Parenting: Life’s Greatest Training in Patience!

Daniel and last night’s powder party  (Aughhhhh!!!)
  Every single day of this gig, my patience is tried, tried, tried.  Parenting just does that to you.  That’s how we turn out to be such calm, mild mannered grandparents, able to see the humor in all things.  The grandparents have been through the fire and back, so the patience they have is hard earned.  
  ONE DAY I will also have the patience of Job.
  For now, I’m still in training.  
  I did really great yesterday.  Several trials occurred yesterday:  the mess in the above photo, Caleb had some tummy troubles that caused him to be 20 minutes late for school, Daniel acted like a 2 year old all day, and John David acted like a five month old all day.  
  …….And I never lost it with anyone!!!!    
  I can brag about this b/c unfortunately, I am not always that good!!!  
  Today I’m starting out behind because I had to stay up late last night.  My patience works a WHOLE LOT better when I have a good night’s sleep!
  Instead, I discovered a way to help Alan.  Alan had a brief to give today that he still needed to prepare for last night, but what he really wanted to do was crash.
  I promised him brownies for motivation, so I had to stay up and follow through.  
  We both enjoyed that motivation.  Yum-my!!!  Thank you to Mom and Aunt Linda for the recipe!!!  My brother and I spent countless hours in the kitchen with my mom as kids, baking brownies and such, and this has turned out to be one of the greatest things she taught me!!
  While I was up late, I also emailed Joshua’s teacher.  I’m so glad I did.  I told her what we’ve been doing to help Joshua with paying attention in class.  She appreciated the communication, and she wrote me back.  She said that Joshua is doing a good job of self-monitoring, and she is going to let me know daily about his progress in this area.  She’s also going to make him a checklist and give him a few extra jobs in the classroom.    Yay!!!
   Meanwhile, report cards came back yesterday–report cards here are so weird ya’ll, they actually get an “effort grade”.  That used to be a joke—E for Effort.  ….I digress….Joshua did great on his report card, even with all the attention problems, so I was as happy as a lark, all 3s and 4s in academics.
   We are working on Caleb’s attention problems too, but I do think a lot more of his problem is just his maturity level.  My next step is to improve communication with his teacher as well.  
  For both kids, we have now changed their breakfast, in an attempt to cut back on sugar.  No more pop-tarts or syrup drenched waffles/pancakes.  Joshua now eats bacon, strawberries, and Cheerios.  Caleb has a healthy cereal in milk.  Today they were still hungry after that, so I gave them both cheese as well.
  All of these things require a good ol’ dose of patience, patience, patience.  That was never something I was known for, but God is just doing a work on me in this area!!!
  Thankfully, these days of hard work and emotionally draining tasks are also sprinkled with wonderful rays of sunshine:
 My friend Christine made John David this sock monkey, which he is rather enjoying!

 You are greatly blessed if you get a few friends in life like this!!!  These two have gotten to play together a lot this fall, and they are loving it.

They go from bicycles, to basketball, to trampoline, to fort, to bicycles, to basketball, to….well, you get the idea!  Good ol’ fashioned being a little boy.

The kids on our block are all really into basketball right now.

They are all getting really good at shooting baskets.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.

Ephesians 4:1-2

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love,


  • Goodness – that is a lot of powder!!! But it did make me laugh – so thank you for that. Too bad you have to clean it!

    Awesome about emailing the teacher and I bet that check list is a big help. This week Max was Student of the Week so he is preening like a peacock. Very cute!

    Have an excellent weekend! My parents are coming over to babysit so we can go out to our friends house for a few hours! Two outings in 10 days – CRAZY!!!!!

  • You are a saint if you did not lose it over that powder incident. That is what my entire 1st floor looks like this week with all the house renovations we have going on. I am learning to teach school over the banging and drilling. 🙂

  • Student of the week is always a big deal. Yay, Max! I hope you super enjoy getting to go out this weekend!! I think that's great.

  • Yay for renovations! One day hopefully I will actually get to see your house! I still have to talk to Alan about stopping by en route to Christmas, but honestly you could be in the hospital at that time!!! So if we stop by, we'll do like you guys, and come bearing food!!!
    Hope the banging and drilling passes quickly!

  • Anonymous

    The sock monkey pictures are so sweet. JD's skin just looks so smooth and perfect like a porcelain doll. Great “playing in the neighborhood” pics…I wish I had some of my friends like that. I can just hear Joshua encouraging everyone on the bball court. He is so uplifting to play games with/do activities with. Glad school is improving for him. Amy

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