Thursday, September 02, 2010

Small Successes (Vol. 13)


 1.  We are closing out our first week of the new school year.  After our welcome to school activities and easing in to the year, this is the first real week. Emma and I had our first homework battle of the year on Monday in which voices were raised, threats were made, tears were shed and feelings were hurt.   The success in this? Homework got done, rules were re-established, child understands need for obedience (at least this week) and no further battles have ensued.  This is kind of a crappy success because if I had been more patient and gentle with her instead of irritated and annoyed, the same success could have been achieved without the yelling.  Homework always reminds me that I need to be gentle and loving instead of Drill Sargentesque (which is my tendency when I want something done NOW).  Time to start praying for gentleness again.

2.  I am almost done with P90X Round 1 (I say round 1 because I've never actually completed the 90 days the other times I started it)  Next week is the last week.  I cannot believe that I get up at 5:30 to workout!  Even more amazingly, I've not had the wake up chatter going in my mind: " You don't need to get up now.  It doesn't really matter. You can do it later"   I've gotten up right away!

3.  This school year I feel like I am on top of all the papers and activities that the kids are involved in.  Everything has been signed and returned.  Granted, I've overlooked a few things, but luckily, they weren't things that were crucial and they were also things commonly missed by parents of kids moving to the next level.  So, all in all, I'm feeling pretty good about my performance in this area.

Next week, I hope to tell you that I am still on top of school things and that I have figured out how to overcome my trigger where homework battles are concerned.

God bless and keep you until we meet again.

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  1. Great job this week! Sounds like it was tough at times, but you got through it!

  2. Ah, Mary - you're such a great mom! Isn't it great how the Lord's mercy's are new every morning! I am so thankful for this, especially in my relationship with the boys after a tough school day. We had our first frustrating day on Tuesday where I had to just walk away and then return in complete humility to ask forgiveness for the same attitude that I just told him he needed to change! Ah, fun times! I'm so thankful the beginning of school is just once a year or this homeschool mom would be insane!(especially with 3 this year!) I am very thankful too that we don't ever have "homework" issues! I use that threat on my kids all the time..."Well, you know if you were in "real" school, then blah, blah, blah...." Works every time! LOL! ;-)

  3. Good week! Re-establishing a routine is always tough! God bless!

  4. It's amazing how children can remind us of our shortcomings so quickly. I, too, lose my patience quickly - but when my boys eyes well up when I'm barking orders I remember how mold-able his young soul is. I want to model patience and gentleness for him..

  5. Ah... #1 is so hard but so important. Good job.

    Weeks and weeks later, and I'm still in awe of #2 :). Great job!

  6. Thank you all for your encouragement. I really appreciate it!


"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." ~Colossians 4:6 (NASB)