September 27, 2007

Counting my blessings

Today was one of those days when you get up with a cheerful heart, determined to do God's will and bless everyone in the house....and before 10 am things have turned quite the opposite.

5:30 am woke up (very early for me), spent 1 hour with God (word, prayer, journal, study)

6:30 am made my bed (something I very often neglect), folded away clean laundry and prepared breakfast for the 3 men in the house.

7:00 am lesson on cheerfulness for son who is not happy with breakfast.

7:30 am husband has to discipline son for lying about his brother bothering him

8:30 am started our preschool time. Reading always gets everyone happy so we do our read-aloud. Today it was all about trucks.

8:38 am siblings begin to argue about what book we are reading next.

9:32 am we are done with our school for today. And I go to the kitchen to wash dishes. Noticed son did not finish his breakfast and disposed it. Son realizes that I threw his breakfast away and has a meltdown because he's still hungry.

9:50 am son finished eating his brother's left over and we decide to play a game.

10:00 Son is disrespectful to mom and dad and gets disciplined...again. After this things calm down for a bit.

11:00 mom is mentally exhausted and decides to let the boys watch 1 video. The boys are quiet for about 30 minutes.

11:30 during lunch mom informed the kids that tonight mom and dad have small group and that they will be staying with grandma. Son starts crying because he wants to go with us.

12:00 noon mom decides that this has been a difficult morning for everyone and that we should all take a nap. While laying down with the boys in bed, son who's been misbehaving all morning starts crying and says: Mom, my throat is hurting a lot. Mom prays for him and he falls asleep.

12:30 Mom wakes up from a good recovery nap and it's determined not to let the challenges of the morning take away her joy. So she prays to the Lord, asks for strength, meditates in His Word and THANK HIM for her children. Then she calls her hubby and asks forgiveness for complaining about the kids to him this morning. And then...she takes a DEEP BREATH....and the Lord graciously grants her a new perspective...

...not all was bad this morning...the kids learned a new memory verse, the kids asked for forgiveness, dad was here to help mom with the discipline, the boys learned new Spanish words, Caleb read new words all by himself, they did not fuss about taking a nap early.

Rejoice always, praying without ceasing, give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for YOU. 1 Thessalonians 3:9

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

I love the pictures of the apple orchard! The boys are so brave to ride the horses! It looks like you all had a great time; don't you just love Fall?!?