Night Owl/Early Bird

Night owl or early bird. I’m curious…which one are you?

I’ve always been one that has had trouble going to sleep at night- and trouble getting up in the morning. I’m.not.a.morning.person.

There was a VERY short season where I felt like I was really able to thrive in this area.

When I was pregnant with my oldest…we were in a season where I could stay up late, get the things done that I needed to, nap during the day as I needed (so I could still get in about 8 hrs a day of sleep-because I also NEED me some 8 hrs of sleep!) , and still get other things done during the day.

It was a very short lived season. And, once I became a mom…I realized that sleep was important, I need my 8 hrs, and I needed to adapt to a teacher schedule. I couldn’t have it all. My husband also wasn’t too fond of being woken up in the middle of the night by my nesting tendencies. I don’t blame him. He is polar opposite of me. He is more of an early bird.

With youngest (now soon-to-be middle), I was teaching full time- so any chance of being a night owl just wasn’t working out for me.

Now, here we are with baby # 3. It’s 2:50 am. I probably woke up about an hour ago. And I’m realizing a couple of things. 1. Here my body goes getting ready to be up in the middle of the night when our sweet angel arrives. 2. Some of my most creative thinking happens during these times. I feel like this is a time where I can utilize my time to be productive and get stuff done.

I’m a stay-at-home mom, now. Since June, I’ve mostly been staying home. It’s been a huge blessing for me- and I’m so thankful for it. It’s been hard in many ways. I haven’t found my rhythm, yet. And, it’s probably a good thing I haven’t gotten used to any certain rhythm, seeing as how in 2 months or less it’s all going to change. I’m curious, though, to see how I can fit the way my body is programmed into our new season.

Any other mommy night owls out there? What works best for you…and your family?

Small Town, Texas: Lorena

So, I shared, back before summer, that there was a project that I wanted to do about small towns in Texas.

A new pregnancy, life, and pursuing God took the forefront of the summer and fall; however, a couple of weeks ago…i took the opportunity to go out to Lorena, Tx to take some pictures.

With this new project, I want to start with my hometown. It will probably take a few posts to share my experiences and thoughts…Let’s just see where it takes us. i actually did not like growing up there. I️ didn’t like the small town feel, I️ didn’t like that everyone knew everyone else’s business, and most of all…I️ just felt like I️ didn’t fit in (I’m sure that a lot of that had to do with the fact that I️ wasn’t the nicest/happiest/joyful person to be around).

There are a lot of things that I️ cherish about Lorena, now that I️ look back on my childhood.

* I️ really cherish the fact that we got to grow up in the same house for most of my childhood. It was on just under 1 acre of land. I️ got to experience 1/2 country life, 1/2 city life. I’ve got to experience life with chickens, a pop belly pig, cats, sugar-gliders, a couple of dogs, learning how to mow on a riding lawn mower, laying in a hammock under a big tree (don’t ask me what kind), picking mulberries straight off the tree and taking them in to wash, then eat them….those are just some memories I️ have.

* Looking back, I️ realize that I️ was able to learn about Community and that people care. I️ remember one day walking in Church, and Mr. Austin stopped me and said: “Hi Smiley!” Y’all…I️ was not the most smiley person in the world…but he took the time to stop me, tell me why he called me that…I️ felt known. From then on, he called me ” smiley” practically every time he saw me. I️ didn’t know what to do with it at the time, but I’m glad he spoke that truth over me. *Speaking of Church, FBC Lorena has some pretty amazing people. There are so many people over the years that have shown they cared. If you go in on Sunday, I️ can get bet someone will ask you about yourself, you might get a hug, or a handshake.

Check out this cool ministry they are doing, It’s called a “Blessing Box”. You can take food items, leave them in the box, and it blesses people who can then come and take what they need.

*My first job was in Lorena. I️ worked at Chicken Express. It’s now a Bush’s chicken. I️ may have worked there a year…David was the manager. Even in the change of a new store, he is still the manager there. I️ can tell you he’s hard working, patient, and kind. I️ learned a lot working there, but the most recent lesson I️ learned is, again, that people care. My mom told me, recently, that David will ask about me from time-to-time. I️ worked there for one year. In all the time that he has been there, and he remembered me….10+ years later. The people of Lorena care. They want to know about you and how you are doing.

Thankfulness

Have you ever been in a season of just complaining a lot or just being grump all.the.time? No? I’ll go ahead and admit that I’ve walked in many-a-season of grumpiness. 

I’ve found that the best cure is to retrain my brain to be thankful. 

I’ve noticed that a lot of times, when I’m grumpy or complainy- I’m plain ‘ol discontent. Again, the cure to discontentment- start being thankful for every small thing. 

This really hit me when my husband and I took the finance class, it’s called ReAlign, at our church. The couple leading the class talked about a time when they were discontent- and they started thanking God for everything in their house. (I’ll let you go to this website http://www.realignclass.com/about.html and find the preview video of Lesson 6 on contentment! It’s pretty powerful!) 

Thankfulness is a lifestyle-and I’m so glad to be walking in it! It’s something we should be doing year-round. And what better time to start than now- a season and holiday centered around thankfulness? So, how about a small challenge? 

This month, everyday, tell someone you are thankful for them or tell them something you’re thankful for. The challenge is- don’t stop there. Keep it going after November, keep it going into the new year. Make being thankful a lifestyle. It’s hard sometimes, but it will change your life!