A Busy Week

This week, phew.  Let's just say we were never bored.  Wednesday afternoon, I picked up my silly little girl from the sitter and we meandered outside, as usual to play a little and feed the dogs before starting dinner.  Thursday and Friday were followed by equal amounts of energy, but Friday was also the start of a long weekend in Michigan.  

Over the past two years my husband and our beautiful black lab pup have worked hard and stayed dedicated to the goal of achieving a Master Hunter title.  Last month, after a lot of hard work, travel, time and money my husband achieved the goal he set out to achieve.  Ace earned his Master Hunter title at just under two years old, one of the youngest dogs in the country.  To keep the hard work moving forward, the new goal has been to reach Master Nationals this fall in Missouri.  In order to do so, we needed just two more weekends and two more passes.  In Michigan, they were finally able to accomplish that task.  

In Michigan we had a long weekend of blistering heat, followed by pelting rain.  Traveling with a toddler is not for the faint of heart.  Traveling with a toddler AND a dog, another story entirely.  Traveling in 95 degrees on Saturday followed by a severe thunderstorm on Sunday is just a catastrophe.  There were moments of weakness when I angered too easily, when I yelled too much, when I grew frustrated too quickly.  And then somewhere along the way it occurred to me, this is our time.  These are the moments that matter.  Babies don't keep and these are our days.  

There will always be bad days and there will always be good ones.  Being a parent is already a difficult task.  Kids will be kids.  There will be days when they fight a nap, when they cry about the silliest things.  But every single day they will always provide hugs and kisses and I love you's.  The important thing to remember is that they are always watching and looking to us as their guide.  Just as we have worked hard to train and discipline our dog to listen and obey, we must teach our children to do the same.  Obviously we're not teaching a child like a dog, but in a society where children are starting to control the parent, now more than ever, it is crucial to not only love but to discipline our children.  

I want to provide Kenna with a loving and fun home, but also one with structure and rules that help guide and shape her into a morally responsible adult.  I want to be intentional about discussing God, about discussing the commands he gave to this world, and guiding her into becoming a principled adult.  The world is scary enough as it is, now is not the time to fail our children.  

Train up a child in the way he should go;
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

Following a long weekend, we made sure to add to our week a fun visit to grandma's house to see Papa, Gramma, our Auntie's and even "new baby cousin."  A little swim time in this summer heat was just the ticket.  So here is to a better week, continuing to learn from life's lessons, and enjoying the last month of summer.