Today was the day! I woke up with no alarm clock 6:30 on the dot! (a whole hour after I would have set my alarm for... but hey my body needed sleep... nonetheless, time to get moving! No time for me this morning, everyone needed to wake up, so as my sleepy little ones make it to the kitchen I am just finishing their lunches for school. I love when they rub their eyes and give me a little squeeze while the sun's rays sneak between the blinds. I love having my window above my kitchen sink. I love morning coffee brewing. So normally I try to read my bible or our bible stories before the TV turns on, but no time for that today, so I hear the sound of netflix beaming on the tube. whatever, fine. Breakfast, little bit of playtime, change clothes, and finish homework. Our dog has been sleeping with us and our sheets smelled so gross, so, why not let's also throw in a load of laundry! Then Boy #1 comes in to read his AR (advance reading... although I'd love to say I'm bragging, I'm not, every 1st grader reads AR books) Finished the book. (He's getting to be such a great reader, and it's weird because just 3 months ago, I thought he'd never read on his own.. then WaLA it all just happened like "they" said it would!) Anyway, after checking Boy #2's math, and several reminders, "get your shoes on".. "where are my shoes??" "wherever you left them!" "get your backpacks, where are your shoes?!" we head out the door for school, 8:16am.
From there, I switched over the laundry, got my coffee and remaining scraps of oatmeal and headed off to Mom's in Prayer group, which is an amazing group of women that get together once a week to intentionally pray for their kids and their schools all over the U.S. When entering this home full of mommas its as if time stops, we enter in prayer and meditation of praise and gratitude for all that we have, it reminds me that we are equipped with all we need, all the rest are just distractions. ( if you're interested in doing this for your school, you only need to download the paper work and grab some mom's and start praying.) Of course I know I do not have time for this extra thing to do today, but to be intentional to pray for your kids and to connect with God without distractions... sometimes you have to just make time. 10:25am.
As I jump in the car and realize I only have four more hours to drive 25 minutes to get to my friend's home I clean for, and do all her cleaning and then head back home to pick up my place before the kids get home from school. During moments like these, Jonny Diaz song, Breath, always comes to mind. http://life1019.com/songs/breathe-3/, it's kind of a stressful song, but the title it self helps me to relax a little while I try to go the speed limit, "Breath, just breath". 11:10am.
Cleaning is where and when I do most of my thinking. And sometimes these are positive, humorous, and inspiring thoughts like, "My blessings will always outway what brings me down"; or "Be confident because you are a child of God, and be humble because everyone else is too (Glennon Doyle Melton)"; or even, "Everyone deserves a smile and a hug...but not everyone wants one". But sometimes they get me in deep rage, like: "I get why it's important for women and men to have the right to choose to have an abortion, but what about the child's choice?? What if that child was going to be a voice for all people that have that certain deformity?? Does it make me a hypocrite to have this argument with anyone because I gave Husband the choice to get a vasectomy?" "Or why are all these women mad at President Trump for all the things he said to put down women even though growing up the majority of those women, myself included danced and sang songs of several men demoralizing women and grabbing all sorts of body parts in their music videos??? And are we to believe in the theory of Evolution, like we were taught in our public school biology class or should we only consider the Bible as the true source of how life came to be? Is faith more about politics or is it truly about the action of loving one another as much as you love yourself??? So in the midsts of laundry, vacuuming, toilet bowl scrubbing, there is a lot of thoughts going; on so much so, it makes my head spin, and that of anyone who calls me during this time... WHERE IS THE TRUTH? WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME ALL THE ANSWERS TO LIFE!! AND AT WHAT AGE WILL I FINALLY FIGURE ALL THIS OUT?!! 1:30pm.
NPR is with me every car ride... well NPR and Dave Ramsey (Dave Ramsey on IHEARTRADIO too) This is the magical place where I get my news, facts, and new music to listen too, check out Lady Lamb, she's an amazing singer songwriter! Thank you Tom Ashbrook with "On Point" http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510053/on-point-with-tom-ashbrook, traffic... turning... morning turning.. home. 2:45pm.
Run into the house dog looks at me with her sad eyes... "mommy why did to you leave me all day?!! 😭 Leash on, poo bag ready, let's go for a walk.
3:30pm. I sit on my front porch and wait for the boys to get home.
11:30pm, good night.