So Blake is finishing up his interviews (thank you Lord!) and he asked me to join him on this last one.
We've not taken a vacation alone in almost 4 years, so we desperately needed the time together!
And, it was a rather cheap choice since he already had to fly, get a car and a room. So early Thursday morning we flew to Reno then drove to Lake Tahoe!
Oh my goodness, it's incredibly beautiful here! I can't imagine getting to live here for a year. A gorgeous lake on one side, and enormous mountains on the other (with casinos in between). What a fun town!
So I loaded my suitcase with books to read on the trip and have so enjoyed my first: The 5 Love Languages of Children by Chapman and Campbell. As I am reading I am just heartbroken. I don't blog about discipline, punishment and misbehavior often, because I don't want to focus on it. There are so many wonderful things to talk about with our kids: why even focus on the other, right?
Well, this book has opened my eyes to so much that I am doing wrong and given me such hope with things that I can do to help our kids feel so much more love in the midst of misbehavior. Don't get me wrong, we are not screamers around here, our home is full of love. Of course, we think our kids are angels, but they do at time make poor choices (shocker, I know!). And I do struggle with behavior modification and punishment. So this was such a great book for us right now. I also plan to re-read one of my favorites Love and Logic, because I think they work well together.
So many times I see that parents don't enjoy their kids and don't love parenting. It's almost seen as a nuisance when the kids hit "terrible two's" and "horrible 3's" and honestly that just breaks my heart. I don't want our kids to ever think that I see them as "terrible", or question that they are "horrible", or that I get annoyed with them. How awful for a child to think their parent feels that way about them? But it happens so often and it just kills me to hear those words.
This book has opened my eyes to so much of what I was doing in not understanding their love language, and therefore possibly using that language against them in punishment. So, if any of you need a good read out there, this one could not be read soon enough!
Can't wait to share pics of Lake Tahoe but I didn't bring my cable to upload them!
These are a little old, but I am not sure I ever shared them...our Christmas picture from this year!