Just a couple scriptures that have spoken to me lately. Thought Id share with those who don’t have instagram :)
Those btw were made with the new IMAGE option in the Bible App.
Its fun to create and free!
& to end, a few grams from our weekend….
Our cat lives on the wild side. Always on the ledge….
He also seems to enjoy taking up space in our school room. Such a social cat. We love him.
The above image of Taite and Owen putting away dishes is really sweet for me to see. I spoke about this briefly on instagram… about how we are training our boys to teach their younger brothers. Obviously in every day things… “don’t hit…” “don’t spit” – you know basic 101 brother stuff haha… things they shouldn’t do but do have to learn. Beyond that though teaching our boys to serve is high up on our list. We think its super important. Now that Owen is 5 he will be assigned some chores. He is still young and his motorskills are still developing… I wont expect him to clean toilets just yet… or fold a perfect towel or shirt… but he can do little things.
So in that particular photo Taite who is 8, was teaching Owen who is 5 how to put away dishes.
We make the boys unload the dish washer at least once or twice a day. As a team it can be done in 5 minutes or less.
I also as you can see from above make them fold clothes. I wash, they fold. The only time I fold clothes is when I feel like it. That usually involves towels and my clothes/Travis’ clothes. To me, if the boys dirty 2 baskets a week of clothes, they can help out and fold majority of it. It if anything will teach them not to dirty so much, because it would only mean more for them to fold. :)
I have lots of areas I need to work on in parenting these dudes… but so far I am so thankful for 4 boys who despite some fight on occasion, seem willing to learn… and grow. It without a doubt takes lots of work... That work is worth it though… So to the Mamas who may be struggling and feeling as if they can’t get it all done. Know that 1. You can’t :) – so don’t stress out and quit worrying about perfection… but 2. Teach those children to serve to love on you and Christ…. I try really hard to explain how Mommy can’t do it all… and that even if they didn’t “dirty that dish” or “drop that toy” – by them helping me, they are blessing me. That Jesus tells us to serve and love others… to be giving and to be peace makers. Its something we all need reminding of daily. :) Even me.
America seems to have handicapped our children… by making them seem incapable of doing… and only being served… far from it. We don’t give our kids enough credit for what they are capable of. They can and should be a great help.
Sunday I wore my clip in extensions. So fun to play with. I def do not wear them daily though.
Decaf coffee is a treat we allow the boys on Sundays. They think its “so cool.” :)
and of course, the trolley ride is always a hit with Reed.
I hope everyone else had a great Weekend.