Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow Days!


I have to share a litle of what's been going on in our home...lots and lots of snow!

Lots of snow, means 5 snow days home from school (+ the weekend), which means I have been praying more than ever for wisdom and peace in how to be a Godly Mommy! :)

Its so nice God has allowed us to have family and friends that lives close by. We had our cousins over a couple of times.


Daddy and Uncle took the kids sledding on the 4 wheeler,


and we have a GREAT sledding hill.

The boys made a blanket fort in the living room to sleep in....several nights in a row,

                          and my Ellie has been baking up a storm!

Our sweet friend and neighbor even had us all over for her homeade pizza, snow ice cream and a card game called Hand and Foot

Through all this "snow caios" I continue to cry out to God for wisdom. As many of you know, it's not easy being a referee in your home. God has answered my prayers many times this past week. He allowed the electricity, water and heat to stay on, PRAISE GOD! He kept everyone safe... a little scary with 10 kids in and out of the house at different times doing dangerous things. :) The kids were entertained the majority of the time, and many memories were made.


One of the prayer requests I continualy ask God for is wisdom in disciplining. (I very much support spanking...)
                  "He who spares his rod hates his son,
    But he who loves him disciplines him promptly." Proverbs 13:24

...but sometimes I just need another option.

The Lord gave me a wonderful idea through my neighbor and friend! She suggested, while at the dinner table, to encourage manners, have a plastic toy pig on the table.

Guess what is joining us for dinner these days....


OH MY! Her idea is wonderful and it works wonders! It has been so fun and sweet to sit at our table! So if any of you need encouragement for geting your kids to have manners at the table, this is what she suggests...

The pig sits on the table. Explain the pig and table manners to your kids (ours are: no burping, no inturrpting while someone is talking, no elbows on the table while eating, no talking with food in your mouth, do not take too big of bites, do not lick up remaining food, and sit on your bottom, etc). This may sound strict, but I am raising 2 future businessmen and a sweet, hospitable wife and mommy, Lord willing! You never know when they might be invited to sit and dine with the President!

So onto the pig: When someone does not use their manners, the pig sits in front of them. It goes back and forth to each child who does not use their manners. The last person the pig is placed in front of, when the dinner is done,  has to clean up! Believe me, no one wants to clean up around here! :) OH MY, I am so thankful for the wisdom God gave me through my friend! 

Our sweet dining time has allowed us to listen to the audio of Little Women while we eat, so fun!

Happy Snow Days!
"He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes."
Psalm 147:16


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