Faintly I hear the pitter patter of little feet getting closer, closer...
...I strain to attain some sort of consciousness out of the deep, wonderful, life giving,
(did I say wonderful?) slumber of the night.
Then there she is. My eyes will not open, try as I might.
Her eyelashes brush my cheek and suddenly she is kissing me, hugging me,
like an over friendly cat that wants to be petted.
It is 6:09...
I finally get one eye partially open.
This is my life, and I adore it...most of the time.
Olivia is 3, and very lovey-dovey, in the morning, especially.
So, while I try to attain vision and coherence, she reads to me "Blueberries for Sal"
in typical 3 yr old fashion. I should have video taped it.
The inside thermometer reads 61, so Olivia and I head downstairs to start a fire.
After a few cups of coffee, I am finally fully awake.
The other 6 children start getting up, and I head to the kitchen to make Wednesday breakfast;
Brian and I believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,
so we have a healthy cooked meal everyday.
Why do I think it is so important?
Because it starts the day off well, with a loving atmosphere and both spiritual
and physical nourishment.
When we all sit down together, hold hands, pray, and share a good meal, the days plans,
and Bible reading, we pour the foundation for the day ahead.
Most of my mothering life, I have delegated cooking breakfast to children, since I am
A). not a morning person,
and B). over the last 22 years have usually have a nursling that needs me first thing in the morning.
Currently, I am the breakfast cook instead of the usual dinner cook
because I have recently found that by the end of the day
I am just plain too tired to deal with dinner
and still be a human till bedtime.
Anyway, I have three teenagers that need to learn to cook.
Last season, they took care of breakfast quite well and are now moving on to dinners.
They each cook two nights a week, leaving me one night,
and that I have planned to be the weekend, not a school day,
because I have more energy on non school days.
It is really so much easier, I have found, to have a daily breakfast plan.
Mine goes like this:
Monday- egg casserole,
Tuesday- hot cereal,
Thrusday- Gluten free pancakes, (Bob's Red Mill)
Saturday- fried potatoes and eggs,
Like I said, I am not a morning person, but this meal is so important,
it is worth the extra effort.