Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tips for Mothers

I don't usually write about books and whatnot, but I came accross a list of mothering tips that I really love in the Wisdom for Mothers bible study by Denise Glenn. I especially love how simple they are....simple, but not easy. The list was written by Suzanna Wesley, the mother of John Wesley. If you went to Lipscomb you've probably heard of this guy. His was the founder of the Methodist church. Mrs. Wesley had 19 children so she certainly had some experience.

1. Eating between meals is not allowed.

2. As children, they are to be in bed by 8pm.

3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.

4. They are to subdue their self-will so that they might be open to God's salvation.

5. Teach a child to pray as soon as she can speak.

6. Require all to be still during Family Worship (this one gives me guilt...)

7. Give them nothing they cry for, and only that which they ask for politely. (AMEN!)

8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented.

9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.

10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.

11. Commend and reward good behavior.

12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.

13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.

14. Strickly observe all promises.

15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well. (Got this one no problem!)

16. Teach children to reverence God.

I love it! I hope you enjoyed it, too! FYI, you probably figured this out, but all the parenthesis were my thoughts.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter Update

It's almost February, and I am happy about this because I am so ready for spring! January has been a month of cold and snow...a month of missed school and staying inside way too much. I have been trying to think of things to blog about for more than a week, but we really haven't been doing anything exciting besides playing in the snow occasionally. So, this will be a general update and some pictures of our night at the Garth Brooks concert...aka the best night of Houston's life.

Olivia is her sweet self. Her favorite things to do right now are sitting in her high chair (I do not understand why) and playing with the baby dolls she got for Chrismtas. She carries them around with some of her diapers. I LOVE watching her try to put the diapers on the babies. She calls them stinty diapies (stinky diapers).

Bennett lives to play Mario Kart, which actually drives me crazy. He's so funny to watch when he plays, but I can't help but wish we hadn't let him get interested in it yet. He has the rest of his life to waste his brain cells on video games, so I wish he could just be little right now. I will say that is has been a really good incentive for helping him to learn some impulse control. This is the first thing that he has really ever cared about enough to keep him in check with his attitude. On another note, he is also learning the books of the Old Testament. I would have never thought to teach him this so young, but the Children's Ministry at church is encouraging memory work, so we are giving it a shot. I am amazed at how well it is going. So far he knows Genesis to Chronicles, which was the goal for 3-6 year olds. It was pure comedy to try to teach him to say Deuteronomoy.

Me? Well, I have been doing a few projects around the house. I took the wallpaper off the walls in our downstairs bathroom and painted a few weeks ago. I have been thinking about doing this for over a year, but just now got the motivation to do it. It looks so much better! I am very proud that it only took me a week to accomplish. The color is a milk chocolate brown and is so much more soothing than the bright green wallpaper I took down. I also started class again a few weeks ago. I am loving it, and happy to not be as busy as last semester.

And Houston...He is working, and being a his wonderful self... He is lobbying hard for a dog sometime soon. Only time will tell when that will happen. I would love to have Livy out of diapers before dealing with a dog, but he has been waiting quite awhile, so we shall see. I would be all for some sort of miniature dog, but of course he wants a bullmastiff... of course.

Oh, and our five year anniversary is coming up on February 4th!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Christmas Continued

All Bennett wanted for Christmas this year was a black train. He wanted a train like the Polar Express. Every gift he opened the week before Christmas he expected to be a train. Honestly, we really didn't want to get him another train. He already had too many to count. But when your kid only wants one simple thing, it's hard to resist. His reaction Christmas morning did not disappoint. He loved the little black train Houston found for him, and it was precious to see him so excited.

Livy was easy to please, as most 1 year olds are when it comes to toys. She was happy with her toys, but equally happy with the boxes they came in. I so love her sweet, gentle spirit. She is my sweet, sweet baby girl. Christmas day was extra special with snow all over the ground. The kids loved it!

We had a great time at all of our family Christmas parties. The holiday season always reminds me how blessed we are to have such love surrounding us. Now we are looking forward to what 2011 will hold. We are especially excited about all the new babies that will be coming this year for our friends and family.