I was only a few pages into A Simple Charlotte Mason Primer by Cindy Rushton when I came across this idea. She made hot tea or hot chocolate and put it into special tea cups for their morning Bible Study time. Being the tea lover that I am, I thought what a great idea! I had to tweak it a bit to fit our family but I ended up with a very special part of our day.
My first dilemma was that Logan doesn’t like tea in any form. I know you’re thinking “How can a kid born and raised in the South not like tea?”. They kinda go hand in hand here in the South. Sweet tea is everywhere and is probably drank more than Coke. I will stop at Sonny’s just to get sweet tea . (For those of you not familiar with Sonny’s restaurant, it is a eat in barbecue restaurant with the best sweet tea anywhere!) I drink it by the gallon. Logan would rather go without a drink than to drink tea. It’s my fault really. I tried to do everything the baby books told me to do like only give him milk and juice not tea or soda. He was almost 4 or 5 when we finally relented on that rule. It was only because we had a new baby and were too tired between autism and said baby to enforce any rules. Alas, he has never liked tea.
I solved this by offering him coffee. He seemed to like it well enough and was happy as a lark. Never mind that it is more like a coffee shake by the time he adds sugar and flavored creamer to it.
The second dilemma was timing. One of our Term 2 goals is to add a morning devotional time to our day. I already do this but really felt convicted lately that I was dropping the ball in teaching this to the children. Both children have daily devotional books that they can read from and spend some time in prayer as well. Prayer will be our focus next term, So , mornings were out for us. Afternoons can be hectic. Then it hit me. We have a block of time before bed that would be perfect. We could spend some quiet time with God and each other. It would be a great way to unwind from the day and get the children into a relaxed state for bed.
I have to say it has worked well. I have not found special coffee or tea cups for us yet. I’m still looking, I am hoping to find them before Christmas so I can make it a special present from me to them. We all look forward to this new part of our day. It is my prayer that in addition to reading and discussing God’s Word with them that I am making fond memories of their childhood as well. I want them to view this as a magical part of our time together and make it a tradition that they pass on to their kids as well. I can tell you that we have already had some fabulous discussions. I will cherish this time in my heart forever.