It's the lazy side of me that loves summer vacation---who doesn't love relaxing in the A/C with a book, or relaxing by the side of the pool with a cold beverage and a book, or going on vacations, playing in the waves and sleeping on the beach? I think I used to get to enjoy those things when my kids were little and summer rolled around. Oh, honey, while you're slaving away at the office, I'll be at the pool chasing the kids around. Don't envy me. ;-) But it's not like that anymore with summertime activities and swim team. The "schedule," if it exists, is chaotic at best.
The phlegmatic side of me really wants to be using all that free time during the summer to get some big projects accomplished, while my choleric-ness is happy to
Now that school, drama rehearsals, piano lessons, homeschool co-op, Boy Scouts, and American Heritage Girls are in full swing, I can relax. Not with bon-bons and a book, except on rare days, but I can function better because I know what the days hold. Some days are pretty crazy, and others flow pretty smoothly because I don't have back-to-back appointments, or worse, have to bi-locate, but the basic structure is there.
Part of the problem with summer is that everyone is doing their own thing. We all fall in to that trap of doing nothing, except for my dear husband who continues his routine of long days at the office without fail, and one of the things that falls by the wayside is family prayer time. We're fairly sporadic about our evening prayer during the summer, and I'm sad to say we almost never pray on vacations.
In my heart, I know that there is a certain structure that would solve all of this: prayer. It's really past time (ha!) for me to set my alarm on my phone to remind me to prayers. All these years with the kids I've tried to get in the habit of praying the Angelus, or the Divine Mercy chaplet, daily, but have failed. I tend to structure my days around school, appointments, and dinner, but I'm pretty sure there is a better way.
For me, I know that making my home like the proverbial Domestic Monastery would help. What about you?
Do you structure your prayer life? What makes your days run smoothly? I'd love to know what tools others use to get through the days!