How true is that! This is the basic cycle of my life. I pride myself in the (mostly) consistent routine I keep with my kids. They are all good sleepers and have been since birth because routine was how I survived those early days.
Routine is also how we survive long winter days. We look forward to our favorite shows (and grumble when our DVR doesn’t record them correctly). We tote our children to and from their routines of school, sports, church, and other extra curriculars and when we have a night off we don’t know what to do with ourselves!
Routine is definitely good. It keeps the house tidy, the work load under control, it gets life accomplished. But ya’ll have to admit it does at times get boring. There are days I purposely do zero loads of laundry just to get away from the daily tediousness of it. Breaks in routine can be wildly exciting!
You know like ordering pizza instead of cooking supper (at our house this is exciting). Or shopping at Target instead of Walmart…hold on to your bootstraps this is craziness! Or sneaking away for a weekend with just the 6 of us and doing nothing but having fun (we may or may not be planning this in the near future….yes it is a planned break in the routine…it is good I promise).
I can’t help but chuckle at the fact that I do love adventure…but do I really? Adventure is certainly fun and necessary to keep the blood flowing. But, as the saying goes “I need a vacation from my vacation”. It is undeniably true that while breaks in the routine are fun and exciting and certainly needed. There is a lot to be said about a routine and how comforting that is to a person and to our children.
So here is my challenge….do something fun and ambitious….totally out of routine…enjoy it, savor it, roll with it. And when it overwhelms you, jump back into your routine, be comforted by it, let it give you peace and then let the cycle continue…because why not…change is good (most of the time)!