Friday, November 15, 2013

10 Things

The other day, Tate and Meems were fighting.  As much as I would like to NOT be writing that, it's not reality around here.  On that particular day, the fighting reached an extraordinary crescendo that resulted in the destruction of a new toy catalog and a giant Sharpie slash on the sofa cushion.

Two words: 1) permanent, and 2) ink.

After their dad's head split open being sent to their rooms, they were given their consequences -- early bedtimes.  Womp.  Oh, and also, because they had been having so much trouble getting along, they each were charged with writing 10 good qualities about each other.  Womp womp.

A little later, each emerged from their rooms with their lists.

Tate's:


I thought he made some very wise observations about his sister, and said some lovely things.  Although, the "not a morning person" comment, while true, isn't necessarily what I had in mind.  At the same time, it wasn't offensive and she enjoyed that comment, so we left it at that.

Meems' (please ignore the spelling - my girl is a terrible speller):


Ahem.  It seems someone likes to have the last word.

After discussing how "he can be jealous" and "he can be annoying" are not positive characteristics, it was decided that some revisions were in order.  Lucky for her, #9 is true.  If he'd written those things about her, she would have come unglued.

The hope was to focus on the good that they saw in each other as we move forward.  Of course, they are 10 and 7.  We'll keep our fingers crossed and think optimistic thoughts.

A new toy catalog came in the mail today.  Now, if only someone would send me a new sofa cushion...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Monday

I haven't done this for a while.  

Yesterday, in our Sunday School class, we talked about thankfulness.  It's easy to be thankful when we're reminded to do so a la an aptly named holiday.  It's quite another to be thankful every day.

I'm guilty of this.

Some days just seem really hard around here.  It's easy to get mired down in the little struggles of every day and forget that in those struggles, there are blessings.  

We talked about how to teach our children about thankfulness.  We talked about the habit of thankfulness and how it improves your life in general -- bringing a peace and happiness that trickles over into every aspect of life, including physical and mental well-being.  Even when things are hard.

I Thesalonians 5:16-18 says: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 

Joy and thankfulness can be discovered in even the worst situations.  The trick is being open to finding it.

And being thankful for the little things that make all life's struggles worth it.

Today, I am happy for yesterday's Sunday School class.

Happy Monday!