The Breakfast Challenge - Week 4

This week I'm wrapping up the Breakfast Challenge. I will continue to work toward my goals and hope they will become habits in the next month.

Creating a foundation at the breakfast table is actually rather important to me and I won't give up without a fight. While waking up early is getting easier and easier, the other elements still need work so I won't necessarily have to *think* about doing them; they'll just come naturally.

I did make pancakes one day and eggs, toast, and bacon another day. So, I did reach my goal this week of 2-3 days, but, I'd like to work on doing that more days in the week. So, as I continue to wake up each morning before the children, read the Bible during breakfast, offer a hot meal a few mornings each week, I will be adding the final goal which is to work toward: immediate clean up.

I don't take the time immediately after breakfast to clean up and wipe off the table and make certain it and the kitchen are ready for the next meal. Typically I wait to clean it off until I need to use it again which proves to be frustrating every time.

Throughout the month of August I'll be sharing about how I'm going to set up our home school year, share some of our materials and encourage those of you who need some direction to make a plan of action for the upcoming year. There will also be a giveaway of my FAVORITE home school resource ever!

In September, I will be working through the Lunch Challenge, which I think will be even more challenging then The Breakfast Challenge!

What habit would you like to implement during your breakfast time? What's stopping you?!

The Breakfast Challenge - Week 3

This week is getting better, woot! I'm getting up early and am ready for my children when they wake up. I've started reading the Bible to them during breakfast, though I have missed a day here and there. But that's OK! I'm not going for perfection, I'm going for consistency. Consistency calls me to keep going even when I miss a day or two.

I'm happy with the progress made thus far. Really. I only hope I can keep it going!! I might have to continue posting updates until it's firm and solid around here. ;)

So, this week, I'm going to focus on making some hot breakfasts. I'm not aiming for everyday -- yea, I don't want to set myself up for failure. I'm aiming for 2-3 days a week to start. Then I hope to bump it up to 4-5 days a week and keep it running steady from there.

I want our breakfast time around the table to become something special, memorable, and maybe traditional. Something that will be meaningful and bear fruit through the coming weeks, months, and years.

It's a great opportunity for living out Ephesians 5:15-16:

Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

This is an opportunity to connect with my children, while we're all together and engaged in the same activity. We can talk about the Bible and life questions. We can simply enjoy one another's company over good food. I don't want to rush through it so we can "get on with our day". Rather, I want it to become a vital part of our day.

What new habit are you adding this week, or are you continuing in?

The Breakfast Challenge - Week 2

This week's goal was not an easy one and most days I did not get up. Sad but true.

I'm going to bed too late, therefore making it difficult to get out of bed early. Not only does it mess me up for a night, but usually two nights of catching up on sleep.

I did manage to get up early yesterday and it was hard.

 But I will continue to press on! I'm excited and a bit more motivated now that I've signed up for the latest Hello Mornings session.  Knowing that other people will be up with me really helps! How many of you made your goal to start getting up early? How did you do?

OK, so on to this weeks goal.  To continue the Breakfast Challenge and get it to where I want it for our family will include Bible reading during breakfast. To me, this is more important than what we put in our physical bodies, so I made it a priority over what I cook for breakfast.

Usually the challenging part of doing this is knowing what to read in the Bible. So if you want to read to your children during breakfast, too, know ahead of time what you're going to read so you don't find yourself thumbing aimlessly through the Bible and eventually giving up.

We are going to begin the book of Luke. We aren't necessarily going to work at a specific pace (such as one chapter per day). Instead I'm going to read as the children are able to keep in tune with my words. I suspect the first week or so will be less so than the coming weeks.

I'm going to read out of the Hands-On Bible because every so often there is a hands on project that goes with the reading. I think it's great fun and a great way to help understand the concepts on a deeper level. (They also have a My First Hands on Bible for under 6 years old).

So if this is a goal you plan to work toward as well, don't be discouraged if it doesn't look exactly how you picture it to start. In fact, it may never look how you picture it!

One of the main reasons we give up reading the Bible is because young children can constantly distract what we're trying to do. Don't let that stop you!! It's something we need to commit to. Bible reading is going to be messy; it won't be perfect, especially if you have young children.

So, what goal are you adding in to your breakfast challenge this week? How did you do last week? Let's keep marching on!! We can do this!

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