This has been a very stretching process for me. Like I said - I.don't.like.getting.up.early. But it has been an essential and amazing time to meet with the Lord, run over my to-do list, and sometimes get in some exercise (another thing I don't like doing).
Something that we have adopted lately that has been completely helpful for us in many ways is to make the rule that the girls are not allowed to leave their bedroom in the mornings until the clock says 7:00.
Just this morning I was able to
- start a pot of coffee (and drink one cup - which is a feat in itself!)
- have my Bible study and prayer time
- update my to-do list
- get breakfast started
- nurse the baby
- pick up any clutter that was leftover from the night before
- take a shower
- start a load of laundry
All before the kids were allowed out of their room.
Of course this isn't to say we don't permit the occasional cuddles in mommy and daddy's bed in the mornings and even a quick trip to the toy box to get something to play with quietly in their room. But it has been a new addition to our routine that I have come to appreciate.