4 weeks ago
29 March 2011
This afternoon Justin arrived home at 4 pm! He immediately took to my suggestion to start removing the dirt from my garden box. After last year's pestilence of grubs and disease I decided to remove 1/4 of the dirt, seal off the depth with weed fabric and start over. The idea was much easier in my mind than the heavy wet dirt Justin shoveled into the back of the mini-van. I am so excited to start planting! I plan on covering my garden with heavy plastic over PVC (sort of like a pioneer wagon canopy) to protect against frost, wind, hail, heavy rain, and tornadoes. I will try my hardest to have a better garden this year. We learned a lot from last year.
Justin and I are trying out the Love and Logic system of discipline and love. The kids are responding very well to the choices and consequences. Phillip no longer plays with my plants and knows better than to touch the blinds. He now discovered pens and markers look great on the walls, tools belong in the paint bucket, and that boogers smeared all over his face and hair is pretty handsome. At least we are moving on! He hates time out in his room and immediately changes course. Amelia had to pay me with her pillow pet for whining and throwing a fit over a meal I made for lunch. I toted around her pillow pet for an entire afternoon, much to her chagrin. I love that the whining is cut down to less than 25% now. It takes a lot of patience on our part to remember that shouting and illogical statements are not effective, just easier.
I also finished a series of books written by Ben Behunin. The series is about a young man who is hired to be the town potter for a small town in Pennsylvania. He takes over the trade for an old potter who passed away a few weeks before he was hired on. The series is about this young man's journey of remembrance, discovery, and becoming like the old potter. I hope you get a chance to read the books: Remembering Isaac, Discovering Isaac, and Becoming Isaac. Amazing! Now I really want to visit Niederbipp, PN to drink some peppermint tea and eat marzipan cake. That is the least of the impact these books will have on your life.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:51 PM