work it, monday.

have you had your breakfast yet?

i'm kicking off this week with a mother's day photo special (announced on wednesday).
stay tuned.

i also am wrapping up edits from my sessions in california recently. 
so excited to show you some of those.

beyond just working to get stuff done,
one thing i'm trying to work into my life is space for quiet.
i've been trying to get up earlier to just sit and think.

i was trying to explain my need to be alone to my oldest son one night
and he said, "but you're alone all day."
we started laughing because three days a week, that is true. 
i have all four kids in school, so from about 9:30-2:30, i'm alone.

but it doesn't feel quiet.
it feels noisy with busyness and rushing.
there is so much to get done!

and sitting still,
finding quiet or rest,
takes discipline~
a commitment to push against everything screaming for your attention.

so even if it's only ten minutes,
it feels worth it to me to get up a little earlier.
 just to sit and think.

now, i'm just praying my kids don't start waking up earlier as well, 
like they did when they were babies.
i'm pretty sure, this behavior would cause me to give up on the practice. ;)

i'd love to hear if you make space like this for yourself?
what practices or strategies do you have in place?

here's hoping your efforts are fruitful today 
and that you have a space for quiet.


Brian (the husband) said...

i was wondering where you went this morning

Alexis said...

I struggle with this, too. I really value time alone and it's so hard to come by with little kids. I was just thinking about this yesterday. Not sure if I have it in me to start getting up earlier than the kids but might start trying to soon... Even so, with laundry and bills and paperwork and seemingly endless messes, it would take so much discipline to be able to set those things aside and just be still. Like you said.

katie said...

alexis... when my kids were young, i never pulled this off! sometimes nursing provides this naturally... a gift to the mom as well as the baby!
here's hoping you find some space!!

Anonymous said...

WHAT!?!?!???? It doesn't get easier when they get in big school!!!! Ruined my day KT :)
Just kidding, I'm betting on it getting easier or at least "different" from the craziness of itty bittys.
Miss you friend! I wish you quietness :)
LOVE YOU!!! Look forward to hugging your neck one day!