A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother. (Prov. 15:20)
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Prob. 31:15-17) (This describes so many women in my family!)
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. (Prov. 1:8)
Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors, there is safety. (Prov. 11:14)
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Prov. 27:17)
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; (Prov. 103:13)
So it appears that one of the souvenirs I bought for myself ended up being a kid's t-shirt instead of an adult size! I pulled it out of the package and it was MUCH smaller than the one they had hanging up as an example. Jacob and I laughed about it for a few minutes and then decided it could be Jacey's souvenir from Singapore. Of course she hates wearing stuff like this, but it just cracks me up.
Just in case you are wondering, the "lion fish" on this shirt is called the Merlion. It has the head of a lion and a body of a fish. There is a huge statue of this at Marina Bay, but I don't know that I got a very good picture of it while I was there. Basically this represents the old fishing village of Singapore and the lion represents the original name of Singapore.
I also wanted to include a few pictures of some of my favorite souvenirs from Singapore. They each hold such special memories and experiences, and such good reminders of our good times there. The brown vase on the side was "Baby Vasey" that I carried through the airports and on and off the planes. I got it at the Pottery Jungle that we visited on the last day at Singapore. The colorful porcelain container is a piece of Nonya ware, which was an important aspect of the Peranakan culture I talked about, the blended families of Singaporians and Chinese or Indian people. The object in the back is a rice basket that I bought at Dempsey Village from the store where we met the friendly man that talked about our "Buddah Postures". That was definitely a special person on our trip and I'm glad I have something to remember him by. The last thing there is an ornament from Chinatown. One thing I always like to buy when we travel is a Christmas ornament. That way every year when we put up our Christmas tree, I go through looking at each ornament and remember trips we have taken in the past. That all started when I visited Austria back in college and went to the Christmas stores in Salzburg. They had thousands of different ornaments there and from then I just look for them now. This panda ornament was hand painted and really beautiful, so of course I couldn't pass that up!