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  1. Oh, dear me. I take a nap almost every day as I am a morning person and my husband is a night owl. We have to spend some time together and this allows me to stay up later to sit with him awhile. Don't beat yourself up about it. listen to your body, it's the only one you've got and it has good things to say. No guilt allowed. It is an un-necessary evil to ruin the advantages of a good nap!!! Blessings and sleep sweet!
    By the way, is there anything you can do to darken the print of your instructions and in the comments area? It is so light I can barely read it.

  2. I know what you're saying!! Why do I jump up and feel guilty when some one comes in the door and could "catch" me sleeping or even dozing!?? Silly isn't it. Let's vow to get over this "affliction" and take a nap whenever our body says it needs it, on purpose and in our beds under the necessary covers. No excuses, no guilt, and no apologies. After all, we need to take care of ourselves,too, don't we? Thanks for a giggle as I see myself, again, in your blog. Have a wonderful day and put a nap in it! Amanda

  3. I can relate; there's nothing like pregnancy to make you realize that we're all at the mercies of our bodies. Before I switched prenatal vitamins I would fall into an uncontrollable doze every afternoon for two hours. This would have been fine, had I not had other small children to care for!
    On another note, I LOVED The Rose Garden Husband, and promptly read the sequel, The Wishing Ring Man. They're sweetly old-fashioned bits of Americana; thank you for the recommendation!
    I don't know if you've ever read The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery, but I think you would adore it. You can find it for free on the Australian Project Gutenberg site..

  4. I feel that silly guilt all the time. I do all my housework, etc. while the kids are in school so that when they come home I can spend some time with them and help them with their homework before I have to make dinner. Sometimes during that time after school I will read or take a nap if they are occupied with other things. One day I heard my daughter tell a relative that, 'all mom does all day is read.' That totally embarrassed and horrified me. I know in my heart, though, that my family appreciates the comfortable home-life that I create for them every day, even if they don't often see all the work that goes into it. Knowing that, I try to push away the guilt I feel when I want a little restorative down-time. I know that rest makes me more focused and happy. Like my husband says : If mom isn't happy, no one is happy. As keepers of our homes, we are really at the center of the home's energy.

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