Today my children and I practiced what I hope will become a steady feature of our lives, at least through Lent if not beyond as well: after lunch quiet time.
It's not that they have to be completely quiet, but I do. And I need to not hear them for just a few minutes.
It's a great opportunity for them to practice being together calmly, especially for the older one to help the toddler and to focus on doing things for her.
It will give me a few minutes to pray during the day.
I could feel sanity seeping back into my heart as I sat in the warm sunshine quietly today. And as it was practice, it was only about 9 or 10 minutes of uninterrupted quiet.
But, what a treasure!