In my house, the two older boys also have "sidekicks." They each chose one of the younger boys to buddy-up with: Owen chose William and Sammy chose Luke. When they play, they call William and Owen "Team Bluejay" and Sammy and Luke are "Team Cardinal." There's nothing that brings me more pleasure than seeing the four of them play nicely together (this is a rarity, mind you!) A couple weeks ago I came up with the idea to use this "sidekick" thing to my advantage and it's working beautifully. On Sunday, I didn't have to get William dressed for church or into his PJ's at night - Owen did it all for me. I have put both older boys in charge of doing various things for their sidekicks and it's amazing how much all four of them love this. Luke, especially, just eats up the attention he gets from Sammy.
Their "teams" this morning consisted of "Super Bro" and "Sidekick Small" (pictured above) and "Dr Red Hair" and "Chocolate Chunk" (the bad guys.) I don't know where they come up with this stuff!
Please continue to pray for our family as we wait for good news regarding Chris's job. I am living with a lot of uncertainty right now and it's been difficult, but I truly believe in God's plan for us and am walking by faith, not by sight.