Saturday, September 3, 2011

5 year old

The five-year old loves family mealtime; not so much for the food, but for the fellowship with the family. In fact, she'd rather talk than finish her dinner. She likes plain foods and must be encouraged to try anything beyond meat and potatoes. Start with salad and simple casseroles to expand her food choices.

Fives need lots of sleep and many will still take a nap. You'll still want to run her bath and stay nearby, but she can pretty much bathe herself. She needs to be reminded to brush her teeth morning and evening.

Bedwetting may be an occasional problem, especially with boys.

Here is a five year old girl talking about marriage.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy labor day weekend

Labor day weekend is almost here. Life is too short and all we can give each other are some memorable and happy moments to cherish.

If you are free from commitments and have an opportunity to go enjoy this weekend, you should. This is your last chance to enjoy the summer fun.  Some of you are heading out to take a break from the daily routine. If you have any such plans, go have a blast.

This labor day weekend, we are staying put and trying to get closer as a family.  I have a lamp at home, in our prayer area, that's been burning for several days and I need to tend to it - cannot be away from that.

We will take part in a community parade, The East Cobber Parade on the 10th. The parade authorities have asked us if they could use our car for the parade.

Doctor, doctor

Doctor, Doctor, I keep thinking I’m a goat.
And how long has this been going on?
Oh, ever since I was a kid.

Doctor, Doctor, I keep thinking I’m a pair curtains.
Pull yourself together!

Doctor, Doctor, everyone keeps ignoring me.
Next, please.

Doctor, Doctor, I’ve just swallowed a clock!
Don’t worry – there’s no cause for alarm.

Doctor, Doctor, I keep thinking I’m a sheep.
Really? And how do you feel about that?
Very baaaaaaad.

Doctor, Doctor, I don’t think anyone cares what I say or what I . .

Doctor, Doctor I think I’m a bell?
Take these and if it doesn’t help give me a ring!

Doctor, Doctor will this ointment clear up my spots?
I never make rash promises!

Doctor, Doctor My little boy has just swallowed a roll of film!
Hmmmm. Let’s wait and see what develops.

Doctor, Doctor, I keep thinking I’m a pack of cards.
Just sit there and I’ll deal with you in a minute.

Doctor, Doctor, I keep thinking I’m invisible.
Who said that?


Power of prayer

Prayer is the best armor we have; It is the key which opens the heart of God.

Sorry for the delayed post.

4 year old

4 year olds can comprehend almost anything. "Energetic" and "imaginative" best describe the 4-year-old. Often impatient and silly, they discover humor and spend a great deal of time being silly and telling you "jokes." A 4-year-old's language may range from silly words to profanity. Loud, boisterous laughter may accompany such language.

Imagination suddenly becomes greater than life for the 4-year-old, who often confuses reality and "make-believe." Wild stories and exaggerations are common.

Four-year-olds feel good about the things they can do, show self-confidence, and are willing to try new adventures. They race up and down stairs or around corners, dash on tricycles or scooters, and pull wagons at full tilt. We still need to watch them closely as they cannot estimate their own abilities accurately and are capable of trying some outlandish and dangerous tricks. Some kids are just amazing.  Here is one four year old solving the Rubik's cube.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Water into wine

Did Keanu Reeves turn water into wine?

Talented 3 year old

Some 3 year old's are just amazing and talented. Here is one such 3 year old singing the song, "My heart will go on... " from Titanic.

Day 1 - 8 day lent

In an earlier post, it was narrated that St. Mary is mentioned with prominence and importance in Qur'an.   The birth of Mary is narrated in the Qur'an with references to her father as well as Saint Anne.

Mary's father is called Amram in tradition and is the equivalent of Joachim in Christian tradition. Muslim literature narrates that Amram (Imran in Arabic) and Anne (Hannah in Arabic) were old and childless and that, one day, the sight of a bird in a tree feeding her young aroused Anne's desire for a child. She prayed to Allah to fulfill her desire and vowed, if her prayer was accepted, that her child would be dedicated to the service of Allah. She prayed for her child to remain protected from Satan and Muslim tradition records a hadith, which states that the only children born without the "touch of Satan," were Mary and Jesus.

The spiritual organization - Martha Mariam Samajam at our church is named after the Blessed Virgin Mary whom they accept as their interceding saint.

From my early childhood days, I've noticed and witnessed my grandmothers and mother paying great reverence to St. Mary. While I was young, my grandparents once took me to a church devoted towards St. Mary (Manarkad).  They told me about this pond behind the church, and if I took a dip in it my prayers would be answered - and it did! If you get a chance to visit this church, you should stop by while in Kottayam. Somehow, it is etched into my mind that St. Mary is the one whom I could turn for intercession and prayer.

I stay as an ardent devotee of St. Mary.

Try talking to St. Mary - it really works!!


8 day lent

Welcome September. From Sept 1 - 8, we observe the 8 day lent. Sept 8 is the Virgin Mary's birthday.  Apart from that, here is a folk fare I read about the 8 day lent.

In the sixth century, there was a town called Heera near Bazra, which was predominantly a Christian township. The Caliph of Baghdad captured this town and appointed a fanatic Muslim governor, who implemented the Caliph’s every dictum with fervour. The Caliph was known to be cruel and had a weakness for beautiful women. He was enamoured by the beauty and charm of the womenfolk of Heera and decided to reach there in three days. The whole town was in agony. The chastity and modesty of the womenfolk of Heera were at stake. The helpless and hapless menfolk were in bewilderment as to how to tide over this fiery test.

At last they found refuge in Mother Mary and rushed to the church of St. Mary. The priest declared an uncompromising lent for 3 days invoking the intercession of Mother Mary. On the 3rd day, in the middle of the Holy Qurbana, a golden beam of light flashed down from above, illuminated the Holy of Holies and then spread to the whole church.

It is said that the priest had a vision of Mother Mary and also heard her saying, “Do not be afraid; peace be to you – Rejoice. The Caliph is no more. Tribulations are over”.

The priest then turned to the people and they could see an aura around the priests face as he pronounced the message of the Mother. The whole congregation praised the Lord and thanked Mother for her intercessory prayers.

The womenfolk then decided to observe a lent for 8 days (from the 1st to the 8th of September in commemoration of this event). They believed that Mother Mary helped safeguard their chastity, modesty and dignity.

She is our Mother, who cares, helps and loves us and intercedes for us at all times.


House of mirrors

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the House, he thought to himself, "This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often."

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, "That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again."

All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?


3 yr old explains Star Wars

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Song for 2 year old

You're as cute as a bug
So precious to hug
A darling child
Who's nice to be near.

So.. hope turning two
Is happy and fun
And takes you along
To a third great year.


Praise the Lord in joyful song,
Praise Him, Praise Him all day long.

But what of me, I cannot sing;
I have no melody to bring?

Then read again, oh joy of joys,
The Lord said, "Make a joyful noise."

Quite often, I've heard this, "I cannot sing, and have a bad voice."  God is not expecting us to sing in the most melodious voice.  Instead, He expects us to make a joyful noise.


Two - behavior

Characteristics of a two year old's behavior

2 year olds are rigid and inflexible. They want exactly what they want, when they want it. They cannot adapt, give in, wait a little while. Everything has to be done just so. Everything has to be right in the place they consider proper. For any domestic routine, they set up a rigid sequence of events which must always follow each other always in exactly the same manner.

They are extremely domineering and demanding. They must give orders. They must make the decisions. If they decide, “mummy do”, daddy cannot be accepted as substitute. If they decide, “Me do it myself”, then no one is allowed to help them, no matter how awkward or incapable they themselves may be.

2 is an age of violent emotions. There is little modulation to the emotional life of children this age.

It is an age of opposite extremes. With no ability to choose between alternatives (it is almost impossible for 2′s to make a clear cut choice and stick to it). Children of this age shuttle back and forth endlessly between two extremes, seeming to be trying to include both in their decision. “I will – I won’t”, “I want – I don’t want it”, “Go out – stay in”. If someone doesn’t cut into this back and forth shuttling, it has been known to go on for upwards of an hour or more. The decision of what clothes to wear may ursurp a whole morning for a conflict-ridden 2 year old.

Another characteristic of this is age is preservation – that is, the children want to go on and on with whatever they are doing. Not only right at the moment but from day to day. If you read four stories before bedtime yesterday, they want four stories – and the same ones, too – today. It is very difficult with many children this age to introduce new clothes, new pieces of furniture, new things to eat. They want things to go on just the way they have always been or at least hold on to the old as new things are added.

Now, watch a two year old's temper tantrum.  

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


At college, a professor was lecturing the incoming freshman class on using correct English.

“In English a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, however, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. But there is no language in the world where a double positive can form a negative.”

The professor overheard an 18-year old in the back who turned to a friend and said, “Yeah, right.”


God's Whisper

Here is a story about a young man and an old preacher.

The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.

Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted,

“I’ve begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Preacher, why doesn’t God answer?”

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply - something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room.

“What did you say?” he asked.

The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair.

“Sorry,” he said. “I still didn’t hear you.”

With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more.

“God sometimes whispers,” he said, “so we will move closer to hear Him.”

This time the young man heard and he understood. We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God’s is the still, small voice - the gentle whisper.

Perhaps there’s a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God’s whisper means we must stop our ranting and move close to Him, until our heads are bent together with His. And then, as we listen, we will find our answer. Better still, we find ourselves closer to God :-)


A prayer

Dear Lord,

I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for I have sinned. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing and receive the forgiveness of God. And when this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example - to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits. I know when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Thy Will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak and unsaved. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You intimately. I pray for those who won't share this prayer with others. I pray for those that don’t believe. (But) I thank you that I believe.

I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers. For each and every family member in their households. I pray for peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt & all their needs are met. I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly. This is my prayer.

In Jesus Name,

Author: Anonymous


Monday, August 29, 2011

When a child is born

A ray of hope flitters in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas
The winds have changed whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around
You've got the feel you're on solid ground
For a spell or two no-one seems forlorn
This comes to pass when a child is born

And all of this happened
Because the world is waiting
Waiting for one child
Black, white, yellow, no one knows
But a child that would grow up and turn tears to laughter
Hate to love, war to peace
And everyone to everyone's neighbour
Misery and suffering would be forgotten forever

It's all a dream and illusion now
It must come true, sometimes soon somehow
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

When a child is born

Credits: Boney M

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Life lessons

A message from George Carlin

Take time to read this post at least twice, because it carries lots of meaning - reading twice will help you digest this message better. It was written by George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.