In the wee hours of the morning before the sun has peeked out from behind the horizon (in Winter, especially!) I arise to the soft sounds of Julia and Angus Stone singing Big Jet Plane.
I slip on my dressing gown and slippers and softly pad down the hallway to the living room. As I pass the children’s room I stop and listen to the gentle rhythmic breathing of slumbering children. There’s still time…They still sleep…There will be time for peace and quiet before the commotion of three hungry children descend upon the kitchen.
My first task is to light the candle and say my morning prayer and blessings.
I follow this with something that will fill my Mama tank to get me through the next few hours! That might be reading, yoga or journalling. Whatever it is, it is just for me.
In a short while (usually between 6 – 7am) the first tousled haired child emerges and settles down on the couch next to me. We have a quiet cuddle and are sometimes joined by another.
Then it’s up to the kitchen bench for breakfast, lots of chatting and planning about our day ahead.
The children have their morning rhythm displayed on a chart on the wall but at the moment we are using the Choiceworks app on the iPad, which is really helping Ooffa to move ahead with his tasks quite independently.
Before heading off to our morning tasks we gather around the candle and say our morning verse
Good morning dear Earth!
Good morning dear Sun!
Good morning dear stones and flowers everyone!
Good morning dear busy bees and birds in the trees!
Good morning to you and good morning to me!
Then the child of the day blows out the candle. While they go about their morning tasks I begin mine, starting with a loaf of bread prepared in the bread maker. The morning dishes ready in the sink for a little helper and then off to put a load of washing on.
Back to the kitchen with a helper in tow. We complete the dishes, grab our mid-morning snack and it’s out the door for our morning outdoor adventure! Or if it is a school morning, we grab our school bags and head off on our morning walk to school.