Monday, May 28, 2012


We had a very fun-filled day yesterday. We went to our church picnic and the kids hunted some teeny, little turtles and some big ones. We ate some yummy food and fed some ducks and geese. Livi loved playing on the playground most. Then Derrick grilled some really good steaks, hotdogs, and corn. We also had baked potatoes, grape salad, strawberries. Then we roasted some marshmallows on the grill and made s'mores. We camped in our backyard! We still had the luxury of a bathroom and giving Livi a bath after eating sticky s'mores! In the tent the the kids read a little to us and we threw out ideas for baby names. It was a lot of fun!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Good Player

Derrick had a basketball game on tonight and I heard one of the announcers say, "A good player WANTS to be coached." I immediately thought of the parallel of a "good player" in basketball and my role in the home as a wife and mother. Am I a "good player"? Do I WANT to be coached? It also makes me think of the children. Do they WANT to be trained (coached) or do they want to do what they want to do regardless if it's best for them? God's design is that the husband be the head of the home. Of course, a Godly man also considers and looks out for the interests of his wife. But, ultimately he should make the final decisions of the home. There are things that Derrick would prefer that I don't. So much of the time he organizes things in a way that actually makes my life easier and smoother but I have been less than cheerful about doing some of those things. Like when he wanted me to sweep and clean the table after every meal. When the kids were little and they were just going to mess it up again at the next meal I would just wait to clean it until later. I thought he was just being difficult but he knew something I didn't. Messes are harder to clean up later after everything has dried. I was actually doing things the harder way even though I thought I was saving myself some time and cleaning. Plus, I discovered it's just nice to have things clean (He already knew that too ;) ). Now the kids do much of the sweeping themselves which Derrick implemented too. They clean the table and floor every night after dinner. This has made things so much easier on me. To be a "good player" and to do well in my role I should accept "coaching," even if it comes in the form of constructive criticism. To be a "good player" I should learn to not take offense. For me that means not getting bent out of shape and think to myself, "He doesn't think I do a good enough job!" and express anger or hurt when he suggests I do something differently. Or worse~ what if I or a basketball player say, "Forget what he says. I'm still going to do it my way." It will most likely not be blessed. May I strive to be a "good player" and honor God by honoring my husband.