I'm thankful for Vic's Vapor Rub this morning. I have this deep, persistent, lingering cough that makes my head pound. It was really bad about 4 in the morning so I got up and lathered Vapor rub all over my chest and neck. I was able to finally get some peace and rest for 2 1/2 hours.
Adam received an award at last night's school board meeting for scoring in the top 1% in the nation on a math test. Based on his grades, he has also been asked to be a a Junior Honor Escort at Senior Graduation Night. Way to go Adam! We are so proud of you!
Paul is attending a 2/3 grade combo class during the day. He still has recess and lunch with his peers-- but is learning at his level. Finally, he is making progress. The main thing is that he is more confident and seems so much happier!
Our one daughter's behavior is in full swing this week again. I showed some grace--- let her stay up an hour later one night, and John did the dishes for her another-- and it back fired. All of a sudden she was demanding we lift all her consequences for prior behavior or else. Sorry sweetie, it doesn't work that way.
Anastasia is sick. She asks John and I to pray with her all the time. She is so faithful.
Alex continues to have his ups and downs with school. One day he will scream and kick and refuse to do work along with dragging his feet, knocking down chairs, chewing nails down to the quick, and eating slow if at all. The next day he will have a great day at school, show no new evidence of feet dragging, eat all his lunch, and be very productive with his homework. Most days are a struggle with him, but yesterday was a good one. I love those days!
Andrew is in baseball. He is one of the pitchers. It is neat to see him grow with each practice and game. I shocked the kids with how many goodies I bought for his games. Instead of going to the snack bar and spending three times as much on snacks, I stocked up at the 99 cent store.
Thank you Lord for being with me. Thank you for giving me strength when I had none. Thank you for the hope I have in you. Thank you for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of my children. Please give me even more patience, and help me to determine when holding my tongue will be better than arguing back.
Parenting in this last month has been very humbling. No matter how strong I appear to be, I still feel like I am failing. It is amazing how one or two children can make me feel so inadequate even though there are 13 that show evidence of beautiful fruit. Shame on me. It isn't about me. I am realizing that I cannot control my kids' behavior 100%. I can guide them, nurture them, pray for them, and be a role model, but that doesn't mean that they still won't go and do what pleases them. Of course I want them to choose what is right, but I can't make them. All I can do, is continue to be a stable, loving parent.
In the midst of all this, a few of my daughters have thrived as a result. They used to have the same kind of attitude and behavior-- and now they see themselves in their sister as if they are watching a reality show. They see what is going on and think back to when they were in our one daughter's shoes. They side with me. They see the craziness of it all and how certain behaviors are very destructive. This is God at work always using our weakness for good. He is so full of grace.
Hope all of you are having a great week with your kids!