So… Here we go.

Quick review:

January: get up early. (This one remains a challenge, but a worthwhile one.)
February: leave food on my plate at meals. (Fail.)
March: floss daily in the shower. (Win.)

April: Spend five minutes a day working toward Scripture memory AND see how many days I can spend 15 minutes processing photos for the yearly albums.

So, memorization… I count 25 days I’ve done it. Sometimes it’s more like 10 or 15 minutes, sometimes five (with kid interruptions, so like two.) But I call that a win, at any rate. Also? I re-memorized one chapter and memorized a second from (basically) scratch. This one stays.

Mixbook albums… A little spottier. I did it 11 days this month. But this was lower priority (and definitely goal focused- once I’m caught up, this no longer serves me as a daily habit.) I will say, though, I finished 2014’s book, so Brian’s been born, as far as Mixbook is concerned. I caught up probably seven months in those 11 days. Also, almost all of that was done on the walking desk Andrew rigged up. Two birds. I’ll keep this one until I don’t need to.

Now on to May…

As I mentioned, this week has been hectic. We got back on Tuesday from the trip that I mentioned here, and Wednesday was a pretty rough day of reentry with the kids. (Highlights? One kid lassoed her own foot, tripped, and landed on her wrist- she didn’t break it, though I wasn’t sure for a few hours, one got a massive goose-egg hurling herself into a coffee table during a tantrum, and another dropped his taggy blanket in a dirty toilet. Milestones! The first time he’s thrown something in a toilet! Hooray!) Thursday I got our various bags unpacked, Friday was just hard and hormonal, and now here we are. So when I sat down to write, I was pretty sure May was going to be a “hold on to the ones we have” kind of month, because the idea of trying to add a new habit this month seemed overwhelming. Plus, my energy is just starting to nosedive. So holding sounded like a reasonable way to give myself a little grace.

But then I reread that first habits post (the one where I listed some ideas for the monthly minigoals) and I think taking a big camera picture every day should be doable. So there it is. May. Bust out the big camera. I can do that, right? (I’m seeing a pattern where I alternate challenging habits with easier ones.

So… there we have it. More minutia from my world. I’m really enjoying this experiment, though. It’s kind of fun to try little things just to see if they are helpful. Some haven’t been, but overall, I’d say the trying has made our home and my heart a little more peaceful. 


Published by robininalaska

Robin Chapman is a part-time writer, editor, and birth photographer and a full-time imperfect mama, wife, Jesus follower, and normalizer of failure. She’s trying hard to learn how to do this motherhood thing in a way that doesn’t land the whole family in intensive therapy. She has a heart for helping other mamas buried in the little years with hope, humor, and solidarity. You can find her hiding out in the bathroom with an iced dirty chai, writing and editing and making spreadsheets for where she is a cheerleader for mamas, or online looking for grace in her mundane and weird life. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with her four delightful (crazy) kids—some homeschooled, some public schooled, some too young for school at all—and her ridiculously good looking husband, Andrew.

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