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A Day In My Life: Early rising, computer crashes, Morning Time, cleaning out a closet, and a remarkably good Monday!

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So how did your Monday go? Mine went remarkably well — which was not what I was expecting after us all being sick and completely off any routine last week and few weeks of us being mostly off school.

I am trying to get back to really early, early rising again. To the tune of 3:30 a.m. Yes, I have up and lost my mind. 🙂

But this morning, I was so grateful that I got up early because I had a lot of computer work to catch up on and my laptop crashed yesterday, so I was working on my husband’s laptop… which was clearly invented in the time of the dinosaurs. Or at least that’s what it felt like when the thing was working at a snail’s pace. (Have I mentioned I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to slow computers??)

Instead of being frustrated, though, I decided to focus on the positive: that I usually have a fast computer, that I an internet connection at all, that my computer is under warranty, and that I have a backup computer to work on.

After crawling through all my morning computer work, I finished up, spent some time reading my Bible and studying John 4. Then I exercised with Silas (who was the only up at the time) and then let him play an educational game on the computer while I took a shower.

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When I was ready for the day, I got the girls up, we had breakfast (Purple Power smoothies — see the ingredients here), and read our devotional and some from Aesop’s Fables.

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While the kids were finishing up their breakfast, I wrote out chore lists for them (their chores change a little each day depending upon what needs to be done — I’m also divvying up the Confident Mom Planner chores between us all) and they go busy on their lists.

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I cleaned up the kitchen, started some laundry, cleaned up my room, made my bed, washed Kathrynne’s hair and fixed it, and helped Silas with his chores.


We then sat down for Morning Time. Oh how I think this idea is going to be such a gift to our homeschooling. It went SO well today and was so fun to have time set aside to do those things I always hope we would get to but always seem to be crowded out by math, grammar, and so on.

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After we were done with Morning Time, Jesse got home and made lunch for the kids, got them started on the core subjects for the day while I worked on cleaning out the bathroom closet.

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I pulled most of the items out, reorganized and consolidated, threw a few things out, and moved some of the extra bottles to the second bathroom where were have some empty storage shelves. And within around 25 minutes, the closet looked SO much better!

Believe it or not, by 12:30 p.m., I had finished my entire Morning List. I guess the getting up early thing really does work well. 🙂

I spent the afternoon working on blog projects, writing this post on my South Africa secret, and getting caught up on emails.

And then tonight we had our usual weekly Monday night gathering with friends. We all brought stuff for a Taco Bar and an Ice Cream Bar. It’s always an evening filled with a lot of laughing, ribbing, and just so much fun. We’re grateful for this group of friends that God has given us and how much they bless us each week.

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  • Leah Pipkorn says:

    My Monday was rather chaotic, but I did get a good amount accomplished. 🙂

  • Angie says:

    A good day, got some things accomplished that needed done. It was an overall quiet day, gotta love those!

  • Jen Whetten says:

    Our day was productive but crazy. Life with toddlers is certainly never boring!

  • Heather says:

    My day was not nearly as productive as yours! And I did not get up anywhere close to 3:30am….more like 8am. Been in a rut since New Years Eve and can’t get to sleep before 1am! We got school done today, had some play time and I went to work. Really not productive at all lol but hoping to get back into a good routine this week.

  • Kindra says:

    I actually got distracted by taking my vacuum apart and cleaning it all out.
    That being said, I did vacuum today, teach my kiddos some school work, and clean out our mud room.

  • Celeste says:

    It was a day anyway! Took the kids to an indoor pool swimming, had a nice chat over tea with my sister, made dinner, now going to work out! By the way…..what kind of blender do you have?

  • Jen says:

    I’m in a job transition. I’m looking forward to my new job. But, having to continue my old job for a little while longer. So my day was pushing through so I can rejoice in something new soon!

  • Leslie says:

    We started the new year sick, so its been slow going, but homeschool has started again and its good to be back to our schedule!

  • Jamie says:

    A great day today has been!! I woke up to 3 healthy and happy babies, a wonderfully supportive husband and a job that helps support our family.

  • Chrissy Roberts says:

    What time do you go to sleep every night??

    • My goal is to go to bed at 8 p.m. if I’m going to get up at 3:30 a.m. We’ll see if I can actually consistently follow through with that and make it become a habit. I find that I really need at least 7 hours of good sleep at night to function well during the day.

  • Tricia says:

    Today was one of those rare days when I felt like I accomplished a ton of stuff….several loads of laundry, decluttering some kitchen cabinets, and caught up on grading the kids homeschool papers. It was a wonderful day.

  • jamila says:

    My Monday was pretty packed trying to catch up after being gone over the holidays. I felt blessed with how much God helped me accomplish.

  • Sheri says:

    I had a busy day: I worked, went grocery shopping, took my daughter to band practice and then had to pick her up and now catching up on “me” time.

  • Sally says:

    We said goodbye to our dear relatives today, nieces/nephew and brother/sister-in-law. They headed back to Arizona and we worked on taking down Christmas decorations. Loved seeing the devo you’re doing with your kids…I’m always looking for good ones.

  • Karla says:

    I had great intentions today, but they fell far short. I intended on working out after AM drop off and then getting all the housework done during school hours. Instead I found myself on my butt watching a show on DVD I’ve been wanting to catch up on. I felt very guilty, but realized I’ve been very busy with work and just needed some brainless decompressing time. Tonight I got a lot done though and I’ll be ready to go tomorrow too.

  • I had a great Monday as well, in fact I was reflecting on it and was grateful as well. Today I didn’t get as much done, but that’s alright. Tomorrow’s a new day!

  • Robin says:

    Returned to teaching after two weeks off. I realized that I just had to start back in and encourage my students who were still hoping for more time off 🙂 Had a good day and a relaxing evening with my family.

  • Sarah says:

    Mine was amazingly smooth as well! I accomplished several things and felt present in my day! Finding joy in it all!

  • Elizabeth says:

    My day went well. I’m starting a new job and starting to feel the hang of it.

  • Kristin says:

    My Monday was super productive! I’m getting so much more done each day now that I’m taking the time to write everything that should get done in my planner! I have totally empty kitchen counters right now…that never has happened before!

  • HoosierMom says:

    Oh my, what a day it’s been! My new fridge and freezer has been freezing the fridge and defrosting the freezer, and it gets stinkier and stinkier. So the repairman came today and says it has to be replaced. So it had to be emptied out because it was nearing 60 degrees in there. It’s about 40 degrees in our garage, so some things can go out there.

    This morning I found out friends were in the area, so we invited them for supper. Thankfully, God nudged me to plan my supper last night, so I was able to make a good meal for them on short notice.

    Crabby baby, uncooperative 4-year-old, unpacking from a trip, unpacking from a move, an unexpected visitor in the afternoon, and the sad fridge pulled out in the middle of my kitchen. But I survived it all, with plenty of grace. And bed awaits.

  • Jen says:

    Our Monday was spent getting the house back in order and dealing with extended family and the unexpected arrival of our nephew at 33 weeks. Mom and baby are doing well for where they are. Emotionally draining day. Thankful for great medical care. We officially started back to school today. 🙂

  • Today was a good day, back for the school co-op and the kids were really excited. Tonight one of my teen daughters n I, Zentangled together, very therapeutic!
    Thanks for the opportunity…. Blessings.

  • Rachel says:

    My first Monday in January went really well. I’m still on break (my school/work is back in session next Monday. I began with reading chapter 1 of Exodus from Women Living Well’s Bible study. I read The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren (with my hubby who is a new believer!), A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee Swope, and some of a book called Beloved Dust I’m studying with my church’s small group. I ate well and exercised (doing a fun fitness challenge called Fit in 15 from Jessica Smith TV (all workouts are free –and less than 15 min–on YouTube so I can do them from home). Overall, I’m happy about my Monday. I go back to work next week so I’m really enjoying this time to read and continue/re-establish good habits for 2015.
    I’d love to win the stack of books! Saw the webcast for Own Your Life tonight. It was exciting to hear you speak! Keep up the amazing work. So blessed by your blog. Also, I recently got your book and am planning to read that soon!

  • Darla says:

    After 2 weeks off for Christmas, I was afraid that we would have a hard time getting back into things, too, but we had a productive Monday! My oldest daughter was applying for a college English class and that took some extra time, but overall we were able to get done most of the things on our to do list!

  • Pamela says:

    My Monday was great because we were still on vacation! My daughter’s birthday is on the 10th so we don’t resume our regular schedule until after her big day. I love that we home school.

  • CW says:

    I caught up on the laundry, played multiplication bingo with the kids, and planned this week’s meals. We also had a preschool friend visit for a while, attended a board meeting, and picked up a car load of bread to distribute to neighbors. It sounds like a busy day, but I had plenty of down time too.

  • Cara says:

    I’m really working on starting a morning routine, but have had a lot of trouble getting started! I overslept this morning and it has really thrown me off! I hate feeling this way, but I will try again tomorrow!

  • CynthiaJo says:

    It was a slow day here. Kids first day back to school so I was able to get back to my regular schedule for a while. Our Christmas vacation was pretty hectic and everything suffered to one degree or another. With all the regular activities we also had a wedding that I made cupcakes for and my husband was the best man so it was nuts around here! But I got a few things done today and I’m so glad. It’s nice to just get the laundry done! LOL

  • Kimmya says:

    My Monday was great! First day back to school/preschool for kids so after I dropped my son off I went and got my nails done with a gift card I got for Christmas and got a coffee while I did my weekly grocery shopping:) so not all that productive but I did get some decluttering done and have a big goodwill pile started.

  • Stacy says:

    Busy day at our house…worked all day and then came home to get things picked up and then worked out!

  • Trish says:

    Congratulations on getting up early! I am not a morning person at all, so this is hard for me. My day didn’t go as smoothly as I would have hoped either, but there is always tomorrow 🙂

  • Amy B says:

    We had kind of a rough day–I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old, and the grandparents just left after playing with the kids for a week. So the 2.5 year old wasn’t very interested in doing chores, listening to mom, etc. But my mom offered to watch the kids for a few hours so I could get a nap and have a long quiet time with God, so that was a nice treat/way to recharge!

  • Becky J says:

    A cold day here- yet exquisite in beauty-for God’s fingerprints are certainly ALL around! 🙂

  • Beth says:

    Monday was very cold and blizzardy here. Got laundry done, ate good, short on drinking water, did heat some to drink. Way to cold to think of having a purple Vita-mix smoothie, although have had for years. Would love new books! Thanks for all you do.

  • Lisa L says:

    My day today has been pretty relaxed–day 2 of no school for us because of snow/dangerously cold weather! So the kids have played, I have caught up on some computer work and it’s been nice!! I may have to go redirect them right now, however because I think they are playing in the tub as they pretend to go fishing!! lol

  • Tamboliya says:

    Did not get much done b/c I haven’t been feeling well but did accomplish this: I read & highlighted in the book THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST by Andrew Murray and in 2 Devotionals by the author Sarah Young that friends bought me: JESUS CALLING and JESUS TODAY. I sang 2 friends “Happy Birthday” on each of their voicemails. I set up an appointment & put it on calendar, spent quality time cuddling w/ pets and then fed pets & scooped litter boxes. Checked snail mail, email and ran an errand. Downloaded free ebooks, signed up for samples, listened to sermons on radio, fixed 2 flags that fell down in garden, ate, became a listening ear to a friend vent about how horrible her holidays were, etc. 🙂

  • Elissa says:

    This Monday I started back up with babysitting & it went so smoothly! It felt good to be back in a rhythm again. Thanks for writing such a great, inspiring & practical blog – I’ve really been enjoying it lately! And I love your book lists – I always check out as many as I can from from my library!

  • tiffany says:

    What a productive day! Mine was filled with really ordinary chores, but the great part was that the two girls home with me played really well together while I did my thing. A good day for sure!

  • Mychele says:

    I had an outstanding Monday! Always one of my favorite days of the week. I was able to get some cleaning and time in my art studio before my daughter’s Girl Scout troop arrived for a fun filled afternoon. We ended the evening with our new tradition of family time meals which we started this week- it’s been transformative in a very short amount of time! All in all a successful, joy filled day! Thank you for writing such an engaging and inspiring blog.

  • Lauren says:

    Our Monday was one of those sad, back to reality days where my husband went back to work after a long holiday weekend. We tried to be productive, though, and took all the Christmas stuff down. Why does oct-dec seem to fly? 🙂

  • Janelle says:

    Ahh, Sally Clarkson’s book…I would love to read that! So inspired by listening to you ladies on the webcast for the new book….
    On productivity… I have so much to learn. I keep telling myself to get up earlier to be able to get more done during the daylight so I can have more time to play and be present with my little ones, but I always end up staying up late because it’s so quiet then, and that just feels so peaceful and about the only time to get things done or have time to just think. But then we get a slow start in the mornings…. hmmmm…..

  • Sheila says:

    I had to go back to work after 13 days off. Bummer! But we made it through the first day back at school/work.

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