William slept through last night for the first time in weeks. Cutting six teeth all at once has made sleep hard for him, poor baby. I have been a bit of a walking zombie lately so am so thankful for some good sleep last night!
Hence I am up early, having some quiet time before everyone gets up.
I had a few hard moments with Saraya and Elijah yesterday. It seems they've really got an issue with squabbling lately. Just little niggles. All. Day. Long.
It's not often this happens to this degree between them, and it's taking all the patience in the world not to curl up on the floor and just leave them to sort it out (should try that actually, maybe they'd do better.....). As always when I'm tired, I didn't handle things too well yesterday and that simply aggravated them further. Sigh.
Today will be better! I have slept decently, and had a good long chat with my friend Jane last night (also a homeschooling Mum) and I do feel better, inspired to keep going!
These verses are going to sit in my kitchen today where I can see them. They had all jumped out at me on Sunday while I was drenching myself in God's word. :)
"I do not concern myself with great matters,
But I have stilled and quieted my soul". Psalm 131
"A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension,
but a patient man calms a quarrel". Proverbs 15:18
"A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger". Pr 15:1
"A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones". Pr 15:30
All appropriate? Oh, yes.
The highlight of yesterday was the mail that arrived for Saraya. A little background for you.
On Sunday we all went to visit some friends to help celebrate their son Lachlan's 4th birthday. They live on some land out of town, and have numerous animals. Saraya being the animal lover that she is spent virtually the whole time in the paddock, trying to convince the sheep to come eat out of her hand (they never obliged), catching and cuddling chickens, etc. etc. She also developed a friendship with a pint-sized little one year old girl named Edith, whom she carried around "on one hip, Mama, with only one arm! She's SO much lighter than William!!" - aha, about 4 kilos lighter. Hmmmm.
Anyway, the gorgeous just-finding-his-crow rooster (quite a big one, actually) decided to have a go at Saraya, after hours of all the kids playing in there..... perhaps he'd had enough. He tried to "attack"(Saraya's words) her for about a minute, him going for her legs (long denim dress saved them), her screaming out to Stuart, and holding little Edith as high in the air as she could the whole time - what a brave girl!! The rooster owner ran in, grabbed him and whisked him off to the run whilst we all ran in to save the two crying, screaming girls from their fright. Quite an experience and one I know she'll never forget.
So when this letter arrived yesterday from Edith's Mum, we were all very excited. It contained a sheet of stickers, and reads.......
"Dear Saraya, warrior princess,
Thank you for saving little Eedie from the chickens. She wouldn't have done very well without your help. Your Mama and Papa must be very proud of you. I think you are a very special little girl.
Your friend, Fiona"
This woman's generosity in writing this card is so appreciated- what a simple act of kindness, and one which has inspired me to do more of these little things! It was a special moment for Saraya, and for me too. :) Saraya was quick to write a card back, including the words "I love Eedie, and wish I had one just like her". :)
Well, my Elijah is up for the day so I'm going to go make him breakfast.
I'll leave you with these pictures of sweet Will last night, enjoying the library books! Oh, and that piece of paper on the floor here is not a ripped page, it's the library books receipt!
Have a great Wednesday everyone.