I would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to a very lovely young lady. Each day that we are given with our children is a precious gift and I know that Fourth's parents don't take a single minute of the last 12 years for granted!
To Fourth, your Mama talks about you ALL THE TIME! And (what's more) it's all the wonderful things you are doing!
Happy Birthday Dear, from that crazy lady in Texas your Mama's always emailing!
Well, if you know anything about kids like my Sonshine you know that routine to them is everything. When their routine is disrupted their world crumbles around them and life becomes hard. Today my poor boy had a hard day.
For starters, Daddy had to go in to work early tonight so he wasn't up playing with the kids and helping Mom this morning like he usually does and the boys definitely missed him...so did Mom!!! (He helps A LOT!!)
Then we were about 45 min late getting to school. This meant that all the kids were in Chapel when we got there....well on Tues they go to Chapel at 9:30 and on Thurs they go to Spanish. I don't know if it's due to him having been home sick last Thurs or what but he had his little heart set on going to Spanish today!!
Wow, what a fit. It probably would have been fine if I hadn't been late, I don't know. At any rate he finally calmed down and went on with his class. His teacher told me at pickup that he'd been very cranky/grumpy off and on all day "not himself". He also didn't nap. *sigh* Nor did he eat **double sigh**
Sure enough he falls asleep about 10 min before we hit our driveway. ***triple sigh*** Well, frankly folks I'd have stayed in the car till he woke up but I don't have the money for all that gas. So, up we get and on we go.
OK, by this point his routine has gone completely to Hell in a handbasket that's been placed atop that snowball......as in we have about a snowball's chance in Hell of re-establishing equilibrium anytime before bed.
Mom discovers there is no water pressure in the house....there IS (thankfully) water...at a trickle. Patiently waiting for a sippy cup to be refilled was not high on his list of fun things to do......
In order for Mom to get a sanity break I turn on the tube. This works fairly well....up until our DVD Player dies half-way (literally) through Moe and the Big Exit. *********way past sighs and close to tears by now*********
I said a prayer asking God to hold off on the electricity going out till AFTER I'd fed them supper!! PLEEEEEEASEE!! (I kinda figured that was next, ya know)
So, I turn on NEW MUSIC! Now, this kid devours music like I do chocolate so usually this would be a great thing.....but, alas, too many things had not gone according to plan and by this point we were just counting seconds till supper was ready and bedtime.
As I sat in Daddy's recliner rocking all three whimpering children waiting on the timer to ding, the song It Is Well With My Soul came on that new CD. I was reminded of the story behind that song being written as I listened to every word and thought "How do I teach this to my children???"
Because that's what struck me:
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
This acceptance of the hardships in life does not come naturally to any of us.
We must be taught how.
We must learn how to teach this to our children.
I shall start the same way I was taught.
I shall start by teaching them this song.
I shall follow with ensuring that the example I provide daily maintains as positive an attitude as I can muster at that moment.
I shall implement a LOT of prayer.
After dinner things started evening out. I got a smile and wave through the door accompanied with "Bye bye Momma!" when I went out to get the mail. In my mailbox is a small package that says on every side "From the Pen to the Superhero"
Now I ask you...how cool is it to be called a "superhero" at the end of a day like this??!!
Well, one of my two favorite sayings is "Full bellies make for good naps." and true enough the kids are all happily in dreamland. Probably dreaming of days that are more predictable than today.
I am now going to avail myself of the recently restored water pressure and enjoy my precious gift from my precious blogging buddy. After waiting for a week, (I knew something was coming, just not what) it came on just the right day!
Thank you Jen!!
"God is good!"
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