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One of Those Days….

When I read the phrase ‘one of those days’ I can usually figure out what tone the author is using behind those words, can’t you? Well, I had one of those days today. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, but for some reason my kids were acting like they were the ones lacking sleep instead. I even skipped trying to do anything and just stayed in the room they were playing in to help diffuse the tension. They woke up easily and were their happy little selves, but everything just went down hill when Ella found her little glittery purple wand (the kind that has glittery water in the middle of the tube that moves back and forth depending on the angle you move it to) leaking. It was cracked and we had to throw it away. Instant tears and distress ensued and she just didn’t seem to want to ‘get over it’ very quickly. Then Ezra decided that he needed to be sad too and pretended to cry over something. YOu know….it was just one of those days…

I actually just started opening up a picture book and began reading to them. I knew that all of my scolding wasn’t really going to be heard at that moment, so I figured my voice would be accepted quickly if it were reading a story. We read book after book for 45 minutes straight. Ezra had to move, but Ella was perfectly content.

Soon after we had lunch and before they even were excused from the table, Ella declared that she was done and was going to go get ready for Quiet Time (I had not said those words out loud, yet). Instantly, Ezra stated he was “Done, Mommy! Nap!” and he asked me to wash his hands. They were in their respective rooms experiencing Nap and Quiet Times in under 30 minutes. I.Was.Amazed! They BOTH recognized that they needed a break. They’re 5 and 2.

It was startling to me, but I was so relieved that they understood the need for rest. I don’t listen to my own needs and recognize when I need rest very well. Do you? I know I’m tired, but I talk myself out of resting because of the pile of chores and tasks I should be accomplishing. But, I need to admit something here. I usually don’t get much accomplished when I’m this exhausted. I think I’m going to try to be more like my kids and put myself in Quiet Time more often. I need to rest and listen to what God is telling me about myself. Do you have Quiet Time regularly?? How do you spend it?

This verse I memorized as a child comes to mind:

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

School Time, Box Tops and Walmart….(A Giveaway Coming SOON)!!!

I have a five year old daughter. She happens to be starting Kindergarten on August 29th. I’ve been slightly in denial over this fact all summer, except that I have been striving to transition my precious sleeping beauty into a Quiet Time only kind of princess. Until just last week I would still find her asleep on her bed after looking at books took it’s toll on her sleepy little brain. She’d start out fully awake ready to ‘read’ her books, but would then lay right down and snooze.

Oh what happens to my heart to find her this way is hard to explain. The blush of sleep on her cheeks and the look of contentment makes it hard for me to wake her up, but I know she will struggle with night time sleep if I don’t wake her in under a certain time. To think that this little girl understands when she’s hit her limit and willingly puts herself to bed. (I’m very aware that some of you moms reading this may be slightly envious that my five year old prefers napping…Rest assured that I am mindful of my supreme blessing in having a child such as Ella. Should her brother make it to four and still be napping, I will be pleasantly surprised and VERY grateful.)

Now that the Napping to Quiet Time transition seems to be working, I am fully aware of the other things we have to accomplish. Clearance racks have been scoured for back to school clothes and I keep staring at Ella’s feet wondering if anything we currently own will still fit in three weeks. :-) We’ve also been stocking up on school supplies at Walmart. (Ok, so I will admit that the teacher in me wanted to stock up more than Ella did. I LOVE buying glue sticks and markers on SALE! I know I have a problem, at least I’m willing to confess it!) I’m thrilled that Walmart makes it easier to find what we need. Of course, I really don’t have a clue as to what all Ella will need until I get that long anticipated letter in the mail telling me EVERYTHING I’ve been dying to know (teacher, supply list, etc…), but I did teach long enough to know that crayons and glue sticks are important and you can never have too many on hand while they’re on sale. Sticker shock will set in if you wait to get the refills in the winter time–TRUST ME!!!

Another thing that I am now aware of are Box Tops for Education that appear on everything by General Mills and some other companies, as well. I now have an elementary school that needs my Box Tops. Before, I haven’t really paid attention like I should have. Do you buy items with Box Tops? Do you clip your Box Tops and turn them in???

I was approached by MyBlogSpark to do a giveaway on my blog from General Mills and Walmart to encourage others to get their back to school needs from Walmart and to find those Box Tops! They even sent me a Walmart gift card to help me find those Box Top items and back to school needs. Guess what else??? They’re letting ME host a GIVEAWAY for ANOTHER WALMART GIFT CARD to help YOU get ready for school. Can’t you just smell the glue sticks??? Oh, well maybe you would rather smell some Betty Crocker Brownies (which has Box Tops to Clip on the box, by the way). :-)

I will share more about what I used my gift card to purchase and information on the giveaway on MONDAY!!!! STAY TUNED!!!

In the mean time, do you have a child or grandchild getting ready to go back to school??? Have any Back to School traditions you’d like to share or MUST HAVE school items? Do you think I have the most precious five year old on the planet? :-) Do share in the comment section! Have a great day!