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7 Quick Takes vol. 4

Linking up with Kelly!

It’s been too long since my last Quick Takes post. Get ready for a truly scattered collection of quick-takes.

{one} I had a revelation a few days ago! It’s not actually profound, it’s more of a “duh” moment.

The mornings are for the kids!

As in, unless I get up before them, I do not try to fit in any personal prayer time (apart from a morning offering, which I usually pray before getting out of bed.), reading time, coffee enjoyment time, writing time, social media time, email time — you get the idea — until afternoon quiet time.

Why am I not prioritizing the morning, when the children are the happiest and their brains are the freshest, to accomplish school-time, read-aloud time, and just anything with the them time?!


Because I’m so selfish!

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Morning snuggles

Back in December I went through a phase of getting out of bed before the kids and I was amazed at how smooth the day would go when I got my grogginess dealt with before my children bombarded me with their own little needs. It was great! But, even though I was waking up earlier, I was still struggling to put myself to bed. Leading up to Christmas I burned myself out with too many late nights prepping for the holiday festivities, and so ended my early mornings.

Well, I shouldn’t say ended. I have had a few weeks of successfully rising early in the morning. But it hasn’t been the norm.

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One month in!

Well, one month down for 2017. Here’s the extremely compact highlight reel for January: Kids started sleeping through the night most nights. Even Rosie has started sleeping through the night. She wakes up to nurse once, in the early hours of the morning, around 5:30, 6. I think the reason for this is that I caved and stopped forcing a soother on her. She’s been trying to suck her fingers for awhile and now that she does this she’s sleeping SO much! It’s awesome for now, but I know it will be difficult to put a stop to the finger sucking when she is older. Double edged sword.

Lewis potty trained like a champ. I’ve almost read all the Kristin Lavransdatter books in a week and a half, and some how we have avoided most of the illnesses going around at this time of year.

Lots of celebrating with new years day, a birthday just about every week, having company/being company… some weeks were full, and some were quiet, slow and lovely. The week Lewis potty trained we stayed at home the whole week and it was somewhere in between a full/quiet and slow week. I think it was my favourite week this month. The little guy seemed to change so much in that one week. He is  much more confident and so smiley, he’s talking way more and coming up with the cutest things. Maybe he just really needed some devoted mommy time. At any rate, I’d say it’s been a fairly solid start to the year.

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That Word

Ever since reading Amanda’s post about choosing a word to focus on throughout the year, I’ve been giving lots of thought to what word is standing out for me.

Two words that seem to be recourring in theme the past several months have been brokenness and vulnerability. I think there’s still more God is wanting to teach me about these themes, so they’re going to be part of my words — I can have more than one, right? Good.

I’m pretty sure my main focus this year is supposed to be ORGANIZATION. It has  been screaming at me for awhile and I’ve just been too disorganized to notice.

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Fahlman Family Quotables vol. 2

147 days since my last post. I’m very under the gun, but I wanted to squeak in one more before the end of the year!

… Well… that was my hope… But as with every other post I have tried to write since August, I didn’t actually finish it in time.

I guess instead of a farewell to 2015 post. This is a HELLO 2016 post. I’m really hoping that 2016 will find more posts going up on this here blog. But, I can’t guarantee that.

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