Sunday, 16 February 2014

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Design A Family Crest Together

Our Family Crest
Design a family crest together. Think of a motto to build into the crest. The above is our family's crest. It came from my hubby's side of the family, and it is passed down through generations.

If you don't have a family crest, you can design one for your family. You can design it together with your child. It will be a meaningful activity to do together.

What are the Benefits?

It will foster a sense of belonging and identity, and help your children to be proud of their family.

How to Put it to Use?

1. You can paste the family crest onto the family's "What We Learned This Week" Journal.

2. You can make it into a chop and stamp on post cards or birthday card before mailing the card. It will be great fun for you kids.

3. You can use it on the cover of the biography you will be making for your parents. The book which is a biography written by my sister-in-law as a gift for my father-in-law. What an awesome and meaningful gift a parent could receive!

4. You can use it as a coloring activity for your younger children.

5. You can turn it into a flag and bring it along to cheer your children in competition e.g. in swimming meets, football competition, etc. Yes, it may be a little cheesy, but it builds the family's team spirit :-)


At a parenting seminar conducted by our church, we were introduced to the 4 family crest value that reflect Christ. They are:

1. Encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
2. Interdependence/Cooperation (1 Corinthians 12:20)
3. Respect (1 Peter 2:17)
4. Grace (Ephesians 4:32)

The family crest values that we are adopting for our family is denoted by the following acronyms REGE. It stands for:

1. R - Respect (Matthew 7:12)
2. E - Empathy (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
3. G - Generosity & Graciousness (慨恩) (Proverbs 22:9 & Philippians 4:5)
4. E - Excellence (慨尽) (2 Corinthians 8:7 & Colossian 3:23)

These are what we are convicted of to work towards. Our family strive to grow and stand for these values. Two of the values are also reflected in Chinese names we gave to our children:
  • 慨恩 [Kaien]
  • 慨尽 [Kaijin]
Matthew 7:12 

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Proverbs 22:9 

"Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor."

Philippians 4:5 

Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 

2 Corinthians 8:7

But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

Colossian 3:23

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

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