The twins have caught onto something fun to do!!!
Ah, blessed occupation!!!
The challenge of keeping them pleasant and cheerful is cut dramatically when they are busy with wholesome employment. Right now we have plenty to do.
Daily sledding is enjoyable and good much needed exercise.
They are also discovering our family holiday traditions and
going out in the woods for a tree, etc.... making pumpkin pies and Christmas wreaths, etc.... has kept their minds engaged and has been a boon to the happiness of the rest of the residents of this house!
Also, life's hard lessons have had some effect.
Really, they are trying harder.
I see them begin to follow their old ways
and suddenly there's a change in attitude.
They don't want to go down there
and it's making a huge difference in their day.
We haven't heard much screaming.
Yesterday, Buster thought he had reason to lose his temper,
but he made an actual decision to reverse his course.
I thank God for moments like this.
It gives courage for pressing on.
For the past week or more, lying has all but disappeared.
One lie and the whole incentive deal is off for that day.
Missy has the harder time with this,
but I was thrilled two days ago when she had done well all day and was about to receive her reward
when she blew it.
I looked at her.
She looked at me.
Her eyes grew sad and she accepted immediately that she had done wrong.
She admitted and owned it.
She resolved to watch her tongue more carefully.
I constantly remind them that God is on their side ready to aid them.
I know there are more mountains to climb, more crevasses to ford,
But it sure is nice to have peace for a few days!!
And to whoever invented these niffty-knitters
I owe you one.