There were some really nice things about today. I thought I should let you know since the last post was really a downer.
We waited to start official school work today. We’re working on what I am going to call “Taking Back Tuesday”. Tuesday is garbage day. Every Tuesday for the last several months there has been something in the garbage that is special to Ethan. When the truck arrives, he mourns and sobs loudly. Ethan hates Tuesdays. The counselor suggested adding something to look forward to so it wouldn’t just be a hard day. So, the day started with TV and a leisurely start to the day. Next we made chocolate chip cookies. They were fabulous. There was no book work to be done until after lunch. I think it helped.
The kids all worked busily on housework today because they were motivated to earn money. The dusting is done, the sheet is fixed on the guest bed, Ethan cleaned off and straightened his bed, Audrey washed off the kitchen table and cleaned all the toilets. Isaac didn’t do much, but since he offered to give Audrey the money that she needed to have enough to order a “Frozen doll set” ($10 from Isaac!!!), she did some cleaning in their room and told me to pay Isaac for it!!!! Audrey and Isaac don’t get a long great. I am at a loss as to how this happened. I’ll take it though.
Speaking of money, I did a little wager with Ethan. I set a timer and told him if he could finish a certain number of pages in his math workbook before the timer went off, I would give him .50. Well, what do you know? It worked like a charm. I have not seem him work that diligently in a long time. I think I might be on to something with offering some sort of reward system. Hmmmmm…..
The only bummer of the day was that I had to call the AC repairman to check out why our house wasn’t cooling. It was low on freon and when he looked for the leak, he found it. We need a new coil. I don’t know all of what that really means. I just know that it means I get to pay $1000 tomorrow when he comes back to finish. I guess this is what our emergency fund is for, right? I just hate using it. I really like to have an emergency fund for my emergency fund. Unfortunately, my “house repair” savings fund wasn’t built up enough to cover it all without dipping into the main EFund. Please don’t worry that we’re destitute. We aren’t 🙂 I’m thankful that we can pay it without needing to go into debt. Not many people can say that.
It is working great now! It makes me suspect that it had not been performing well for a while. We should be good for a long time now, right?
I almost forgot one last thing. Jack Bauer is back! Nathan and I enjoy 24 so we caught the new season premier tonight on Hulu. Now we’re cliff-hung for a week, but it how we will be every week until the season ends!
Thanks to those of you who prayed for us today. I spend some time reading about the story of the Israelites marching around Jericho over and over again until the walls fell and that’s what I’m determined to do in this situation. I’m praying for relief for Ethan. I actually was able to have a good conversation with God today. I’m not giving up until the walls come down.