Prepare to be amazed. And prepare to hear some serious bragging about my children!
Yesterday when I told the children I was going back to bed because I had a migraine, I fully expected that they would simply put in a movie or go out and play in the back yard. I called my husband at work to see if there was any way that he could come home early because I knew I would be out of commission for the whole day. I mean, I knew I could still function in case of an emergency, but the children were pretty much going to have to fend for themselves.
But what happened over the next several hours was nothing short of astounding. And I promise you, I am not embellishing any of this. My children rose to the occasion and completely took over. They cleaned up breakfast, unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher and started it. They took out all the trash in the house. Faith cleaned up the entire living room by herself. Evan got me a cold wash cloth to put on my head, a cold cup of water, and he brought me some yogurt with a spoon when I told him I was hungry. Hope helped Evan get dressed and swept the floors. Joy made grilled cheese for lunch for everyone and served me in bed. Hope came in and collected all the dishes after I was done eating, and they all cleaned up lunch too. Joy and Evan made me get well cards and brought me flowers from outside, and Evan even tucked one behind my ear.
And, most amazingly, they did all of this cheerfully, without fighting or arguing. I am convinced that I witnessed a true miracle yesterday.
How funny that, in my last post, I was just writing about having to back track and correct some discipline problems, and then I received this wondrous display from my children. It was as if God inspired them and wanted to show me how well they are really doing.
It seems that most of the time we spend with our children is a rehearsal - constantly training them, teaching them, encouraging them and correcting them, tweaking their performance just a little bit here and there. Yesterday, my children gave me a flawless performance, and I couldn't be more proud.