DST Routine for “Home Days”

I’m better! Now we just need to get Hula Girl back on her feet, and then the family will be healthy again.

Jonathan really can’t get sick now; he has surgery coming up on the 20th. We don’t want that to get pushed back any since we’ve already had enough trouble just trying to figure out what is actually wrong with him! Please keep him in your prayers. We are hoping for equal strength for both of his eye muscles so they work properly together!

This weekend one of my girls from Sunday school, who has been missing for a while, came back! It was so nice to see her. She is growing up so much. She will be in high school next year. She came in with some heavy questions regarding homosexuality and whether or not some sins “rank” higher than others. I got to see a perfect example of how some well-meaning Christian teachers can scare some kids away from the faith. This poor girl was thinking that just because some of her friends are self-identified as gay or lesbian or bisexual or whatever, they won’t get to go to Heaven. Period. Case closed. It was a joy, therefore, to be able to explain to her that while the Bible calls out homosexuality as a sin, it’s a sin like any other sin– a sin that can be forgiven, a sin that can be overcome. I could see this was something that has been tickling her brain for a while and she wasn’t sure how to address it. On the one hand, she doesn’t want to leave the faith of her childhood, but on the other hand, she can’t see how these people, whom she loves, would be excluded from Heaven forever based on a sin; she’s smart enough to know we ALL sin and deserve eternal condemnation. She just couldn’t get her mind around why her friends’ sin was somehow worse than her own. It is amazing to watch young women wrestle with issues like this in their faith. It doesn’t happen every week, but when they do have hard questions and I’m there to supply biblical answers, I am SO glad they have the gumption to even ask! That can be scary!

Now that we’ve had the spring time change, I’ve developed a new sort of routine for our days. Most of the building blocks were already in place, but I just wanted to solidify what we do. It’s so easy to get into a rhythm, but I wanted to make sure the rhythm is highly beneficial for my family so we can play, learn, grow, and be at rest well together. Here’s our “home day” routine (times are approximate):

  • 7:30 up, breakfast (here we do a one-a-day toddler devotional and listen to our memory verse)
  • 8:00 brush teeth, get dressed, do chores (Hula Girl makes her bed and does the breakfast dishes; Little Man helps me with laundry and feeds the cat)
  • 8:15 Hula Girl has preschool; Little Man has roomtime
  • 9:00 reading time (SSR for the first few minutes and then I read out loud)
  • 9:45 outside play time (kids go out back while I clean up the kitchen and living room, then we go for a walk) or play room time (if the weather is bad)
  • 11:15 inside play time/bath time (kids get baths every 3-4 days or so)
  • 12:00 lunch
  • 1:00 Hula Girl works on handicrafts while Little Man begins his nap
  • 1:30 Hula Girl has rest time (she naps some days, if she is tired enough) and I work on chores or exercising or dinner prep or relaxing
  • 3:00 Hula Girl gets up and we read together while Little Man finishes his nap
  • 3:30 Little Man gets up and they have a snack while I read to them
  • 4:00 outside play time or play room time
  • 5:00 Hula Girl stays outside or in the play room; Little Man helps make dinner
  • 5:30 Jonathan comes home and the kids get Daddy time while I finish making dinner
  • 6:00 dinner
  • 6:45 Mommy and Daddy “couch time” and then family time
  • 7:30 bedtime

Obviously, we adjust based on the day’s activities. On Mondays, we go swimming at the Y instead of doing morning playtime at home. On Wednesdays, Hula Girl has dance class so we skip preschool and outside playtime. We also get groceries on Wednesdays. Thursdays are storytime days so we go there after preschool. Outside playtime happens at the park next to the library when storytime is over. And Sundays… well, Sundays are a day of rest. So, we give the schedule a rest! Church in the morning, then naps and meals as normal… otherwise, we do whatever we feel like doing.

Speaking of doing whatever we feel like doing on Sundays… yesterday, Jonathan and the kids built a brooder box for our chickies! It’s just a wooden box with a frame above it to support the heat lamp. The kids got to paint the box and everything! They had a ball. 4 weeks to chickens!

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