words cannot express my delight. she is trained at last! she has been so anti-potty for so long, and so capable and old and smart, but just refused! she's normally so independent it bewildered me why whe wouldn't want to be in charge of the potty thing. the only thing we could figure out is that she was resenting all the "big girl" changes in her life, as one of them is we are constantly trying to get her to take the finger out of her mouth. well we ran out of pull ups and i told her the store said she was too old to buy more so she could go in her panties or on the potty i didn't care. she went in her panties once, and not since. that was three days ago. she has conquered #1 and 2 and will go in any public setting. stoked. stoked. stoked. with this new independence also came the insistence that we don't hang out with her at bedtime and that she puts herself to sleep for nap and the night. super fine by me. she said after church today, "i'm tired, i'm going to go take my nap." she turned on her fan, got cozies on and has been in there sleeping for the last two hours! i don't know what mother's dream has possessed her, but i hope it stays! gonna scrap now. oh, but p.s. i have been reading a lot lately. i mean a lot a lot. i just remembered how much i used to read, i mean fiction, and then in college how i stopped because i had to read so much crap i didn't have time for anything outside except the scriptures, and how i always said i couldn't wait for college to be over so i could pleasure read again. well college has been over for awhile and i still have been reading health stuff and self help stuff and church books. but i finally broke out the old dusty anne of green gables set and finished another jane austen, and i am in heaven again. i make my bed first thing in the morning and set a pile of books and magazines by my pillow so any time i need a break i go read instead of tv or computer. that pic looks so inviting to me, i think i will go read instead of scrap now!