Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Joys and Failures, Taking it in Stride

Hello Hello to you all and I hope you have enjoyed your OCTOBER that is over (well when I originally wrote this is was almost over, but now it really is)! Really where does the time go? Oh yeah... to being a mom, wife, sister, aunt, daughter, friend, youth pastor, physical therapist, and psychopath...well maybe not the last one but thats what I feel at times hehe. Yes, this has been a super busy month, but I love being busy and especially when its doing things with my kids or teens. I can't say I'm proud of every moment of this month, but we are definitely growing amidst the big ups and little downs. I am still blown away to think that we have been parents for only 10 months! Thats it! Thats it? It seems like a lot longer, but when we remember how little time it has been we are reminded of just how fortunate we are to be in out current position.

October news:
--I turned 30... the BIG 3. 0.  And I'm super ready for it and grateful for all Christ has blessed me with in the first 30 years of my life... here's to the next adventures in life! Annnd I'm so happy that now I can look forward to where these 30 years+ will lead my kids also.
--We are in full force FOOTBALL mode! Go Colts! Waylon has the best team and coaches we could have asked for. They have been super supportive of Waylon's progress through the first part of the school year (which was rough, lets not sugar coat it, 4th grade has been rough), but the coaches have helped push him to be better and to stay accountable for his actions. Not to mention they are undefeated which makes for a very exciting year for our first time football kiddo. He has improved in his technique and plays defense at times and tight end at times... last Saturday he about a 5 yard run with the ball... could. not. have. been. prouder! He was majorly tackled, but is learning to handle it more "like a man"... well a 9 year old man haha!
--Elva is in FLIPPY ROLLY POLLY mode going to gymnastics and learning cartwheels and roundoffs and balance beam and the uneven bars... etc. you name it, she is having a ball! And its the perfect activity for her super energetic lifestyle as she is always bouncing or jumping somewhere. She still needs help on her form for her cartwheels but its so cute to watch her try!
--We are getting into HOLIDAY mode! I decorated the house with all my pumpkins and fall leaves and all Waylon said is," you have too many pumpkins, mom." Never my son, never!!
I can't wait to decorate for Christmas though and let them add their own touches for our family :)
--No my kids did not dress up for Halloween. I'm not going to get into it because I neither judge you for celebrating or not celebrating Halloween, but we have chosen as a family to celebrate our family and being together on that night. So, while others got ready to go door to door... we went with some family and friends to kids paradise- Chuck E Cheese. Oh how I hate that place, haha! But the kids had a great time blowing their minds in games and pizza and candy and then we had ice cream afterwards and it just made the night fun. Plus it wasn't crowded AT ALL! So hate me or agree with me, I don't care, we will probably repeat this tradition each year!
--I have been noticing certain trends with our children. Elva is having more and more difficulties with understanding our explanations for things and quite often is gone in loopsy land, but she ends up doing things she is not supposed to and blames it on loopsy land (I just made that up she doesn't really say loopsy land haha). This may not seem like a big deal, but her reality is a little off and she is thinks she is getting better at excuses. Oh and we have the issue already...already....yes I said already....with boys and the "i like" syndrome. Umm no, I am not ready for this or prepared for what I might do to some innocent boy for breaking my little girls heart so lets just say ummm no!
Waylon has been exercising his right of limit pusher to the max. Things are certainly WAYYY better than they were at the beginning of the year... I mean he was getting some very low grades and coming home with multiple bad remarks or office visits every day... not week... every day. SO we have now been having weeks of no such bad reports, a few corrections here and there, but nothing near as severe as we started. His grades need more prayer as he is just having a hard time with the comprehension work for his grade. He is not far behind, but he is not at grade level and I don't want him to fall behind. We work heavily on multiplication problems and he even has to practice his handwriting because we have noticed he and Elva learned how to write several of their letters wrongly. Like an "e". Its the weirdest thing to watch them write!
But he has been pushing our buttons, so we are trying to keep it in perspective of everything before letting our emotions get too high. It hasn't been a year yet!
--We have started making the CHRISTMAS LIST... dun dun dun. Thank you to you retailers of toys for sending us your picture magazines with all the latest toys that my kids have taken to spending every spare minute looking through and circling their favorites. We had a talk with them the other night about not being demanding or expecting things for Christmas to which Waylon reminded me that this is a season of "giving" and not receiving... so I guess our lectures and lessons are getting through a little bit!

So I realize that this post is called joys and failures, but I don't have much to say about failures because at this point there is no failing... just redirection and trying again! We have had some not so pretty moments, but those moments used to be not so pretty days so I think we are headed in the right direction!

Anywho, please pray for Waylon's grades and Elva's heart to be protected. Because others have asked, Robert and I would like prayer in the decisions we make and the way we are learning to parent together. I desire above all things for these kids to understand God's joy and HIS teachings not our own. I can't believe we just finished month 10 together- and what JOYFUL changes have taken place! Give God the glory for He deserves it all!
Thanks for your prayers again and again!

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.