A separate, but related part of home keeping

That is … making good use of mornings.

I have a post in the works on the ebooks and other online/digital resources for home keeping. But its taking me a while to get it completed. There is just so much out there! And I decided to reread at least on ebook before talking about it as its been nearly 2 years since I read it.

In the meantime, here is something that might make a difference in your home keeping.

Christian Community 

I participated in the last 2 challenges (spring and summer) and starting Aug 19, I am serving as an Accountability Captain (AC) for a group. My group is a ‘specific’ group which is targeting stay-at-home-moms. There are general groups with women from all walks of life and other specific groups for particular situations.

Here’s the idea… your morning can really make or break your day. Using your morning well can set you up for whatever task(s) God has for you that day. So, this groups provide accountability for getting up at a reasonable time, spending some time in the Word (a Bible study is given out free through the groups) and getting some exercise (or loving movement as flylady calls it, I like that). If you find you struggle with your mornings, or you feel like your days are always behind or chaotic, consider working on this morning habit.

As for me… well… I struggle with mornings. I’m a solid 9 hours of sleep kinda gal, and if I let myself just run on my own internal clock, I tend towards a 25 or 26 hour day. If I just get up when I’m done sleeping, it will be a tad later than the night before when I’m ready to sleep. Then the next morning I’ll sleep in a bit more, and then stay up a bit longer. I know this because I let myself do this one summer when I was living on my own, had no one else I needed to report to and any work I had to do was just me. All that to say that I just need to get up with the alarm clock, whatever time I was up to the night before. If I’m that tired, I ought to go to bed earlier that night (yeah, whatever! I know this in my head… not that I live it.)

Then, I LOVE to sit with my cup of coffee, read my email, read my blogs (loving feedly.com!), browse a bit of facebook, write a bit, think about my day, drink some more coffee… you get the idea. Alas, if I’m not intentional, this becomes a 3 hour ritual. Which on a Saturday morning before Little Man was born, was totally do-able. Now? Somewhere between that first cup of coffee and blogs, Little Man is up, wants breakfast, wants interaction, wants to go outside. And the day begins.

These challenges are helping me to focus that time. I’ve read enough and heard it preached enough to know that I need a morning routine for getting my day going, and the HelloMorning group has helped provide some of that accountability I need to get that morning routine done. And do it again the next day.

Here’s my plan for the fall challenge: get up at 6 am, get dressed, get coffee, do Bible study, look at day’s plan, eat breakfast. Little Man usually gets up around 7, but if he gets up early, I’ll eat breakfast with him. The laptop won’t come on till after I eat breakfast. (gasp, did I really just say that??? oh, my goodness, I think I really am committing to this…)

Unless there are special circumstances, no napping in the afternoon.

Be ready to actually go to sleep (not just climb into bed…) by 930. This gives me some wiggle time to chat with Hubby, read, or lay quietly in the dark.

You might notice that I have no mention of exercise in that plan… yeah, not figured that out yet. It really can’t be that hard, right? I just gotta decide on something and go with it and keep at it. So says the theory. Here’s my problem…. I want to swim laps. Swimming laps requires driving up to the university pool to do, without Little Man. I am thinking through some strategies, just not figured out a good one yet.

What’s your plan? Gonna join the HelloMornings Challenge? Got your own thing going? Are you looking to the flylady community? Some other group? Are you completely without a plan? Do you even want to do anything about using your morning well? (maybe you just don’t care?) Maybe you already have a plan that works for you?

Early Rising

I like getting up early, at least in theory. I’ve read a fair bit recently, with the new year and all, about the benefits of getting up early and making use of those quiet hours. Goodness, that sounds wonderful to me and is so attractive. However, we have an odd kink in our household.

Doctor D tends to get up when we do. We’ve noticed that if we sleep in, he sleeps in. If we get up early, he gets up early. Very frustrating.

I love the idea of getting up in a dark house, brewing my coffee, reading and praying a bit, get some exercise, shower up, then have Doctor D join me and Hubby for breakfast. I love the idea of having the house to myself, the quiet of me alone being up.

Just today, I have started thinking about what I can do to help Doctor D sleep longer. I kinda think he hears our alarms go off; I will wake to a fairly quiet alarm, but Hubby ¬†needs a bit more noise. And Doctor D’s room shares a wall with our room. And why did I think it was great that this house didn’t have ‘wasted space as a hallway”? Things to note for the ‘next house’. In the past week, he discovered the sound machine. We used it a lot when he was much younger, but stopped. Now, he loves to have it on. Or at least it sure seems he loves having it on. He particularly loves the “womb” sounds. But that was on through last night and Doctor D was up within 10 minutes of Hubby and I (like 630, which meant a two nap day, hopefully, since he went down for his first nap at 1020). Maybe we need to put a fan in his room, or some such. Gotta think on this.

I feel that if Doctor D was just an early riser, I could deal. But this is frustrating. Maybe the getting-up-before-everyone-else just isn’t for me in our family. Ah, :::sigh:::.

Thoughts appreciated, especially if you have ideas or advice or encouragement.