The Hubby and Goodnight Gorilla

My hubby is amazing. While it’s likely that we all might think and say that “MY husband is the best”–the reality is that MY husband is the best! Kidding, kidding.

Seriously, however, I really do think that my hubby is the best fit for me and our crazy family.

One of my favorite moments of all time with my two boys is bedtime. Little M can have us read anywhere from one page to five (or six or seven) entire books before getting sleepy. For the most part, he doesn’t really have a preference as to who reads him what book. Except for Goodnight Gorilla, of course. Daddy has to be the one to read that. Even if I read it to him first, M will always hand the book over to his daddy afterwards.

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann is beautifully illustrated and has a very funny plot. It’s basically about a zookeeper who goes around the entire zoo, saying goodnight to all the animals before heading home for the day. Little did the zookeeper know that the gorilla grabbed the keys from his pocket so he could open his own cage. The gorilla followed the zookeeper around the zoo, opening the cages of all the animals the zookeeper passed and was saying goodnight to. So the zookeeper walked home–followed by a gorilla, an elephant, a lion, a giraffe, an armadillo, and other animal friends.

Sounds like a great book? It really is! The tricky part about reading Goodnight Gorilla… is that there are pretty much no words to read.

Yep, that’s right. If you want to read this book to your child–you’ll need to use a bit of imagination and creativity.

The hubby, however, has mastered the art of “reading” Goodnight Gorilla to baby M. He can read it to him over and over again in one sitting, with each version being different from the previous one. He notices the little details I’ve never seen in the hundreds of times we’ve read the book, such as the zookeeper’s name being Joe (as apparently indicated on his uniform); that the blue key opened up the blue lock, the red key opened up the red lock, and so on.

I love listening to all the hubby’s versions of Goodnight Gorilla, and love watching the little boy completely captivated by his daddy’s storytelling. I am not only amused by my husband’s creativity, but I am reminded of how kind and patient my husband is with us. For that, I am thankful. 🙂

Happy birthday, Daddy! ❤



Reading List: My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife

Once upon a time, I used to consider myself quite the bookworm. Then one day, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy… and my reading list for the next year or so was comprised of books such as What to Expect in the First Year and What to Expect in the Toddler Years. Of course, I’m exaggerating. My reading list also comprised of cloth books, touch-and-feel books, and posts on my Facebook newsfeed.

Last week, I finally decided to get back into my old reading habits. Instead of heading to the bookstore, however, I opted to revisit my bookshelf. What did I pick out? Sara Horn’s My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife. I figured that with the birth of Mommy Minutes Manila, it seemed like an opportune time to review the role I play in our little family of three.
My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife

As you’ve probably guessed, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife is about a wife and mother who considers herself a far cry from the practically perfect woman described in Proverbs 31. Referring to herself as “Martha 31”–a mix of the Proverbs 31 wife, Martha Stewart, and Martha in the Bible–the author then launched into a personal (and rather amusing) mission to become a better wife and mom. Martha 31’s little experiment covered everything from practicing being kinder to her husband to learning how to sew and vacuum. Was she successful at everything she tried? Of course not.

In a way, the book reminded me of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Both books focused on some form of experiment on self-improvement. While both experiments did not go smoothly, they were extremely entertaining and ended with many lessons for the author (and their readers) to learn from their journeys.

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife reminded me a great deal about the importance of my duties as a wife and mommy. It’s so easy to be selfish and stress over what’s happening in my life, but I was reminded to constantly step back and keep in mind that how I feel and act greatly affects how my household feels and runs. I admit that I am often lazy and quick to lose my temper–and those that are two things that I really need to be more aware of.

The book reminded me of the bigger picture: putting God first and honoring him–through the way I love my husband, my child, and my work. One of my favorite lines from the author sums it up: “Instead of waking up each day and saying, ‘I need to prove I’m a great wife and mom,’ what if I just wake up and say, ‘God, help me be the wife and mom you want me to be today.”