life-giving home . winter time rhythm

“Our rejoicing is this, … that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world.—We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” – daily light, January 19, AM / 2 Cor 1:12; 2 Cor 4:7

early morning – I wake up to nurse Haddon. I wake up to begin my quiet time with the Lord. Sometimes I crawl back into bed… but most mornings I continue my quiet time and bible study after laying Haddon back down to sleep.

My men and I begin our day around 7AM. I love listening to them coming down the stairs, and hugging them the first second I see them! I like to cook breakfast, but sometimes they only want cereal. We eat together and read the Daily Light. Coffee is a must.

After Tyler leaves for work, we begin our team work. We clean off the table, empty the dishwasher that washed the dishes the night before, and move the wet clothes into the dryer. We take turns getting dressed for the day. I like it when I remember to play music, and sometimes the music is the boys pretending and laughing.

We begin school with a prayer, thanking the Lord for the privilege to love Him with our mind, heart, soul, and strength because He first loved us. We read books, color pictures, listen to stories, complete our work book pages, and at the end of our almost-hour of formal school, we thank the Lord for a good school day.

It’s only mid-morning … and of course we have a snack! We put on coats and go outside. We might meet friends or run errands.

I like it when we play until lunch time, break for lunch, and then go back to playing. The boys are always re-energized after a good lunch. We pick up our toys + I fold the load of laundry… usually, maybe… we read a story, we slip into bed for a nap. Leland likes to read a big stack of books. I like to rest. or have some dark chocolate. or both. Grafton’s hair curls as he sleeps. My favorite is when I get a nap with Haddon.

Once rest is over, we play! we prep supper! we pace with the baby and greet daddy in the driveway.

Dinner and devotion time is next.. then maybe movie night! perhaps game night! bikes! friends! camp fire! dance party! play and talk and read and color and paint and all of the things we love to do together. We clean up… bath. brush teeth. books. bend our knees in prayer. bed.

whew. we breathe. we smile. we have a couple more hours… of readying for tomorrow. of talking the entire time. of sipping wine and sharing chocolate and being bestest friends. playing guitar and reading the next chapter.

sure – arguments and disagreements, discipline and more arguing are scattered through the schedule. we stray from it and we wrestle with it and we come back together no matter what. messes overwhelm me. I don’t respond to my children the way I know Jesus responds in love to me. I forget the Design; I forfeit His desire. We sin, we confess, we come clean, we start again. Sometimes the entire day is one we are glad to just get through.

but, these are the days,… and i hope i steward them well… cherish the lives that fill them… glorify the Lord in whatever we are doing… these are the days the Lord has made. we rejoice and we are glad, praising God from whom all blessings flow.

“This is the day the Lord has made; rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24

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