We've giggled much even after many rounds of reading "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" - one of the many funny children's book in our collection. Now here's a version for mums which just fits the bill so well.

If You Give A Mom A Muffin - Original Author Unknown

If you give a mom a muffin,
She'll want a cup of coffee to go with it...
She'll pour herself some.
Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.
She'll wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she'll find dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do laundry.

When she puts the laundry in the washer,
She'll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan for supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook ("101 Things To Do With a Pound of Hamburger").
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The check book is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
She'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two year old's diaper.
While she is changing the diaper, the phone will ring.
Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.
She'll remember she wants to phone a friend for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
And chances are...

If she has a cup of coffee, her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

I had a good break laughing although I didn't have my coffee and the muffin to go with it :)
All my girls laughed in agreement.

So to all who aspire to be a mother, you get a glimpse of this messy world called motherhood. Messy? Yes. But a beautiful mess.
Family who prays together stays together. True? Obviously.
But life is "no box", so a family must not only pray together, they ought to play together. Living life without a box.

There is no box
made by God
nor us
but that the sides can be
flattened out
and the top blown off
to make a dance floor
on which to celebrate life.

-Kenneth Caraway

The simplicity of nature in display at Jeram Waterfalls...(the only adventure I had this trip, but it was good enough to watch the children enjoying the trail walk, cool waters and steep rock climb)....

Live life loud!!!

The rest of whatever reserve of their energy was saved for their first time caving adventure in Gua Tempurung; of which I had to be all ears to listen to every exciting detail when they returned. These little hearts were thrilled at the wonders of God's handiwork.

A day and night away....
All packed and geared were more than ready to hit the road. Never mind it was an almost 2 hours' journey. They knew it would be fun thinking of the adventure planned.

Gopeng sounds remote and it is. Our destination - a fairly new bungalow to house us for the next 24 hours. We walked into a very clean and neat centre greeted by a friendly and godly man who takes good care of the place. Ashton was impatient as he looked at the inviting pool.

For a reasonable sum to cover food and lodging, we found our rest in Harvest Haven, nestled in the midst of the palm oil plantation. Or at least I had some quiet moments while the children were all headed for a great time of adventure.

A glimpse of Ashton's first meaningful CNY...last year he was a baby being lugged around without knowing anything...and chewed on the red packets...

All ready for the visitation round on the 1st day...

All geared up for 2nd day - a longer trip, to Ipoh...armed with the season's favourite companion, Barney and stack of Ladybird's collection to keep him occuppied...


Kids don't need expensive toys...all they need is creativity...a piece of shawl, time and space for exploration. Here's their version of lion dance...echoing Ashton's music..."ah tong, ah tong..." A joyful noise and a merry sight.


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The Ipoh Clan...or just some of them...Ed's cousin brothers at Bee Ann's wedding...and look at the gap...the missing guy:) who was at the Asia-Pacific Floorball Championship in S'pore...

...and here's his representative...Ed Jr...with the uncles.

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