About

Hello and welcome!

I’m Jin Ai, married to one Sweet Man and we have four children, Puppy (8), Lamb (6), Piglet (almost 4) and Roo (11mos). Our kids fancy themselves the Malaysian edition of The Famous Five – four children and one very black mongrel, Pegs.

Here we are, 2012.

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2014.

Family of 6

B.C. (before children), I trained as a lawyer, worked at UNHCR and then went back to study full time. I never thought I’d dream of domesticity or what is commonly known as the “at home mom” business. The real action was out there, the real need was out there. I had no intention of wasting my time or education.

But here I am in the thick of full time, hands-on mothering, and not looking back.

My days are now filled with endless clean-ups, teaching in our preschool homeschool, breastfeeding, cloth diapering and just being available. 24/7.

I surprised even myself.

Motherhood is the most difficult, yet most rewarding job I’ve ever had. There are moments I’ve wanted to strangle myself. There are times I’ve wanted to hang up the apron and return to pencil skirts.

But I’ll never give up.

Because? Motherhood is No Small Thing.

“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe?
How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

When I’m not mothering, writing elsewhere or working freelance, I’m glad for this little space where I can share stories about motherhood.

About the joys, the exhaustion, the highs and lows of the roller coaster ride.

About the memories I want to keep for our children.

About our adventures in parenting, homeschooling for preschool, homemaking and some intermittent mayhem as we plant our organic vegetable fruit garden.

About what we want our children to know about personal responsibility and living for those in way more difficult situations than we are.

And to come back full circle, about how motherhood is transforming – steering me away from the smallness of me towards the largeness of God.

I love how our lives as mothers can intersect across the Web, because there’s been more than one beserk day when I’ve stumbled upon another mama’s blog post, when I’ve followed someone else’s story, when an encouraging comment’s been left here, that my spirits are lifted, that I know other mothers have been there.

And I’m determined to get up and put my hand to the plough once again.

So please hang around. With a cuppa.

Because I think Mothers shouldn’t be boxed in. And there’s always some dark chocolate stashed somewhere. 

Love,

Jin Ai

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If you’re curious ….

If you’d like to connect ….

  •  Please visit my Contact page.
  •  Email me at mamahearmeroar(at)gmail(dot)com.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. mom2kiddos

    Hi there. Just found your blog through Moms bloggers planet. Welcome to the world of blogging. I’m always interested to read how other moms are going nuts with their kids. Have a nice day!

  2. Shima

    Hello Jin Ai 🙂

    I found your blog while looking up Jolly Phonics programme. I wanted to see if it is really working for children and if I really should go ahead and start using it with my students. I am happy to learn that it is working for you and your children, and that they are reading books that I didn’t start reading until I was 14! Good job, Mommy! I will be visiting again and I hope you can help me with questions I am surely to have about the programme when I start.

  3. Jin Ai

    Hi Shima!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and for your kind comment. So glad you you’ve decided to use Jolly Phonics with your students. Such a fun and effective way to learn! My No. 3 (Piglet) is taking it up a notch now so yes, I will be blogging more about his progress and what we’re doing together.

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