Hi there! My name is Serene and I am the owner of this blog. Together with my husband, with whom I have been married to for the past 21 years, we have 7 living children and 4 glory babies, happy in the arms of Jesus. We are a Christian-Singaporean-Chinese family 🙂
Henson is the founder of Archippus Awakening, a new and fresh ministry dedicated to the awakening of saints that they may know and fulfill their God-given Kingdom assignments. To find out more, check out the Archippus Awakening website as well as his personal blog, One Day At A Time.
I have been a stay-at-home-mother (SAHM) since my 1st born was 8 months old. I had worked part-time after he was born in 1998 before realising that juggling motherhood and a career and concentrating on neither was not ideal at all. Prior to that, I had worked in journalism, public relations and advertising.
Our children are aged 18 (boy), 16 (girl), 14 (boy), 13 (girl), 11 (girl), 9 (girl) and 7 (girl), as of 2016.
We are also homeschoolers and have been homeschooling formally since September 2004. (Read Why do we homeschool?) We started off using a mix of the Bob Jones University Press curriculum and the local MOE syllabus. Since July 2006, we have been using Student of the Word* or SOW, a bible-based curriculum for Bible and, have switched to using the local MOE syllabus for the other examinable subjects. When the children hit the secondary school years, we switch to the Abeka accredited curriculum.
I have actually been blogging since July 2006 when God placed upon my heart to start a blog to share my mothering journey. It was more of a personal blog, documenting my experiences in birthing, child-raising, homemaking and in homeschooling. Back then, I had only 5 children, aged 7 years and under. I was also pregnant with my 6th! Yes, God does indeed stretch us for His glory! But when the Lord said to focus on encouraging Christian stay-at-home-mothers mothers, Building Up Moms was born. I ran both for a while till I couldn’t handle it and so combined both into one blog in 2007-8. So you can find personal musings as well as posts in the blog, that hopefully encourages mothers.
While I am definitely no expert in being a mother, having been blessed with 7 living children has given me loads of experience to share with fellow mothers. And this is how I pray, with God’s help, I can be of encouragement to mothers. Because we all know that we always need encouragement!
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* We are also the SOW distributor in Singapore.