Friday, March 15, 2013

simple moments :: week 17

well. as i'm sitting down to type this, my newly turned four year old is screaming super loudly with giant tears over a video game that i had them turn off. like scream-crying. like i can't even talk loud enough for him to hear me.


so this past week has been an interesting one. the kids have been mostly well behaved and school work has gotten done on time most days. and very few times have i had to take away privileges from the boys.

today i want to honor the fact that my older boys are getting to an age where they can make their own decisions. i discussed (without too much detail) why i went vegan and what that means with the boys. of course i didn't push it on them. i just chatted with them, answered questions, and explained that they did not have to follow suit unless they just wanted to.

one boy said he wanted, one said he didn't. now, i'm not sure how long that will last, but at their age, they have the right to make the choice (as long as i make sure their nutritional needs are provided for).

less and less do i have to tell them to go do something. with our new rule of no screen time til 3:30, they find their own things to do. for a while, i had to say go play, go do this, or go do that. and we're getting closer to the point that i don't have to tell them to do their morning routine stuff, too.

they are such good kids. kanyon volunteered to do the dishes one day without being prompted. he's an acts of service boy, i believe, so he does. he serves.

taylan is more words of affirmation and physical touch, those two are close. so lots of i love yous and can i get a hugs. and i'm inclined to oblige every.single.time.

they are growing up before my very eyes. and i need to let go more often and let them make decisions of their own more and more as they grow and grow.

i pray we are always here to guide the way, that God gives them wisdom and discernment in those big life decisions. helping them make good decisions now well prove beneficial later on.

i love those two. i love what good big brothers they are. i love that they have big hearts. i love that they are growing up. i really do. they are such good kids. little and big at the same time.

they are a big piece of my heart. so i simply want to remember this in between stage of growing big, this stage of more decisions. i want to remember how innocent they still are, how they are so carefree before the hard stage of pre-teen comes upon us.

simple moments: previous weeks

simple moments is about finding the small things that make up our everyday, things we want to remember and be thankful for. it's the little bits of our lives that might not be remembered when we are gray and old. so we document it, on paper, with a photo, through a blog. join me?

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