As I was driving home from school last Friday (and, to be truthful, for most of the weekend), I thought about Advent. How I needed this time for focusing inward on myself and my family. We’re caught up in so many things right now that family dinners are more infrequent, mornings are stressful nightmares, and we collapse in our respective spots in the living room too exhausted for much conversation.
And that makes me kind of sad. And I realized that a lot of my distractions are devices of my own making. So when I saw Haley’s post at Carrots for Michaelmas, I really didn’t think twice.
My goals for this season are pretty simple and, I think, realistic enough that I will be able to keep them for the next thirty odd days.
How I’m Unplugging
1. Change the alarm clock for 5 am. This is the time when I check emails, print whatever needs printing, check facebook, etc. I’m room mom at school and PTA secretary, otherwise I’d be off 100%.
2. The cell phone stays in my bag at all times when my kids are with me or I’m out somewhere. If I rings and I hear it, fine. But really? I don’t hear it in my bag and I really only need it for emergency calls I make. I’m reachable at home or school. And my family knows that. I do use the Laudete App quite a bit so that’s ok – and it also has Latin Prayers on it (for below).
3. And the computer? Only first thing in the morning and again right before the kids get home from school.
And I’ll Be
1. Making a more conscious effort to add in daily prayers for myself and with my children. Maybe even learn a couple in Latin. We may have found a Tridentine Parish not too far from our town, which my son and I are thrilled about by my daughter is pretty anxious. It’s similar to the parish we belonged to in Virginia although my daughter doesn’t remember any other parish but the one we currently belong to. Apparently she’s not one for change. I thought learning a few Latin prayers would help her.
2. Keeping a limit to the sort of music we’re listening to, focusing on Advent music versus Christmas Music. I found this last night.
3. Delving into the story of Christ in Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.