Activities, My Family, Pray and Give Thanks

The Blessing Box – August

Want to know how the Blessing Box came about? Read more about it here The Blessing Box – January

* We had an opportunity to visit the Asian Civilization Museum (ACM) with the homeschoolers to learn more about the Adventures of Mulan and also to view the Terracotta Warriors Exhibition. As it was on a weekday, the crowd was much less and it was easier to keep an eye on the children. The children had a great time finding out about Mulan at the hands-on learning area. I thought it was very exciting and wished I were a child just like them. Mr Shawn Guan, who coordinated this activity for us, was very kind to make sure that the children were safe as it could get rather choatic with all that childish fun and enthusiasm. As I had to handle the group of children, Shawn graciously encouraged LA to explore other activities when I told him that LA didn’t like the loud sound of the drum. I appreciate his thoughtfulness and desire that all children should have fun and learn when they are at the museum.

Listening carefully to instructions
Rebecca and Li-Ann
LA and mommy
Posing with Mulan and her family
Princesses or empresses??
Now...playing it softly...
Climbing the 'mountain' like Mulan
Fishing in the ball pool
Trying my hand at archery
Storytelling time

I felt so privileged to go to the Terracotta exhibition to view the actual artefacts, except for one. We happened to be in time for an English guided tour. That gave us a context to the exhibits displayed and helped us to appreciate them better.

FINALLY!!! At the exhibition!
Comb in the shape of an owl
Different currencies
Stone armour
We are in the Emperor's army
An archer
Horse carriage (replica)

* We also celebrated my father-in-law’s 81st birthday in August. It was a wonderful time for the whole family as many relatives came from overseas to join in this celebration. I was grateful to get to know many of these relatives again as we rarely met, let alone keep in touch. In addition, we took this opportunity to teach our children more about the extended family. The children made birthday cards for their grandfather,爷爷。 It was an excellent opportunity for some occupational therapy with Li-Ann as we rolled balls of crepe paper and stuck ribbons. Although her body and fingers were tired, she kept going with my help and promptings.

Happy 81st Birthday Grandpa!
A cake collage for 爷爷's birthday celebration

* Towards the end of August, we were invited to ride with RDA again. This time it’s a term of 10 weeks. We were overjoyed – Li-Ann most of all!! While she still rode on Glow, she had to relate to new friends leading the horse and sidewalking her. I thank God for well-aquainted Glow and at the same time, welcome the challenge of interacting with others who are unfamiliar. YEA!!!

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