I LOVE TO READ! I would rather read than watch TV. I would rather read than play a game (even though I love games). And I would definitely rather read than do housework.
The problem is…when I read, I tend to read a LOT! For example, I just finished reading Liz Curtis Higgs Thorn in My Heart. I was reading it for the women’s summer book club at our church. I read this book and the entire series (4 books total) in about 5 days. I didn’t completely neglect my house and children. The chapters are very short so I would read one chapter then do some housework and play with kids. Then I would read another chapter and so on and so on. I also read while my kids napped and late into the night while everyone else slept.
I have no willpower when it comes to a good book. Because of this, I don’t let myself start books very often. The summer book club is always a good excuse for me to allow myself to read.
As much as I love reading this book, I loved studying the Biblical account more. We did a Bible study on the story of Jacob before our book club read the book. I was asked to lead the study and I am so glad I did. I really got so much out of studying the Bible passages in-depth. (see Bless Me? blog below ) I almost felt selfish leading it because I was sure I got so much more out of preparing the study than the participants did.
Emily, my 16 year old, takes a LONG time in the shower. She claims she is only in there 10 minutes or less but it’s always a long time. Take this morning, for example. She went upstairs to get in the shower. I started oatmeal for myself and Chloe. I cooked the oatmeal, let it cool, and ate it leisurely with my 2 year old. I emptied the dishwasher and cleaned all the breaksfast dishes. I sat down to talk with my husband when I realized…Emily was still in the shower.
So I asked Chloe to go knock on the bathroom door. Chloe loves to run errands like this so I try to find little things she can do. She ran upstairs, barely knocked on the door, and said “Time to get out.” Of course, there was no way Emily could hear this. Plan B…I asked Chloe (2), Jessica (4), and Daniel (5) to go bang on the bathroom door so Emily would know it was time to get out…her shower was still going. They ran upstairs with gusto and preceded to stand in front of the bathroom door and say, “bang, bang, bang, bang.” I’m not quite sure what they were thinking but it surely wasn’t what I was thinking when I asked them to bang on the door. It WAS good for a laugh though.
The little ones continued to “bang” at the door for awhile. Emily did eventually emerge from the bathroom. I have a sweet memory. Not a bad way to start the day.