Every once in a while I get a moment where I feel like I might be on the right track. It isn’t often so when it happens, I sit in awe of it. Yesterday I had a few moments and I am still basking in the glow of it. You know until someone comes downstairs and reminds me of how rare it is to feel like I’m doing a good job.
I saw this great chore idea on Pinterest. It was a wheel with different chores on a big paper plate and the kids names on a smaller paper plate and you can spin the wheel to land on a chore and that is the one you have to do. Well, I love that idea but didn’t have the stuff to make that so I just wrote the kids names and chores on ticket-looking paper.
When they got home I nonchalantly said, “Oh, I have your tickets” and I passed them out. There was confusion and a little shock and then…shock on my part because they dove right in. Well, Belle complained that she had too much on her list until she saw that Tommy had the exact same amount. I mean…I gave them chores and the chores got done. I even snuck in a 30 minute workout while they were working and reading. Thank God for Rolie Polie Olie.
I spent about a week and a half looking for books for my kids to work on some religious education stuff. I finally decided on God and Me Devotionals for Girls by Linda Washington and Jeanette Dall for Isabella, Gotta Have God 3 by Michael Brewer, Janet Brewer and Dave Carleson / Brie Spangler for Tommy and The One Year Book of Devotions for Boys by Tyndale House Publishers and Children’s Bible Hour Staff for Nico. My thought was to start off light and move to heavier.
My kids proved me right when I thought that they were craving some religious guidance. Just craving it. I know this because I told them to do 2 pages and they jumped in and did 8 each. Tommy kept saying it was “so cool” and Belle kept thanking me. Belle has about a million questions she can’t wait to hear the answers for and Tommy, Tommy was the biggest surprise. He is just an old soul that really gets it. Some of his answers to why bad things happen (what we might think is bad for us might be good for someone else or good for us later) or why God doesn’t always answer prayers (if we got everything we prayed for, we’d never learn anything) blew me away. I swear these pictures were candid and not posed:
Of course this was before Nico got home. When he did, there was a little bit of arguing. I am not sure why that kid doesn’t think he has to help out around here. He had a ton of homework since he was absent on Monday so he did half of his chores and instead of reading out of his book and discussing, he joined the discussion with the twins. I still think that is success.
The best part was that when I checked his phone, I saw a text from one of his friends about going to a Christian teen group on Monday nights. He was sick this Monday but just knowing he is asking about going makes my heart burst a little (thank you, thank you, thank you L.B.).
I don’t know what today will bring (Tommy went to bed feeling sick) but yesterday…yesterday was an answered prayer and it feels amazing.
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