My name is Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza, happily married to Edric Mendoza, with whom I have shared the joys and adventures of parenting four amazing kids spanning the ages of 2 years to 10 years old.Oh, and we are pregnant again, expecting #5 (another daughter) in August 2013.
There is the very astute Elijah, our eldest, a voracious reader who often knows more facts than I do, and is still growing in wisdom and understanding of the worlds and things he reads about. I could not have picked a better older brother to the three that follow as he deeply loves the Lord and is a good example to his siblings.
Next is dear Edan, our 7 year old, who loves art and has a keen eye for the elements of art when he has not yet even learned them. He is a deeply spiritual boy who prays tender-hearted and lengthy prayers because he believes with all his heart that Jesus is to be thanked for everything. And so he makes it a point to thank him for the trees, the grass, the sun, the moon, toys, books, and the list goes on…and so do his prayers. But we delight in listening to him.
Following after is Titus, our adventuresome 5 year old, who has the unique ability to get his head and hands stuck in a variety of objects. He is a brave one, courageous and highly curious and we predict may have the guts to one day climb Mt. Everest or be an astronaut. He has already survived 30 minutes in a storage room, having locked himself in.
After three sons, God gave us a beautiful daughter, Tiana. She stole Edric’s heart away the minute she came into this world. Although she is just a year old, she is definitively feminine compared to her brothers. It is a welcome change for me as I have spent nearly a decade trying to cope with all the testosterone around me. Finally, I get to buy ribbons and lace and little dresses.
Our home feels complete with our four children, and we are looking forward to the next one God will add to our tribe. As a homeschooling family, it often seems like the more the merrier!
Motherhood and homeschooling are my full-time preoccupations. There was a time when I was working in the corporate world and then for a non-profit organization, but my priorities changed when the number of babies began to increase. My husband and I agreed that our kids need me and we have adjusted our lifestyle accordingly. I am blessed to have a husband who wants to provide while I take care of the home and get to work part-time (but from the home). Between the many roles I have to juggle, I’ve got my hands full. But, most of all I’ve got my heart full, with four kids, a wonderful husband, and my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.