Potty Training, Perseverance, and Blessings


Joy, and relief, and triumph, and exhilaration flooded over me.  So many emotions – I just wanted to cry! Have you ever been there before? Sitting in my son’s bedroom I witnessed a moment that had been a long time coming. It brought tears to my eyes!

It has been a long year…really a long three years with our youngest. Between being a terrible sleeper and picky eater and having a stubborn as a mule attitude, we have had our moments with him. Don’t get me wrong, he is a great kid.  He is a sweet boy who loves him mommy fiercely! He is a strong protector of his sisters and loves to help his daddy fix things. He can be absolutely delightful.  But there are days when he flips the switch and you don’t want to get in his way. Nate and I have had to pull all our resources together to figure out how to train this one in the way he should go. I was just telling his pediatrician about some of these issues last week and she stated, “Well you know that he will be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company right? But those CEOs are a hand-full as kids.” She is right, he is going to be one amazing leader!  That is what we speak over him constantly, and we pray for guidance on how to turn that emotion for the greater good.  But there are times when it seems like the victory is very far in the distance!

Anyways, back to tonight. One of the battles we are currently working on is potty training. He does great when he wants to, but sometimes he decides it is just not worth the walk down the hall. Lately he has done better, but we are having zero success in the “Number 2” category. We have tried all kinds of rewards systems to encourage him to go.  (Nate’s usual reward is “candy, money, ice cream, suckers, and popsicles…up to a fourth of my kingdom!”  He’s rather desperate.)  Still no luck.  We have even resorted to completely taking away two of his most beloved things on this earth: suckers and Curious George.

Well, tonight we had a break through! Success was had on the porcelain throne!  There was much rejoicing and celebration, complete with a bouquet of suckers presented to allow him to pick out any two of his choosing.  Such a feeling of relief, even for a small victory!

He quickly picked out two pink/reddish ones, his favorites, and held them proudly. As he walked into his bedroom proudly telling us about his accomplishment he started to explain that one of them he was going to have after nap (bedtime) and the other was for his brother after his nap. We questioned what he had said, because he still speaks a mixture of English and some other language.  Did he really mean he was going to give one of his most prized possessions to his brother? The sucker that he has been wanting for weeks?  Well, he really meant it. He was actually going to give his hard earned sucker to his brother!

As he held up the Bubble gum sucker that he was going to give, his brother unlovingly blurted out that he doesn’t like that kind. Jacob didn’t skip a beat, but just switched out the sucker for a different flavor and gave that to his brother instead.  This simple act of generosity and brotherly love filled my mama heart to the brim!  He is making progress!  We are making a difference!

This was a moment that Nate and I have been working so hard for. It was a blessing to see that some of our hard work is paying off.

So if you can relate to the struggles, I encourage you to keep pressing on. Your hard work and prayer will pay off!  Sometime when you least expect it, there will be a breakthrough that will bless you.


Galatians 6:9

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

2 thoughts on “Potty Training, Perseverance, and Blessings

  1. Leah says:

    We have one of these children as well (even has the same name! 🙂 ) and we’ve always said he will be a great lawyer or even president some day! It’s such a blessing to see those little breakthroughs, isn’t it? God knows we parents need those encouragements to know that progress is being made!

    1. Dana says:

      It is nice when we have those breakthroughs!! I while back God showed me Joshua 1:6-9 to pray over our Jacob. It was encouraging to see that God made Jacob that way because He has big plans for him and needs him to be bold and courageous for Him so that He can possess the land and be successful where ever he goes. I am excited to see what all God has in store for both of our Jacobs and I will hold on to all of the God given encouragements along the way! It will be awesome when our children are running the show-they will be making a difference! You are a good mama! Keep it up!

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