The past two weeks have been mostly good. Life rolls along as we work to wrap up another school year. It’s starting to look like a couple of the girls will get to go past our official end date this year, but I guess that’s just one of the beauties of home schooling. 🙂
Last week I bought Amania a preschool workbook at Walmart. To say she loves it would be an understatement. She asks to do school and is eager to share her knowledge, most of the time. She is especially fond of naming her colors right now. We borrowed a book from the library called The Color Dance about ten days ago. I’m pretty sure we’ve read it at least 87 times. 🙂 I will also catch her singing the alphabet song to herself. She enjoys singing along with songs on the radio, winning (usually by cheating) at board games, and generally just being silly. She really is closer to a four, maybe five, year old, not only in physical size, both in emotional maturity and academic skills. Some of that will catch up, some may not, and it’s all fine. It’s just interesting to observe. I’ve said for a long time that four is my favorite age, mostly because of the incredibly (unintentionally) funny things they say. But I had forgotten how hard it is to keep one entertained. Especially when she has no concept of playing independently like all of our other girls did. On the other hand, it is a blessing to see our other girls step up and help. Everyone is (usually) eager to play or help out, especially if it means a break from school. Grace is definitely her favorite sister right now, but the others are working to win her over, especially Chandler. It’s funny to think about the fact that the last time we had a baby in the house (which Amania obviously isn’t a baby, but she’s definitely someone new to adjust to who needs lots of help and attention), my oldest child was 5! No wonder I’m surprised by the amount of help my girls are this time around! lol
Friday we had to go have some lab work done on A. I’ve been putting it off for fear of the trauma it would be. I was right. Bless her heart, she sobbed and sobbed and then would barely look at me the rest of the morning. By the time we got home from running errands and picking up big sister, though, she was all smiles.
I finished a new chore chart this week that I will hopefully post about soon.
This week I decided that all of the adoption books and blogs and other things telling me how to parent and attach and bond needed to go. A couple of good conversations via Facebook messenger followed by re-reading this post shared by a friend a while back convinced me that while many good things can come from reading those books, the One I really need to be consulting is the One who made her and knows her heart and mine. And just like He showed me her fear that day before her welcome home party, He will show me what she needs. And that can be hard to remember, but it applies to all of our children. A three step formula would be so nice. A ten point list to live by would be superb. But that’s not what God wants for us. He wants a relationship and a relationship is built on continual communication and what better way to get me to communicate than to keep me on my knees in prayer? So I picked up Sacred Parenting the other night. We had put it away a few months ago. It was too soon after finishing Sacred Marriage and the book seemed flat and predictable. But this week, it has been a balm – comforting, encouraging, and pointing me back to the One who loves me perfectly.
In other news, all of the above sat on my desktop all weekend, waiting to be published and just never quite made it. So, it’s Monday, and rather than say I’ll count God’s gifts tomorrow, we’ll combine the two and make this a Grateful Week in Review.
2552. sunshine and birds singing
2553. an afternoon at the zoo
2554. character training one of the littles….and me
2555. rainy days and feeling shut in
2556. making summer plans
2557. sounds of youngest two laughing early on Saturday morning
2558. start of a new week
2559. Haiti girl – one month home
May your week be blessed abundantly and God be glorified!
For His Glory ~