I love parenting with schedules.
Schedules keep us all on track and on the same page.
Schedules make me happy.
When my girls were babies, it was very easy to know what my girls needed, why they were fussy, what activity was up next… all because they were on great schedules.
Babysitters didn’t have any guess work. I could write down our day’s plan by the hour.
Nap time, play time, snack time, craft time… everything had a place in our day.
But… those days are on the shelf right now.
We are in another season.
Schedules are out the window during our days on the go.
Every single day is different.
Every single day means adapting to new things, new places and new structures.
That makes mothering a little tricky… and for a schedule-loving mother, well, let’s just say it is more than tricky.
Bed times depend on where we are and what we are doing that night.
Meal times depend on where we are and what we are doing during meal time.
Craft time is coloring in the truck during a 3 hour drive.
School time is on Saturday morning because we had an event during the week.
Breakfast is at 10am because we were up until midnight the night before.
Play time is in a church nursery while Jeremy and I are in a meeting.
My normally very well-planned days are not so much planned at all.
Flexibility is key.
Going with the flow is our new mantra.
Knowing that this won’t last forever keeps a smile on our faces.
Remembering that we can find joy in every day even when we are on the go, schedules are out the window and life feels turned upside down.
Mothering is in the little moments of the day… conversations in the car and prayers before bed.
Mothering through quick life changes and difficult days and feelings of newness all around us.
Mothering a daughter who loves home, a daughter who struggles in change and a daughter who needs to feel in control.
Mothering and teaching and guiding and living by example… because I love home too and I struggle with change and I need to feel control.
I’m learning with them as we live on the go and wrap our heads around this very amazing, nomadic lifestyle.
Living one day at a time. Finding joy in it all. Mothering on the go…