Day 3 of our 10 day Family Re-Charge is already passing; the youngest are in bed so I will take the opportunity to reflect. Some time ago I made a commitment not to have my laptop between my children and me; but the challenge for me is not getting driven about all there is to do around me. There is -- quite literally -- always one more load of clothes, things on the counters, another load of dishes, floors to maintain, another meal to prepare, one more thing. I am good about doing stuff with the kids in the mornings but after naptime, I ramp up!
I don't know if I have mentioned it but on Friday, I withdrew my oldest daughter (10th grade) from school and have brought her home to school again. Today we have re-instituted our afternoon tea time; it fell by the wayside a few months back and we are picking it back up. I sit with any of the kids who want to sit at the table and we have tea (o la leche o el agua). Usually we have some nuts and a sweet of some kind or bits of cheese and crackers; the main thing is, it's a great time to reconnect. [We older girls drink from antique tea cups passed down on my hubby's side.] I just sip my tea and chat with the children and it eases something in me. It's a deep breath. I am able to fix supper and enjoy the time in the kitchen; the kids have had my full attention so they are able to do something else whilst I cook.
When Paul gets home, everyone is in a calmer state. We enjoy our evening meal so much more -- it's as if you can taste the peacefulness in it. And because the cooking and eating goes more smoothly, it seems as if I am able to whistle through bedtime and then truly enjoy the evening and reconnecting with Paul. I don't feel so stretched. I don't think he knows why this is, but I am quite certain he knows when we've not had our tea time because something is just not sitting right.
My other "answer" - if you will -to the re-charge questions is that I have carved out a half hour between getting my middle child on the bus and waking the others in which I can have a devotional period. It has taken some work to achieve this time; I frequently get to say "no, thank you" to requests for waking someone or other during this period. This is when I do my reflecting on my spiritual state and set my compass for the day ahead. At the very end of this time, I check my calendar for the day.
So I have the beginning "regulator" set and the late afternoon re-set; I lack something before bed to book-end the day. I have recently begun a practice of oil cleaning my face; I have decided to give myself a five minute facial massage each evening and go to bed with a soft, clean face to welcome the night's dreams. I hold so much stress in my face; now I shall be sending it down the drain!
So appreciating the work for each day, Erin Barrette Goodman. Muchas gracias!
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