I really hate it when school starts back (which is tomorrow for us.) I enjoy sleeping in and not having a schedule or having to nag anyone about homework, projects, etc. I enjoy hanging with my beasts and having no particular commitments to cart them to hour by hour. So since I usually use this blog to gripe, bemoan or sigh out loud and in writing about something beastly they’ve done, I thought I’d take today to share their top 5 triumphs of the summer. Triumphs at least in my eyes.
Younger beast paints a house on mission trip
5) Both beasts gave a week of their summer to go on mission trips and repair or rebuild homes for needy families.
4) On separate occasions both beasts asked for permission or cleared it with me before watching movies they weren’t sure I’d approve of — I only rejected one movie that was offered to my 12-year-old which happened to be rated R. The other movies were approved.
3) I was told that a 17-year-old relative commented that my eldest beast is a person of character who holds strong to the things he believes in and wouldn’t waiver to peer opinion. That may not always be the case as he grows and meets new people and circumstances. But for now, it’s pretty good coming from a teenager about a teenager I thought. (Wish I’d been a fly on the wall for the conversation that led to that compliment.)
Keys to the new car
2) My eldest beast was thrilled to get his first car this summer — a truck that is just one year younger than him, has manual windows, doors and a cassette player. He was actually most excited about the cassette player, I think. And now I realize why I kept all my cassette tapes. But seriously, I am so thankful he doesn’t expect a new car with any bells and whistles, or really even care about the appearances of his new/old truck. He even kept the Hot Wheels key chain that came with it.
1) I really, really wanted my eldest beast to get a job this summer, earn some money and learn about crappy summer jobs. Well it’s really difficult to find a job for a 15-year-old, especially one who goes away for mission trip and spends 1/2 the summer in marching band rehearsals. But God’s plan was different. Because he didn’t get the jobs he applied for, he was able to devote about 3 solid weeks to clearing the side property for our next door neighbor. She is recently widowed and was so appreciative to be able to see out the window of her sewing room again. He worked hard at it, really hard – in 100 degree heat, several hours day after day. And really without much prodding or nagging.
All in all, it was a good summer that flew by so quickly and now it is over. :( Now it is back to the routines and structure and run, run, running around. If summer is any indication of the school year though, I think we’ll make it through just fine.
Parenting Tip: Recognize your children when they do things well, or even when they just try.
[Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.]