Friday, July 25, 2014

Day and Night challenge

Daisy’s Kitchen


            Twins Stephanie and Stacy leafed through an old photo book reminiscing their childhood. “Do you remember our times in Grandma Daisy’s kitchen?” Stephanie asked.

            Stacy pointed at a picture of her younger self proudly holding up a decorated snowman cookie and laughed. “Do I ever. It seems like we were always fighting over what was for lunch or what cookies we were going to make and somehow she diffused the situation without either of us feeling left out. All I learned about unconditional love came from her example.  Especially our times in her kitchen.”
           
Looking thoughtful Stephanie said, “Hmm, I never thought of it that way.  You are totally right.  Who knew that making both peanut butter and sugar cookies at the same time would have that result?”

            “She obviously did.  Don’t forget the macaroni and cheese versus grilled cheese sandwiches wars.”
           
            “How could I forget?  Grandma Daisy certainly ate her share of my favorite food to finish off the box,” Stephanie chuckled. 
           
“What was her nickname for the two of us again?  Oh yeah, Day and Night.  I still wonder what she meant by that but I think I am beginning to understand.” Stacy stopped her perusal of the family album long enough to suggest calling Grandma Daisy. 

            Jumping up to find the phone Stephanie exclaimed, “That is a great idea!”

            “Good morning Grandma.  How are you this morning?” Stacy cheerfully asked.

            “I’m doing well.  Thank you for asking.  How are you doing sweetie?” Daisy replied.
           
            “We are just fine.  Stephanie and I are in my apartment looking through old pictures.  We wanted to call you to ask a question.”
           
            “Go ahead. We will see if this old woman knows the answer.”
           
            Without delay Stephanie blurted out, “What do you mean by our nicknames Day and Night?”

            “Oh. That’s easy.  You may look the same but your personalities couldn’t be more different.”
           
            “Like Day and Night?” came the question from Stacy.


            “Exactly.  Like Day and Night. Both of those serve a different purpose and have equal value in my eyes and the eyes of the good Lord who created them.   The same goes for my beautiful granddaughters.”

Faithwriters weekly challenges

Good morning,
     I am now going to try to enter Faithwriters weekly challenges and see where it takes me.  I have successfully finished one week and just submitted second week.  I hope to improve my writing through this.  I am also trying to find paying jobs for my writing.  Let me know if you have any leads!  Thank you.

                                                Blessings,
                                          Jennifer Liang

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Vacation

Well here I am in Bremerton, WA enjoying a few child-free moments so I can write.  There are currently 8 adults in the house so both of my children are distracted.  :)  We had a great time at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium yesterday with Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie Becca and mama's cousin Justin (total 6 adults and 2 children).  What fun seeing wildlife and animals up close.  We leave tomorrow back to our normal life in CT.

                                            Bye for now,
                                                Jennifer Liang


P.S.  I was very happy to learn that my last post won me a year's membership in Faithwriters.com.  Thank you!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Handprints of Evangelism

 Handprints of Evangelism


“Thank you so much Sarah for the book you gave me last week. “ Emily said while giving her youngest a big push on the swings.  “I read it cover to cover and it was so interesting.  My husband even saw how engrossed I was reading it before bed and asked to take it to work with him two days in a row.”

Sarah’s daughter Grace giggled as she exclaimed “Higher mommy higher!”

            Loving the smile on her daughter’s face and not wanting to disappoint her Sarah obliged with a mighty push resulting in another round of giggles.  “You are most welcome.  I am glad to help.  I am here anytime you need me.”

            Leaving her son to swing on his own Emily carefully avoided his pumping legs and walked over to join Sarah next to the pole.  “But why me?  What does this all mean to you?”

            “You mean Jesus?” Sarah asked.

            “Yes.  I mean it is a nice story and all but what does that have to do with you and me?” Emily reiterated.  “Why did you give me a free book?”

            After a moments thought Sarah asked, “Well, let me ask you a question.  Did you make handprints and fingerprints of your children as babies?”

            “For my oldest we did at birth.  It is framed on our wall.  I have yet to do anything with Michael. Why?”

            “My Grace was so tiny that I wanted to have proof of her growth to remind me of how far she has come and will go.  I took her handprint and while looking at it Jesus spoke to me about how important He is in my life and how He is always taking care of me and my family.” 

            “Yes, I remember the difficult time you went through with her premature birth.”

            Finally freeing Grace and running after her to the slide Sarah motioned Emily to join her in the shade.  “Grace would not be where she is now if it were not for God’s hand orchestrating everything.  Her framed handprints on our wall serve as a daily reminder of His healing and provision.”

            “In other words it is not just a story to you but this Jesus character is real.”

            “That is exactly what I am saying Emily.”

            Pondering that thought for a moment Emily distracted herself by seeming to be captivated by what Michael was doing as he gleefully climbed the slide and slid down followed closely by his friend Grace.  “Wow.  That gives me a whole new perspective.  Do you happen to have more of those books?  My husband still has my first copy.”

            Handing her a pocket testament Sarah smiled and simply said, “We will be praying for you.”

           
            On Sunday Sarah’s husband Harry nudged her during the sermon and whispered “Isn’t that your friend Emily?”

            “Shhh.  Yes, it is.  I will talk to her after service.”

            Later approaching her from behind Sarah tapped Emily on the shoulder.  “Welcome Emily.  It is nice to see you here. “

            Enveloping Sarah in her arms Emily couldn’t contain her excitement.  “I went home that day from the playground and Jesus touched me.  His handprints are on my life now too.  I want to shout it from the mountaintops and share with everyone I know.  Where can I go for help?”


            “I know just the place.  It is called Pocket Testament League (www.ptl.org) and there you can find the answers to all your questions like what is evangelism and why read the Bible.  They also have free evangelism training, free daily devotionals, and other evangelism tools and resources.  There are even ways to reach those around us as well as around the world in places like China! Congratulations.  Welcome to the family!” 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy trails

    Even though it felt like it would never come summer is finally here.  What are your plans?  We spent three days in Philadelphia for my husband's first (of three) medical exams.  A trip to Bremerton, WA is next for a visit with my family.  We hope to get some good time in with the grandparents and other family.  
   Right now we enjoy every day with a 3.5 year old and her active toddler brother.  What things can we do this summer that we didn't do last summer?  Who knows but we will try to enjoy the time before Abby starts school.  
     That is something totally new to me, sending my daughter to school.  She will be attending New Haven's first public Montessori school which opens in August.  She won her spot in the Magnet School Lottery with somewhere between a 1 and 8 to 1 in 10 chance of getting in.  So many families don't get to be a part of this exciting new venture and I am happy she does even if it is only for the first year.  

                   Still working on my first novel but taking a break for a short while.  I am also pondering if this fall is the right time to start a Master's in Early Childhood Education.  In the meantime we are trying to give the husband space as he studies for the final two of his exams.  Hopefully things will settle down more once he is finished.  

                                        Bye for now,
                                  Jennifer Liang

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hello all,
     Here we are on Halloween 2013.  My daughter is now 3 and almost completely potty-trained and my son is 8 months old and learning to crawl.  We just moved into a new (to us) apartment with plenty of space for crawling, mostly carpet and all one floor.  With my sister living with us it is also a blessing to have two bathrooms.
     I just submitted the first chapter of my manuscript "Melodious Rain" to an online writing contest.  It makes me nervous to wait for a month but with God's grace the time will be here before we know it.

                That's all for now,
                   Jennifer Liang

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Keoni's arrival

Hi all,
  I am finally getting around to updating my blog.  In this post I will give the details of my son's birth. 
   Keoni Luke Liang was born at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) at 2:44 am on Saturday February 16, 2013.  He was 7 lbs. 5 oz and around 19 inches. 

     Three miracles surround his birth.  First, we had a snowstorm of gigantic proportions February 8 - 9.  We were in the area that was worst hit.  A town near us had 40 inches in 24 hours while we had 34.  We were actually in Hamden the night before the storm hit.  So, we were all a bit nervous when I was 38 weeks during a major blizzard.  It took the town of New Haven more than 3 business days to clear all the roads so that they were even passable with one lane.  The town was at a standstill from Friday afternoon through Wednesday morning.  We made it through that.  Thank God. 
      On that Friday night my sister and I (and my daughter) headed to Wal-Mart for some last minute supplies for arriving family from China.  While there I started feeling uncomfortable but didn't realize it was labor.  I even drove home and we finished cleaning up for the family.  They arrived at our home at around 10 pm and we all said hello and then good night.  I mentioned that I might be in labor but wasn't sure because they were at least 20 minutes apart.  Well, it didn't take long to make it to 10 minutes apart and then right on top of each other.  Eventually we woke everyone up (except my daughter) and finished packing for the hospital.  At 2 am we set out.  The contractions were very intense and close together.  There were also some messes that couldn't be stopped. The second miracle is that my Chinese mother-in-law and sister-in-law did arrive in time (although just barely).  My mother-in-law was able to stay with the sleeping toddler. 
       After arriving at the hospital maternity ward Keoni was born within 10 minutes before we even made it to the delivery room.  In fact, the doctor was not in the room (but came by a little later) so he was delivered by an intern.  My sister and sister-in-law were in the family waiting room.  My husband sent my sister a picture of him as a surprise when she expected to be in the room with us but he arrived too quickly.  We skyped with my parents soon after.  So, the third miracle was that his delivery was quick and complication free and totally natural.  The births of my daughter and my son could not have been so different.

            Well on to taking care of the two blessings - one who is 3 months and the other in the midst of potty-training.

                                Blessings,
                             Jennifer Liang