This is my time.
Ava has just been picked up from school.
Levi just woke up and is yelling from his crib that he needs his whistle.
Leland is playing solo in the living room while cartoons can be heard in the background.
This is my time.
I sit here and I commit these minutes to the Lord to help me to focus in on His word, to help my heart be opened to his teaching, and to let my mind meditate in these moments.
Meanwhile the stirrings of chaos ensue in the background.
Yet, I dare not get up from my seat. I know that once I rise and leave my time with Him, the day starts and the likelihood of it stalling enough to meet again decreases.
This is my time.
Will it be the same tomorrow? No. But right now, this is it.
I used to feel guilted into meeting with the Father daily at the same time. Maybe when I was younger I should’ve felt some of that because I had my priorities out of order.
But now, in this season, I want to meet with Him. I long to hear from Him and be taught more of who He is, so that by it I can discover more of who I am meant to be. But in this season…this season of odd hours in the night, and managing young children, and working part time jobs, my time with Him looks a little different every day. Even still, I don’t miss my meeting with Him. I look forward to it.
And today, this morning, before my day starts, this is my time.
Never take for granted free time you have to meet with Him. If you can schedule it every morning, afternoon, or night and stay consistent with that, I applaud you! I think that it is important. I just can’t right now. However, I can consistently change my time with Him, but that’s about as consistent as I get.
The enemy would love for you to feel defeated in this area. Especially you, sweet mama. The one who is multitasking, perhaps the most! Don’t let him have that victory. When you wake in the morning, pray that the Lord would show you the free time you have each day, and then utilize it.
I have started to do that, and guess what? I look forward to it! I look forward to the time I have to meet with Him. I look forward to breaks in my schedule because in that moment I think to myself, this is it…
This is my time.
With love & laughter,
Here's some Mom Favorites:
For the 3 month old and beyond (maybe even through teen years!), moms love the Arm and Hammer odorless refill bags for their diaper pail. Your nose will love this investment especially when solid foods are introduced!
For the 6 month old, Allyson loves the Exersaucer by Evenflow. It strengthens Titus' fine and gross motor skills as it entertains him and gives her time to fold the laundry or grade papers for school.
For the 9 month old, Lauren loves the Portable Diner Placemat by Summer. It keeps the eating surface at restaurants sanitary and the small trough catches dropped finger foods so the waitress will welcome them back the next time!
Also for the 9 month old, Harper loves her Sit and Stand Learning Walker by V-Tec. It's very sturdy and supports a wobbly toddler as she learns to take steps independently. She also loves the activities for counting, shape recognition, and learning her animal sounds that are located on the front panel.
So moms and dads, consider this your sweet baby's first Christmas Wish List! Have a great and memorable Holiday and take lots of pictures!
When my children were little, one big issue we had was how to keep the older boys quiet while my infant daughter took her naps. I came across these great ideas from thedomesticfour.com as a remedy to that problem. First, you will need to get several colorful boxes with lids from an inexpensive store such as the Dollar Tree (in fact, most all items can be purchased there). Fill each box with one activity (like the ones pictured below) then give the older children one or two boxes to entertain themselves during baby's nap time. It gives the baby a quiet nap time, your older child a fun activity he can do by himself, and best of all it gives you freedom for some rest or laundry duty.
1. POM POM COLOR SORTING:
Need: 1 bag of pom poms
1 pair of kitchen tongs
1 muffin tin
Pick up each pom pom with tongs and sort by color into muffin tin.
2. SENSORY PUZZLE:
Need: foam puzzles
1 bag of rice
Mix puzzle pieces in the rice. Kids search through the rice to find pieces and complete the puzzles.
3. PAINT STRIP COLOR MATCHING:
Need: large bag of craft sticks
2 identical sets of paint strip samples
Cut apart and glue small color squares on craft sticks. Have child match sticks to second set of color squares.
(All of these activities encourage such skills as fine motor movement, sensory stimulation, sorting, matching, and premath - several birds with one stone!) .
More ideas for boxes can be found on thedomesticfour.com and Pinterest. Danielle from thedomesticfour suggests having 10 or more boxes on hand to switch out and to use only one or two boxes per child per quiet time.
Enjoy the quiet time!
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