Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Hallelujah!

There is a bible verse that I often repeat over and over to myself which is more of a coaching mechanism for me than an act of worship.  "In everything give thanks for this is the will of God..." (1 Thessalonians 5:18).   That's a hard one to remember at times but we truly have a lot to be thankful for so I thought I'd list our top 3 hallelujah moments of the week:

3. 3 Hour Naps!
We changed the schedule up so the kids only have one nap a day. This has been tough to keep them occupied with minimal meltdowns for the longer wake time stretches but a 3 hour nap is well worth it!  I really don't even know how to fill all of that time yet!  

2. Time Outs Are Working!
We've been doing timeouts for months now and they never seemed to sink in.  We put them in the little nook outside our bedroom door and have them sit there until we come back for them a minute or so later. The kids almost thought it was a game or extra attention time that they'd get to have once I returned for them.  Threatening time out was like offering them a cookie, they were all for it! I've seen a dramatic turn around this week where they clearly see that time out isn't any fun and they are starting to stop the behavior with a simple time out warning.  It's amazing to me!  All the persistence is paying off - (well that, or they are finally getting to an age where they can comprehend it - whichever it is, I'll take it!)   

1. Family
Grandma and Grandpa Glass came to visit last week and let us parents have a weekend away in San Antonio.  Oh, how nice to enjoy some time away, if only to appreciate all that we truly miss when it's not right in front of us. Plus, my dad has some work to do in Houston and is staying through the end of this week. It surely is nice to have some extra hands around here - especially when changing up the schedule, thank you, Dad!  


Picnics in the Backyard = No Cleanup, Yippee!

The second broken pot of the week and no one was hurt!

9 comments:

Alaine said...

I think it was Leo Tolstoy who said "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." Sometimes two things that are hard to come by in the world of children (well, at least in my world). The journey is certainly worth it though. Enjoyed my time with all of you - truly "Every good and perfect gift is from above." James 1:17 Much love

Suzanne said...

that's awesome, mare! LOOOOVE to hear it!

Alaine said...

What a great end to my break! I just have to laugh at the expressions on the boys' faces as they innocently stare at the pot. Love to all.

Anonymous said...

Love the boys looking at the broken pot - you can hear them thinking "hmmmmm wonder how that happened??" too cute - Debbie

Following Him said...

ADORABLE...3 hour naps...seriously!
~Elyse~

Tubre Quads said...

Oh Girl...you have been my saving grace on more than one occasion...you MUST email me that schedule! Mine go down great for their morning nap, but 9 times out of 10 they don't take their afternoon nap which leads to miserably tired and fussy babies at about 7 pm!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the outdoor picnic...what a great idea. You are so awesome!

Jac

King Quads said...

Great post. I read it yesterday and came back today for another read.

Notice how the boys are the ones standing by the broken pot...hmmmm?

I see Jazz was waiting by the picnic table to pick up the scraps:)

ANSLEY said...

Isn't that the greatest little picnic table...Ans wants to eat every meal at hers!! Love the Valentine background and you!!

Andria said...

Thankfully no one was hurt, but that's a great picture. I love it. For the next post, they'll all be pointing fingers at each other. LOL.

Glad you enjoyed your weekend away.