Every morning I thank the Lord for all of my wonderful children. Then I praise Him because He hasn't sent me any more!!
I love my children. Each is very unique.
M calls every morning on her way to work. She matured into a very levelheaded young woman. She has actually learned to keep a clean house. Her calling is with children. She handles every situation calmly; a must with kids.
C attacks each day like it is an adventure. She still isn't sure what she wants to be. She hops from one thing to the next, never staying with anything long. She has seen more places and done more things than the rest of the family. Her to do list gets longer all the time. She is talented in almost everything she tries.
T1 is my laid back country girl who loves her animals immensely. She'd rather be in the barn surrounded by goats. She does have one little offshoot to her personality: She loves to dance; ballet and lyrical are the 2 she is working on right now. Most evenings she can be found at the dance studio, teaching or taking lessons.
L, my Czech daughter (I explain more later), reminds me of Crys. She works with children all day and always seems to have energy leftover. She is able to handle most situations when it comes to kids. She smiles constantly. Her presence fills the room with happiness. I smile myself when thinking about her. I'm going to miss her so much when she goes home to Czech.
B is still confused. She craves our approval, attention and love. But when she has them she is skeptical. Inside she is a small child; outwardly, she tries to be in charge. She smiles and giggles and has a great personality until things don't go as she plans then she becomes stubborn and pouts. Her biggest concern is food: will she get it and how much can she have? She is having to learn to play the role of child.
T2 is loving and attention seeking. The most important thing to her is that she has every one's undivided attention. An impossible feat in a house with 4 other children. She lives with us and plays with her siblings, but really she has a world that is totally her own. One we aren't invited into. She is often confused, but rarely angry.
K is conniving. She has the most beautiful smile, but behind her smile is a little mind plotting her next adventure. She has finally decided that we are her family. Her smiles and giggles are worth all the two year old tantrums she can throw. Believe me when I say she throws them well.
N is ...well, a boy. He loves anything with wheels: trucks, cars, scooters, strollers, wheel chairs and school buses! He is a big flirt. No matter where we go, he manages to gains all of the ladies' attention. He know just how to tilt his head, bat his eyes and flash an adorable little smile. He is headed toward being a 2 yr old! Already he drops to the floor and whines when he doesn't get his way. Some people think it is cute; not me! I see it as the precursor to full-blown tantrums. So, I hurt his feelings every time it happens.
F is demanding little girl. She wants lots of attention. If she is the center of the attention, she smiles, coos, squeals and jabbers. If she isn't, she screams until she is. I can't wait to see what her personality is going to be.
We are blessed 9 times over. I only hope they are half as blessed for having us as parents.
Children don't come with instructions tattooed to their rear ends. So, daily we pray that the Lord will give us the wisdom to handle things the right way. He knows what we need and gives us instructions to follow. Our prayer every morning is that God will lead us through the day, helping us make the right choices for ourselves and our children. We do our best, but often we fail. That is when God steps in and takes over. Praise to the Lord for He is good. he handles the things we can't. We are forever in His debt. Praise to the Lord for He is our salvation. I pray that all of my children will one day have a personal relationship with Christ. Praise to the Lord for He is merciful. Everyday I fail and He loves me still! Praise to the Lord. He sent us all these wonderful gifts of love. He entrusted us with them. It is our responsibility to raise them to follow Him.
Proverbs 22:6 -Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Ephesians 6:1-4 - 1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2"Honor your father and mother"—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3"that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth." 4Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.