The husband leaves early for work. His morning commute it about 35 minutes due to the lack of traffic at dark thirty in the morning. Over the past little while I've asked him to wake me up before he heads out for the day, and I've been shocked at the difference it makes. I have time to read and study my scriptures. I have time to pray. I have time to think and to organize my day. I have time to do some morning blog reading. On really good days, I have time to shower and get ready. On even better days, I have time to make a big breakfast instead of our normal instant oatmeal or bowl of cereal. But on the best days, I'm still in bed reading and the kids come pile in and we cuddle for a while and read together.
This morning Miss A said to me, "Mom, I love how happy you are at us this morning." That's been the other great change with my early rising. When the kids were waking me up, I was often irritable with them for disturbing my sleep. Now, I feel happy to wake up because I actually see the husband for a minute before he leaves for his long days at the office, and I am excited to have a few minutes to myself to start my day on the right foot. I feel ready for the kids to wake up and can enjoy their fresh faces and warm bodies and bed-head do's. It's making a huge difference, which is making me think this is a change that will stick.
What do you think? Are you an early riser? Do you want to be?