Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Is It Too Early to Say it's a Success?

We've gone six days of pooping on the potty with only one it too early?  I think we're being successful!  The real test will come when we are out for the day and he needs to use the potty and we're in a strange place.  First of all, I doubt he'd use a strange potty and second of all, I think he'll refuse to use his potty no matter where we are because he's so self conscious.  I'm hoping I'm wrong and that I've been over thinking this issue.  Unfortunately, poop has been the subject of late.  I really want this to be successful and positive for him.  Something he's ultimately proud of himself for accomplishing.  I believe he is heading in this direction and I'm really thankful.  We've had such a long hard battle over this - the wild man has inherited a double dose of stubbornness, one dose from each of us!

We've also had a very challenging week with him.  His behaviors have been intense and extreme.  I'm led to believe this is very typical for his age with all the changes he's been going through.  Learning such milestones as pooping on the potty are so huge for this age.  He's also challenging boundaries to see who will let him get away with bad behavior and who won't.  Too bad for him that he's got two parents who aren't very flexible!  We both firmly believe in teaching him respect, good behaviors and manners.  It's so terribly important to have these skills in this world.  So few stick with it and so few children today exhibit these qualities.  Maybe it's a product of our upbringing and the fact that we are older parents (we're hovering around 40) of a nearly 4 yr old.  My husband and I were raised in a different era than the generation or two behind us and I think we tend to be the last of a dying breed.  In any case, we are doing the best we can and I think we were largely successful this week in managing the wild man's intense moods.  I know I prayed a lot and asked God for grace and patience and anger management!  I really wanted to change the way I was reacting to the bad behavior by switching tactics and managing my own temper.  So I asked God to intervene and help me to remember He's with me and what He would like me to do with regard to discipline.  I also asked God to help me remember my boy is only three and though he may be big for his age he is still more baby than not.  We expect too much from him sometimes and I need to be reminded of that.

So we finished up our Believing God study by Beth Moore.  It was really incredible!  Through this intensive study I was able to begin to pray again and really try to give it all up.  I've struggled with faith so much it's hard to change.  But I decided I needed to do something different because I've done it all my way my whole life and it really hasn't gotten me anywhere.  I felt stuck in a cycle I couldn't break because I wasn't willing to give God a change to show me that if I just trust in Him and choose to believe Him then things will change.  And they have.  I don't think I'm all the way just yet.  It's hard to change the color of my feathers all at once but I am trying.  I'm trying to be thankful for everything and let God show me the way.  I think I'm forming new habits and breaking old, hurtful ones.  We'll see.  I still have doubts but the more I delve into the Word and see the evidence the more those doubts are being dispersed.  Pray for me!

On another note, I'm still knitting/crocheting up a storm!  I've decided to come back to the beautiful Hexie afghan and recently completed a couple more blocks.  It took me longer than before as I needed to refresh myself on the pattern.  I'm also doing more crocheted baby hats.  I also finished the very lovely Bite Me in Malabrigo silky with gorgeous metal floral buttons, though I placed my buttons differently.  I may have to rethink their placement because the neck warmer doesn't look quite right where they are.  Also this neck warmer is sized for a women with a slender, graceful neck - anyone who knows me would definitely NOT use those words to describe me!  In any case, I have more UFO's in my stash now and I'm trying to organize everything!  Ha!

Well, I must be off - it's snuggle time for little man and I don't want to miss it! Even if he chooses to snuggle with hubby!

Stay safe everyone and happy knitting!

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris