Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
The biggest change for me is that the washer and dryer were moved from behind the kitchen table in the dining room and hooked up in their permanant home the laundry/pantry room. My parents came up for that transformation and my Dad helped Dad C and Tom put in a sliding glass door. We were thinking that we would have to get a cheapo door to install for the short-term until we saved enough money to buy a nice one. But, God is good and Tom found a white Anderson sliding glass door at Restore (our local Habitat for Humanity resale store) for only $90. Exactly what we wanted!
The other Wow! is that the house is almost completely sided. Before they could start putting up the siding, Dad C had to screw and glue furring strips every 2' on th existing masonry house. Then he added insulation between the furring strips and Tyvek over all of that. Then the transformation began.
Sammy just loves to be apart of things and help out the men when he can...even if it's just moving some pieces of siding around the front yard. He's a strong little helper.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
But, there are many times that I do know what needs to be done but because a number of excuses, family in town, laziness, busyness, etc I don’t do it. And that’s what’s been going on around here. I’ve been relying on what we’ve done in the past. I’ve been real easy going, low on structure, and low on training. I’ve been giving warnings to my commands instead of expecting and requiring first-time obedience. I’ve been disciplining rather than training. Both are good, but when training is lacking, than there’s a lot more disciplining that goes on and the kids aren’t getting what they need. And the lack of proper parenting is bound to rear its nasty little head sooner or later.
So…when we were out at a friend’s house late last night and it was time to go, both big kids fell apart. I was mad and I was embarrassed. Mad? I really had no excuse to be mad; if I as the parent have failed to train and equip my children consistently, then it’s my fault, not theirs, when they fall and my failure becomes apparent to all of our friends…ugh!
After getting home last night and getting the little ones into bed, the honey (that’s Tom if you didn’t know) and I did some talking. We discussed the behaviors that we saw in us that weren’t good; we discussed the behaviors that we saw in the kids that weren’t good; and we made a plan. We will be sweet and loving in our words and actions. We will pray with our kids throughout the day – to thank God for something that we just did and to ask for His help when things aren’t going well. I will direct more of their activities during the day and help out with more of the household chores – too much time to do what they want has led to the kids being reluctant to do what we ask them to do. We will accept no whining.
And that is exactly what we’ve been doing today. I got up early, did some Bible reading and praying. Tom got up early, did his quiet time. There’s nothing like your own precious children to drive you to your knees and cry out, “God, save me! Save my children!” When the kids woke up we explained the changes and then set about our morning. We ate, we cleaned up, we did some work in the front yard, the kids played in the sprinkler, etc. We’ve had a great morning. Frankly I expected more resistance. So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised and pleased how the kids have responded to my consistency – I haven’t even had to be a mean mommy…yet. I know that this is a battle for their souls; I want and need to step up to the plate, fall on my knees and do what I know to do. Pray for us.
Monday, August 3, 2009
To help celebrate (and do some work on the house), my parents came up the weekend before Ben's birthday to join Tom's parents and us. During the day the men worked on installing a sliding glass door in the dining room (more on that in a future post) and the kids and us ladies had some fun climbing some big rocks at the Little Elden Springs Trail Head. After dinner we sang Happy Birthday to Ben and gave him some birthday cake and ice cream. Even though he was a little under-the-weather, he loved it.
Oma and Ben.
Opa, Pop-pop, Oma, Grammie and kids.
We moved Ben's pack-n-play in Livvy and Sammy's room about a month ago. They love having him in their room with them. We told Livvy that if we have another baby and if that baby is not a girl, then she would have her own room...that made her a little sad. They love all being together, even if Ben wakes them up in the morning with his loud squawking.