Thursday, September 27, 2012

Since school started...

Zach says, "Yes, ma'am/sir" and "No ma'am/sir" more often.
 His voice is raspy because I guess he talks too much. ; )
 He controls his emotions a little better.
 He is more helpful and understanding with Colson.
He has a new sense of confidence.

I love to see all the ways Zach is learning and growing.

We've started praying as a family before he leaves for school. After a few very hectic fit-throwing mornings, I knew something had to change. Sometimes we pray in the laundry room after we put our shoes on and sometimes it's in the car right before we leave. Nothing long or elaborate and not that the mornings are less crazy now, but our focus is different.

I want my boys to know they can talk to GOD anytime anywhere about anything, and He's always listening.

I can't believe we've been in school over a month. I say "we" because it truly is a family effort for me to get both boys out the door fully dressed by 7:45 am! 

A lot of ya'll know what I'm talking about. How do you make your mornings go smoothly before school? I'd love to hear!

Then you will call, and the LORD will answer. You will cry for help, and He will say, "Here I am!"

Isaiah 58:9


Becky said...

Much of our school years also involved our foster kids so we had 10 children at various ages and stages. Having a good routine helps. A very good routine! We had simple breakfasts. We did as much as we could the night before. We didn't always pray before school, but I loved it when we did. It is fun to see Zach growing in wisdom and in stature!

Hillary said...

I love the idea of a morning prayer with the kids! What a great way to slow the morning back down and redirect your attention to most important thing :). We break out mornings down to just the most important things, breakfast, clothes,medicine (Graham takes a couple), and teeth brushing. Graham's bus comes at 6:28 am (ugh) and Grady is usually up and wanting to go to the bus stop too. We hustle to get the most we can done in the shortest amount of time!

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Surrounded-By-Boys said...

Some of the things we do to make our days/nights run smooth are on sunday afternoons we get out all our clothes for the week, and lay them out in our weekday cubbies (I have one of those monday-friday hangie things in the closet). Also, I make a menu and do as much prep work ahead of time as possible.

Dianna said...

I love these pictures of him!

Jody said...

We try to get clothes/lunches around the night before. I have also found with my son that if I get him up earlier and give him a little down time before we start getting ready - things go much smoother.

Love the morning prayer idea!

Mer said...

I'm so glad he's doing so well. He's growing like a weed!

Linds said...

He's so cute!

As far as mornings go... I try to do as much as possible the night before. We pick out what Brayden will wear so there are no clothes fights. We pack lunches. I put everything in the laundry room ready to go. So that all I have to do is dress the boys and pack their lunches into their backpacks and walk out the door. MUCH less stressful that way I have found.

alisonbacker said...

We pick out clothes the night before and I don't let the kids come downstairs until they're dressed and have their teeth brushed. Once they're downstairs it's impossible to get them back up to do those things. Some mornings it fails and I still have them getting dressed in front of the TV.

bp said...

My Mom prayed with me every day before school so now I do that with my boy, for him to have a good day, do his best, let his light shine, etc. Like you said nothing lonng, just pausing to pray each morning. Funny thing, this morning I got home and thought did we pray? and then saw he didn't take allergy med so I went to the school and gave it to him and prayed. Also this year we've started reading a verse, I have picked one verse from the Proverbs of the day and then we talk about it.
I think routine is so important in the mornings and having anything that can be done the night before done. I give my boy choices about clothes so he can choose and clothing is not an issue.

Melissa said...

Such a handsome young man!!You have done such a good job with your sons Katie...


Mara said...

I let my 4 year old choose between two outfits only (she just started the whole I'm picking it out myself bit).

I usually only serve pop tarts with 1 piece of Jimmy Dean microwave sausauge on school days! I need something not too messy & easy to clean!

I always wear work out clothes to take them to school with make-up. Ha!

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