Mondays are the absolute hardest day of my week. Especially MOPS Mondays. I'm the coordinator for our MOPS group & though I love the ministry, it makes those Mondays really hard & long. Here's our day...
*Up at 5am.
*Started dishwasher (I try to only use electricity after 9pm & before 9am, so sometimes, there is a load sitting for me when I wake up, if I forget to start it the night before after 9pm.)
*Checked email & my favorite blogs. (it takes a while for my eyes to warm up & begin focusing, so I do this before getting into my Bible)
*Quiet time with the Lord.
*Cooked breakfast & ate with Don.
*Showered & dressed.
*Packed up stuff for MOPS.
*Got the kids up & fed & dressed.
*Left for MOPS, picking up one of the childcare workers on the way.
*Prepared the MOPS room, doing my stuff & the stuff of two of the leaders that were not coming.
*Picked up the MOPS room & came home, dropping off the childcare worker.
*Fixed the kids & I lunch & ate.
*Put them down for a nap (for Meagan) and quiet time (for Caleb).
*Fell asleep on the couch for about 45 minutes.
*Woke up & worked on doing MOPS stuff that I needed to get done.
*Chores (abbreviated version!)
*Played several rounds of Uno with the kids.
*Watched Little House on the Prairie & ate popcorn (one of our favorite night-time rituals).
*Got the kids in bed.
*Turned on an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond & snuggled on the couch with Don.
*Fell into bed.
I think what makes these Mondays so hard is that I can't get school started until after nap, which means the kids are not in school-mode at all. Also, I can never get all the chores I want to get to done. I don't clean on the weekends when Don is home, so by Monday, the house is a little ripe for cleaning! But, I do so enjoy spending time with other women at MOPS & it's such a reward to be serving them. So, for now, this just means hard Mondays & making things up on Tuesdays!
As an aside, I had been looking for a replacement for me for next year, as I will be (Lord willing) traveling to China, bringing a new baby (or two!) into the family who will probably have some attachment issues to work out, and homeschooling a K & 2nd grader. Anyway, it'll be time for me to step down. So, I was praying for the Lord to be stirring the heart of someone to be willing to step forward. And, He provided not one woman, but 2! They will co-lead and I feel so happy & confident that they will be wonderful leaders. It's very awesome!