My one-on-one time with our older son has been in the bathroom. Poor little guy can't shake his stomach flu even though his fever is gone. We've read books, told jokes, played starfall.com on my laptop, and argued over whether or not he's done (this last one most of all). Lots of memories have been made, but none of them have smelled very sweet. 'Nuf said. Caleb has also been waking up in the night because he doesn't feel good... or he's having a bad dream... or he wants more ice in his water. No lie. He woke me up at midnight one night so I would put more ice in his water. "Two cubes, please." I'm not the Culligan man. I didn't smile... at all.
My younger son has been having trouble sleeping through the night after months of sleeping with no problems. The kid eats like horse during the day and has a potbelly to prove that he's not hungry... ever. I honestly think he's starting to have bad dreams (like Caleb did at his age), but this means that one of us gets up and sits up with him until he calms down. Sweet baby :-(.
Sigh... It's a new season of parenting that makes me so grateful that my Heavenly Father NEVER grows weary and has new mercy for me every morning. He is SO FAITHFUL! Just because He dealt with my impatience and pride yesterday does not mean today He's going to say, "Seriously, are you still struggling with this? How many times have I tried to teach you this lesson?" He just faithfully encourages me in His Word, reminds me of His love, covers me with the righteousness of Christ, forgives my sin, and holds my hand along the way. The perfect Parent. The perfect Example.
So tonight, I'm committing to allow tomorrow to be a fresh day for my children with no mistakes in it (name that movie!!). I'm committing to loving them, encouraging them in the Word, reminding them of our (and God's!) love, and holding their hands as they find their way to Christ. May each failure of mine bring me to ask for forgiveness and demonstrate humility to my children. May each failure of theirs point them to their need for a Savior.