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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The New Normal

In the Bible, Numbers 32:23 says, "But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out". In essence, even if you think no one will know, the Lord knows, and what you did will eventually be revealed.

Rachel and Samantha spent the last week at my mom and dad's. My parent's needed a distraction from some anxious events this week, and Rachel and Samantha's misbehavior on Monday provided an opportunity to send my parents a distraction that included some slave labor. Mom put them to work weeding gardens, moving rocks, and planting trees and shrubs, all the while subjecting them to lectures about "not making your parents crazy because you still need them sane for a few more years.

While they were away, eggs that Samantha had placed in the incubator because she had, "forgotten to collect them for a few days," hatched. Now, it takes 21 days for chicks to hatch, and the eggs were in the incubator for about 8 days. You do the math. Either we have miraculous chickens laying miraculous eggs or, Samantha is lying about how long she neglected her coop. Your sin will find you out.

This week we had a young friend visit us for a few hours. She wanted to play in Samantha's room, but it was quite messy. Sam and our young friend cleaned up her room and found empty wrappers of various snacks tucked in corners and other hidden places. Your sin will find you out.

While with my parents, mom asked Rachel to do some math while they were shopping, and she struggled with it, ending up using her fingers to do the calculations. Upon interrogation by my mother it was revealed that there has been some cheating on math work. Your sin will find you out.

I decided to do a little checking on our Netflix account in light of my mom's revelation regarding schoolwork. It seems my students have become well versed in various TV shows during times when TV is not allowed. Computer history checks also revealed they are spending quite a bit of time on internet games. Thankfully none of them were anything bad, but certainly they didn't involve math facts or fraction usage. Your sin will find you out.

So in light of all this, some new barn rules are in place, snack purchases will be curtailed, the WiFi USB is securely hidden, the Netflix account has been terminated, and they have a new memory verse to learn. Life as they have known it is gone. Welcome to the new normal girls!
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