Well, it took a few days, but here they are. The lyrics are on my post from a few days ago, here.
So, here we have “Good Morning, Dear Earth”.
Good Morning, Dear Earth
And next, “I Wake in the Morning Early”.
I Wake in the Morning Early
And finally, as an added bonus, “Way Up in the Sky”.
Way Up in the Sky
Way up in the sky, the big birdies fly
While down in the nest the little birds rest.
With a wing on the left and a wing on the right
The dear little birdies sleep all through the night.
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away.
“Good morning! Good morning!” the little birds say.
OK, it’s home truth time.
I hit upon this a little yesterday, but wanted to elaborate. You see, there are lots of things you can do to start your day right. You can create a schedule. You can hone your routines. You can find songs, set the stage, be prepared, or do any number of things. But there’s one thing you simply cannot do, no matter how hard you try.
You can’t control anyone but yourself.
You can’t make your children wake up happy.
You can’t make your spouse forget the sleep button on the alarm exists. Read more...
It’s a trick question.
There is, of course, no should about it. Shoulds hold you down and hold you back.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to ask yourself the question What do I want my mornings to look like?
And that, my friends, is today’s assignment. Read more...
Sometimes I feel as if I am straddling two worlds.
One world whispers to me that I have to have “me time.” I need to get away from my children, my husband, my home and take time to do something that is solely for myself. This world tells me that in order to be whole, I have to grab these moments for me.
The other world says no, this isn’t so. My world is my children, my husband, my home, and to steal time away from them for myself is selfish. This world tells me that in order to be whole, I should accept my vocation and not long for more than I have been given. Read more...
So, you may have noticed that I did not record those morning songs like I said I was going to.
That’s because my day started off well enough- with a song as a matter of fact– but then took a quick turn for the worse when the universe decided to teach my eight-year-old that no good deed goes unpunished. Poor Nicholas was taking out the trash when he lacerated his leg on a piece of glass someone had tossed in the garbage. Poor guy. The morning was spent at the Urgicare center– we don’t have a doctor here yet– and ended with 3 stitches and a tetanus shot. Read more...
This week and next we’re going to focus on morning and evening routines because they are like bookends that hold up your day. There are a lot of hard things about mornings, like actually waking up, but I’m not going to start with that part. I’m going to start with something easy, at least for me.
I’m going to start with a song.
Now, if you’re one of those blessed overachievers who wakes up hours before your little ones even begin to stir, you probably will want to save this bit for later, unless of course you want your little ones to hop out of bed and come join you. Read more...
Blogging is a lot like exercise.
Or eating healthy.
Or a billion other things that kind of seem like a pain in the butt until you actually do them and then you want to kick yourself because, DUH! You really enjoy it, so why the heck did it take so long?
Or at least that’s what I am telling myself.
We are having such a great time here in our new home. The church is great, the town is great, the house is great. But I’ve been feeling some pangs of regret about not blogging, so I’m going to hop back on the horse and see how it goes. Read more...
I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since I last posted. So much has happened between then and now, it seems more like a lifetime than 24 days!
We’re slowly getting settled into our new home. Most of the boxes on the first floor have been unpacked and quite a few pieces of new furniture have been procured, thanks to Ikea and Craigslist. The children are settling into their new screen-free (mostly) life and have been doing quite a bit of this: