Normal


Whoooooooph! That is me letting out a big sigh of relief as I sit alone at the computer with my feet up. Thursday was the first day that the girls got back to pre-school and mom’s morning out after the big snow-i-sode that we had last week in the Atlanta area. The snow was followed up by winter break and more changes to our days. We are just getting back to normal.

I forget how much I rely on schedules and the routine things to help keep me on track.jessasnow We didn’t have school last week, so it seemed there was no reason to get up at 6 a.m. This also meant that mommy missed her exercise time which led to a grumpy, grumpy mommy. I further goofed the days up by letting the girls sleep late which meant late nap times and later bedtimes. No downtime for mommy before heading to bed still tired and getting up to start the long days all over again.

I don’t know how else to say it, but it just hasn’t been the best week and a half for us. I have been in the worst mood and now I know why. Too much different stuff. And why couldn’t I see this while we were in it? I’m not sure, but when the next event comes around that causes for a schedule change I will be less likely to give in to those little things. Those little normalcies are keeping me sane and help me and the girls have good days.

Needless to say, I have learned a little lesson for myself. I knew something felt off, but it didn’t strike me until I was reading this post. I felt the same thing at Christmas break, but didn’t give much thought to the small changes in our day having such a big impact.

So, I’m whispering a quiet promise to do better with our schedule when spring break makes its hello a few weeks from now. We all know that children do better with routine and schedules. But have you tuned in to the changes in yourself when there is a kink in your day? And if you do get out of sync, what helps you get back on track?

 

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  1. Judy Hammett
    • March 17, 2014
    • 1:47 am
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    Thanks for the wonderful information you have provided on your blog. We are foster and adoptive parents. My husband has raised 4 healthy children and has 16 grandchildren. I have also raised 4 and have 10 grandchildren. I have fostered 57 over the past 25 years. Ken and I have adopted 5 children with special needs and many medical issues. 3 of them are now Angels in Heaven. A 6th baby also joined them in 2011 while we were in the process of adopting him. Today we are fostering a precious, fragile little 15 month old who we also hope to adopt. I am 70 and my husband is 72 and we know we will be changing diapers and pushing wheel chairs all of our lives….and we love it. Our son is now 17 (18 in June) and our daughter is 16. We can not imagine our lives without them. Reading stories like yours reminds us we are not alone on this journey. FOCUS has been a big part of our lives for many years. Their support has been and continues to be invaluable to us. We attended the FOCUS Conference this year as we have so many times over the years and we always go home with helpful information. Thank you again for writing your article for the FOCUS newsletter and for posting on your blog. God Bless all of you. Judy.

    • Sabrina
      Sabrina
      • March 18, 2014
      • 11:34 am
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      Judy,

      Wow! is about all I can say. Thank you so much for your comment. You and your husband are doing such a great work. I sure do hope others will stop by and read your comment and get inspired! I especially like this part: “I am 70 and my husband 72 and we know we will be changing diapers and pushing wheel chairs all of our lives…and we love it.” This is not an easy work, but people like you and your husband remind us that there is such a great need for support and help for these special little ones who may not have anyone else to lean on.

  2. Tracy @ Using Time Wisely
    • February 22, 2014
    • 5:18 pm
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    Schedules tie our family to a time frame which is why we definitely prefer routines. The difference is that routines are a sequence of events. Some days take longer to complete the routine, but the same process takes place.

    Thanks for the trackback to the link. I’m so glad you found the post beneficial. Keep on following those routines to stay on track. 🙂

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