First of all, thank you for ALL of your sweet comments, emails, and facebook posts regarding yesterday’s posts… It’s good to know we’re not alone in this rollercoaster of life!
TodayI want to share with you my habits that peacefully signify the beginning and close of a day in our home. I will be doing a “day in the life” post soon, too!
My day usually begins with the usual: bathroom, deodorant, brush teeth, throwing on yoga pants if I’m not going anywhere (and sometimes even if I am), checking the baby monitor and checking the updates on my phone. But to me, the thing that STARTS my day is opening the curtains in our den. We have french doors with blackout curtains (it’s a wonky system, yes) and I have to open them so that I can let the dog out. Opening the curtains and filling the room with the morning light is what signifies the start of the day to me.
Similarly, I get this sense of done each night after I cut the kitchen light off. Dinner time is generally the most stressful and busiest part of the day (which is why I love freezer cooking). Andrew comes home from work, I’m trying to get dinner on the table, we go through the mail, Elizabeth is squealing, Jade is barking, I want to hear about Andrew’s day. We finally eat. We spend some time playing together with Elizabeth (outside usually during the summer). Andrew does the dishes while I give Elizabeth a bath. We both put her to bed and pray over her crib. Then Andrew usually catches up on school work or regular work while I put away the dishes and clean the rest of the kitchen. It’s busy. But cutting the light off closes it all down for me. To me, it’s a sign that “this day is over” and “the kitchen is finally closed”!
I know of others who have turned a coffee mug over on their desk every afternoon before they go home to signify the end of the day. It’s like turning that “open sign” off.
After I welcome the day with the opening of the curtains and close it by turning off the light, I like to do something in the quiet to feed my soul. In the morning, I like to get in some time for God. Whether it is praying for something specific or reading scriptures (currently I am loving the She Reads Truth daily plans from some of my favorite bloggers). At night, it is shower time. Andrew and I have showered together since we moved in together, but he always gets out a few minutes before I do. Those last few minutes of the day are when I can really gather my thoughts, reflect on the day, and plan out my tomorrow.
I challenge you to come up with a plan to start and finish your day peacefully. Or maybe you already do, in which case I hope you leave a comment below letting us know what it is!