E is heading up to Katoomba this arvo for the weekend (women's convention), so it'll be me and the girls until Sunday arvo. Should be interesting. I'm not too nervous about it this time, I'm actually kind of looking forward to it. Got a few fun things planned. Coloured popcorn will probably come into proceedings. And swimming. And the fire-pit.
The two things I need to concentrate on, to be perfectly honest, are one, to work at staying gentle and patient, especially towards the end of the day when everyone's tired. I'm prone to getting shouty and harsh.
And two, to be flexible with my plans, and be prepared to take things as they come. For example, I'm picturing tonight once the girls go down, to watch the footy and then my new Conan the Destroyer DVD. I know, perfect night or what. But the kids may take a while to go down. A long while. So I can't get all angsty that their eating into My Plans. Because I am their Dad, and that is first on the list.
It may sound silly that I have to specify these things, as they probably sound blatantly obvious. But, these are points where I fail over and over, and that's why I need to continually remind myself of them.
He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge. Proverbs 14:26
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Cor 16:13-14