For 1 hour and 20 minutes, the rhythm beats stead like a drum. I sit down and slurp up a spoonful of soup on the stairs. If I’m lucky, I get two bites of my lunch before the pounding of little feet outside of their beds. Up, grab the discipline stick, and spank. Tears and hugs. The good news shared: “Jesus, can help you. He loves you.” Little voices repeating a prayer: “Dear Jesus, help me obey and stay in my big girl bed. Amen.” I remain calm, praying my own prayer silently as I exit the room: “Dear Jesus, help me obey and discipline these children in love so that they might come to know you.” I sit down and slurp…
For 1 hour and 20 minutes, the cycle continues until 15 minutes before naptime ends two little girls fall silent. Aeralind sucking her thumb with the blankets over her head only having disobeyed twice. Dear strong willed Bronwyn asleep literally half out of bed, her spirit still defying, but her body finally giving in.
For 15 minutes, I rest. Silent. Thankful for the strength to obey and discipline in love. Thankful for the support of other mom’s who’ve walked this road of teaching their children the law so they can learn humility. Learn their need for the Savior. Learn to accept grace.
And then I rise, nap time hour over. I walk in their room. Turn off their noisemaker. Smile at their sleepy sweetness. “Girls! It’s time to play!” Laugh as both open their eyes slowly and practically roll them at me like teenagers do when parents advise. I kiss each baby, roll them out of their bed playfully, and tell them to come to the kitchen for popcorn. They stumble after me like zombies.
They crash into bed (actually ask for it!) at 6:30. And still they summon the strength to fight daddy for 30 minutes.
The next day, they know.
They know that they can’t win.
They know their parents love them too much to let them win.
They know we’re fighting them for their own good.
But more importantly, they know how to ask Jesus for help.
And I smile irony. Oh, how Jesus had loved me so much for the eight days prior. Disciplining me constantly with their crazy toddler bed behavior as I wanted to be selfish, nap, have a break, and not fight this fight.
Please Jesus, help me to obey and discipline these children as you would so that they might come to know You.
Counting 2420-2479 of the good gifts my loving Father continues to give despite my disobedience.
- Husband laughing as I crawl under a trap of computer cords
- Hanging out with Sarah Venn and her girls
- New house and toys for the girls to play with
- Sweet Mandy dropping everything to help me when all chaos broke loose
- Mandy telling me why Sedryn was an absolute no sleeping, no eating fuss bucket: He was sick! Duh!
- Chatting with Mandy
- Real conversation
- Advice and encouragement form Allie and Chelsea
- Derek listening to hard true words with grace for my bluntness
- No fever at the doctors saving Sedryn from blood draw or hospital
- Girls being obedient at doctors
- Sedryn sleeping during the 1 hour 20 minute rumble with the girls
- Laughing as I woke them up at normal naptime ending after only 15 minutes of sleep. Both looked at me like “Are you crazy?!”
- Seeing strong-willed B asleep half out of her bed- fighting tme to the end
- Aeralind practically rolling her eyes at me when I told her it was time to play
- playfully rooling them out of bed to pop corn and read
- our new love of popcorn
- overtired exhausted girls askign for lseep at quarter to 6
- Girls asleep before 7 after a week of 9pm being the average
- having happy smiling Sedryn back from sickness
- better sleep at night
- Lots of Derek snuggles in the cold cold night
- Aeralind point at a picture of the Last Supper and declaring “Baby Yasus!” We’ve never talked about that painting. Incredible
- Only 20 minutes and 1 spanking per girl before they slept for nap today.
- New obsession with Maple Syrup and salt pan popped popcorn
- Days getting longer
- Discovering Sedryn’s obsession/adoration of the PnP changing table
- Morning at Becca’s
- Becca’s generosity with outgrown toys handed down
- Bronwyn speeding down the driveway on a sooter
- Both girls drawn to bicycles
- Seeing One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are on Becca’s coffee table
- Daylin pushing my girls on swings
- Talking to a pouting Daylin in the trunk of her car
- Becca’s joy at Sedryn
- Cooing happy baby boy
- Boy who wears his emotions on his sleeve
- Spinach grilled cheese sandwich
- Tow tired girls not disobeying me once and staying in their beds- asleep in 15 minutes
- Bronwyn finishing her prayer at nap time on her own. Saying “Obey” and “big girl bed.” And after I said ‘thank you for the fun at’ finishing with “Becca’s house!”
- Aeralind’s smile when she says “Dear Yesis.”
- Warm sunshine streaming in
- Derkin tossing in a load of laundry before he left
- glorious mess of toys all over the house
- outside time after nap
- lots of laundry to hand- lots of love in the house
- walking around the lake at a toddler pace as a family
- laughing at Aeralind scared of being able to see between the planks on the bridge
- Sub sandwiches
- Sedryn lying on the grass grinning
- Girls’ asking insistently to go back to Aunt Becca’s House
- Going back to Becca’s
- Derek fixing Becca’s computer
- Beccan kicking us out to get coffee
- Taking Daylin with us
- Laughing as Brady handed Derek a sword and promptly attacked him
- Derek and Danny fighting with noodles. Danny saying “At least my noodle isn’t pink!…. Okay… okay… we need to stop! My nose is bleeding!”
- Leftovers being reuses again: The Christmas roast- half becoming beef and cranberry soup (yum!) and the other half as beef fahjitas
- Derek reading to the girls through the echo microphone
- Bronwyn saying unprompted “I love you!” to daddy
- Sneaking a slice of my hot homemade chocolate birthday cake