Today was a good day after much praying and planning last night and this morning! We started off with some reviewing and refining of expectations...it always seems clear enough to me when I say it the first time, but often have to go back and say it another 3 or 7 ways until we are all on the same page. Family building continued as we agreed to help a couple of kids by reminding them gently about recurrent infractions. I also told them I needed help remembering to use a quieter voice. I told them my throat was sore when I went home from talking too loudly all day. So, all day one of my little guys would quitely pipe up and say, "Your throat, your throat." Sweet.
I have a little boy who is sad all the time, or seems to be. I haven't seen him smile or enter into any of the excitement and fun of the first few days. Today was his unbirthday and when we sang our special birthday song to him as I bounced him on my lap and held him tightly, he laughed. It was such a sweet surprise that I had to stop singing for a moment to clear the tears out of my throat and eyes...so happy for him and for the other kids to see him happy!
More happy tears: at Zumba on Monday as we were dancing up a sweat and I was enjoying myself as usual, I was overcome with the scope of the many blessings in my life and I got teary eyed. Ahh. I'm sure everyone just thought it was sweat!
What has caused you to cry happy tears?