Five Things Friday: 5 things you can do if you get up before your kids (and what I do instead)

coffee cup1I have said it a thousand times over the years. I’m going to start getting out of bed at least an hour before the kids wake up. I’m always sincere when I say it. I usually utter this intention when I wake up at 7:30 to find that my four oldest children are all awake, in the kitchen and fighting over a pack of Ritz crackers because we are out of Pop tarts. Don’t judge me, y’all. I’m tired. They are learning very important skills should they ever have to live in the wild and find their own food to survive. Assuming the wild has half eaten sleeves of Ritz crackers and jars of french onion dip.

I really want to get up early. Maybe that isn’t exactly true. I really want to want to get up early. I see folks posting pictures of beautiful sun rises while they sit in their favorite chair drinking coffee, wearing slippers and reading the Bible. It looks peaceful and wonderful. It really does. Part of me is envious. The larger part, however, thinks that my picture would probably look very similar. So, it makes more sense for me to enjoy your pretty picture from the warmth of my bed after getting a couple extra hours of sleep. There’s no reason for both of us to be tired. Am I right?

Just in case you are a Proverbs 31 woman who rises while it is still dark, here are five things you could get done before your children wake up.

  1. Make a cup of coffee.
  2. Enjoy an uninterrupted quiet time.
  3. Tidy up the kitchen.
  4. Set the breakfast table.
  5. Take a deep breath and listen to the silence.

If, however, you are a Proverbs 31-ish woman {like myself}, you will find that these are the five things you will do instead.

  1. Fearful of waking up any little people, you do not make coffee, turn on any lights or breathe.
  2. You constantly look over your shoulder for fear that noise you heard was a little person coming up the stairs.
  3. You sit on the edge of your seat so that, should a little person begin to make an appearance, you can quickly hide in the hope that the little person will make their way down the hall and climb into bed with daddy.
  4. You write a very important and informative blog post about what moms really do when they wake up before their children.
  5. You decide that this is foolishness. There is a warm bed down the hall and you are going to get in it. After all, there are plenty of Ritz crackers in the pantry.

Happy Friday, beautiful peeps!

{disclaimer: My babes actually got nice, hot cinnamon rolls this morning. I like to keep them guessing.}

7 thoughts on “Five Things Friday: 5 things you can do if you get up before your kids (and what I do instead)

  1. I have said that so many times – that I want to start waking up an hour early to read my Bible, study/mediate, and pray. BUT I am NOT a morning person. I do my Bible study at night and pray at night and pray in the morning before I get out of bed. I also pray throughout the day. I pray a lot. lol Our retired pastor’s wife would get up at 4am and was in bed by 8pm. She had worn a path around her back yard where she would walk to exercise in the morning and she always did her Bible study/prayer time in the morning. I have always respected her and admired her for all that. She’s writes amazingly in depth studies on books in the Bible that our adult classes use in Sunday school.

    Hey Stacy, maybe one day when our kids are grown we can get up early in the morning……wait, we won’t have to! Yes! lol

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  3. I love reading your blogs, they always make me smile 🙂 And by the way, I’m not a morning person either and if you happen to see my pictures of the beautiful skies, those are SUNSETS, not sunrises 😉

  4. I was up 1 hour before my kids today too. But only because I’m watching nephew today and he woke up at 6:00. And my kids got eggnog scones to use up the eggnog I bought and no one but me likes 🙁 I’m so glad I found your blog, Ive tried do many times to get up before my 5 kids too. Still isn’t happening. But after mornings like today it makes me want to even more. I had a whole hour to myself! It was fantastic.

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