I have a confession to make. I have become a frump. I was not always this way. In fact, I was always the one among my siblings who got up and showered EVERY morning before school, and could not imagine going out without taking the time to prepare myself. After Naomi was born, I was still pretty good about getting a shower every day, even if it was a little late in the day. But then, Oliver was born. Oliver likes to be up early, and stay up. There’s no going back to bed for him! So when he gets me up, I stay up all morning, with two busy kids keeping me from getting any more sleep or a shower break.
It gets worse. Last month, my husband’s committee chair’s (a.k.a. his boss’s) wife stopped by in the middle of the day and found me still in my robe and slippers. Worse yet, it happened twice! How embarrassing!
So when I saw that Sarah Mae over at Like A Warm Cup of Coffee was doing a daily devotional called The Get Dressed Challenge, I knew this was for me. If you’re interested in joining her, go ahead and check it out!
I began four days ago. For the first three days, when I heard Oliver crying, I headed straight for the shower. Ten more minutes in the crib wouldn’t hurt him, and then at least one of us was clean and ready! Then this morning I did the unthinkable. I woke up at 5am, even though I had nowhere to go! It took me awhile to get moving, but I had my quiet-time, shower, and was dressed and organizing boxes of the kids’ clothes by the time Naomi called, “Mommy…Poopy!”
I have already noticed a few benefits of this challenge:
1) When Katie & Jamie called at 8:30am this morning to invite me to the park, I was already dressed and ready!
2) I was on time to church yesterday, for the first time in a long time!
3) I feel better about myself when I look nicer all day.
4) It’s wonderful to have my quiet-time and shower in peace without feeling rushed.
5) I feel more productive all day when I can get some things done before the kids are awake.
So, for the next month it is my goal to get up, and get dressed every morning.
Will you consider joining me?