Thursday, February 03, 2011

CNY visitations start

Posted by Dawn at Thursday, February 03, 2011
I am finally getting used to the CNY visitations every year. Or rather, I finally accept its routine and do look forward to all of it.

The night before, I cooked my family, Cantonese tradition- Vegetarian dish with rice served for breakfast on the first day of CNY. Its fun and I love the dish! This time round, I cooked more for my Mum-in-law and grandma-in-law.

Having a daughter is good in a way because I get to buy pretty dresses for her to wear and this CNY was a great opportunity!

This was a dress bought from Cambodia for about US$10.

As for Caleb, he was wearing a Vietnamese costume bought by CT when he went to Vietnam last year.

Here's Caleb eating his favourite CNY snack- the pineapple tarts!

Our first stop was at my grandma-in-law's place where all the children and grandchildren would gather. We were the first ones to Caleb and Danielle were at the gate looking out for visitors.

We stayed for lunch there and there was pen cai, my favourite homemade ngor hiang as well as pig stomach's soup! Everything was so yummy!

Then relatives from my father-in-law's side would all gather at my mum-in-law's place in the afternoon. But before that, I dropped by my parent's place to serve tea.

Visitations are tiring as we go from place to place. Thank God this year, the weather has been quite good and cooling.

During the visitation, I found out that my uncle-in-law's family (the mum and 2 brothers) all have accepted Christ. Now, only left the father who hasn't. So during my visit to his place, I asked him how he came to accept Christ since his brother and mother had accepted a long time ago. He was telling me about how he was lost as he wasnt doing well in all areas- his love life, his job etc. He was at the lowest point of his life.

Now, from my conversation with him, he was telling me how he has the love for children as he serves the children's ministry in church and how God has blessed him in his tuition after leaving his job prior to teaching. He definitely seemed more settled and matured. Praise God.

I know non-Christians would probably think why we always make it such a big deal when somebody converts to Christianity or why we always wish people would convert to Christianity. Well, because we have been through it and the wonderful thing is not because of the 'rituals' of going to church, but that God has given us the most wonderful relationship with Him once we accept Him into our lives. Its a feeling that only when your heart is open, then will you see and understand.

And if something is good, of course we would go tell our loved ones and friends about it, wont we?

Shouldn't we?

How can we keep something good to ourselves?


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