Monday January 28, 2019

Hebrews 12:11 Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Today was Universal Studios day! I’m not sure what else to say about the day, other than the kids had a blast. We got to see and get photos with the minions and do some fun rides. Here on some highlights.

Universal closed at 7:00 so we had to rush a bit to grab some dinner before everything closes at 9:00! We ended up taking the cable car across the bay to a wonderful dinner with a stunning view. I think everyone enjoyed it, though we were all pretty tired.

All in all, Singapore was a success and we leave tomorrow for Bali. I am looking forward to this part. I am still not feeling that great, India just doesn’t want to leave my lungs, and we did a lot of walking today, which meant a lot of coughing from me. I am looking forward to resting and relaxing poolside for a few days! But before we can leave, we have to pack. This task is definitely not my favorite part of traveling, but I will say that my kids have been so well behaved over these last few travel days. They have been helpful and have truly been a pleasure to be around so far!

For those interested in an update, Anjali has been doing so much better now that she is getting the proper amount of sleep. I am so relieved and I think she is too. She even said that she feels like a different person. As I read this scripture I am reassured in our discipline of our children. When things get really difficult and the behaviors seem uncontrollable, it is so easy to just back off of the parenting to make peace with out kids. “Discipline is painful” and not just physically, but emotionally, especially for us parents (or at least it is for me). I can’t begin to describe how difficult Anjali’s behaviors have been to tolerate and manage. I know that others will go through this much worse than this, but for me it was really hard. I found myself many times placating her so that we had peace and no fighting, but I quickly realized that this was not the solution and wasn’t making anything better (actually it was getting worse). So I followed Jeff’s lead and we stayed firm in her discipline and while her behaviors weren’t changing like we wanted, she at least knew that we were serious and that we were not going to waiver. God’s words give me that reassurance during times that her discipline caused major meltdowns and tantrums, we are doing the best thing for her; we are helping to shape her future.

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