Where we’ve been

So hmm, it’s been more than 3 months since I last posted. I started working freelance sometime in May and while it’s been a great help with the extra bills, I’m still trying to find my balance. Think of time spent after the kids’ bedtime until the wee hours, editing a 600-page book on copyright law when I’m already dog-eared and flattened … you get some idea.

It might have been manageable with the usual daytime park outings, homeschool, cooking and chores (with Sweet Man relieving me of a bit here and there), but top it all with mother-in-law sustaining a bad fall (post-stroke), Puppy having a recurrent lice problem, a major bathroom plumbing boo boo, our built-in wardrobe falling apart, the air-conditioning in my old car going on and off, tons of drilling and dust coming from our neighbour’s major renovation works, Sweet Man working every single weekend (plus travel overnight once), my severely sleep-deprived self went a bit crazy.

I’m glad most of that is behind us now.

I’ve caught up with sleep, dusting and a mountainous load of ironing, re-organized all ourย  homeschooling supplies, started prepping lessons and craft projects properly again, and put on a few pounds after enjoying lots of late suppers with Sweet Man just to catch up. I’ll be applying for shorter projects with more flexible deadlines to make sure I get enough sleep in future, but right now that will be for sometime later this week.

Working on a big project like a book made me value doing something unrelated to mothering, but more important than that – having the energy to be the wife and mom I want to be to our family!

As for current happenings, schooling is in full swing.

18 month old Piglet decides which curriculum suits him best.

This week we had some fun doing math with our new Base Ten Starter Set.

Our organic farm is progressing slowly but surely. After digging out all the rocks and rubbish from our land, Sweet Man’s put in a good supply of vermicompost. Yahqappu (our farmer friend consultant) came over 3 weeks ago to deliver the compost and showed us him how to make raised beds. (Obviously I am the farmer wannabe, SM is the bona fide farmer.) We’ve started making fish compost and burying our veggie-fruit waste in order to nutrify the soil before beginning planting. Sweet Man’s next project is to construct a rain water-harvesting system so that our green things can drink chlorine-free.

I was devastated recently to discover that we had to pass up an opportunity to rear a goat. Yes. Someone offered us one for free but given our limited energy reserves of course I had to say we weren’t in a position to take it. Never mind. My hopes and dreams of goat-rearing and chicken-rearing remain and I hope that after our veggie patch is established and the kids are grown a bit more, we will someday have chickens first, then goats. Oh, a dog first before chickens.

I digress. Right now, I’ve got to get back to watering the plants on a regular basis! And figure out how to blog, freelance, prep homeschool and write during decent hours when I’m not already toad-eyed.


  • Kiddothings
    August 9, 2012 7:37 am

    So glad to hear from you. Was just thinking of you about 2 days ago. You must have “heard” me thinking of you and decided to write this ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy to know that you’ve been busy with all the good things in life ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ingrid
    August 9, 2012 9:14 am

    Great to hear from you again! Blessings for all your goings on! In His strength all things are possible!

  • nanaymiriam
    August 9, 2012 11:56 am

    hi mamaJ, very inspiring! you are living my dreams ๐Ÿ™‚ (all the crazy nights included)

  • nanaymiriam
    August 9, 2012 11:57 am

    by the way, is it legal to have a goat as a pet in singapore? do we need to get a licence from AVA– in the same way we get licence for dogs?

  • Mama J
    August 10, 2012 2:08 am

    You know, I’ve been thinking of you too. The good old days of blogging every week and blog visiting seem so far away! Happy to see you!

  • Mama J
    August 10, 2012 2:08 am

    Thank you, and AMEN sista!

  • Mama J
    August 10, 2012 2:09 am

    Really? Crazy nights too? We should sit down and have a cuppa ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Mama J
    August 10, 2012 2:14 am

    I’m not sure about Singapore, we are in Malaysia. I don’t know if it’s legal to own goats or chickens in a city dwelling such as ours but one can hope ….

  • nanaymiriam
    August 10, 2012 1:48 pm

    yes, I was pleasantly surprised you are writing down the life that I think will only be in my dreams (I am a single mom).. though I accepted Christ after my dd’s birth, still suffering from the consequences of my poor/bad choices as a not so young woman :).. I dreamed of homeschooling my dd, starting a home garden, and yeah, maybe work if I feel like it (occassional crazy nights).. 2-3 children to take care of and be crazy about, cry for, laugh with, snuggle with ๐Ÿ™‚ you are so blessed! meanwhile– I have to spend 12 hours a day 5 days a week working full time.. while day dreaming ๐Ÿ™‚

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