Here is my interpretation of a typical day in the life of many American families:
5:00 AM: Alarm (hit snooze)
5:10 AM: Alarm (hit snooze)
5:20 AM: Alarm, Fine!
5:25 AM: Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee
5:30 AM: Attempt to make self presentable to the world. When did my eyes get so saggy and dark? That is just nasty. Wonder if it's acceptable to pass off sunglasses as work wear?
6:15 AM: Wake the masses..deep breath
6:45 AM: Showers, breakfast, ponytails, the signing of the planners, the gathering of the sporting equipment and uniforms, and the packing of the lunches.
7:15 AM: Time to leave to arrive at work and school on time
7:25 AM: Actual time left (punctuality will be addressed on another day)
8:05 AM: Work Arrival (squealing in on 2 wheels, which consequently spills the coffee that will be worn for the remainder of the day)
8:15 AM: Work; which pretty much goes like this (please sing this out loud to yourself):
It's off to work we go
We keep on stressing all day long
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, heigh-ho
Got to make a lot of dough
While, you keep on stressing all day long
, heigh-ho, heigh-ho
4:00 PM: Time to leave work
4:35 PM: Actual time left work
5:00 PM: Superhero transformation time! Superpower of choice? CloneWoman. CloneWoman simultaneously drops off Offspring 1 at basketball practice, picks up Offspring 2 from gymnastics and Offspring 3 from daycare all the while buying sustenance from some type of bag.
7:00 PM: Otherwise known as the witching hour. Children are educated in the form of "homework" (aka momwork), bathed, read to and put to bed. If I hold my breath for long enough I WILL pass out and then maybe someone will have pity on me for "fainting" and I won't have to do this.
8:30 PM: The drinking of the water, the looking for the monsters, the eating of the snacks, and the whining and excuses, oh so many excuses. Just go to bed already!
9:00 PM: Free Time (or as I refer to it as cleaning the living room, loading the dishwasher and folding the clothes time)
10:00 PM: Prepare to binge watch (insert show of choice).
10:07 PM: Passed out on couch in worst position ever that you WILL pay for in the AM
12:45 AM: Someone had a bad dream.
2:18 AM: Someone wet the bed.
5:00 AM: Alarm (hit snooze)
Right now I can't make any dramatic changes to this schedule, as desperately as I want to, because this is just the stage of life that I'm smack dab in the middle of. But I can pledge to make a little "wiggle room". Here are some practical ways I plan to do this over the next few weeks:
--Make my to-do list for the upcoming day and have all clothes picked out, school notes signed, lunches packed, etc. the night before so I'm ready to hit the ground running the next day. This way time isn't wasted on stressing and trying to plan on the go. I will use this extra time previously squandered on angry rants about how I absolutely have NOTHING TO WEAR and how keys simply do not sprout legs and walk away, to instead make actual eye contact with my family members and smile at them. I will be present and live in the now rather than always thinking 2 steps ahead because I am afraid I will forget something (or someone) if I don't.
--Evaluate activities in which we are involved and determine if they are priorities for our lives right now. Refuse to commit to more just to please other people or to avoid feeling left out. But what about all the things that I have already committed to? My theory is if you say the line you do the time. The line being, "why sure I would love to be involved with that." However, go forth and sin no more my friend.
--Meal prep for a month at a time. What once was a beloved practice in my life has been pushed to the wayside. I'm feeling a comeback. Meal prepping allows my family to eat for a fraction of the money we are spending on fast food and restaurants right now and actually takes way less time on a daily basis.
--Go on a media diet. Restrict screen time and find minutes I didn't know I had.
Above all else I pledge to commit my time to the one who made it and seek him for wisdom and direction. Ephesians 5:15-17 says, "So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is." If it be your will Lord, please work in some time for a massage followed by a caramel macchiato. Amen.