After my girls go to sleep at night, I like to take some time to reflect on the day. Sometimes, I think aloud to Josh (which I’m SURE he absolutely enjoys…), but there are times when my introspective self appears. I question my reactions to certain daily events, and I begin to think of how tomorrow can be better.
Today, we got a CD player for Anna’s room because I’ve been sensing that she’s “growing” out of a daily afternoon nap, but I also feel she at least needs some quiet time in which she can listen to a gentle CD, read books, and play with her animals while still in her bed. Today, Anna really enjoyed the idea of the CD player, but she didn’t enjoy having to wait until the CD was over before exiting her room. Anna did actually sleep during her “rest time,” but she woke up very upset because her CD wasn’t playing anymore… So, here I am writing and trying to troubleshoot this issue so that things can go a little better tomorrow!
On the other hand, Emily has been in the hitting stage. In fact, hitting wasn’t really a part of our household until Emily started hitting Anna. We aren’t sure where she learned this or if it’s just inherent, but we are trying to help her understand that hitting isn’t acceptable. Luckily, Anna doesn’t retaliate with violence, but she definitely voices her opinion when Emily hits her! So, here I am writing and trying to troubleshoot this issue so that things can go a little better tomorrow!
Some days are better than others, but I have felt it important to wake up with the attitude that “it’s a new day, and I don’t remember yesterday’s frustrations!” Even if it’s difficult, waking up with my girls and giving them a huge hug telling them, “I’m so glad to see you” while serving them breakfast starts our day positively! While putting yesterday behind, and tomorrow ahead, it’s so important to be present in the here and now. There’s a song we sang at VFCC that always resonated with me…I want to be more like You, Jesus, I want to be more like You. I want to be a vessel that You work through. I want to be more like You. I can be that vessel not because of who I am, but because of His mercies that are “new every morning.”