Thursday, January 17, 2013

Morning Glories

After this stinker is on the move each day, quietness is hard to come by until QT in the afternoon.

By hook or by crook-I'm a morning person. How about you?

I love the freshness of the new day. I love the quiet. I love sneaking around with my cup of joe soaking up the stillness.

It is truly quieter in the morning than at night. At night you can still hear lots of vehicle noise and hear the sounds of people talking. The white noise of life.

In the morning you can heard the birds. 

I doubt I was always a morning person. (I mean, who is a morning person naturally?Well, maybe I was. I think my mom tells stories about that. I've blocked those memories. Probably need therapy.) But, my dad figured it was a good thing for the family to get up at 5:15 a.m. to have family devotions before he went to work. This started when I was 6 or 7, and continued until I was married. Almost 15 years.

A habit was formed. An appreciation was cultivated. And I still love my quiet mornings.

I have heard that a whole lot of successful people love their early mornings too. Mornings that start anywhere from 4:30 to 6:30.

After reading a post by my friend, Anne, (here) , I started to ponder just what my perfect morning looks like.

It isn't a morning sleeping in. That would be in the cards for a perfect day. But, no, a perfect morning would start bright and early.

My perfect morning includes multiple cups of coffee (and in a perfect world-having multiple cups wouldn't make my moods swing, or my eyelids twitch) and uninterrupted conversation with Mr. Hippie, exercise, devotions and shower-before 8:00. In the winter, I don't run until after 8:00, so I can't shower before then either. But, in the summer it is an early day/early run.

My mornings generally start at 4:30 or 5:48. (Yeah, that "48" is key=)) If I swim, I am up at 4:30, if I run it is 6:00.

I have found that if I don't get up, I feel behind all day. I have a to-do list that I just don't know how to start. By getting up early I am able to connect with the 3 people most important to me-God, Mr. Hippie and myself. 

So, the myself sounds selfish. But by focusing on my to-do list for the day, I can strategize and everything comes much more smoothly.

By getting up early, and focusing on exercise, I get my endorphins flowing early in the day. It makes me feel better about myself.  It also gives me time to ponder and pray. 

By getting up early and talking with Mr. Hippie, I have uninterrupted adult conversation. And I know what he is facing for the day. And he knows what I am planning in my day too. And sometimes we pray together too.

about this time last year
By getting up early and doing my Bible reading, I can take undistracted time to hear God's voice. To hear encouragement and correction. 

My perfect morning also includes writing time, because I love to write. But, my real schedule does not allow for writing time in the morning during the school year. Writing is too distracting from my "must school my kids" schedule, and school schedule is too distracting to write. But, I would write every morning if I could figure out how to work it in.

My perfect morning also includes snuggles. With LC. With Meres. With the boys, if possible. Holding them on my lap for a few minutes. All piling in to bed with me. Enjoying this precious time while they are young.

this morning-I think they look a lot alike in this photo
So, that's why I love mornings. Because not every morning is the perfect morning, but most of my mornings come very close.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Why? 

Recently, I shared on Faith's blog what I pray for my kids. Check it out...(here)
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