Since "me time" is such a popular idea, I carefully scheduled my morning devotions in my first time slot of the day and my computer time in the slot where my children are having quiet time. I put my reading time and bath in the slot after the children went to bed. I was all set!
Then, my son started waking up in the middle of my devotional time. I must admit my attitude wasn't very good the first few times he did this. "Ugh! He's awake so early? Lord, don't you know I'm trying to have time with You? I mean, if I don't have my devotions, I will be irritable and cranky and....um...yeah."
I kind of got used to that when my daughter would pop up during my computer time. "Hi, Mom! Can we have a tea party and just spend some time together?" Again, my attitude went something like: "Ugh! This is the first time I've gotten to sit down all day. I mean, I need this time to unwind and just sit and have a...cup...of...tea....um...yeah."
Then, my third child would need a drink just when I was filling the bathtub. And my newborn would wake up just as I was crawling into bed. When I got him settled down, my husband was ready to talk.
I finally realized that if my schedule went as I had planned it, the only one I would soon have a relationship with was myself. Sounded kind of lonely. It sounded like it would be especially lonely when I turned 82.
So, I am trying an experiment. My morning devotions is always accompanied by my cup of coffee, so when my son joins me, we have "coffee time"--my coffee with a tad of sugar and cream, his milk with a tad of coffee and cream. If I'm going to fix a cup of tea and talk to friends on the computer, why not fix an extra cup for my daughter and talk to her? My newborn and I have "milk time"--frequently. Then my second son and I...well, we're working on "juice time", I guess. Then, there's always evening coffee with my husband.
Of course, too much caffeine is not good for one's health and can render bedtime useless. But again, that's for another post!