Monday, February 16, 2009


Redeem - to rescue, restore

Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word. Psalm 119:154

...who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14

Well...the day was not lost. The children didn't however wake up from their naps as new and improved, sinless little beings. We still had our little issues throughout the day, but it did go better than the morning. Truly I was praying that a miracle would occur in their sleep and, Poof! Angels. But no...angelic children only come by years of quiet, patient, training filled with truth and love, wisdom, praying that God would work in their hearts.

In Raising Godly Tomatoes, it talks about embracing these times when the kids are misbehaving. Welcome them as times that you can see their hearts, really work on correcting them so that they can change and grow to be godly adults. Even though it's hard now to correct these precious little ones now, it'll be so much harder to not do it now, and have to deal with the disrespectful, defiant teenager in 10 or so years.

Tomorrow is a new day and I'm praying that I have more opportunities to teach godliness to my kiddos...maybe I'll even learn a little something too:).

One Of Those Mondays

Oh has it ever been a "Monday" this morning. It's only 12:30 and all the kiddos are already in their beds napping - they've been there since 12:00, nap-time usually isn't until 1:30.

Before the kids realized that it was indeed a Monday, we were doing fairly well. We got laundry collected and started. We did a lesson in Teach Your Child To Read..., practiced writing some letters, colored a little worksheet. Everybody was having a really good, happy morning. And then, just as we were about to get some French bread baking in the bread machine, somebody said, "Hey, it's Monday. Mondays are those days when nothing is supposed to go right, when everybody just feels cranky, tired and miserable. Why are you guys having fun and being so cooperative?" (not really, but that's what it felt like). Then....Monday began.

Let's start with the easiest one, Ben. Ben must be going through a growth spurt because he was hungry by 10:00 and therefore didn't nap as long as he usually does. So, he of course was not a happy camper until I finally clued in that he was hungry and fed him, brunch I guess, at 10:30 (normally he doesn't get solids for breakfast, just lunch and dinner). Then once he was fed, he didn't stay happy very long because, you guessed it, he was tired because of his short morning nap. I finally laid him down around 11:50.

And then there was Livvy....well Livvy might actually have been the easiest one this morning because she was just left on her own while I dealt with the other two. She entertained Ben for awhile, road her trike, did a page or two in a workbook, etc. But, any time that I had to step in to tell her to stop one thing to do another, she'd start arguing, fussing, etc. God gave me a verse this morning to give me direction in dealing with her bad attitudes, 1 Pet 5:5:
Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed
with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace
to the humble.
We're beginning to see anytime she's opposed or resisted, she starts arguing, etc. So, we have some work to do to help her not be so prideful but be "clothed with humility". And, yes, yes, I need to work on not being so prideful too.

And then there was Sammy, oh my sweet stubborn little Sammy. I can't even remember how it really started, but he and I battled it out for over 1-1/2 hours just trying to get him to stay in the corner, calm down, and be quiet. Finally I just let him go to bed and we'll try again when he wakes up. The really sweet part about him being in the corner was that he'd pray saying, "Dear God, help me not whiney". And he'd stop for just a tiny little bit, before something set him off again. Oh, poor kid, he's so much like me.

So, here I am...blogging about my morning while the last load of laundry is finishing up in the dryer, the French bread is baking away in the bread machine (it smells so good), and thankfully the kids are napping peacefully. I know other moms might be dealing with the same things this morning with their little ones, or at least have had these kind of mornings in the past. But, I also know that God can redeem the day. It doesn't have to be "Monday" all day long.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day Togetherness

Today has just been a nice low-key-kinda day. We didn't do much this morning. After making Tom breakfast in bed, we all just hung around in the living room, the kids entertained themselves, we finally got everyone out of their PJ's (I believe I was the last one to accomplish that), and was time for lunch. After lunch we...what did we do? Hmmm...The kids and I went next door to the neighbors for awhile - Livvy had a card she wanted to give to Morgan (a very sweet and bubbly 13 year-old girl who loves to play with the kids).

After naps, we took the kids sledding on a little hill just down the street and around the corner (we really wanted to live next to National Forest and we finally took advantage of it). It was just a sweet little time to do something fun as a family. Here are some pix of the fun...

After fun sledding, we came home and ate a quick dinner, Tom had to go to work (he's "sitting" tonight at the hospital - sitting with a patient that needs constant supervision). Then the older kids took a bath and then it was movie night! We watched Hermie and Wormie's Nutty Adventure. It was a cute little movie.
Now, they are all asleep, and really... I should be too.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Quiet Around Here

Well, it's Friday and these two

aren't here. They are down in Phx with Oma and Opa. We'll join them tonight.

These two

are sleeping. Tom got off early today, which was nice because he worked all last night; and Ben, well it's just his usual nap time.

So far today I've unloaded the van of all the boy clothes that were stored at the Ketter's, organized Ben's clothes that he has outgrown, swept the floors, painted the bare concrete floors in the kitchen, dining and walk ways with a sealant
(it's got a nice sheen to it now), vacuumed the living room, ran some errands, and hung out with Sara for a little bit... stuff that's just a little easier to do without "helpers".
Well, I guess I should go pack for the weekend and wake my sleepers.