Here is what we are encouraged to do:
1. Refresh your spirit.
* I start out my day before the girls get up by having my quiet time. During December, I always read this book and started out that way this morning. When the girls are up and we are eating breakfast, I read a Bible story to them - but again, this month we're doing something a little different. Our verse for this morning from the girls' book was:
2. Do your morning routine.
Psalm 95:1, "Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord..."
* Here is what my morning routine normally looks like.
6 am - wake, start quiet time and talk to David while he gets ready for work
6:30 am - have completed quiet time, get up and shower, get dressed for the day and make bed
7 am - check e-mail and post blog for the day, read various other blogs
7:45 am - get girls up
8 am - breakfast
8:20 am - clean up breakfast and empty dishwasher
8:45 am - change girls and get dressed for the day
9 am - start daily to-do list
3. Take time to plan.
* I do this the night before for the coming day. I think about what my daily chores assigned to that day are and the other tasks I'd like to accomplish. I rarely ever accomplish everything I write down - but it helps to have it written down so I can just move it to the next day. She suggested a short list of five items or less. Honestly, my list is usually like 20 things - so I won't list it all here! But, here are some pictures of our morning ~
We started the day with a blueberry muffin breakfast! I had mixed all the dry ingredients last night and had everything prepped as far as I could get it before this morning. So I mixed them up and put them in the oven while I read blogs. After breakfast, I finished my morning routine.
Bath time: (during bath time, we sang Sunday School songs to carry through on our theme verse from this morning)
Emily's project including marshmallows for the letter "M" and a snowman for Christmas fun!
We also made banana bread...
And, had a tea party for lunch. After hosting a baby shower on Saturday for my friend, it was easy to pull out leftover food and make a cute plate just from that! We also split the last cupcake!
4. What's on the menu for dinner?
I had planned roast chicken, green beans, twice-baked potatoes and applesauce. So, to prep in the morning, I started the chicken brining. I also set out the bacon to thaw for the potatoes and had the green beans cut and in the pan before I took Emily to ballet. It was a delicious meal!
5. Project of the day. Today's project was the kitchen. Also, she encouraged us to put on some uplifting music, an apron and light a candle.
I'm sure you can imagine that once Emily saw me in my apron, she wanted to wear one - so we donned aprons all around!
Then, instead of a candle, I put these spices in a pot on the stove to simmer - very yummy smelling!
On to the Kitchen - here is the before picture taken right after breakfast:
And, here is the after picture taken at about 2:30 in the afternoon! It took me that long to get to cleaning it and actually accomplish it! Monday is my usual day for cleaning the kitchen anyway, so this was perfect for my normal routine! I cleared the counters, cleaned them, cleaned out the sink and disposal.
It was a great day here and I'm thankful that our home was a haven to me and hopefully to all who share it with me!