Some days it tough taking the time to read them a book, then tucking each of them in. I read to them together, then sing, "The Cuppycake Song" and pray with each of them in their own bed. I can see that these days numbered, so few, and that makes me just want to sit with them a little longer.
It was nice because Joe was home for her birthday. We went out for breakfast, came home and watched home videos of her birth and first days. It was a sweet time, and we all loved it. I don't know where the time went. My heart hurt a little watching it but I kept telling the pain to go away because we have so much to be grateful for and seeing her grow and change is a beautiful blessing.
She made her own cake, all by herself. I guess that sounds sad but it made her happy. Joe and I went away for our anniversary and did a bunch of needed shopping. Bethany benefits from that most years, we gave her clothes and shoes, plus a Boogie Board. She loves to write words and doodle, so the Boogie Board was perfect for her. She loves it!
the Nina and Pinta. It's been hard to be mom plus teacher several days. I've really struggled with the constant calling for my help by everyone at once. I've been, we've all been, frustrated with the littles for being loud or having meltdowns. This is turbo multitasking. Can I get an IV combo of caffeine and patience?! It's not easy, but it is rewarding. I know it sounds simple or ridiculous but my planner this year, has helped me stay on track and focus on my priorities. Keeping such a detailed planner helps me see all that we are accomplishing and I am productive. Now I have proof of all the things we learned and ways we grew, when I look around and Brady and Anne left the house completely "rearranged".
Tonight, Brady told me, "I think it's so neat that Daddy is named after Joseph." :) After church, Jenna was talking non-stop, giving me all the details of her class and she just kept going. After about 20 minutes of me sitting and listening, Brady comes over, sits on the couch, he was wearing safety glasses and a hard hat, crosses his arms and says, "Now Jenna, I want to hear the WHOLE story!" He says some cute stuff.
Lastly, I recently began to study the scriptures on submission as a wife. It's been several years sense I'd really given it much thought. Recently, for no particular reason, I've felt the need to exam the issue in God's Word and in my heart. I came across this sermon from John Piper and just want to encourage others to listen to it as well. Submission is a scary word, it's been interpreted many different ways, distorted. I want to know what it really means and this sermon helped me see the beauty of submitting to Joe and what I can do to give glory and honor to God in my life as a married woman. It's definitely an area I need to grow in and will continue to study more seriously. More women need to be talking about it.
It's almost midnight, Thursday is coming, so I'm wrapping it up here. Good-night!