February 05, 2013

Randomness--Due to a Sleepless Night

Well, it's that time again...time for another post filled with random thoughts that probably have nothing to do with anything!

--So, since about Nov. Ethan has refused to go to extended session during the worship service, and has instead been with us.  This has been both a source of delight and frustration.  It's a delight because I love having him in the service with me, and I love the weeks that all four of us are together, hearing the Word together, and learning the same things together (even though I am pretty sure the kids are only half-listening...OK, I may be guilty of that some weeks, too, but don't tell Bro. Jeff!)  The frustration comes from not really knowing how to keep him "engaged" during the service.  See, with Sophie, I find out what the sermon topic/scripture reference is and make her some pages that go along with it.  I try to fill her notebook with a variety of things such as: fill-in-the-blank scripture page, word searches, coloring and drawing pages, and even a basic outline.  However, with Ethan, this is not so easy.  Of course, since he doesn't read, he can't do those first few things, but he also really doesn't like coloring or drawing, so those pages do us no good, either.  Really, all he wants to do is use whatever writing utensil he can get his hands on as a rocket ship.  Oh, that boy!  But, this week, God gave me confirmation that even when I think he's in his own little world, he's still paying attention.  During the sermon this week, Bro. Jeff was trying to get the congregation to finish a scripture verse (and no, I cannot remember the verse at this time) with the words "a worker".  When, as a congregation, we couldn't quite come up with the words he was looking for, Bro. Jeff filled in the blanks for us by repeating, "...a worker, a worker."  Apparently Ethan didn't think we had quite gotten the message because, even though in the midst of flying his "rocket ship", with the biggest grin and loudest voice he could muster, he delcared, "A WORKER!!!!!"  The congregation burst into laughter at his well-timed outburst and I wasn't sure whether to be totally embarassed or relieved that he was at least paying attention!  Oh, that boy keeps us on our toes and keeps life interesting!

--We're trying something new with school this week...ok, we've only done it one day, so I have no idea how well it will work or how long it will last, but we are at least trying it!  During at least two of our breaks between subjects we're doing a little PE.  We'll do a little stretching, a little cardio, a little muscle building, all in the hopes of getting me some excercise, getting the kids some excercise, and working out some of their restless energy so they can focus a little better.  We sure had fun with it today, but, I have to admit, it did nothing to help either of them focus better!  We did get school done, but it was a little scattered and we finished our last lesson at 5 p.m.

--We will also be starting a "technology ticket" system.  Unfortunately my children have inherited my love for movies and for Netflix.  They are constantly asking to be able to watch something on the TV or the tab or the DVD player.  So, they will each get a certain number of tickets for the week which will allow them 30 minutes of technology time.  Once the tickets are gone, no more until Sunday.  We'll see how this goes!  It could be a disaster, it could be a gift.  It's hard to tell this early in the game, especially since I just got them printed, laminated, and cut out today.

--I have been enjoying this song and this song lately.  Lord, thank You for being our banner and the Lord of Hosts!  You are our rallying point, our place of refuge in the midst of the storm.  Thank You that You are sovereign over all things, times, places, people, everything!

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