The Invested Life by Joel Rosenberg

First off, thank you so much for your encouragement from my previous post =) I really appreciate you dropping by and sharing with me your own journey to motherhood. Now I feel more at ease knowing that it’s normal to feel this way and thank goodness for friends like you! ^ ^

Anyway the past few weeks, I had been reading a lot! God knows how to make me happy really. I have 6 new books which I all got for free!!! So expect a lot of book reviews in the coming weeks. =) This book I’m reviewing today is the only one I bought but not for myself, for Hubby!

When this book was released, Hubby hinted that he wanted a copy so I immediately grabbed one for him and gave it as a birthday present.

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This is my first time to read a Joel Rosenberg book and I’m quite surprised that we actually clicked! You know that feeling? When you read at least 2 pages, you know you have a connection. I felt that with Joel. My husband who never liked reading completed Joel Rosenberg’s series. So yeah, he must be good!

What I liked about this book is the topic itself. The Invested Life highlights the importance of being disicpled first and eventually seeking to disicple others who will disciple others too and so on.

I am a product of discipleship. I was mentored by a CCC Missionary back in college. Then moved on to have another discipler throughout my single years. I eventually got married and had some married disciplers  who mentored Hubby and I. It is very close to my orientation at church where multiplying Christ Committed Followers is highly encouraged.

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

There are 2 segments included in the book to help readers absorb each chapter. One is the Challenge Questions at the end of each chapter. I feel that you’ll lose a great deal of learning if you skip this part. Processing what you have learned and basing those from the Bible will help you understand the key principles more. I also feel that this is not just a great material for solo study but for a group study as well. Hubby agreed that we’d go back to each chapter and share our answers together.

Another segment of this book is the Testimonies. There is no better way to communicate a point than to share a real life story. This is where the principles come alive. I absolutely love this part. It made me cry, smile and inspired me in a new level.

Overall, I give this book a 2 thumbs up! It’s a must read if you are a true follower of Christ and would like to become part of expanding God’s kingdom!

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How did your life change when you became a Mom?

Every single mom I talk to tells me to get enough sleep while I can. Once the baby arrives, I’d have sleepless nights for at least 2 months! The thing is……. I can’t sleep! I keep waking up in the middle of the night and wake up way earlier than the alarm. I try to take a nap in the afternoon or every time I can but I just can’t.

I never had cold feet when I was about to get married. No jitters at all. But now that we’re expecting Baby #1 after 4 years of being solo, I think I’m having anxiety attacks! No matter how many books I read, no matter how many advice I get, I just feel anxious about this coming angel. Shouldn’t I be excited instead? Is this normal?

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My cute little niece when she was just a few months old.

So………

How did your life change when you became a Mom?
What helped you cope with the changes?
Any advice for this paranoid first time Mom?

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3 Must-Visit Places in the Philippines

One of the things that concern me about being pregnant (and exclusively breastfeeding) is the freedom Hubby and I have to go wherever we want, whenever we want for the past 4 years. Would we still have time to go on vacation once the baby arrives? (Let alone have the budget for it!) Would we be traveling as a family all the time and not just Hubby and I? Who would take care of our little girl when we go on a weekend trip or even an overnight getaway?

My brain says I’m being paranoid but my heart says these are legitimate concerns. What do you think?

To keep my brain off from over-thinking these things, I thought I’d “plan” our future vacations! (I know, I’m such a planner! Haha!) These are the top 3 destinations I have in mind.

Tagaytay – I have been to Tagaytay too many times but since we live just a few hours from this place, I feel like this is the most convenient place to go to. I imagine sipping the best Bulalo in town!

bulaloBulalo (Beef Shank Soup)

…and staying overnight at a nice hotel.

hotelDuring our Valentine’s Celebration

Batangas – About 3 years ago, we had a family reunion in Batanggas which rarely happens by the way because my sister and her family lives in Japan. We had such a nice time! The house we stayed in was just a few steps away from the shore. Oh, it was lovely! And since the beach house was enough for our entire clan, we had the entire place to ourselves…… We could make some noise at 3am and no one would mind! lol

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Boracay – When one thinks of ‘beach’ almost automatically, one thinks of Boracay! This is one of the most sought after beaches in the Philippines. I remembered when we went to Phuket and had a conversation with a guy from the UK, he said Boracay is way better than the beaches in Phuket! Wow, thank you very much! =p

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Did you ever go on family (or with Hubby only) vacation on your first year as a mom?
Where did you go? 

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Respond. Don’t React.

How hard is it for you to respond and not react?! This was the Sunday message 2 weeks ago at our church. I knew just from the title that this message is for ME.

True enough, God tested me on this. I felt bad with what my husband did recently. I was so hurt and ended up crying for hours. My tears had put me to sleep that I was not even able to reply to his text messages. Ok, actually it was a bit intentional. Even when I knew he had been texting, I intentionally did not check my phone.

So many things were running in my head. Of course, my natural tendency is to react! To give him a frown and a bratinella attitude when he comes home. But for some reason, God allowed me to remain quiet and still manage to be calm. I knew it wasn’t me. It was the Holy Spirit stopping me from opening my mouth and nagging at my husband. When I told him about what he did and what I felt about it, he was very apologetic. Everything ended well. =)

I learned from the message that instead of reacting…I should P-R-A-Y. 

P – Pause
R – Resist the temptation to react
A – Ask God to control you.
Y – Yield to the Holy Spirit. Surrender to what He is telling you to do.

Genesis 25:19-21
Isaac (like his dad, Abraham) married a barren wife, Rebekah. It must have been upsetting because God promised Abraham numerous descendants through his son Isaac. But how can this happen if his wife is barren?

Sometimes, God’s promises and our life’s circumstances don’t match. And most of us (that includes me) would have a natural tendency to react and get mad at God. But that’s not what Isaac did. Isaac responded by praying! And of course, God is true to His words. Rebekah got pregnant with twins. =)

Do you usually respond or react to life’s trials?
Are you able to P-R-A-Y when situations don’t seem to favor you?

Watch the full Sunday message here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMlb8Ww2dq8

Linking up with: Essential Fridays Link Up, Testimony Tuesday, Titus 2sdays

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Baby Wise: Is it really effective?

Today is a special day! Remember I told you about our couples group that steadily increases because every year one of us gets pregnant? Well, this year, two of us! Anyway, one of these new mommas is joining us today! Since she’s the first to be preggo, she’s our go-to person if we have questions about our pregnancy. She’s also the one who shared with Hubby and I about “Baby Wise”.

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Ever heard of that? Well, in a nutshell….

1.) It’s a method wherein babies would be able to sleep through the night in as early as 3 months. Sounds so divine, right?!? When she said that, we were like… GO GET THAT BOOK RIGHT NOW!!! Haha.. No kidding!

2.) It is somewhere in the middle of demand feeding (feeding babies whenever they cry even if they do every 30 minutes) and clock feeding (wherein babies get fed based on a tight schedule).

3.) It follows a feed-wake-sleep cycle and not wake-feed-sleep that most are accustomed to. You don’t feed the baby to put her to sleep. You allow her to sleep on her own.

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So so so…. without further ado, I’d like you to meet Mommy Mico. She’s the hot momma of this soon-to-be one year old uber cute boy, Risen and a loving and godly wife to Bryan.

So Mico, give us a quick glance about Baby Wise. What is this craze all about? And what convinced you to do this?

Hhhhmmmm…Basically Baby Wise aims to break the will of the child from infancy through Parent Directed Feeding (PDF). The idea is to create a routine or body clock (and stick to that) for the baby.  I was convinced to get into this because I have seen kids who were “Baby Wised” and they are just so self controlled, mabait and disciplined!

Do you know moms who’ve used this method?

Yep… I personally know two moms who are advocates of Baby Wise.  Even when I was still single, I was already persuaded that it is one good way to start disciplining the baby.  Their kids are all grown up now and you can see how Baby Wise helped them.  Self-control is very obvious in their traits.

Did you encounter challenges along the way? How did you cope?

Oh yes!  The first two months were difficult, it seemed like nothing was happening!  Bryan (my husband) helped me a lot.  This is actually what I also like about Baby Wise. It encourages co-parenting.  I do not think we would be successful with “Baby Wising” Risen without each other.  We were just surprised that on his third month, he slept through the night!  No getting up in the middle of the night to groggily prepare milk.  Now, at 11 months, he eats like an adult.  Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, and Dinner.  =)

I’m not sure I could stand a baby crying in the middle of the night =( Do you just ignore him if it’s not yet time to feed?

We did not “ignore” him.  Inaliw-aliw (entertain), buhat buhat (carry) or cradle (But not too much)…Then we also checked on his nappies, tummy (gassing), and other things to be sure that he does not have problems.  Bryan was the one who was very good with this.  He was the one who told me that Risen can cry – that it is okay to let babies cry..

Risen is turning one next month. How has Baby Wise helped him and you as parents?

Baby Wise made us happy parents! Plus….

  1. Never kaming nag “hele” or nag-duyan to make him sleep.  Risen sleeps on his own.
  2. We are seldom late with our appointments because we know his schedule.
  3. I can do house chores and other activities because Risen has a more or less a fixed routine.
  4. Most people observe Risen as well-behaved.  He can stay for an hour in his high chair (with a toy) and 11/2 hour in his play area at home.
  5. No puyat (no waking up at night) for us!  Risen slept through the night since he was three months old.
  6. If he is fussy, we know why… no guessing game.
  7. We can leave him with his grandma.  All Mama has to do is follow Risen’s schedule and she won’t have problems as well.

What’s your one piece of advice for those who’s interested in adopting the feed-wake-sleep method?

Think about it first and agree as a couple if you will adopt it.  When you have decided, just go through the process and you will be amazed on how it can make your lifestyle easier.

Thank you so much Mommy Mico for sharing your success story on Baby Wise! I am definitely adopting this method. I finished the book already and now Hubby is reading through it! =D

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Mico is a wife to Bryan and mom to Risen.  She serves her family full time and works on the side as a writer and online teacher.  She is a Christian, a coffee addict, a travel enthusiast, and dreams of homeschooling their first born. She blogs over at all MICS up.

 

 

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