Quit. All. The. Things.
Just kidding….sort of.
I’ve learned a lot about myself by not shopping at a grocery store for the past nine months…
1. Being HOME refuels.
The best days happen when I don’t have any place to be. My energy is focused right here…on this precious family and this dirt. That means I’ll often run a decision to commit to something by my husband. It gives me a moment to think without giving an immediate “YES!!!” He’s good at giving me a crooked smile with knowing eyes. Sigh…I know too.
2. Don’t make excuses….MAKE PRIORITIES.
Cooking this way demands it. How did we get so far off? How did we get too busy to cook?
This has been eye-opening. We’re tired. We have too much to do. We don’t have time. Some of my favorite memories as a child were around my grandmother’s table, whether an everyday dinner or an impressive Thanksgiving spread.
I want my children to remember these moments too. Will they remember rushing out to the chicken coop to collect one more egg for the soft and flaky dinner rolls that they love? Will they remember stretching warm mozzarella between their fingers? I hope so.
3. PLAN AHEAD
Before the end of the day, I mentally start making a plan for the next day. What am I cooking? Do I need to thaw anything? What time should I start? Sometimes this means I’ll pull double duty for lunch and go ahead and prepare dinner simultaneously….especially if we have an outside activity to attend. This is not ideal but the reality in some seasons. We still eat together, but I don’t have to worry about hungry, grumpy kids that have to wait for dinner at 8:30 p.m.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS/SIMPLIFY
I still have pressure….a push to put one foot in front of the other in a hundred directions. There are constant needs and tasks to be accomplished. The garden needs weeded, there is a possum in the cat food container, and my son wants to recite his Latin exercises to me at 6 a.m.
So…I dropped the gym, at least temporarily. I was beating my body up trying to accomplish an intense early morning workout coupled with my gardening and preserving chores….and aching from it all. For now, I’m pounding out a few miles down our twisty country road and focusing on increasing my flexibility…maybe it will make me more efficient at weeding.
And…Less clutter – Less chaos – Less work
5. SEEK JESUS FIRST
I slip away. An early morning tip-toe to the front porch. I unzip my Bible and soak it in. My attention is about to be pulled away….breakfast, homeschooling, responsibilities, but this is a quiet moment, to completely inhale and give it away. More than anything, I want to keep Him FIRST.