Slowing Down

Help! I’m surrounded by boys!

Actually, I AM surrounded by boys and I am loving it!

Erin Mohring and her family

I am Erin, the writer behind Home with the Boys and the co-founder and creator of The MOB Society!

Wife to this handsome man…

Who is also a fourth year medical student.

And mama to these little heartbreakers…

Who I will also start homeschooling in the fall!

See?! Boys everywhere!

Having grown up with just a sister, this world of boys has stretched and challenged me, but everyday I am learning and loving being a boy mom!

And you know what I’ve discovered about my boys?

They CRAVE routine.

And I’m not very good about giving it.

But the thing is, I REALLY need routine as well, so we can’t afford to just let it go in the summer.

I actually find summer to be the BEST time to start new routines and really establish old ones that may have fallen by the wayside.

Without regular school and church activities happening during the summer, we have more time to focus on making the important things at home happen.

What routines have we established this summer?

*Family reading time everyday after lunch– Just sitting down to read all together, whether it is Charlotte’s Web or The Beginning Reader’s Bible. Sometimes I read, sometimes Big J does. We have all loved this non-TV relaxing time together every day!

*Family outside time – And this means with all of us engaged in the outdoors! Enjoying God’s creation, cooling off in the water, taking a walk or playing hopscotch. This time gets us away from media and burns off lots of energy – win/win for me!

*Learning not to hurry – This summer has allowed us to slow down a lot and every minute of it has made me want to reestablish our routine to BE this slow and simple all the time. Ann Voskamp wrote a post a while back with 10+ Real Helps for Really Busy Moms and the one that stuck with me the most was this…

“Life is not an emergency. Life is a gift. Just slow.”

So that is what I am trying to do. Less hurry-scurry, more going slow. Enjoy life and the gifts He has given. It may not seem like a part of routine, but if you don’t build in the “slow”, life will speed pretty fast on you!

*Giving thanks – This summer, we started the routine of asking the boys at supper time for two things they were thankful for that day. At five and three years old, the list doesn’t vary much yet – candy, Mommy, Daddy, the zoo – but we want gratitude to be in all we do and this is where we start.

It is great to relax in the summer, but routine is still our friend. We’re just slowing it down a bit and hoping to carry that pace though the rest of the year!

Erin Mohring is a follower of Jesus Christ, wife of a med student and stay-at-home mom to two lively young boys. The hubby and Erin have been blissfully married for eight years. Big J is five and Little J is almost three. She’s learning quickly about the world of boys – which you can follow at Home with the Boys!