I live in Rathdrum, Idaho. It is a small town in the Coeur d’Alene, ID/Spokane, WA area. I have 5 children, 3 step children, and 14 grandchildren (and more on the way!).
My youngest child is 18 and still at home. He is a senior in high school. I homeschooled all of my children and have homeschooled for years. I will graduate from high school for the 6th time this May with my youngest son.
I always felt like I graduated whenever one of my children graduated. I drive a school bus for the school district. I drive both a route and sports trips. Sometimes I feel like I live on my bus because of all the hours I spend on it.
When I am gone on a trip I may spend as much as 15 hours a day on the bus or with the bus. I also work on the internet. I do blogging and internet marketing. I really love doing this and have met so many really great people on the internet.
I love to ski (water, downhill, or cross country), go camping, knit, crochet, do miniatures and ceramics. My favorite thing to do though is spend time with my family.
What does your morning look like?
I get up at 5 a.m. or before depending on how early I have to be at work that morning. I go to bed by 8 or 8:30 p.m. in the evening. I have always needed lots of sleep, so in order to get up that early I have to go to bed early. In the morning, I am up and moving. I usually do my study on my bus in the morning. I have time after I get to work and get my bus all ready to go when it is just me on the bus. I am all alone and it is really quiet so I sit and do my study then. I make either coffee or tea before I leave home and take it with me in my hydroflask. I sit and drink it while I am doing my study. I usually have the same routine everyday except for Sundays.
What does your HelloMornings time look like?
I have been a part for about a year. We use Facebook for our group. I read the scripture and leave a comment on the Facebook post for each day. I listen to a Christian radio station. I don’t use any special tools. My time is pretty well planned out for me. I do have a son at home but I do not do my study at home so it does not affect him. I have pretty much done it the same way since I first started HelloMornings. It did take me awhile to get things down and I still have times when I do not do it like I have planned.
What are some words of wisdom you have for our HelloMornings community?
When I miss a morning, what I do varies from time to time. Sometimes I will go back and catch up, while others I will just start over the next morning. My theory throughout my life has been to have a fresh start each morning. When I was homeschooling five children all at different levels and life would completely fall apart, I would always say tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start. That is still how I live. The hardest part is getting it done when my schedule changes for some reason and life starts going really fast or is very busy. My advice for someone starting out with a morning routine is to keep trying new routines until you find the one that fits your schedule and you.
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