I've been reading The Social Art of Homemaking. I certainly wouldn't recommend all of it, but I'm enjoying engaging with another perspective on homemaking. The book talks a lot about rhythm and it is nice to read something on the topic as we settle into our new rhythms here. This place is above all flexible, which means that we need to create some structure for ourselves. I watercolored a weekly schedule the other day and gave each day a 'purpose'. Of course, our daily purpose doesn't mean that we will only clean on Saturdays or pray on Mondays..., but it is meant to give us a focus and help keep the work in check as we study and play.
Here is our new rhythm, we'll see how it works.
Monday - Prayer (Monday mornings at L'Abri there is a prayer meeting for everyone to attend and then everyone signs up for a half-hour slot in the day to pray for community needs and the ministry. The boys and I enjoyed our prayer room this past week as they joined me for my half hour on L'Abri's weekly day of prayer. I also want to be really intentional about praying for our future during this time of unknowing and setting aside a day to focus on this seems helpful.)
Tuesday - Clothing (laundry, folding, sorting...)
Wednesday - Garden
Thursday - Adventure (Thursday is the 'day off' at L'Abri and we want to take lots of hikes and a few day trips over the next couple months.)
Friday - Food (I have a ride to do our big shop on Fridays, so meal planning, etc. happen on Friday.)
Saturday - Cleaning (a day to catch up on anything that was overlooked through the week)
Sunday - Rest
We spent our first adventure day on Thursday in Lausanne. The trip resulted from the need to get a highchair. We tried finding one used, but didn't have any luck and desperately needed somewhere to set the baby. (Plus, he is eager to try solids and I will relent soon... why does he have to grow up so fast?!) Anyway, after exploring IKEA, which the boys want to go back to they loved it so much, we climbed the hills of Lusaunne and saw the two main historical churches and enjoyed crepes for lunch. It was a fun adventure.