Today was Day 3 of a 3 day weekend. Day 1 we traveled home from Tokyo. Day 2 was chapel. Day 3 Michael had a MLK service, and some extra drop in appointments before he could get out.
The kids and I, however, played....baked...worked on turning this blog into a book....Good fun! We aren't sure WHERE this thing came from but a BIG, lit snow plow came by late last night and left a lot of snow at the end of our driveway.....the kids had plans to use it to add to our sledding hill and to build a fortress.
|Digging out the entrance to the igloo at the base of the sledding hill|
|Woot - it's looking respectable after all this snow|
|Nolan says it's a great hill|
|I prefer to stay inside and make hot chocolate|
|Foresight to have left the planters out - chocolate coolers|
I had a 2 hour long ministry skype.
We've had a situation here since we've moved in. A boy who simply likes to manipulate Zander's lack of social skills. The mom has been on my door step drunk and yelling before so really there isn't much that can be done here. We've tried. I was encouraged when he came today and started to taunt Zander. Zander did NOT respond. This is HUGE. Usually Zander either lashes out physcially or breaks down emotionally...neither great responses. I didn't realize this boy was out there. Later I heard that he had come over and begun to say that Zander needed to go somewhere else because he didn't want to play with Zander. Again - Zander didn't respond (which a few months ago made this boy and his mother mad because Zander won't respond to questions and "deadlines"). The OTHERS my kids and neighborhood kids told him, "This is Zander's yard. If you don't want to play with him, you can go play somewhere else." I felt like parenting is hard and I can't find the right balance in the situation...but friends helped me to see that it was GOOD for our kids to speak up and not let someone bully someone who interacts with society in a unique way (OK - already - my alphabet child). I think that's true. What this boy has been doing is not o.k. Zander has fought this battle (with the aide of Mike and I trying to talk with parents and give him pointers) for two years....it was nice for others to come to his aide today.....and we'll keep looking for ways to help Zander process the strange social cues coming his way.
I'm now blogging while coffee cake for tomorrow's PWOC bakes...then I'm sleeping.
Living all of life before the face of God...