Outside my window: dawn.
In the school room: Last week we returned to sanity. When I allowed 15 minutes/day of “screen time” to be had each day once all the work was done, my days became hostage to the screen. All day long, the boys were pushing to finish their work more quickly to get to their screen time. Any time I suggested (or commanded) a hike or trip to the park to maximize the mid-day sun, they were pushing back. Hard. Once the screen time was done, they were begging for more chores to do to “earn” more time (hence the beneficial Cinderella effect) but couldn’t find anything else they wanted to do.
Now that I have moved the screen time to the weekend (accumulated at the same rate, but all had on the weekend), we have our days back. We took a hike, we went to the gym, we played with friends, we did art, and the children are spending their free time reading library books and playing board games again.
What I’m hearing: precious silence.
In my prayers: my friend Mark, hospitalized with pneumonia. Mandy (she has surgery tomorrow). For refugees all around the world. For grace to receive and to pour out on my children. Every day.
- for the aforementioned board game bonanza.
- Sam, who is so faithful and hard working.
- for SweetP’s desire to send shoes to children and field workers in south Asia (more on this as it develops).
- dinner swap.
- for the courage to submit my writing this week.
- for our priest, who pours grace on us every Sunday.
- last weekend’s run (even if my GPS did me wrong).
- our hike.
In the kitchen: Crockpot honey-mustard chicken, rice and pears for lunch. We’re still working of my 3-meal/day meal plan I wrote in December. It has streamlined the mental gymnastics I do over feeding six people twenty-one times a week , and M loves to go to the meal calendar to see what’s cooking.
On my mind: I didn’t share my New Year’s resolutions here, but one of them was to spend the time I need to recognize and cultivate my job as a mission. To doctor well, I need time to study, to read, to call other doctors about my patients, and to refill the energy it takes out of me. I’m not doing so well yet, and I hope to make some changes this week.