I have not posted about our trials with a few of the kids lately. Up and down is a good way to describe this past week. One of the middle boys didn't like their seat in the van being taken by another brother and they were further upset when I told them to just go sit in the back. When he thought I turned my back he punched his brother's cookies and then lied about it. So he didn't go to the park. When he wanted to finally get up we discussed what being sorry meant and how he has to understand that had he just listened to me by going and sitting in the back, I would have taken care of his brother's bad behavior and he wouldn't have gotten into trouble.
My two oldest boys decided to give me lip one day about doing the dishes. They wanted to know why the other kids loaded the dishwasher wrong, why the kids didn't rinse their plates, and how I should implement some magical dishwashing plan where everyone takes care of their own dishes. I asked them how they expected me to get 15 kids to do this, when I can't even get 2 of them to listen to me right now. They felt like arguing and arguing and I didn't. They were sent to their rooms with no IPODS and now they have dish duty around the clock for the rest of the week.
One of my daughters has had a bad attitude lately. For the most part it just makes me sad about her because I know her behavior is related to her not receiving any letters from her bio brothers this month acknowledging her birthday or Christmas. Still, no excuse to treat us like dirt and I think she realizes that. Cross out the think-- I know she realizes that.
Whether you have one, two, six, ten, or fourteen kids-- they can wear you down.
Honestly, I was needing a fill up-- and I am sure the kids did too.
So, this morning I gathered with all them for prayer time and a devotional about what gets in the way of having an intimate relationship with God and how we can draw closer to God by also working on our relationships with each other.
Half an hour with God and I am filled back up.
This time with God was like salve put on a wound.
It always is.
It always is.