Gong Xi Fat Cai!

Yuna Baby Portraits by Vania

The Chinese New Year celebration, to many, is synonymous with red packets, a table full of good food, and overeating. I’ve got to admit that I belong in that group too. However, this year, before the commotion of the festivities began, I took a moment to think about why we do what we do on Chinese New Year? Why do we dress up in nice clothes and go visit families and have reunion dinners with abundance on the table?

The New Year is a time for thanksgiving. We give thanks for, not only the big blessings we got to experience, but the small blessings too. Whether it’s the additional amount of red packets we’re able to give out because of a promotion or a financial stability we’ve received or maybe for an extra red packet for a new family member. 

This has been a tradition in my family since I can remember. I have been doing this since I was a child. My mother has been doing the same, and her mother before her has done it also. Even as the years go by and the world changes, we try to keep these traditions alive by handing it down through the generations. It’s a good reminder of what is truly important in life: it’s not the matter of what we have in life, but whom we have beside us on this journey.

29 Jan 2017

Good will always triumph

Caitlyn Baby Portraits by Ave | Written by Maya
Sometimes I think we got Disney fairy tales all wrong.  As a Mom, I’ve had my share of thinking of not exposing my daughter to fairy tales. Maybe it’s because I grew up with it - I dreamt of being swept off my feet by a Prince Charming and being rescued by a fairy Godmother every time I am treated unfairly; I woke up and realized that life is actually anything but a Cinderella story. Yes. Disappointment could very well be the motivation behind shielding my daughter from the overly optimistic fantasies involving magical (read: instant) beauty, glittering balls, and shiny glass slippers. “The zero-to-hero path is tough… especially for women,” I say. “We need to teach our daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings!” It’s all about women power. Who needs handsome rich men to rescue us from our pathetic lives? Wait, who even said that our lives is pathetic to begin with? No one! We are good, just as we are. We fight for ourselves! We create our own destiny! Yada yada yada.   Times have changed and mothers my age (let’s not reveal any more than we have to over here) think that it’s more important to equip them with confidence and to empower them with the belief that they can be anything they want to be instead of filling their heads with dreams of romantic fantasies. And they are right! Being comfortable in your own skin and having the confidence to find your place in the world or even to create the world you want for yourself is exactly what we need to be teaching our daughters.  However, if we looked past the “women need to be rescued” idea that Disney fairy tales offers, we will find a lesson on life and on people. Life is composed of lights and shadows, of good and evil. We would be lying and doing our children a disservice by shielding them from reality. Most things are good and they are the strongest things. And that’s what fairytales should be teaching our daughters - that there is kindness in the world and that good will always triumph over evil. The way I see it, fairy tales contain a little portion of reality. It all depends on which ones you focus on and which ones you are leading your daughter to believe. So yeah. I let my daughter watch her fairytales. But every one of it always includes a follow-up talk and discussion over it to keep reality in check. Good will always triumph over evil.  
 Love,  Maya

24 Jan 2017

A New Life Has Begun

Cynthia Maternity Portraits by Herna

Quickly, quietly to the upstairs bath

I retreat to prepare

Open the shiny package

15 Jan 2017

My Darling Child

Welly Maternity Portraits by Vania

The past nine months of sleepless nights had driven me insane,

But the sight of something so beautiful made me forget all the pain,

 I feel like God for a moment to have created a life,

09 Jan 2017

Real Reason For The Season

Jedidiah & Billy Baby Portraits by Ave

Most children around the world believe that all present under a tree they had received is come from Santa Claus. Even days before Christmas comes along, there are children who sends a letter to the North Pole for St. Nick with a list of things they wish Santa would bring them this year. They’ll stay awake to hear Santa come through their door with a bunch of presents in his hands. Presents and Santa Claus. Is that really all our children believe that Christmas is all about? Isn’t it unfortunate that our children are more in love with the story of Santa Claus and his flying reindeers than the actual birth of Jesus?

We hate to break it to you, but let’s just assume that we all know that Santa is fictional character made by a certain soda company in one of its Christmas campaigns a long time ago. He isn’t real. And all the presents wrapped under the tress with a card sent by “Santa Claus” is actually the work of parents who want to bring the best Christmas stories for their children. No, you don’t want to be the kind of parent who burst the magical bubble that makes this season feel precious for their kids. No parents wants to ruin their children’s imagination about the joy of Christmas. But actually that is not what your children needs. They need to know what Christmas is really about. They should know why we celebrate Christmas every year.

Teach your kids that Jesus Christ is the real reason for the Christmas season. It’s not about Santa Claus, but is all about Jesus.

26 Dec 2016

The Real Gift

Jonathan Ricardo Baby Portraits by Herna

Christmas always remind us of the birth of a Savior two thousand years ago into this world. He came to give hope for all mankind who can freely accept salvation and eternal life for everyone who believe in Him. That's why every year, when we celebrate Christmas, we can feel the atmosphere of joy fill the world as a sign that we already received the good news. Christmas is about celebrating a birthday, and as a tradition, someone who celebrates his birthday should be receiving a gift from someone who loves him, right? However, how did we make this season about presents for ourselves? Why are we the ones who are always expecting gifts? Why aren’t we giving the gifts, but receiving them instead? 

Even on the day that He was born, He has already given this world the best present - Himself. Christmas serves as a reminder of God’s grace, of His undying love for us, of His gift to us. Christmas is never about what or how much we receive; it’s about how much we can give. That is the true meaning of Christmas.

Let’s have a slightly different view on our Christmas this year. Instead of dreaming of the presents under the tree waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas morning, let’s think about how we can be the real gift to our loved ones, to everyone around us, to our family. Let’s become a gift that’s not wrapped in beautiful packaging on the outside, but one that will delight the hearts of everyone who receive it. Let’s become the gift for the One who has given everything for us. And the best gift we can ever give is our hearts and our lives. 

21 Dec 2016

Christmas Comfort

Creamy Comfort Christmas Catalog by Herna

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and everyone at the whimsical world of Creamy Comfort sings, “Ho ho ho, who wouldn’t know?”

The world of Creamy Comfort has always been a magical land filled with chocolate covered trees, sugar paved roads and comfort at every turn. But during this season, everything is white with icing sugar as snow, pine trees covered with gingerbread ornaments, and the warmth of family in a home filled with the scent of freshly baked cookies - basically the best our house will smell all year. We love everything about this season.

Especially for and inspired by our favorite season of the year, we have created a series of Christmas cakes - made with the dedication to premium ingredients, a pinch of passion, and a whole lot of love. Whiskey Hazelnut, Peppermint Eggnog, Choco and Rum, Sparkling Raspberry and White Chocolate, Toffee Nut Latte… all our Christmas cakes encourage the spirit of Christmas within every forkful. And it comes in the most adorable and pretty box too! 

10 Dec 2016

Before i knew your name

Grace Maternity Portraits by Vania

Before I knew your name,

Before I saw your chin and your nose,

Before I counted your fingers and toes,

04 Dec 2016

Waiting In Wonder

Inri Maternity Portraits by Herna | Written by Inri

When I got married, I knew that I would get pregnant… Maybe a year or two after we were married, but I never expected to be pregnant this soon. We haven’t even gotten over the excitement of our wedding, we barely recovered from our honeymoon trip, we haven’t fully adjusted to the change of lifestyle and we haven’t grown accustomed to our new roles yet, but here we are… about to experience yet another change and about to acquire yet another role. 

I never planned on this baby to grace us with her presence this soon, but I find myself being increasingly expectant of her arrival. To be honest, when I first found out that I was pregnant, I was panic-stricken. How would I take care of her? I can’t even take care of myself sometimes and now I was expected to take care of another - even more helpless - human being? I grew worried. The agony deepened as I was forced to abandon my active lifestyle and hung up my thai-boxing gloves. That was, for me, the biggest pain I had to endure in the first few months of my pregnancy. However, as the baby grew stronger, so did I, and I learned to satisfy my cravings for a good exercise by doing pilates once a week. 

I thought to myself once, would I be even more ready for my baby had I given my marriage, let’s say, two years, before getting pregnant? Would I have received the news of my pregnancy without being panic-stricken? I think not. I would still be panic stricken. I still wouldn’t know what to do. I would still be worried. Because I think it’s a normal reaction to have. Would I be more fascinated by what my body can do? Would I be more amazed by the miracle that is growing inside of me? Would I expect more, anticipate more, wonder more? I think not either. I would still be fascinated and amazed and expectant just the same. I would wait in wonder just the same of this precious being to come and grace us with her presence and make our little family complete. Even if she came later in our marriage, I would have waited for her in wonder just the same. I’m glad that God chose her to come earlier than later. I cannot wait till I can finally hold her in my arms (okay… and till I can put on my thai-boxing gloves back on again!) 

20 Nov 2016

God’s Goodness

Nastusha Alinskie Baby Portraits by Vania

”A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!” (Proverbs 31: 10 - 31, The Message Bible) 

Dearest Nastusha, we pray that you will grow up to be a Proverbs 31 kind of woman, whose eyes are focussed on the Lord, whose heart delights for the work that He has given, and whose feet joyfully walks in the path that He has set. We pray that you will be the answer for your generation. We pray that God lends your parents His wisdom to be the extension of His hands to grow, shape, fill, and celebrate you. We bless you, sweet baby Nastusha. May you live in abundance of all the great things that God has in store for you. 

Congratulations to the happy parents, Glenn and Chelsea. She is beautiful! 

12 Nov 2016
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