- Q: I'm not hungry, so why should I have to have dinner ready? A: Tricia is very hungry.
- Q: I hate swings, so why should I have to push Tricia on them everyday for hours? A: Tricia loves the swings.
- Q: I don't love routine, I get bored too easy, so why should I have to have one? A: Tricia is her healthiest and happiest when we stick to a routine.
- Q: If I don't feel like it, want it, like it or care about it, then why should I have to do it? A: For Tricia.
Healthy discipline is the kind of discipline that seeps from the lives of those folks who put others first and look at the greater good when making decisions. OK, now for a new name: Living by grace, let's call it graceful living. That is, my heavenly Father's grace. Graceful living means living with a heart full of thankfulness, joy, happiness and patience. When Jesus died for me, it was so that I could live by His grace, completely reliant on Him for my needs. Well, when my daughter came into my life I noticed right away that my job was to give her grace. Grace for everything, everyday. She is two after all. My Father in heaven, and by His example my earthly father too, have extended me so much grace in order to provide me with healthy guidelines (discpline remember) all so that I might grow into a woman who can in turn extend that grace to others. I honestly thought I was pretty 'graceful' most of the time, but that was in my job and relationships with other adults who could take a little slip up from time to time. The truth is I didn't know the half of it.
How remarkable to look back and see the hands that have shaped me. Then to look forward to the work my hands have to do. On that note, I have breakfast to make. A meal I prefer not to eat but have been preparing everyday now. I think I will be making breakfast everyday for some time....
The photos are from Franks North's first family getaway to the Gleeson's cottage. So many firsts: including boating, fireworks on the water, swimming in the lake, s'mores and more. THANK YOU BITTONS!!