I love staying up at night. My mind is going strong. The kids are in bed. I can accomplish all that I am lacking in! It's wonderful.
About a month ago, I decided to lay down my weapons and walk away from the daily battle of getting up in the morning. I began setting my alarm clock back 15 minutes every day, then another 15, and the oh, a half hour... that one was hard. Until I reached 5:45...gulp! I can't believe it, but I am actually rising before anyone else in the house is!
Now, the thing is that when the alarm goes off, I really still want to stay in bed. Oh, I desperately want to curl up and snuggle into my pillows and sleep away the morning. At least for another hour or so. But somewhere in my fogginess, I remember that the kids will be up soon, and the girls will be showering withing 45 minutes, and my husband will be moving around.
And so I do it. I sit straight up fast and then I stand immediately. I stand and stand and stand for what seems like an eternity, but really may be 60 seconds. I stand there forcing myself to wake up.
Sometimes I shower, sometimes I just get dressed quickly. But my day begins with chores.
Okay legalistics out there, don't get on me for this, but I am sorry, I just can not sit down and pray first thing in the morning. Golly, I would be asleep in seconds. I can't sit at all. NO, I must move and keep moving in order to stay awake.
So, I start a load of laundry, I empty the dishwasher and I .... are you ready for this?? I actually make real breakfast in the mornings!!! This is for the history books!
Cultivating Home, I have used some of your ideas too! I turn either classical music on in the mornings or worship music (but nothing to jumpy!). I have lit some candles and I make a pot of coffee. Then I set into making breakfast, something warm and yummy that will give everyone energy for the day. In between I set the dining room up for school for the day and then when I am fully awake and know, without a shadow of a doubt that I won't fall back asleep, I sit and read His letter to me, His word!
Surprisingly enough, I have pleasant conversations with my husband too! This is a huge improvement as our morning conversations have usually consisted of me, saying "ah huh, yep, okay," as I rolled over in bed.
And I am cheerful with the boys too! This is amazing. I don't resent them because they woke me up, because I am actually already awake and I have already accomplished much in the morning! The kids are not to get out of bed until 8 am. If they wake early, they listen to stories on their cd player.
I go into their rooms and greet them, with a real, genuine smile on my face! I help them get dressed, make their beds, and talk with them cheerfully. Then we have breakfast, which is already cooked and waiting for them!
The battle of early mornings is won! Of course, mornings won. But that is okay! In fact, I surrender completely now!