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Mornings on our farmstead can be peaceful, but are often crazy, especially in the summertime. I’d like to say I, momma, rise with the sun ready to take on the day. I slip out to enjoy a walk around the gardens, picking a few things for breakfast and watch the sun rise with a lovely cup of coffee, before returning to accomplish a few work things before the kids rise. Then calmly care for the critters after breakfast.
Truth is that hasn’t happened in well over a year now. The baby from last year is almost 1 now. That pregnancy forced me to slow down and change things, sleeping in was one way I handled things. The longer the kids slept the shorter the time I had to remind, argue, and console without picking the older two up. I couldn’t physically do a lot and the longer I slept the less time I had to fill in the day and find ways to distract myself from what I wanted to do.
Postpartum happened, then I got really sick. Like spend 9 days in the hospital sick. My body wasn’t in great shape anyway it that wrecked what was left of it. Winter, I limped along trying to get back into me and heal my body. Still allowing sleeping in and ignoring my own alarm. Can you see the pattern yet? Overwhelm, anxiety, depression?
I’m slowly getting better now, but mornings are still a struggle for us. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to rise with the sun again like I used to. But for now, I’m learning grace in the journey.
Here’s what our morning’s really look like. I snooze the alarm several times, if I hear it at all, finally crawling out of bed when the baby insists I get up, because she is ready to play and have a clean diaper. The big kids are up shortly after, while I finish waking up in the bathroom, checking emails and notifications. I quickly make breakfast while trying to usher kids through the bathroom and convince the middle child clothes are required. Usually also sending messages.
Breakfast we also listen to a devotional, well half listen anyway, while reminding the kids to eat or they will be hangry later and pulling the baby off the table and pinning her plate to the table. Hurriedly I rush kids to finish eating so we can go outside and feed animals before it gets too hot. Goal is 8:30 its usually closer to 9:30 or 10.
Now rushing to feed and water all the animals. Checking to make sure everyone is ok. It’s already hot and I haven’t even checked any of the gardens yet. Check my planner, what area was I supposed to work in today? Ok head to the garden and quickly weed, check moisture, harvest what needs picked. The kids are running around playing with the dogs or baking in their mud kitchen.
Pretty soon my phone is going off reminding me to go make lunch. I snooze or dismiss and do just one more quick thing before heading into make lunch and eat. Its now 1pm.
Seriously, mornings go so much better when I just get up and have the time to start my day right with a little God time, work before breakfast, instead of while making it. Prep food for the day before kids, then we can enjoy the slower pace doing chores and the kids help more because I’m running at their pace not the rushed pace.