So this February has been so crazy, I feel like I need a good long holiday and a fresh start in March. 😉 Can I?? Well, thankfully not every month is so physically and mentally exhausting, and there are many glimpses of grace in each day that keep my spirits up and bring joy to my heart.
Giving thanks and cultivating a joyful heart – one that remains rooted in the love of God regardless of circumstances – is something that I’m learning, and friend…when the going gets tough, counting my thanksgivings is literally what keeps me going, moment to moment.
So whether you’re in a wonderful season of answered prayers and happy moments, or you’re in a season of waiting and struggling to get through each day, I encourage you to cultivate a heart of gratitude and name your blessings, one by one.
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February felt like it was all focused on potty-training. Especially so in the first 2 weeks! I just needed to pause everything else and get through the training phase. I highly recommend the book, Potty Train in a Weekend by Becky Mansfield. If you bought the Parenting Super Bundle previously, you’ll find it there! Else, you can get it HERE.
Potty Train in a Weekend
I was initially skeptical about whether it would really work in a weekend, but Becky’s step-by-step instructions on what to do on each day helped a lot, and to be clear – it refers to only teaching the main potty training steps.
Your child will still have accidents and a learning curve especially when they leave the house. Becky makes it clear that the entire process can take weeks or months, and varies for each child. But if you want a fast and effective method to get started on teaching your child how to use the potty, go get the book! 🙂
February 2018 Recap
- Potty-training and more potty-training.
- After the novelty of using a potty wore off, E was reluctant to use it. So I decided to use a stickers reward system to get her back on track. I bought a ton of potty-prizes from Daiso. 😉
- I shifted all her toys and activity books to the kitchen, and the potty was in the kitchen too. She was only allowed to move around in the kitchen for the first week. A little gross, haha, but it worked!
- Paused on activity and carved out whitespace for my heart to rest. Said no to many things, and chose my yes carefully.
- I’d to let go of many unfinished tasks this month and just trust God to multiply whatever “5 loaves & 2 fishes” I could offer up to Him each day. It truly is all by His grace. I’m learning to rejoice and give thanks in every circumstance, for I know it is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus.
- Baked yummy banana bread!
- Choosing to be faithful in the life I am living means being faithful even in mundane, exhausting times. That includes my writing, the managing of the house, homeschooling, and taking care of the people around me. It is a conscious decision to refuse to submit to anxious or discouraging thoughts.
- Chinese New Year was unexpectedly trying and physically exhausting, mostly because I was already worn out from solo-parenting. BUT, there were happy memories too. 🙂
- Learning to embrace ordinariness so that I can teach my little one to appreciate the ordinary too. It makes me so happy when she points to the purple-orange sunset and fluffy clouds, and say, “Look! So nice.”
- Books I’m reading: Educating the Wholehearted Child by Sally Clarkson & 100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake
- Celebrated my Mum’s birthday too, and reminisced the birthday trip to Korea last year. Those were such fun times!
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Ending my month with this quote from Joan Chittister:
“Community is the backdrop against which we do what we do. It gives us the underpinning that enables us to go on when we’re tired, to go forward when we’re afraid, to go more deeply into the unmasking of the self when everything inside of us seems to have gone to stone, goes dry and dull and lethargic.”
So thank you for being that sweet community, especially in my Instagram world. Receiving messages of love and concern from you, cheering me on as I solo-parented truly made a difference. 🙂
Here’s to a brand new month ahead!!