Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Early to bed, early to rise

Last night I had one of those conversations with my friend, a homeschool mom of 6, about How to get it all done?  It's inevitable that as a homeschool mother, you are going to have those conversations. It just naturally drifts that way. Her solution was that she focuses on the basics: schooling, feeding, and laundry. Yes, there is always laundry. *smile*  Part of this "getting it done" game is also realizing that it won't get all done. The rest is in His hands. That's how I deal with it anyway. It's good to be undone.

We talked about how Caroline Ingalls was never up ironing at 10 p.m. at night. That when it was dark, they went to bed. We would do good to learn from that.

So, in light of this post (ht: Ann), I am thinking more of how I will spend my evenings. Most of the time I am forced to do nothing at 8 p.m. because I am so tired! But I am thinking of what I can let go of when the sun goes down. In order for His work to be properly done.

(From the archives: my thoughts on Joy and rest)

12 comments:

Prairie Chick said...

I love this philosophy. I love your blog. It's so *relaxing*. I used to run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get it all done and keep it all done. An impossible and overwhelming chore. Now I am sincerely seeking to relax and actually treasure the doing without obsessing on the getting it done.

And the funny thing is that, the more relaxed and peaceful and steady my pace, the more things seem to get done :D (in the long run at least). A load a day keeps the piles away is my motto...

MondaythroughSunday said...

This world is so entirely too busy. Rushing children here and there and in all that busyness I do not think we really "know" the people that we are living with. I so desire that more than anything. I will do my laundry and different responsibilities but I so want to have relationship with my children and not miss out on them! I really enjoyed your post. I need to think of this as when we move I will be homeschooling as well. Thanks

Brenda said...

You know Caroline has been inspiring me lately too! I have often thought of their nice evenings. She sat and sewed by the fire in the evenings. I want to sew but don't ever have the time. Or...could we turn off the computer and TV? Hmmm.

Terry said...

Good thoughts, Andrea.

:..Rebekah..: said...

I'm a different person when I use wisdom and end my day early instead of dragging it on into the wee hours of the night. Wonderful post!

TheNormalMiddle said...

I have kind of an unwritten rule here in the house that after my hubs gets home, we just do dinner, baths, snuggle time, bedtime, etc.

Then, we get the kids in early so that we can enjoy our quiet time together, watching tv, snuggling, reading, whatever. It is our downtime, together and seperate, depending on the mood we're both in.

AIMEE said...

Sometimes I think that just maybe going to the laundromat one day a week and just lining it all up and getting it done at once would help!
Laundry is my never-get-done thing that drives me nuts and I have tried so many different methods.
I like "the rest is in His hands"...good stuff.

L.L. Barkat said...

I try not to work at night. After the dishes, I run, I read something I've been aching to get into. That's why right now I'm finding I don't feel quite right... all this conference preparation is requiring night work. I'm happy to be going, but I'll be glad to get back to my big chair with a lovely book.

And I loved your thought about Caroline. Darkness brought rest and lighter tasks. (Though I bet the sunshine got them up a bit earlier! :)

Elizabeth said...

I'm a bona fide morning person. In order to do well the next morning, I need to be in bed by 8pm. Done. No "one more load of laundry." Done. To bed. To rest. To wake and be full of praise to our Savior.

Anonymous said...

Andrea,
I really appreciate this. I read an article by Cindy Rushton that I have really been thinking about. She mentions the following scripture in terms of not tiring out little ones and going at a SLOW PACE from Genesis 33:
13 But Jacob said to him, "My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the droves before me and that of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."

She also suggested that when evaluating activities to consider: Will this allow a "slow pace"? How does this affect the peace and order of our home? How does this facilitate deep relationships? Does this allow me to feed my family well?

So it has me thinking. I am guilty of doing MUCH work at night.
Mary Brooke

Monica said...

And on that note I think I'll get to bed.

I've enjoyed reading your blog tonight. I really appreciate the ways in which you seek to glorify God in all areas of your life. Blessings.

TRS said...

Caroline Ingalls only had two outfits per family member. And only one of them was meant for 'the public'. Of course she was done ironing before dark! She only did laundry once a week... but it was by hand with a rock!

And that's why they didn't have so many outfits!!!