I love my four year old!
She's so grown up in so many ways, and yet still my little girl.
She is incredibly helpful, and kind to her brother, and inquisitive.
Her new trick she's learned this month is to "whistle."
She's not really whistling, but making a sound that really does sound like whistling!
It cracks us up every time.
She thinks it's funny to "whistle" to get our attention.
This is such a picture of the area of Lana's heart that we are disciplining right now.
I mean, look at that face! And those folded arms!
It's a new phase for us....
for years now, we've been in the process of training her to obey.
That's fairly straightforward.
But now we're entering this phase that requires less spanking,
and more talking, probing, listening.
Hearing her heart, and the sin therein,
and speaking the Truth found in God's Word into that.
Teaching her the intricacies of obeying happily,
expressing her opinion kindly,
using a gentle answer instead of a harsh word.
This mama's learning a lot, too, about those things.
I can't brag enough on what a good big sister my girl is!
She truly adores her little brother,
and cares for him in so many ways.
She searches out things that he will enjoy,
and gives up her own desires for him.
She knows that when he plays in her room,
she'll have to spend quite a while cleaning it up,
and yet she always invites him in.
She knows if she gets a snack, he'll want some,
and she's always quick to make sure he has the best half.
She knows that when they play together,
he'll probably take things from her and not share well,
and she always looks for things they can play together anyway.
It sometimes brings me to tears to watch her love him so well.
Her very favorite thing to do these days are "workbooks."
I bought a few really good ones for her at a Books-a-Million going out of business sale, and she wants to do them at every free moment. I take them with us anywhere we go that she has to wait, and they are sure to keep her quiet and busy.
She's sleeping about 11 hours a night,
and really is probably done with her nap.
She'll take one, but it takes her nearly an hour to fall asleep,
although she'll sleep for about 2 hours.
She goes to sleep much more easily at night when she doesn't nap,
and she's able to make it through the day without getting cranky.
I'm thinking her nighttime sleep might extend another hour or so when we quit napping her altogether.
She's eating well, as always, except for her lunch at school.
When we asked her last week why she wasn't eating much of her lunch, she said,
"I eat for the 5 minutes that we have quiet lunch, and then my teacher says we can eat and talk, and I just want to only talk." Silly girl!