Still Waiting on Internet

So, normally we have a nifty modem at home that allows us to connect to the interwebs and, well, connect.  But this past month I used all of our allotted time within two weeks. It’s been a long couple of weeks waiting to get it reset…and it’s still not.  Not until Wednesday.  But, regardless of internet issues, I have been slacking in posting.  I could write out posts and come up to the office to post them daily, but I haven’t been.  I’m sorry.  I realize this is a serious weakness and I need to do a better job of keeping you up to date of what our life is like. 

One thing Mark and I are both trying to do consistently is wake up early.  Mark’s alarm goes off at 5, mine at 6:15ish.  Mark has to get Tate to school so he’s usually not up too late, but it seems like I really struggle in this area.  I really do want to get better and have this be a habit, but it seems like every time I try to make a stand, something happens to severely impair my sleep!  For instance, last night Theo had a bad dream and woke up at 3:00 and asked me to snuggle him in his bed.  I’m not going to say not to that, but it did mean I was up until 4:30 while I waited for him to fall asleep.  

Usually when this happens I give myself a free pass to sleep in longer.  But no more.  I think that it’s one of those things that keeps happening because I’m not putting my foot down.  This morning I decided that I was still going to get up, because there will always be some reason or another that I want to sleep in.  Until I can withstand the discomfort of doing it, it’s going to be awful.  I know this first hand, throughout junior high and high school I swam many mornings a week before school.  That usually meant being up a bit before 5, and out the door shortly after 5  (honestly, the thought of this now is terrifying).  But this habit of getting up early is one I need to make, not only for me, but culturally speaking it’s important as well.  So I’m all in. 

Until further notice (except for weekends, of course) I will be getting up early.  Even if I’m up all night.  

If it’s important, it’s worth sacrificing (even sleep!) for, right?

About mjstearns

We are Mark, Jenni, Tate and Theo Stearns. We currently live in Beaverton, Oregon, but are planning to move to Nicaragua within the next six months. We'll be serving as missionaries to Verbo Church, a non denominational church with several Nicaraguan locations. Specifically we'll be working at Casa Bernabe, an orphanage run by the church, assisting in vocational training and transition programs for the older boys.
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