This afternoon I was thinking about how much better our days would be if we all got up at six in the morning. Instead of our routine taking up the better part of our morning and school not starting until ten, the chores could be finished and school could start at eight or nine. Some of you might be thinking that three hours on chores sounds ridiculous but let me tell you something... it takes a long time to fix breakfast, eat breakfast (this takes longer than anything else), get dressed, brush teeth, make beds, pick up rooms, feed Nora and clean up the kitchen.
Anyway, I was thinking at least if I didn't get the girls up at six, Jason and I could get up and I could have breakfast made and have myself ready for the day before the girls got up. That should shave an hour off the morning duties at the very least. And that way, I'm not putting off getting dressed until ten since that is the first moment I have for a shower. Then I realized that it's not likely that Jason is going to get up at six if he doesn't have to. Neither one of us are morning people. My first feeling when I had that thought was irritation that I knew before asking that the answer would be no. Then I thought of the verse in the title of this post. I realized that it isn't his job to get up so early, before he really has the need to get up. It's my job to rise early and ready the house for the rest of the family. It's my job to be prepared so that our days are as smooth and productive as possible.
It's my job to be virtuous.
So I came up with ten things that I want to try to implement this week.
It's a little intimidating to list them here before you all but I think it will be a good incentive for me. Here they are:
1. Get up early before everyone else to prepare breakfast, shower and dress, read, etc...
2. Get girls up earlier for a more efficient and producive day.
3. Be more aware of other's needs. Implement this awareness in my children.
4. Be home more.
5. Memorize more scripture with the girls.
6. Exercise with the girls every day.
7. Pray in private every day.
8. Write Lynn every week.
9. Read aloud to girls every day.
10. Cook a "J" meal once a week.
So there they are. I wouldn't mind a little encouragement here and there.