The Blessing of Sleep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Throwback Thursday!  Today’s photo is of Ian asleep with his Clifford the Big Red Dog.  He was a baby and slept so soundly when he finally fell asleep.

Today I wanted to write about the blessing of sleep.  A good night’s sleep is a real blessing and sometimes hard to come by.  You don’t realize how important it is until you don’t have it. Trying to function on little sleep and rest can be a real challenge.

I remember many nights when Ian was a baby that I got very little sleep.  I had that new mommy fog of sleep deprivation.  Now, he sleeps fine — most nights.  But, I still have trouble sometimes.

Last night, I was awake at 5 a.m. after going to bed at 11 p.m.  I had too much on my mind.  I am concerned about some friends and family who are dealing with sickness, major illnesses, and other traumatic events.  I was awake thinking of them and stopped to pray.  That helped calm me down.  Nearly 45 minutes later, I was back asleep. But then by 6:20 a.m., the alarm was going off. Arg, not nearly enough sleep for me.

I am also losing sleep since there is still much to do between now and Christmas.  But, I have to take it a day at a time and have Ian and Kirk help me.  I know that they can.  We have everything purchased and home.  Now we just have to finish the cards and mail them, finish making and baking a few things, and wrap the gifts.

This time of year is fun but can also be overwhelming.  I am hoping and praying that I get plenty of time to rest and get enough sleep.  I will certainly do my best.  Hope you can as well.

Today I am tired and probably will be all day.  Thankfully, Ian just has one more day of school before Christmas break!  Then we’ll have a few weeks off.  That will be nice.  Since I work at home, I can do my work and have time to rest and have fun.

Here are a few quotes about sleep:

  • “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  • “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” ~ Carrie Snow
  • “People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.” ~ Leo J. Burke
  • “A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.” ~ Charlotte Brontë
  • “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” ~ Irish Proverb

I wonder if I will be able to have a good night’s sleep tonight?  I sure hope so since I do need it.

August 5 – Early

Hi and Happy Monday.

Hopefully today will be a good day.  It is early August and I had a great weekend, so hopefully the fun will continue.

POD_August.5_EarlyToday’s photo challenge is Early.  I decided to snap this of Ian while he was asleep.

He often wakes up in the middle of the night and comes into our room and sleeps the rest of the night on the floor.

With him is his stuffed Mouse of the “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” book series.

Ah… sleep.  Isn’t it wonderful?  I enjoy watching him sleep sometimes.  He is so quiet and peaceful.

Then when he wakes up, he is ready to go and attack his day.  I just wish I woke up like that!!

What did you do or see early this morning?

Hope you have a wonderful day and week!!

Ahh…Sleep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAZzzzzz….ahhh….sleep!!!!

Last night I got the best night of sleep in about a week.  I felt more refreshed than I have for a while.

It got me thinking about how important a good night’s sleep really is.

When Ian was first born, I got almost no sleep.  I know that all of you who’ve had children can relate to this!!  How do we survive this?  Somehow we do since the Lord gives us the strength to do what we need to for our precious new person.

I had the new mommy fog each morning and would try to remember to sleep when he did.  Sometimes that worked, and sometimes not.  It all depended on what I had going on.

I do highly recommend sleeping when your baby sleeps!!  Anything else, like laundry, housework, time on your computer, etc. can wait.   (Pictured above is a sleeping Baby Ian.)

When Ian turned about 1-year-old, he finally was sleeping better and I slowly but surely started to feel like myself again.  Having 5 or 6 uninterrupted hours of sleep was such an amazing gift!!

This past week, both Ian and I have been sick.  I have a sinus infection and he has a viral thing — mainly cough.  So, our sleep has been interrupted, to say the least.

A few nights ago, he was awake in the middle of the night for a few hours.  He kept coughing and finally settled down with some milk.  We both slept on couches since we needed to have our heads up. I tried not to have us bother Kirk, but that wasn’t totally successful.

Last night, we both had a better night of sleep and I hope we are on the road to recovery and normal sleeping again!

For years I couldn’t take naps.  They didn’t help me at all.  Well, I took a few last weekend when I first started getting sick.  They did help as they had when I was pregnant and Ian was a baby.

Now I truly appreciate my sleep and feel that it is a gift.  The nights when I can sleep for 6 hours without waking up are fabulous.  I need more like 7 or 8 each night but often can’t sleep for all of that time.

I hope and pray that you can sleep at night!!

A few quotes on sleep:

  • “People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.”  ~Leo J. Burke
  • “There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.”  ~Edward Lucas
  • “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”  ~Irish Proverb
  • “People who snore always fall asleep first.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.”  ~JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002

On Sandy, Other Things

Hope you’ve had a great week!  It has been a while since I have written.  Things have been busy!

And now this week, 1/3 of the country is dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  This massive storm has been quite amazing so far.  Rain, snow, wind, flooding are the things we will be dealing with.

My prayers are with all of those in her path.  I just hope and pray that the damage won’t be too extensive and there won’t be deaths or major injuries.

Seeing the New York subway system shut down and Wall Street close today are items that rarely ever happen.  You know things are serious when that happens.  And, the airports up the east coast are closed and many flights cancelled.

Last night on the news, with all of the coverage of the storm, they included a story about Halloween and if it will still happen.  I thought that was funny and quite touching that people are still wanting to have life go on as it normally does, despite such a mess.

Lord, keep us safe!

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Last night I had the first good sleep I’ve had in a few nights.  Ian has been waking me up each night and staying up for a while, so needless to say, neither of us has been getting much sleep.

These nights made me think of when he was a few months old and sleep was very hard to come by.  Those days and nights were difficult and it was trying to be back to that again.

Thankfully this odd schedule didn’t last very long.  I realize that I need my sleep — at least 7 hours each night to function and to be nice the next morning.

If you are having trouble sleeping, I too hope that you can find some answers very soon!

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Over the weekend, I read an update about Malala Yousafzai, and heard about her on the news as well.

Have you heard about her?  This amazing 15-year-old girl was shot in the head by for advocating girls’ education.  She is in England recovering from her injuries. The hospital announced that she was able to stand for the first time and that she is communicating freely and that she is writing.

I was stunned to hear about her and how and why she was shot.  How can it not be okay for girls to learn?  That just isn’t something I can understand but is a reality for so many around the world.

What a brave girl.  I hope and pray that she gets a great education.  And, let us not take that for granted.  Being able to learn and go to school — whether at a school or at home — is a real gift and something that should be appreciated.

Those are just a few of the items on my mind today.  I will be sharing more in the coming week.  May God bless you in your day and keep you safe!