Archive | July, 2013

Cronuts 101: Manila’s Most Viral Dessert

31 Jul

cronuts ansel

Described by many as a half croissant, half doughnut — this pastry hybrid invented by New York’s Dominique Ansel is taking the world by storm. After its launch last May 2013, Cronut fans spanned the whole world, making it the most viral dessert item to date.

This doughnut-meets-croissant treat is an over-the-top pastry made of flaky croissant dough that is deep fried, then injected with cream or jam and topped with icing. Copycats have already been spotted and are riding with the wave here in Metro Manila.

Here are three I have recently discovered:

1. Wildflour

cronuts wildflour

My three kids and I trooped to this high-end Manila bakery cafe, Wildflour, in Podium to have a taste of this wonder dessert. I was not prepared for the long queue that met us. As I was lining up, I was really thinking out loud: “This better be worth it!” We were rewarded with the yummy waft of aroma as the freshly baked batch was delivered to our table. Wildflour has their own four version: Dulce de Leche, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Berry. My personal favorite is Chocolate, only because I’m a big fan of dark chocolate. Because of limited production, which comes only at 330pm, each customer is limited to 2 pieces. I let my eldest son, Miguel, line up with me so we can taste the 4 available variants. It retails at P120 each.

My verdict: too sweet and creamy for my taste.

2. Le Couer de France

cronuts le coeur de france

Pancake House Group, Le Couer de France, is also riding with this trend. I snatched up three of their amazing “croughnuts”: Double Belgian, Mixed Berries, and Parmesan Cheese. It retails at P89 a piece.

My verdict: flaky and chewy, but surprisingly good!

3. Cha Time

cronuts cha time

Cha time’s version is a little bit smaller than its Manila counterparts. It has 4 flavors: Sugar Raised, Dark Chocolate, White Milk Chocolate, and Glazed. It retails at P55 each.

My verdict: flaky but not chewy, manageable size.

Here are some important things you need to know with our lovable dessert:

1. You MUST eat these immediately as they have a short shelf life.

2. And if you do cut, please use a serrated knife, so as not to crush the layers.

3. Never refrigerate these treats as the humidity from the refrigerator will cause them to go stale and soggy.

4. Since Cronuts are filled with cream, I do not recommend serving them warm.

Try to snatch up a few before they sell out! Enjoy!

Life is Amazing!

LENY

 

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3 Things Every Teen Should Know

28 Jul

I’m sharing with you a letter I wrote to a teen who is close to me, I’m almost her second mom. She just recently celebrated her 13th birthday, and as such, her mom, my best friend, Milona, encouraged me to write her a note. Her love language is words of affirmation and it would greatly make her happy and feel loved if I write her a few words. I got carried away because I have so many things to share to this budding young lady. Things I would like to share to my own daughter as well when she comes of age.  Here are the 3 things I think every teen should know.

megan

To my dearest Meg,

How time flies! When I first saw you, your Mom brought you to my house for a visit when you were just 4 years old. I just blinked and now you are already 13 going 30! As i reflect on the years of enjoying your presence in my life, I see a picture of a beautiful, godly young lady. I stand back and observed the beautiful gift your life has become.

With your full life still ahead of you, I’d like to share with you three of the most important things I’d like you to know. My desire is to encourage you and assist your Mom in giving this gentle instruction on how to be a strong, complete, godly young woman.

FIRST, I want you to know that life is not a matter of circumstances, but of choices.

The first and most important goal for me and your parents is to make sure you understand the blessed gift God has provided for you through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Everyday, I pray that you will always choose to be on Jesus’ side, even if it’s difficult and unpopular. I pray that you choose Heaven every single time. When you make this choice, God in his divine power “causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Even if there are circumstances that can make you feel helpless, I pray that you will always choose happiness. This is the kind of attitude that can bring you joy and contentment. Don’t allow yourself to be pulled into despair, loneliness, and hopelessness over something which may be insignificant. Remember to be thankful. An ungrateful selfish heart always leaves us feeling miserable. No matter what we have, it is never enough. “In everything, give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) Always be positive. Look at life as a glass half full. Always bring a smile and a good sense of humor. This changes the circumstances in your life. This leads to your happiness and joy.

With God’s power in your life, I pray that you choose health. Exercise, eat the right food, sleep and rest well, drink plenty of water and juices, and find time to enjoy the goodness of The Lord. “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1) You need to be healthy to be able to do all the things that you plan to do and the things that God has planned for you. Take good care of your body, it is the temple of the Holy Spirit.

I want you to know that your choices determine your destination. I pray that you choose heaven, choose happiness, and choose health. If you have all three, then you have everything. 

SECOND, I want you to know that you need to be the best representation of our Creator in appearance and demeanor. 

“Pretty” or “beautiful” is defined subjectively. There are many different physical attributes that have been valued more today, and this opens doors for unhealthy behavior for most young women. The one gift I can give you is the gift of knowledge. I would like to share with you that the perfection that you see in the cover of magazines, tv, and movies of beautiful bodies and faces are a mirage, they don’t really exist. This is the role of computer enhancements, air brushing, and several hours of working into these faces and bodies to make them look perfect. Any flaws are erased and doctored with artificial corrections. This is unrealistic. This is NOT the definition of beauty I’d like you for you to believe.

I want you to know that you are complete, beautiful, and a wondrous creation of God. The true meaning and purpose of beauty is reflected here: “Your adornment must not be merely external – braiding the hair, and wearing of gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be that hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times, the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves.” (1Peter 3:3-5)

Sounds pretty serious, isn’t it? There is nothing wrong with our outward adornment, just as long as our heart is not neglected. The way we dress and act announces to people around us who we really are. We must not allow God’s standard of beauty and modesty be dictated by the whims and trends of fashion or popular culture. We must be sensible and self controlled, content, and pleased with our appearance. True beauty, my dear Meg, is something that originates within and shines outwardly. What God has given you is designed to bring glory to Him.

I pray that the truth of God’s love and acceptance will be firmly planted in your heart and mind so you can continue to develop your God-given beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. I am confident that you will always let your outward appearance reflect the mercy and grace of God in all true loveliness.

LASTLY, I want you to know that God had created you to walk in a responsible, pure manner. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. 

The choice to follow God in the area of moral purity affects not just yourself but the people around you. Even though you are still relatively young, I would like you to choose not to date and save your young years from heartbreak. Protect your young heart from being fragmented by casual dating. Know that you need to be mature to handle your feelings before you get emotionally involved. Date when you are ready for marriage. It is okay to have group dates and group activities, it is more fun! This way, you can get to know attributes and characters you would like to have in a husband without having to go through so many unnecessary heartaches.

When you are ready for marriage, say, by the age of 25, after you have already accomplished what you have set for yourself, then by all means, prepare yourself to date.  But the parameters for dating must be set by you as a woman. The decision for moral purity must be made before any date is planned. The ground rules need to be established before the agreement to go out. You have more responsibility because you have the awesome gift of reproduction. This overwhelming responsibility gives you the obligation to protect your body and your sense of purity is even more important.

I pray that you will always maintain purity in heart and body as your ultimate goal for your dating experience. I am reassured of this fact because you have already taken the first step to this wonderful choice when you attended the Purity Ball with your Dad and Mom. I couldn’t be more proud of you, Meg!

I would like you to know and understand that you can call me anytime you need me and tell me anything that is in your heart. Just like your Mom and Dad, I love you no matter what. I have seen you practically grow up before my eyes.

There is a wonderful life ahead God has planned for you, plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future. This is the beginning of the rest of your great life. Happy birthday Meg!!! You are officially declared to be a TEEN.

Love and Hugs,

Your Tita Leny

My Top 10 Style Tips

22 Jul

I’ll let you in on my top 10 style tips I have learned over the years. When I feel comfortable in my clothes, then I feel and look good. Style isn’t really about trends and what’s popular at the moment. It is really about feeling confident in our basics.

Here are 10 my simple tips:

1. Invest In Staples: I’m talking about coats, blazers, shirts. These are the pieces that don’t fall into the trends of the season, but instead last me forever. It’s better to spend more on one item than to re-buy it multiple times due to poor quality. And please, no fakes either to save on money. In the long run, you’ll get ripped off.


2. Denim Is My Best Friend: A good pair of jeans can change everything. It is the best staple to have hanging in my closet, making any outfit rock! A perfect pair of well fitting jeans can make any top look awesome. It is an easy way for me to look pulled together in an instant.

3. High Heels Can Give A Whole New Look: I know they can be painful, and I know I’ve been warned that they aren’t good for my feet, but heels really can take a look and turn it into something I feel is awesome. Oh, the power of heels to give us ladies an impression of long legs that go for miles. I’ll take pain anytime over comfort. 

“You put a high heels on, and you change.” – Manolo Blahnik 

“Give a girl the correct footwear, and she can conquer the world!” – Bette Midler

4. Watches Are Timeless: Watches are classic and they represent my personality. If I feel sporty, I’ll wear a big TW Steel, Technomarine, or Omega. For any day look that can take me from morning till night, I choose Rolex, Panerai, or Cartier anytime. For special occasions, I’ll bring Patek or Rolex. When you invest in a good watch, it lasts you a lifetime. You can hand it down for many generations to come.

5. Little Black Dress (LBD): This is the best tip. Having this dress and its variations hanging in my closet waiting for a special moment is a comforting thought. It is a style saver when I’m scrambling to find something to wear.

“One is never ever over-or underdressed with the little black dress.” – Karl Lagerfeld

 

6. Wear Sunglasses: I only have one set of eyes, so I want to protect them in style. I make sure that I get sunglasses with UV protected lenses to avoid harming my eyes. My all-time favorites are aviator shades.

7. Invest In Good Underwear: Wearing nice underwear every day makes me feel special. I know not everyone gets to be so lucky and see how nice my underwear is. But it is good to dress for myself. I make sure I have my bras fitted — often. It makes my clothes hang better and infinitely more comfortable. Oh, and by the way, I make sure mine are in the same color scheme. I don’t want to make the mistake of wearing a black bra and white undies. It feels like wearing different colored socks. 

8. The Easiest Way To Update A Wardrobe Is Accessories: A statement necklace or a chunky bangle bracelet always reinvent my entire look. Updating my closet need not be difficult! I look to Joyce Makitalo and Nicole Whisenhunt for those very ultra chic Filipino accessories. But you can always find me in my pearl or gold earrings and necklace, and my signature layers of bracelets. I throw in a scarf to change the way my plain white tee looks! 

 

9. Don’t Overdo Belts: The belt is meant to give women a waist or hold our pants up. There are times however, that I leave my belt at home. If my outfit is already fitted, there is no need for a belt. If I am wearing pants but I feel like belting the shirt, it would really look a little odd. I’d rather use belts sparingly rather than often.

10. Invest in Shoes and Bags That I Love: If I have a pair of well-loved or well-adored shoes I have worn straight into the ground or bags that i have used without giving them a break, I spend some money getting them fixed rather than finding another pair that will never be quite the same. I discovered over the years that it is more important that I have spent more money on these good quality shoes and bags initially, rather than buying a pair of flats or trendy bags from Forever 21 or Payless or something similar which don’t even last a year. Tip: I “rotate” my shoes and bags and keep them in well ventilated areas in their shoe or dust bags when not in use. I use shoe trees and bubble wraps to retain their shape. 

“A great pair of shoes can make a $20 outfit look like couture, and a poorly constructed pair of shoes can make couture look like a cheap knock-off.” – Nina Garcia

“It’s not what you spend, but how you wear it that counts. The key is often to dress up inexpensive basics with accessories. Something like a beautiful designer bag or shoes or belt can make everything else look richer and more luxurious.” – Chloe Sevigny

 

“Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it.” – Yves Saint Laurent.

I definitely agree Mr YSL!

Life is Amazing!

LENY

5 Ways To Nurture Your Child

16 Jul

Let me share with you what a mother’s primary job is.

It’s not cooking dinner, changing diaper, or helping our preschooler glue her colored macaroni. The most important assignment a mom has is to NURTURE her child. 

Let me offer you 5 ways you can nurture your child:

1. Fill your children up with spirit and “aliveness.”

We help to enable our children to develop fully by pouring life into them.  We need to model joy and passion. As nurturing moms, we go beyond being the ‘maintenance person’ in our children’s lives. We don’t just keep our children clean, fed, warm, and dry, but we also teach them to cultivate their passion. 

In our household, there are 3 things that are non-negotiable that inspires them to develop and identify their passion: 

1. to develop a love for music by learning how to play an instrument, dance, or sing

2. to develop a love for discipline by learning sports such as individual or team sports

3. to know how to survive and keep others alive by learning how to swim and to defend themselves and others.

All of them are engaged in taekwondo and football, they are attending music and voice lessons, and are honing their swimming skills for the past 2 years. These activities are meant to enrich them as individuals.

As a mom, I do this by modeling to them my own interest in sports, in playing badminton and squash, and attending dance classes. I inspire their curiosity to explore and discover by taking them 2-3 times a year to spend vacation to different places. It is also our way of educating them outside of school.  

Accompanying our son for his Europe tour for World Youth Cup

2. Make them feel that they are the most important person in the whole world. 

Focus our attention to them and make time whenever possible, avoiding any distractions, so they feel loved and respected.

As nurturing moms, we take time to play, read, and take pictures when our toddlers’ spaghetti ends up on their heads instead of in their mouths. We enter our children’s world to see things from their perspective, even it means the carpets don’t get vacuumed for a while or our homes don’t get cleaned. We also need to provide emphatic understanding and listening from a position of strength and support.

In the early days of my children’s life, I make sure to read books with them and teach them not only their ABC’s or their 123’s, but to also make time to play with them, crawl with them, and laugh with them.

Now that they are tweeners and teen engaged in many activities, I intentionally chose to be present in their games or tournaments every single time to encourage them, and to let them know that they are important to me. 

I am involved in my children’s lives to the extent that I had to know more about these activities and how they can get better at what they love to do.

Winning in the International Schools Tae-kwon-do Championships. 

Sharpening their saw: soccer training at FCB Escola Camp

3. Notice and appreciate their special qualities and their individuality.

Take time to identify with them their natural talents, and support them in every way. Have one-on-one dates weekly with your children so you will know their special qualities and the skills they are developing. Make sure to mention that you appreciate them as a person. Celebrate their achievements and their spirit of “trying.” We also need to accept their limitations based on their abilities and gifting.

We need to try and seek to know our children as individuals, different as they might be, and bring out the best in each. We can demonstrate by example how to explore life with zest and express the unique gifts God provides each of us. Our nurturing can blossom in their emotional and spiritual growth. 

4. Encourage more activities centered on developing relationships rather than around the television or gadgets. 

Lead your children to spend more time around the family table and work on projects, drinking hot choco, playing board games, learning how to peel carrots or potatoes and make cookie doughs, eating birthday cakes and ice cream, teaching and tutoring homework and assignments, and talking and sharing your day’s events.  Many of the most important, interesting, and nurturing things happen in your home.

It makes me sad when I see young families in a restaurant not talking to each other but heavily engaged with their I-Phones or I-Pads while waiting for their food. Parents and children do not talk to each other anymore. They’d rather focus their time on Candy Crush or Facebook than developing their relationships.

5. Teach them the importance and the power of prayer and scriptures.

We need to teach our children that they can always lean and depend on God. When we see someone get into an accident and get hurt, rather than being afraid, ask them to pray with you. Introduce them to the scriptures so they have something to lift them up when they are down. This can help them to handle and tackle life’s concerns.

We gave each of our children their Bibles with devotionals appropriate for their age as gifts on their birthdays. We encourage them to read and pray whenever they have something we cannot help them with. This gives them more personal relationship with God and develops their love and trust on Him.

Nurturing is not about doing it all, it’s about doing the best we can, without losing ourselves or driving ourselves crazy because our own needs aren’t taken care of. We need aliveness to pass it on to our children.

Remember, our job is to nurture our children.

How about you? How do you nurture your child?

Life is Amazing!

LENY

5 Ways To Validate Your Child

15 Jul

Can I tell you? A father’s underlying job isn’t control. It’s to VALIDATE every one of his children. To validate means to let your child know over and over, through words and actions that the following are true:

    1. “You exist and you matter to me.”
    2. “You are more than good enough for me.”
    3. “You are a good child, unique, and a gift from God.”

Psychotherapists talk about the ‘looking glass self principle’ – it’s the idea that children get their earliest, most lasting impressions of who they are from what’s reflected back to them by their parents. These impressions become their “records” in the jukebox of their brain. 

Here are 5 ways you can validate your child:

#1. Don’t miss small opportunities to give attention to your child.  

Let’s say my four-year old Jaime walks into the room where his dad is reading the newspaper, and Dad doesn’t confirm his presence. Dad doesn’t say, “Good to see you, son!” He doesn’t even say, “Don’t bother me, don’t you know I am trying to read?” Jaime may begin to doubt his own existence. His existence hasn’t been validated by any response. He interprets this to mean “I am not an okay person.” This may be a totally wrong interpretation by Jaime. His dad does not believe this but this is how Jaime and most children will interpret this scenario. This is the way children’s brain operate. 

That’s often why children do bad things. My then twelve year old Miguel remembered the fun he used to have with his dad. Those days, though, Dad traveled and worked most of the time and buried himself in tv news when he was home. Without asking, Miguel borrowed his father’s expensive jacket and took it to school. Somewhere along the way, he soiled the jacket. When he confessed, Dad yelled at Miguel for being “careless,” and irresponsible and for not asking permission. After that, Miguel didn’t think there was much chance he would ever be able to borrow anything from Dad again. 

It was a good thing that Dad realized what a terrible mistake he had done and asked forgiveness to Miguel for shouting and for saying terrible things which he actually did not mean. He validated Miguel by saying how much he loves him and carefully talked to him about the importance of respect, asking permission, and responsibility.

In this case, by misbehaving, kids got some response, even if it was negative. By acting out, kids can affirm they exist and their existence has an impact on the world around them. They get something from their parents, even if it’s punishment. To avoid that kind of acting out, remember that our kids need attention and our time. A dad’s validation is so critical to a child that he will go to any length to get it, whether real or artificial.

time with sons

As a dad, my husband has not missed any opportunity to make time and pay attention to our two sons. He is present at all of their practices, games, and tournaments.

#2. Pay attention to who your child really is, not what he can do.

Your job is to see your child’s nature and reflect it back to her. Feed these observations back to your child in a non-judgmental way so that he can see himself through your eyes and so that he can see how well you know him.

Validation also doesn’t mean lying. It doesn’t mean telling our child, “Great game, son!” when he played poorly. Validation means acknowledging your child, affirming the person apart from the not-so-good performance. You should avoid withholding validation when your child doesn’t “measure up.”

You want him to grow up full of confidence, so you give his mediocre performance rave reviews. You want him to achieve, so you skip the praise so that he’ll try harder to earn it.

Our culture is so conditional in its validation, affirming only those who’ve won fame or fortune, or been born with “good looks.” It’s easy for anyone to validate a good performance, but it takes a lot of time and energy to see and value the person in the absence of any performance and put it into words. Your child needs to see that you value him as your child, not for what he can do.

#3. Show your child that you like as well as love him. 

It’s vital that your child not only knows, but feels, that you like and love him. Warm, caring hugs, laughter, and truly enjoying your child’s personality all go a long way toward conveying that feeling to your child. Knowing that he’s loved is not the same as feeling loved. Make him feel loved. 

Seek to understand what he likes doing, what he’s feeling, and what makes him happy. Strive to be emotionally connected with him. Spontaneously give him extra hug when you notice him feeling sad. Spend extra time with him if you feel he needs it. Do something extra special for him, like fixing him his favorite snacks, writing him a thoughtful note in his “baon” or lunch box, or giving him a massage when he’s feeling tired. All these ways show him that you deeply care and love him.

letter from jaime

A letter from our youngest son validates us as parents that we were able to show him and make him feel loved. My heart is filled with joy!

#4. Exercise positive discipline with your child.

Aim for a respectful relationship with your child. When you employ the wrong kind of discipline and fight with your child over your will, it often leads to resentment, revenge, anger, rebellion and retreat. Emotions are ignored or disregarded when you fight with your child in your effort to discipline him. You can develop or learn a positive approach to discipline to promote self-control, encourage responsibility, and help him make better choices. One such approach involves applying consequences to poor choices like taking out privileges, reducing daily allowances, or lessening his phone or computer time. Be prepared though to dare to discipline your child, even when he deserves a rod. 

Keep in mind to value your child as a person, even when disciplining an action or attitude. Make sure your child knows he is good enough for you.

#5. View things from your child’s perspective, especially when it comes to his emotions.

When you validate your child’s emotions, you are able to see the situation from his perspective. When you take the perspective of your child and truly understand how he is feeling in that moment, you are able to validate his emotions. There are three benefits of taking your child’s perspective, based from Alfie Kohn.

The first benefit of taking your child’s perspective is that it allows you to understand what the child is going through, especially if your child is unable to explain his motives. The second benefit is that it allows you to be more patient with your child’s moods. The third benefit is that when you practice taking your child’s perspective and communicate and validate him, you are setting an example of the importance of validating others’ emotions.

The act of validating our children’s emotions is a crucial part of effective parenting. When you recognize that your child has emotions, you are showing him that you love and care for him. This helps him to eliminate feelings of resentment and anger toward you as his parents.

Validating children’s emotions has been proven to be successful in strengthening the relationship between parents and children. As adults, we often become offended and frustrated when people pass off or minimize our frustration. We don’t want to be ignored, and neither do children. They may start to feel like we don’t care. What do you want someone to say to you when you’re upset, sad, frustrated or angry? We want them to feel our pain, and understand what we are going through. It is the same with your child.

Remember, your real job as a father is to validate your child.

What are your ways to validate your child?

Life is Amazing!

LENY

Control: It’s Not Our Department

14 Jul

Parenting is a daunting task when we consider the consequences of major decisions for our child, like how she approaches school work, what kind of friends she spends time with, what she eats, how much, and when. It’s no wonder we parents would like to control these decisions until the last possible second. 

Who has the final say on most of these life choices? Ultimately, it’s our children – as he or she reaches complete independence as an adult. We’re desperate for our kids to turn out “right,” and convinced that the key is controlling them. It’s not. 

Control issues can be very tough on us parents, resulting in different kinds of struggles and conflicts. The goal is to help us understand and accept what we CAN control as well as what we CAN’T. As parents, we want certainty that we can keep our children safe, raise them so they’ll turn out well, following scriptural guidance. BUT, there is no guarantee.

What about the verse,”Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”? Proverbs 22:6 communicates a very wise principle. It’s not a guarantee that magically or spiritually overrides your chid’s free will – which by the way was given to him by God himself. This principle does not obligate God to you or force Him to make your child turn out the way he should.  

We parents want control so badly because we think that if we do the right things, our kids will turn out the way we want them to. We want to be able to sleep at night, knowing we did it “right”. The only absolute assurance for those who have a relationship with God though Christ, is that eventually, our kids will enjoy life forever with the One who made and redeemed them. THAT is guaranteed.

Does this mean we have no control? Why try to guide our children at all? We should keep in mind that there are degrees of control, and kinds of control: the kind that is yours to exercise and the kind that isn’t. 

a. you need to keep and use the control you’re entitled to; or 

b. take hold of it if you’ve lost it; 

c. you want to lose the control you really don’t have in the first place, and 

d. give up illusions you may have about it.

A reality check on control leads us to the book of Genesis, in the perfect place, a perfect “home”, the Garden of Eden, with two perfect people, God’s children, Adam and Eve. There was a perfect God – a perfect parent. There was also that famous rule: “You must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it, you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) You’ve probably heard the rest of the story. Adam and Eve chose foolishly, defying what God had told them. This is a stark reminder of that wrong choice, made by perfect people in a perfect environment with a perfect parent.

Enter free will, a God-given freedom to choose, part of being created in His image. Adam and Eve exercised it, and our children exercise it today. God has given our children the option to be foolish, even to sin. God doesn’t want them to be foolish or to sin, but they are free to choose wisdom or folly, to pick right or wrong, truth or lies, righteousness or evil. 

When we became parents, we signed a contract that includes the possibility of having our hearts broken. You signed up to raise that little person, one for whom you’re responsible, but are not able to control. 

What then should we do? One thing is to give up control. It is not our department. Let me share with you the powerful words of “The Serenity Prayer.” 

God, grant me the serenity, To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world; As it is, not as I would have it

Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life 

 And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

Remember, CONTROL IS NOT OUR DEPARTMENT. Losing control is the best thing we can do for our children.

Life is Amazing!

LENY

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