I think a bunch of houses are supposed to be built in this area, overlooking the bridge and dam. Those are the Klickitat Mountains behind the dam. We walked around the loop, but there was so much puncture-vine. The kids kept walking through it. I made them take their shoes off when we got in the van so that the "goat-head" stickers wouldn't rip up the seats. I HAAAATE that nasty weed. Good thing I didn't bring Snickers. She would have been miserable.
Today was a tough day. Satan wanted me to fall flat on my face. I kept praying all day long as I disciplined, disciplined, and disciplined some more. At the end of the day, after all of the conflict, I can honestly say that I think I got to their heart. It started turning for the better around 3:00 p.m. I even swallowed my pride and asked Rachel's husband, Paul, if he would be willing to take Marcus to soccer along with his kid. He gladly did it and I didn't have to load all of the kids up for the second time the day to go to a sports practice. Whew! Thank you!!!! I'll take any blessing I can get.
Before Josh went to bed, he apologized for being a "turd" (his words). I've never called him that, so I'm not sure where he got it, but I think he got the point. I really had a long chat with him about being a good example to his little brothers and sisters. We hugged and all is well.
I made it through another day. There, but for the grace of God go I. I couldn't do this without Him. Not for a second. He is my all in all. He is my strength and my song when I am drained of everything. People ask me all the time, "I don't know how you do it?" I just laugh and say, "I don't. God does." It's simple and it's true.
I praise you, God!