A to Z challenge · family history · parenting

J is for..


 No, I was NOT jogging..  That is not my thing.  Back in the day, maybe, because I kind of liked to run.  Now?  It would send me to the couch.  For a week.  

But I took the kids for a hike to a park they wanted to go to this week.  I like this park we have gone to this park since I was a kid.  They wanted to go for a HIKE.  So off we went.  In 2 seconds flat, they were off.  I didn’t see them again until we were on our way back.

I was still on the first part of the trail, HIKING.  You know, walking.  Enjoying the warmest, non-rainy day of the week.  Watching the water flowing.  Looking at the trees lying beside the trail.

They ran back on the trail to meet me.  Still jogging the trail.  They have a lot of energy.  It makes me smile.

The other day I posted a list of jobs that I will pay actual money for.  It’s an experiment really.  I am not sure anyone will actually do them, but I am paying pretty good I thought.  I have lots of writing I need to be doing and learning about writing,  I don’t have time to clean house.

So far. No takers.  Dang.

Though the child that posted it for me said to the siblings, “you guys might want to check this out.”

I guess we will see.

Last child, the Princess, so dubbed because she comes after a line of 5 boys, fits here in the letter J.  She actually has 2 J names, which I won’t disclose here.  That girl had curly hair and sucked her thumb.  Adorable.  She slept through the night from the beginning.  Amazing.

Except for one night.  She would not be consoled.  She cried and cried.  I had fed her, changed her diaper and still she cried.  I didn’t know what else to do for her so I held her, which is the normal protocol for a infant that cries isn’t it??   We went downstairs and sat in the over-sized rocking recliner and I rocked her.  She cried.  I fell asleep.  And woke up with a start because she was quiet.

Her eyes were much bigger than her stomach!
Her eyes were much bigger than her stomach!

That was the only time I was up with her at night.

She is the child who, from a young age, I could ask her to do something, and she would do it.  I didn’t have to remind her or anything.  And those times when she didn’t do something, I would go to her and she would say, “Oh, Whoops.  Sorry Mommy.  I forgot.”  And then do it!!

Be still my heart.

That is the kind of kid she is.  Yes, she can be a bit dramatic at times.  But she is so lovable that you can’t help but forgive her for it.  She is most definitely her own person.  She loves everyone around her.

Its the way she is.

When oldest Daughter’s fiance’ came to live with us for a time, she wrote him out a contract to live in her room.  She charged him $5 a month.  On her own.   I was going to charge a bit more than that.  Oh well….

I will end with a little JOY:

Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord; For He is coming to judge the earth. 1 Chronicles 16:33

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

Enjoy your weekend.





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