour in the crème mixture.  I thought everything was fine and within seconds of steaming, the pan started to drip and leak.

DH quickly finds another baking dish that wouldn’t leak and we quickly pour out the crème mixture.  I was able to save that but not the liquid caramel – it already hardened.  Because it was already late and I didn’t have enough patience to make a third batch of liquid caramel, I decided to just steam the crème mixture.  That actually went okay.  After steaming it and the crème firming up, DH tasted it shortly after it cooled and said, “It tastes like it’s supposed to.  It’s just missing the caramel flavor.”

Hahahaha… obviously the caramel flavor is missing!  I messed that up!

Now that I know what pans to use and the proper techniques… I will attempt to make this for my brother’s birthday dinner next week.  I will definitely let you know how that goes!





Far From Perfect

30 11 2011

I am a wife to my Darling Husband (DH), who I hope sees me as his loving wife.  I am a mother to an almost 11 month old baby boy, Baby H… and I hope for now, DH and I are his world.

DH and I have arguments and we don’t always see eye to eye.  Baby H has tearful moments and I cannot always make the tears stop.  I strive to do my best but sometimes, I know I am defeated.

I am far from perfect… and you know what, I’m okay with that.