God is so good!

Obviously everyone has been affected by the decline in the nation's economy and we're not different. I've felt more and more over the last few months that I need to try and help Matt by contributing to the income but of course its difficult with the boys and his schedule.
An opportunity had come up to care for a friend's little girl two days a week that sounded fantastic and would help to supplement the income I was losing from the church. Unfortunately it fell through a few weeks ago which left me right back at square one. I looked into several different options and faxed my resume to different companies hoping for a bite.
On Monday night I was really wondering if I was following God's will or not since every door I came to seemed to be closing so of course I was searching for that window that He was going to open. I came home from work at the church to an email in my junk folder from a woman at church needing childcare. My jaw hit the floor as I realized that only God could've made this happen. Its the perfect opportunity to care for a little boy the same age as Landon and to top it off they're already friends and I've been his teacher for the last several months at church!
After talking with his mom and working out some details it seemed like the perfect match so it just came to prayer and waiting to see if this was going to be the best situation. I was hoping God wasn't giving me the "pump-fake", assuming God is a football fan, since it just had God's fingerprints all over it. And I talked to the Mom last night and ironed out all the last details to bring this little boy to our home during the day so she can work. I just know that this is going to be a great match for my boys!

Getting to the truth

So I pick Brayden up from school and we have the usual conversation. "How was school?" "Good." "What did you learn?" "I don't know." etc. Well Brayden informs me that he doesn't like his teacher. I thought I was playing 20 questions getting to the root of the problem. Here's how the talk went.

M- Why don't you like your teacher?
B- I don't know.
M- Isn't she nice?
B- Yeah, she's nice...but I don't like her.
M- Isn't she pretty?
B- Yep she's pretty, but I don't like her.
M- Isn't she fun?
B- Yeah she's fun...but I still don't like her.
B- Miss Dianna is mean!
M- Why is Miss Dianna mean? What happened?
B- She put me in timeout.

(finally the truth starts to come out...)

M- Well, why did you go to time out?
B- Because I made a mess.
M- Why did you make a mess? Mess with what?
B- I made a mess playing with the toys.
M- Well why did you get a time out for playing with the toys?
B- Well (long pause) because is wasn't play time. :(
B- But I wasn't by myself in time out, Landon was with me....but we weren't allowed to talk.

(I'm trying not to crack up at this point)

M- So what did you learn from this then?
B- Obey the first time, and only play at play time.

Oh my, oh my. If this is how everyday is going to be just shoot me now. Atleast he's been lining up with his class and walking in with no problems for the last two days so that is a great improvement.

School Days

Well here I am trying my hand at this whole blogging thing, not that I ever said I wouldn't just giving it a go now.

Sooo. Brayden started school this week. I've been dreading it for months now but to my surprise I wasn't too sad to see him go. Monday morning went off without a hitch. He couldn't stop smiling and wanted to take pictures of him with everything school related. He had to pose with his breakfast, bag of school supplies, backpack, and last but certainly not least...his rubber snakes. All this before we even left for the drive to school!!




The drive to school was the hardest for me. I had to restrain myself at every median and stop light to not turn around and take him back home with me. He strolled into the school like he owned the place. He was so proud of himself. He just had to have his picture taken with Landon against the wall like the big kids were doing. Brayden walked into class with no problem at all. He was excited to start his day and go through all the different centers.

The school



This is Brayden's new friend Seth here in the background...I think he was having an "emo" morning.


He was very excited to be picked up. He immediately ran up and gave me a giant bear hug and told me how great his first day was. Then he and Landon started looking for alligators in the sewer grate. (this has also become an everyday occurrence)


Now fast forward to the end of the week and he's completely over going to school. He tells me that he doesn't want to go to school anymore and now he's the biggest manipulative staller when it comes to drop off time. Completely driving me insane!! I figured this would happen but I'd hoped that the novelty of school would last at least a couple of weeks. Well, tomorrow is the end of week one and a little birdie told me about a treasure chest with chocolate in it....so needless to say he's psyched to have the treat tomorrow, and of course Matt has a special lunch planned for him also.

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