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Wednesday
May252005

Clearing Cobwebs

Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!. The cobwebs. The dust and the dirt. I have not been here for A LONG TIME. Early April was my last post and since then heaps have happened.

Joshua Phong, my new nephew was born on April 6, 2005.  But before I got to see him, my father-in-law passed away. According to customs that my sister-in-law's  family practise, I am not supposed to visit for at least a month.  

On the Friday night, our whole lifegroup turned up for the wake. Heaps of other friends came as well. Andrew, my husband was really touched that they made it to his father's house which was so out of the way from Taman Melawati.

A month came and went, littered with classes, classes and more classes. My house also look like The Dance Society of Malaysia's office. It still does, only a little more organised. Competition is just round the corner but that's another story. Then there were the few days of exams early this month. Alison and David also has their exams, hence mother hen here has to nag a little to get some studying done.

Then came another crashing piece of news that totally changed my family. My sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer- Lymphoma. My brother was devastated and so were all of us. Plans were quickly made and in less than a week, Andrienne was on her way Australia for treatment.  They left their boys in my care. Adam, 2 years and Joshua only 6 weeks. 

They have maids to take care of them, Thank God, but I still have to run around; do groceries, stay over to make sure they are ok, take Adam out, feed and burp Josh. Mum's staying over too and I also have to act the diplomat to soothe tempers and flare-ups between maids, baby-sitter and mum. (There's too many women cooped up in one area.)

It's no wonder the cobwebs were building up here.

On lighter notes,  Joshua is absolutely delightful but then I am his aunt and I am allowed to be biased. Adam and I sang and sang and sang. Last Sunday, when he stayed over with me, the No: 1 song was "The Wheels On The Bus". Andrew was completely stressed out having a young child in our care for a day. He had forgotten how tiring it was.

But the most important thing I had experienced over this period of time was the support of friends and family. At Andrew's father's funeral, we saw how friends prayed for us and stood with us in our hour of grief. And when Andrienne learnt that she was stricken with cancer, the whole family rallied together and helped out.  In the end, that's what matters, family and friends. Especially those who stick by you when you need them, Thank You!

Reader Comments (3)

Hey, I hope everything works out okay, it has been a rough patch for you, Andrew, & kids lately. Been praying for you guys.

You can always yell for help, ya? (but you knew that already)

Good to have you "back", in the blogging sense...
May 26, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
Hey, care to babysit one of the weekends :) You (or Meng) can kill two birds,er, kids, with one song - Wheels On The Bus! I'll bet Adam and Kirsten will have a whale of a time.
May 26, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
Sure, why not? Stress (in controlled bursts) can teach you a thing or two about yourself...

Bring 'em on! Bring 'em on!
May 26, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjulian

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