Of Babies, Books, and Habits

The days already seemed to hurry past with incredible speed before Edmund was born. With another child to love and care for, time seems to pass even more quickly. (I can only imagine what the passage of time feels like for moms with really big families!)

Sound asleep swaddled in one of these amazing blankets and enjoying the cute bouncy seat his cousin loaned him. 

We’ve been enjoying an early school break (Rose’s school started very early so we wouldn’t fall behind after Edmund was born) and the lull in our normal routine. But even so, 8:00 p.m. arrives all too quickly and I’ve realized afresh that if I want to make time for the things that are important to me, I have to be purposeful about it.

I have to make time toread stories to the children and memorize together. To read good books and answer a dear friend’s letter. To make memories as a family and “play” in the garden. To spend time in the Word, to blog, and to prepare school lessons.

To make time for these important things, I need to redeem the minutes instead of frittering them away. I need to prioritize the simple things, like reading picture books to Meg. And I need to purposefully set goals that reflect what really matters.

Over the course of this past year, I let many of the habits I worked on last year slide and bad habits develop in their place. I’d love to blame it all on morning sickness, insomnia, and general pregnancy exhaustion, but a good bit of it was just lack of discipline.

Our sweet little Edmund is here now, and with one more little life in my care, the importance of good habits is even more evident.

Now that Rose is reading and enjoys longer stories, I’ve neglected reading to the other kiddos. I know reading to children is so important to their development (and so fun) but I keep letting it fall through the cracks. So this month, I’m working on an important habit: read at least two picture books to Meg and Will each day.

Thankfully, Meg is obsessed with books right now and asks for more stories regularly.

What about you? Do you have any habits that you ought to develop but just haven’t? Care to join me? 

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  1. says

    The habit of using time wisely is such a big one with probably everyone, but probably hard to work on all at once as it is so large. I think I’d better break it down into smaller things. 🙂
    I think I’ll work on not procrastinating. I’m really bad at putting things off and then just before I need them done I’m frantically writing or grading papers.

    Edmund is so cute! I’m not sure if it’s just the picture, but I don’t think he looks like the rest of the kiddos did. I’m sure everyone still adores him. 🙂 Glad to have you back to posting. I’ve missed you.

  2. says

    I love your picture of your adorable little boy! I need to get back into the discipline of getting up early. I think with baby coming it will be self-imposed 😉 But I also need to remember to do my own devotions daily. We do them with the kids and I do a short one with my husband at night but I want to get in the habit of daily doing them myself.

    So many things I could work on, really!

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