This Winter has been such a period of rest for me – but more like forced rest. I am admittedly a homebody but I do like going out with my hubby or girlfriends, of course. My littlest one has decided to wake at the ungodly hours of 4:30 to 5:30 every morning since October. It doesn’t matter how I adjust his bedtime, he still wakes up well before the sun. This kid has been my good sleeper over the years, so I guess I was due for something to shake things up? Our days have felt so long, and I basically go to bed at 8:30 or 9 each night in order to get a good amount of sleep. I have passed up many a social occasion this season in order to make sure I get rest.
My 2-year-old son (the early riser) recently told me, “Mom, you’re a koala bear.” And he kept saying it throughout the day. This prompted me to look up koalas and their meaning. The overwhelming theme I found was rest, relaxation, calm, and meditation. Which is so right on for where I am in life right now. And maybe my son’s early wakings are God’s way of having me take this time for myself.
I’ve also been in a bit of a rut with inspiration for my writing. Usually I’ll be sparked to write something after seeing a quote that hits home or reading an article on something I’m passionate about. But the past few weeks when I scroll through articles and social media, I feel the complete opposite: as uninspired as I could possibly be. So I think this is truly my period of rest on all counts.
I have no doubt the ideas will come rolling in soon enough. And come Spring, hopefully my little bear decides to sleep in a bit later.
But until then, I am resting.