I am going to steal Brandy’s theme for Mondays for today, just to reintroduce myself to the blogging world.
I generally blog in little (or not so little) stolen moments throughout the day, often postponing our morning routine while furiously typing – and while also verbally haranguing my sons for not getting going themselves on their morning tasks. I knew I needed to change that habit, but I just wasn’t doing it. So, God arranged for my laptop to receive an injury and for me to be without it for a time. So now my computer is the desktop downstairs in my office corner – very far from all the action of the day. Removing the cue and the tool for a bad habit is a quick way to throw off a routine!
So, I am no longer blogging during stolen minutes. I am present and undistracted by the call of the laptop during school and housework hours.
So, I am also not getting up early in the morning before the kids are awake, because the baby has been waking up multiple times at night and I had a cold last week. So, no blogging in the morning.
So, I am also not staying up late because my husband now does get up early, and so goes to bed early also. I don’t want to stay up to 11 when he’s going to bed at 9, particularly if my claim is that I want to get up early in the morning. So, no blogging after kids’ bedtime.
And so, it turns out, that in the time left, I don’t have time good for writing. I don’t have time where I can follow a thought with my fingers on the keyboard, because every other minute there’s an interruption of some sort, and then I spend more time trying to remember my thought and my flow than actually writing. It is also hard to blog one-handed, and most of my computer time is now when I’m nursing.
Anyway, I have grand plans still of getting up early in the morning with my husband (he starts work at 6, so gets up at 5:30) and getting right onto task writing and saving my online reading for nursing times.
You’ll know how that works out based on the activity on the blog this week, I suppose. :)
For now, though, I’ll share a few links to people who are still posting.
What does it look like to have the Word dwell in you richly? Rachel writes, “We pay attention to Scripture. For example, Romans 12:1-2 tells us not to be conformed to the world. So we think about what that means; we don’t just brush it off and assume we are fine.”
Pair this one with Nancy’s “February 28: Perfect“:
God is perfect, but He is not a perfectionist. After all, He loves us, His very imperfect children. His priorities are always straight. He sees the dirty dishes in your sink, but He cares more about the ones in your heart. He sees your piles of unanswered emails and unpaid bills, but He is more concerned about the burdens piled up in your heart. In other words, we often miss the point.
Let us pray more for our hearts than for our to-do list.
“The Power of Habit” by Cindy at Ordo Amoris
Charlotte Mason described the brain as running along a rail and creating ruts. Those ruts make up our habits-all those things we do automatically without wasting the energy of decision. In turns out that Charlotte was right. Current brain research confirms the power of habit.
I also read this book a few months ago and thought it was great. I have at least 5 spin-off post ideas sketched out, but one at least has made it to completion (at my other blog, Simple Pantry Cooking), “February Health Habit: Keep a Food Journal“:
So, I was in this predicament about whether to scrap the habit, replace the habit, or make the habit happen, when I was reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business and encountered the idea of “keystone habits.” Keystone habits, according to Charles Duhigg, are habits that give “small wins [that] fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach.” And, just as I was wondering to myself what some keystone habits might be, Duhigg mentioned that food journalling was one verified keystone habit.
“A Definition of Study” by Renee at FIMBY
I have been very encouraged and challenged by the latest series on homeschooling by Renee. I discovered her blog a few months ago and subscribed right away. She is a thinking and doing mother in the thick of it with a set of children just one stage ahead of me, with her youngest being a tad older than my oldest.
Study is not just reading, writing papers, and taking exams. This very narrow definition of study limits our thinking. Narrow thinking will squeeze the joy out of your homeschool environment (and add unnecessary worry) as your tendency will be to assign greater value to certain “schoolish” activities over the less “schoolish” ones. When you do this you (knowingly or unknowingly) de-value all the many forms of study; and in doing so you limit the amazing options and freedom available to you in the homeschool environment. Don’t do that.
She is a great example of how what some might call “unschooling,” because it consists of a lot of real-life living and not a lot of tests and workpages, can be not only vibrant but also rigorous and challenging. And I, for one, am grateful she takes the time to write through her thoughts and days.