Monday, February 02, 2015

What's Saving My Life Right Now

I'm linking up with Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy to talk about the things that are saving my life right now. In this crazy season with five littles, homeschooling, church, etc, it's good to take a moment and think about what makes life more sane.

1. Chai tea. I would love to drink a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte every day, but that would bankrupt us. Trader Joe's Spicy Chai is a good substitute. And there's something about filling the kettle, holding the steaming mug, and slowing down enough to sip it that makes everything less stressful and more delightful. Who knew tea could do so much? The British, I guess.

2. Books. For the rare quiet moment nursing, for any available downtime. The kindle is wonderful for ease of reading one-handed while nursing, and for the light at bedtime. Regular books are wonderful because they are wonderful. Am I the only one whose life is saved daily by reading?

3. The ergo. How on earth would I get anything done without it?

4. Sunny days, when I can send the kids outside and let them burn off some energy on the trampoline, digging holes, building forts, or taking walks.

5. Read-alouds. It's about the only school I can do while nursing (Ivy is not a great nurser, so none of this walking around while feeding her stuff). Good thing it's everyone's favorite. So far since she was born, we've finished Sarah, Plain and Tall, and are over halfway done with Sign of the Beaver.

6. The Instagram #yearofordinarybeauty project I'm doing with Alison. It's helping me see the beauty of these busy days, slow down, and capture the moments I will miss. (I'm notesinthemargins.)

7. Snuggling with this girl, especially at night. When the house is quiet, she's all mine. 


Gretchen said...

Great post! I too am saved by reading. My insides get all jittery without a few pages slowly read! Love your blog title!

Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy said...

Your baby is adorable! YES to tea and books. I'm not in the stage where the baby carrier is saving my life, but in years past I have felt that way about our moby and baby bjorn. Glad yours is working for you!

Sarah Denley said...

So much here resonated. The books. The baby wearing. The read alouds. Pretty sure Sarah, Plain and Tall is now on our library list for tomorrow.

Allie said...

Gretchen--Thanks! I agree-reading is a must. :)
Anne--We think she's adorable too. :) I've used the moby and liked it better for my son Mason for whatever reason, but this time, the ergo is working much better.
Sarah--We loved Sarah, Plain and Tall. Looking forward to reading Skylark (the sequel) too.