It's quiet as I sit here watching the steam furls coming off my tea. Ah, the first day of school. Back to routine. Back to regular bed times. Back to homework (which I thought I only had to do when I was in school but am quickly learning that's not the case at all). I'd say back to early mornings, but my 5 year old wakes up with the dawn so that never really ended. I'm just sitting here soaking it all in and reflecting on the summer.
Perhaps the highlight of my summer was camping with the youth group (Surge) from my church. On Saturday morning I gave my testimony to the kids and while I was terrified with how they would think of me they took it all in and didn't even bat an eye. It was amazing. Also, I got to watch friendships get tighter, pranks being pulled and a young relationship begin to blossom. I feel so honoured that I was able to be a part of that. God is so good.
I began a tradition with my daughter involving tea and talking. She's only 8 now, but I know that she will enjoy the future moments we are able to have together where we can open up and be real with one another. While I don't like my past and am very ashamed of it, I can use it teach her and other young women the importance of loving yourself.
I feel lead to do something important with this blog. A series of some sort. I have been toying with my second book and titling it Parenting Through Depression. Maybe I'll do something like that.
The great thing about it being the first day of school is that it is also the first day of another Online Bible Study with Proverbs31! I'm so excited to get started! If only my kids hadn't used all my GB's watching Netflix and YouTube maybe I could download the content! *sigh* The life of living in the country.
Until next time!
I was born to be a rock star. Secretly. In my car. Where no one can see me. Okay, so maybe I wasn't born to be a total rock star, but it's one of those things that people love to practice whether they can keep a beat or not. It is extremely hard to be a secret car rock star when you have an audience in the back seat though. Especially one that loves to talk loudly to each other during your epic drum solo of Meatloaf's famous "I Would Do Anything for Love". I mean come on, that song screams secret car rock star. Here's an actual conversation that happened in my "stage" this evening.
As a footnote here, we each get to pick a song we like that hasn't already been played so that everyone gets to listen to what they like and this (hopefully) avoids conflict. You can take part or not, tonight Aaron decided not to. He had more important things to do.
I finally get frustrated and yell into the back of the car BE QUIET YOU TWO!!! Okay, so maybe I wasn't that polite. Give me a break, I was jamming to Meatloaf!
Husband laughs and says "Yeah! You're interrupting Mommy's drum solo!!"
To coin an iconic late 80's early 90's TV Show, How Rude! He was supposed to be reading his comic book not watching my secret car rock star.
Ah well, what's a mom to do?
God bless our daughter! She is a little sponge and learns so much at school. MOST of the time I'm happy to hear about how school is going and what she is learning. That is... until I get a drink for dinner. In my house Pepsi is a big stable for my husband and I. Although I've recently been introduced to Blackberry Ginger Ale, um, delicious! Let's also remember my favourite dark coloured soda Dr. Pepper.
Anyway, I'm happily drinking my pop when my daughter clears her throat "Ahem! Don't you know that dark coloured sodas contain caffeine! It's very unhealthy for you. You shouldn't drink it." Well, wooty-woot-woot to you too! There goes my enjoyment of my daily Pepsi. My husband and I share a look. You know, the look of exasperation over being told we're unhealthy by an 8 year old.
My daughter, the health conscious one of the family. There's nothing like having your kids use their education against you, ahem, to enlighten you. Sometimes I wonder if maybe I should have homeschooled. Now I know how my parents felt when I learned about recycling! Sheesh!
On a side note, you should have seen the look of sheer terror when I told her that there was corn syrup in her lollipop. Who's unhealthy now?? Muahahahaha!
I finally got the call! The call I had been waiting for since Honey started school. My daughter was a Terrific Kid's award recipient!!! I am so proud. I mean, honestly, I always knew she was terrific, I didn't need an award to tell me that but oh I knew she'd be so excited. She'd won the award for perseverance. Wait a tick... perseverance?? My kid? She hates doing anything at home. Homework. Cleaning her room. The other day she burned a hard boiled egg because she didn't watch it and completely forgot about it. I'd like to say that I allowed it to happen to teach her a lesson, but I'd actually fallen asleep. Go figure.
It was amazing to me that perseverance was the award she'd won. I always figured compassion or empathy or even humour but this award opened a whole new side of my daughter I'd never met. She had tenacity. I mean, she can be persistent when she wants something, I just figured school wasn't something that she found as important in her life as other things. It was all very cool.
Today as I was driving around I realized that as much as I'd tried to teach her to persevere I hadn't really shown it myself. Looking back, when the tough got going, I got going... in the opposite direction! I never really thought of myself as a quitter, but if I look back and am completely honest with myself I am. Thank you Proverbs 31 for helping me out with this in your current bible study! So maybe I should start looking to her as a source for perseverance and an example of how to overcome obstacles. There's nothing like a mommy moment where your kids teach you something.
You know the saying, the grass is always greener on the other side? This is my attempt to find greener grass right where I am in my life.
BTW - I'm the one on the right, just in case you didn't already know that.