So, I'm up again. It is 4:11 am. I did the laundry, cleaned the girls' room, did a load of dishes, have a loaf of bread rising, put wassail on the stove and I'm still wide awake. This is becoming more and more usual. For so many years I have been walking around exhausted, pleading for a nap. Now that I don't need to be awake with a baby and my body isn't so huge and cumbersome that it fits nicely in my bed, I have insomnia. It's a big problem. It's irritating.
But, since I'm up, I decided to try something new with my blog. There is poll over there. (After you have voted, you have to scroll to the right to see the results.)
If you are a church goer, do you let your children bring toys to church? I'll tell you, I used to, but it became more and more the focus of everyone's attention. The older pods, who could have been listening much more by then, we caught up in whatever imaginary play their younger sister had going. The younger ones fought over toys. Mom was so busy trying to intervene that I got nothing out of my meetings. I cut back to just notebooks and pencils. I even tried crayons or colored pencils, but the kids would bicker about "I wanted the blue one!!!" and I would want to poke hot rods into my ears to silence their whining forever. Not a healthy emotion at church. My sister lets her daughters bring their special dolls to church if they sit quietly with them. Some people have massive bags of goodies and treats that are only for church. They have quilted darling little quiet books, supplied puzzles and cardboard books and other special activities for little hands. I don't know the right answer (and maybe it is different for different families and same families at different ages), but I'm curious as to what you think.
So, what do you think?