Tuesday, July 23

Walks And Talks And Book Worms

I have not been feeling all that well the last day or so. I'll spare you the gross details but  I can tell you this much, I am even closer to my goal weight after this nasty cleaning.

This morning I was feeling a little bit better so I asked the children to go for a walk with me. I love going for walks with the kids. I love walking period. I find it a great way to get people to open up and talk about stuff that's going on in their lives. This magic works with my children rather well, as I have shared before.

Today was no exception.

After a race between a few of us to roll up dog poop bags that some kids threw all over the walk way, Gabe says, "we all won just by trying" to which we all laughed and said. "no, the winner is the person who came in first". Then Ethan says , "don't feel bad, loosing is just like winning...except you don't win".

Further along in our walk I asked the kids to each tell me something they are grateful for.

Seth: Food, shelter and water...of course cause he is THAT kid. I have no idea how I created such a deep child, but he is wonderful.

Ethan:Family and elevators.

Nora: watching movies, Garfield and family.

Gabe: I am grateful for God.
Me, really Gabe?  Wow! Well, what are you grateful that he did?
Gabe: He made everything.
Me: How did he make it all?
Gabe: He used his ribs to build everything..and that was nice of him.

 Summer holidays have been going well so far. I have been working lots and the kids have been busy with everything that kids do in the summer. Everyone is sun kissed, staying up late and sleeping in. It has been glorious!
We have all been taking classes in laughing and sarcasm. The older boys seem to be enjoying this much needed break from school, but continue to stay up very late reading.
There are so many areas of parenting that I feel I have not been overly successful, but man am I ever proud of their love of reading.

The other night when I was giving Ethan a book I wanted him to read, this is what we found when I opened it. It even had a dead worm in it. Kind of awesome! :)




Today:

I am grateful for my kids happiness.

I am grateful their little bodies can rest.

I am grateful we all have fun together.

I am grateful for their love of reading.

J

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful post Joelle. Hope you are feeling healthy soon.