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.
--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 :)
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!
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
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.