There will be no complaining, fighting, disrespect, etc...the list really could go on and on!
While we were there, the kids did really well. When it was time to eat, they sat and ate. They were served mini pizzas with their initial on the top, made with pepperoni.
In case you don't know, my boys are not the biggest pizza lovers.
John took Nolan aside and told him that he is to be thankful for his food, even though it is not his favorite and that he is to eat it. He reminded him of the song "My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness"...and when Nolan was served his food, he ate it!
Each of my boys ate some of their pizza and the grumbling was very minimal. I'm thinking John should have taken Gideon aside as well...but hindsight is always 20/20!
The kids really enjoyed themselves. They didn't get into any trouble and aside from Gideon crying when it was time to go, things went well. (He was upset because he wanted to see Ethan open up his presents!)
On the way home, Nolan began asking us if he was good. We told him he was very good...that they all were.
Then he proclaimed with gladness..."And I didn't even SIN!!!"
Now, I'm sure that his statement is not completely truthful, but he recognized that with God's help, he can bring glory to God through his obedience. The effort was surely there and he realized how good it felt to please the Lord.
"Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord."