Thursday, October 11, 2012

Neither here nor there


The most exciting event in my life right now is working towards potty training the 2 year old. (He will be three at the end of December). He is at that point where he can choose to withhold his "deposits" as long as I have him in underpants... and as soon as I diaper him or put him to bed he will make his deposit. So, if I force myself to look at this from the glass-half-full perspective then I can rejoice that he is making progress! Or, if you catch me just after I had to pull off soiled underwear (and stick my finger in poo) then I might just tell you to go out and buy me ten years worth of diapers - because I don't have it in me to potty train another kid. Tell me that I am not the only one who has contemplated how old a child would be before he could actually train his own self to potty. (I am joking, of course, please don't call child services)

Meanwhile the Baby has started cruising along the furniture. We have wood laminate floors so he has taken some tough falls. But, on the bright side, he figured out how to fall onto his bottom (rather than his head) at an amazing rate.

I am sticking to my school year goals fairly well. The kids are doing more work than they have in years. God has been good. Still... there are some rough spots. I have at least one child who tries to drop out of school at least once a week. That one child is quite the arbitrator. He can come up with more reasons to quite school for the day than I can rebut. When all else fails, "Because I said so..." sometimes works. If not, the threat of "what will Daddy think of that?" can usually curb my little man.

We are still praying about housing. No new leads. God is disciplining us in the area of patience and contentment. So, I need to hurry up and learn to be patient so that this lesson will be over. Right?

But godliness with contentment is great gain,  for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 
1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hypothetically

... if you should decide to take your kids out to a conservation area to see a meteor shower...

... and if you take all your bean bags and blankets...

... and if you live in mid-MO...

... just remember that there could be feral hogs nearby...

...because feral hogs are more active at night...

...and they might squeal so loudly that you just about pee your pants and your heart stops...

...and your five your old son might scream like a piglet too...

... while the kids make record time loading into the van...

... and you and your spouse will have to gather all those bean bags 
(while wandering where the hog went and how close it might be)...

...hypothetically, of course...